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S$ 2,437
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112
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, December 15 2017 12:02 PM UTC +00:00
S$ 2,437
pledged of S$ 3,000pledged of S$ 3,000 goal
112
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, December 15 2017 12:02 PM UTC +00:00

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

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About

We were inspired to create Alohomora due to the hassle of opening and closing pet gates. One of our team members owns three pet dogs. When guests who were afraid of dogs visited her, she had to put all three of her dogs behind the pet gate.

Trying to balance 2 Silky terriers whilst opening a gate and then catching the elusive third one while not letting the other dogs out was quite a hassle. Hence, she gathered us, EvFi, to automate the unlocking process so that this will cease to be a problem.

With experience in 3D-printing, Arduino boards as well as ultrasonic sensors, we decided to use these methods for prototyping. Experienced members helped us kickstart the prototyping very quickly, allowing us to do more testing and further development of the product.

Current pet and baby gates in the market require manual unlocking with at least one hand, which can be a major hassle when our hands are occupied. We realised that this was a problem for anyone with gates, as long as their hands are full - be it carrying dogs, putting away dishes,

carrying your laundry

or groceries.

It will be difficult to unlatch the gate. As such, we wanted to give others a chance to experience this product as well and bring greater convenience to your lives, making movement within homes more seamless and convenient.

ALOHOMORA is an automated unlocking module that can be installed on existing pet or baby gates, allowing adults/pet owners to walk through them hands-free.

 

UNLOCKING the gate just by a SIMPLE TAP at knee-height!

Each set of Alohomora comes with 4 pieces,

2 lock pieces

and 2 catch pieces

that can be easily installed on your existing gate.

Installation Video

Just insert M6 bolts into the holes of Alohomora and screw on the respective nuts and voilà it is ready! Alohomora will not fall off your gate as there is a grip material behind each piece that keeps it on the gate.

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Here's what PEOPLE have to say about ALOHOMORA:

"Our current gate is troublesome to unlock and lock fully so usually, we leave it such that it can be opened if pushed, and sometimes they learn how to push open the door and they sneak into the kitchen and dig in the trash." - Kimberly, 19

"Auto-unlocking will make it more convenient and easier to move around the house." - Iris Goh, 45

"Definitely an essential for allowing me to facilitate through the house as though there is no gate in the first place!" - Chloe, 20

 

 

 

 

Our busy lives are filled with enough worries and problems. At home, all we want is a sanctuary for relaxation. The hassle of opening a pet gate should not add to our troubles.

We need your help to bring Alohomora to the community, making homes seamless, one step at a time. The funds received will mainly be channeled to the fulfillment of Alohomora Beta orders - purchasing product parts such as the microcontroller, solenoid, batteries, 3D-printed casing, sensors, packaging, and shipping. Also, we will use the funds for extra testing to ensure the safety of our product. Funds will also be used for the production of other promised rewards.

Additionally, you will contribute to our next design of Alohomora, which will incorporate feedback from Alohomora Beta users. With your feedback, we hope to make Alohomora commercially available.


Risks and challenges

1. As we have not started mass production, our costs of production are not 100% confirmed. We have identified potential suppliers and distribution channels, however, some costs may still vary over time. Nonetheless, we have accounted for possible margins of error to ensure that our first production run will be a success!

2. Our product now currently is not as energy efficient as we hope it to be. We are currently working to improve on Alohomora's efficiency to ensure a respectable battery life.

3. While taking steps to ensure that we minimise the risk, there is still some engineering and manufacturing risk in our hardware product. Nonetheless, we are committed to this project and have been working on it for the past couple months. We have guidance from engineering and manufacturing expertise that will aid us in our journey.

4. Shipping duration will inevitably vary from country to country. We sincerely seek your kind understanding and patience regarding this matter. We will be happy to address any concern if you have not received your rewards within a reasonable time period.

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    Pledge S$ 2 or more About $1.48

    WELCOME TO EVFI

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    EVFI MEMBERSHIP +

    Like the idea of Alohomora and wanna be part of Alohomora's growing process but unable to pledge for the full product? Don't worry! We appreciate your support and will keep you in the loop with exclusive updates and offers as we continue the journey!

    As an appreciation for your extra support, we'll send you a personal thank-you E-card, designed, written and signed by us!

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    EVFI KEYCHAIN

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    As an appreciation for your extra support, you will get a souvenir from the team - an acrylic keychain featuring one of our honorary members (3 dogs), Coco, Chanel and Oscar!

    Additionally, we'll send you a personal thank-you E-card, designed, written and signed by us!

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    EVFI KEYCHAINS SET

    Love Coco, Chanel, and Oscar? Wanna see them all? Well, you get to have ALL THREE designs of the keychains!

    Additionally, we'll send you a personal thank-you E-card, designed, written and signed by us!

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    Single - EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!

    Help us get the momentum moving! ONE Alohomora in your choice of white, black or dark blue at a super early bird price! Limited offer, grab it fast!

    Enjoy 51% off the retail price of S$79 now!
    (Save S$40, around $30 USD)

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    Single - Kickstarter Special!

    ONE Alohomora in your choice of white, black or dark blue at a lower price!

    Enjoy 38% off the retail price of S$79 now!
    (Save S$30, around $22 USD)

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    Double Combo - Kickstarter Special!

    Why get one when you can get TWO, and share the COMFORT of convenience with your friends! TWO Alohomora in your choice of white, black and/ or dark blue at a lower price!

    Enjoy 44% off the retail price of S$158 now!
    (Save S$69, around $51 USD)

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Funding period

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