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.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Little ELF is a patent pending device which is the most efficient, safe, and easy tool for cutting wrapping paper. Holidays and other gift-giving occasions can be stressful, but with Little ELF wrapping presents can now be headache free. The outdated way of cutting wrapping paper has never worked, because the slice is either jagged, ripped, or crooked. This is frustrating! It wastes paper and your time. During the holidays, the thing people have least of is time, so why continue to spend hours upon hours fussing with dull scissors or unsafe blades, trying to convince ourselves that these are effective tools for cutting wrapping paper. Little ELF is the answer! I have worked diligently for the past two years on the design of this product, perfecting the blade angle, the safety features, and it’s simplicity. Here is how it works step by step.
1. Slide Little ELF over the wrapping paper. Remember the device is flexible so it can be used on any size roll of paper.
2. Pull a sheet of paper through the larger slot in the device.
3. Once the sheet of paper is the desired length, slide Little ELF to the end of the roll allowing the paper to drop into the slot where the blade is embedded.
4. Now gently push Little ELF forward to cleanly cut the paper.
5. Once the slice is complete, simply bring Little ELF back to the center of the wrapping paper. It doubles as an organizer! Your paper will not roll away or become unorganized.
It has taken two years to bring Little ELF to a final and exciting design and NOW is your chance to get involved. Buy yours today. Don’t miss out on these great deals!
Because I understand that everyone has different wants, I have created pledges that are simple and diverse. My hope is that every person will find a pledge that meets their needs. For those of you who might not understand Kickstarter, if my campaign does not reach its full goal then your funds will be refunded in full. This is an all or nothing fundraising campaign. Why is this important? Because, as an investor/customer you can purchase or donate generously knowing that no money will be lost and every dollar will contribute to the success of Little ELF.
How to back this campaign:
1. Click "Back This Project"
2. Pick your reward level
3. Simply enter your debit or credit card information and you are all set. A donation or pledge is that easy.
I am an inventor at heart. Dreaming, prototyping, and making new products is what makes me excited about the future. I designed Little ELF to solve the annoying issue associated with wrapping presents. I watched my family and friends be continuously frustrated with cutting wrapping paper and imagined that this simple task just needed to be made easy. Through hundreds of sketches and iterations, I designed a product that cuts paper perfectly and keeps the paper neatly rolled. After two years of hard work, I believe that Little ELF is a great product that will save a lot of time for parents, friends, and of course Santa. I am asking for your help and support as I bring this product to launch. Your generous donation and pledge will help me produce a product that will make holidays less stressful, so people, including yourself, can focus more time on family and what matters most.
The outdated way of cutting wrapping paper has never worked, because the slice is either jagged, ripped, or crooked. We have been using scissors and exacto blades for cutting wrapping paper since the 1920s, and this is simply not right. It wastes paper and our time. We have all tried blades, knives, and sharper scissors, but those are not safe. Putting your own and your children’s safety in danger is not worth it. During the holidays, the thing people have least of is time, but we continue to spend hours upon hours fussing with dull scissors and unsafe blades, trying to convince ourselves that these are effective tools for cutting wrapping paper. How we cut wrapping paper needs to change. Little ELF solves this big problem in a simple way. It makes cutting wrapping paper easy and makes a monotonous task fun. Simply put, Little ELF is the best way to cut wrapping paper.
Cutting wrapping paper is a universal task and our current tools lead to a universal frustration. Little ELF is the universal solution. If Little ELF can reach its financial goal then we predict that it will be available by Christmas.
Let me break down the full financial picture for Little ELF including my costs and how I plan to use your pledges to bring Little ELF from Kickstarter to houses across the country.
Personal Investment to Date:
$3,500- Early product design and concept development
$2,500- Prototype development from early prototyping to present.
$10,000- Patent research and provisional patent application
$4,500- Estimated per unit cost of Kickstarter sales
Direct Costs to be funded by Kickstarter Investors:
$13,700- Mold for production
$1,500- Additional design for manufacturing
$3,550- Shipping of Kickstarter sales
For everyone who has taken a look at our campaign I would like to personally thank you for your time. Your pledges and donations will have a huge impact on this products’ future. Thank you, we look forward to making your family holidays better with Little ELF.
Risks and challenges
Every product comes with its own set of risks, but at Little ELF I try to make sure that the customer understands the risks before purchasing the product. Like any other startup, because it is in an early stage, there is always that chance that it will not succeed. I know for a fact that this is a very small chance though because I have been working tirelessly on the design, marketing, and manufacturing of Little ELF. Thank you.