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Jason JunodBy Jason Junod
First created
Jason JunodBy Jason Junod
First created
$2,579
pledged of $2,500pledged of $2,500 goal
54
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 17 2017

About

Problem: 

Sleeping in cars usually has:

Neck pain

Back pain

Restlessness

Crying Children who can't sleep

Solution: 

The Willow's innovative patent-pending design allows anyone to use their favorite standard-sized pillow in any car. Adjust the pillow to any position or orientation you would like, the Willow stays in place so you can sleep comfortably.
The Willow's innovative patent-pending design allows anyone to use their favorite standard-sized pillow in any car. Adjust the pillow to any position or orientation you would like, the Willow stays in place so you can sleep comfortably.

 

 

 

Step 1: Insert your favorite standard-sized pillow into the Willow

Inserting a pillow
Inserting a pillow

Step 2: Attach the clip on top of the mounting bar to your window, adjusting the clip to the curvature of your window

Attaching the clip
Attaching the clip

Step 3: Attach the Willow to the mounting bar, adjusting to the most comfortable position

 

Attaching Willow to the mounting bar
Attaching Willow to the mounting bar

 

Ultra Soft Sweatshirt Fleece

Sweatshirt Fleece
Sweatshirt Fleece

Our 80/20 polyester and cotton blend fleece is extremely comfortable, made out of the same material as your favorite sweatshirt! Its breathable, and perfect to cozy up too.

Fully-Adjustable Velcro Backside 

Velcro backside
Velcro backside

The best part about the Velcro is that its everywhere! The entire backside is a sheet of rigid Velcro, allowing you to put your Willow in any direction, orientation, and on any place on/off your window. 

Compacting Exterior Sleeve

Rolling up the Willow
Rolling up the Willow

Steps to fold the Willow:

1. Fold the Willow in half, hot dog style, Velcro face up

2. Collapse the mounting bar in half and put it at the end of the folded Willow

3. Roll it all together

4. Pull the exterior sleeve over the rolled Willow

No-slip Interior Sleeve

No-slip sleeve
No-slip sleeve

Lock your pillow into place with the no-slip interior sleeve so it always stays in place.

Universal Clip

360 degrees rotating clip
360 degrees rotating clip

The 360 degrees rotating clip is made from bendable plastic material that can fit on any car window. Simply turn the clip side-to-side to adjust for your window's curvature. 

 

 

 

 

“I used the willow on a road trip instead of using my normal pillow and loved how adjustable and convenient it was! Super comfortable too! I usually have a hard time falling asleep in the car but the Willow has solved this problem!” - Hannah 

“I absolutely loved using the Willow, I have never been more comfortable or slept so soundly in a car! I refuse to go on a trip without my Willow ever again.” - Katie

Hi! I'm Jason Junod, the Creator of the Willow. 

When my brother Cal was diagnosed with Leukemia, he immediately started getting treated at Children's Memorial hospital in Chicago. The opportunity came up for Cal to be treated away from home at an experimental program at the University of Minnesota's hospital in Minneapolis. My family jumped at the chance of an exciting new treatment program and began our weekly weekend trips to visit him. That is when I experienced the pillow-in-a-car problem firsthand, as I could NEVER get my pillow to stay in place so I could sleep. The problem stuck with me over the years until I brainstormed to create a Window Pillow...and "Willow" was born. 

Join me in my mission to help families at hospitals across the country who also frequently commute to visit their loved one. Your pledge can go a long way in supporting my mission. I want to donate as many Willow's as possible to families who need it most.

The Willow comes in two initial colors: Navy and Charcoal Gray. Super interested in getting a different color? Post it in the comments!

 

 

We stand by our product. If the the Velcro loses its grip, the plastic clip breaks, or something else happens, we will replace it. 

 

The Willow is proudly produced and assembled in America. 

Jason wanted to give back to his community so he chose his hometown to manufacture the Willow! With an office at the factory the owner on speed dial for when he is not there, manufacturing is expected to be a smooth operation. All the logistics for producing and assembling the Willow have already been configured, now all we need is your support ($) to place our material orders and begin production. 

The Willow will be shipped domestically direct from the factory with reliable USA carriers. We will have a very close watch on production and shipping compared to campaigns with international production and distribution facilities. 

Shipping will be charged post-campaign at cost, through Backerkit, a backer management software. Charging post-campaign allows us to charge the exact shipping price without estimating months in advance, and we will not have to deal with charging more or issuing refunds to all backers if the costs were to change. If your country is not listed below, post it in the comments and we will look into it!

Note: Backers are responsible for VAT and other applicable taxes, depending on their country

Current estimates are below:

 

 

This is a picture of our very first drawing rendering. The initial idea was to have a board of buttons that clipped onto your window, with buttons on the back of the pillow.
This is a picture of our very first drawing rendering. The initial idea was to have a board of buttons that clipped onto your window, with buttons on the back of the pillow.

 

This was our second prototype rendering, switching to a Velcro base & a much smaller mounting bar. The middle layer of Velcro was cut as the product was quite bulky. (1/2)
This was our second prototype rendering, switching to a Velcro base & a much smaller mounting bar. The middle layer of Velcro was cut as the product was quite bulky. (1/2)

 

This was our second prototype rendering, switching to a Velcro base & a much smaller mounting bar. The middle layer of Velcro was cut as the product was quite bulky. (2/2)
This was our second prototype rendering, switching to a Velcro base & a much smaller mounting bar. The middle layer of Velcro was cut as the product was quite bulky. (2/2)

 

This was our first physical prototype made from the prior drawings. It functioned very well, but it was unnecessarily complicated compared to the final version.
This was our first physical prototype made from the prior drawings. It functioned very well, but it was unnecessarily complicated compared to the final version.

 

The very first mockup logo we had created. Much different than our current one, and it also had a different name we were working with.
The very first mockup logo we had created. Much different than our current one, and it also had a different name we were working with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For press inquiries contact media@thewillow.com.

 

Please look at our full list of questions under the "FAQ" tab at the top of this page or click HERE.

Risks and challenges

While we do understand that this is our first Kickstarter project, we have a variety of resources at play to ensure all will run smoothly. That is not to say that of course we are expecting speed bumps, but we have done all in our power before the start of this campaign to ensure a successful campaign.

Once again we would like to reiterate that a Kickstarter campaign is rather a long and drawn out process, and no matter how much preparation is done things can and will go awry. However, with the specifics outlined throughout the campaign page above, this campaign is already set up for great success and we do not anticipate large bumps in the road but rather only some small potholes. Join us in our journey and pledge today.

Acknowledgements

John Rukel and Melissa Underwager, your mentorship and collaboration have been paramount to the success of this campaign. We could not be here without you. Check out what they do here: thepillowofhealth.com

Peter Pabon, thank you for an amazing video! Check him out here: Peterpabon.com

Stacey Sutter and Kiley Junod, your physical and emotional support, as well as advice have been greatily appreciated.

UW-Madison Law Clinic, we would not be here today if it was not for your legal support. Thank you.

Paul Berman, thank you for building a fantastic prototype!

Dan Blasiole, thank you for crafting an excellent patent application!

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    EARLY BIRD - 1 Willow

    Get your very own Willow for the lowest price it will ever be! Save 37% from the retail price!

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    Ultimate Willow Package

    Love the Willow and what we do? Get a 10 pack of Willows for you and all of your closest friends and family, a tour of the factory, a lunch (or dinner? maybe both?) date with Jason, and a day trip accompanying Cal's Angels to Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago to hand out toys, pizza, crafts and Willows to the kids! You may bring a guest to accompany you.

    *Airfare and/or lodging is not included

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    Naming Rights!

    This is a very unique reward opportunity for those that want to truly be a part of this campaign. You will get to PERSONALLY choose the name for the mounting bar of Velcro. Call it whatever your heart desires: The Gogo, Sharon, Sparkles, The UCP (Ultimate Connecting Piece), or whatever your creative backer brain conjures up. There are only two rules; Jason reserves the right for ultimate approval and it must be easily pronounceable and spell-able. You will need to pick a name within 1 month after the campaign finishes, and all packaging pieces, until the Willow dies, will reference the name you select describing the piece.

    Exceptions: Full names, profane or vulgar topics/words, Non-English words

    Also included: your very own 10 pack of Willows.

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Funding period

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