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.
AdventureBand is a wearable, emergency water purifying filter straw with integrated fire steel and multi-tool.
Purify safe and fresh drinking water by simply removing the end caps and sucking water through the straw. The water filter can purify up to 100L of water (depending upon water quality).
Use AdventureBand to light a campfire or camp stove by striking the integrated fire steel ferrocerium rod with the steel striker / multitool.
The striker tool has an integrated flat head screwdriver, scraper, and the ever-useful bottle opener. Use the wristband cord to wrap around the base and get a powerful, non-slip grip for tougher jobs.
The wristband cord is made of high-tensile strength ultra-light material, and is fully adjustable for most wrist sizes. It’s even durable enough to pull up to 200lbs--perfect for a small bushcraft project.
AdventureBand is great for camping, hiking and in emergencies where you need to be prepared. And because it’s ultra compact, lightweight and comfortable to wear, it's easy to always have it with you when you need it.
The patent-pending AdventureBand requires no chemicals, no batteries and is virtually maintenance-free.
AdventureBand is designed and assembled in Canada by people who love the outdoors and like to be prepared in case of emergencies.
We built AdventureBand to use ourselves. So we know you’ll love it too.
Filter lifespan: 100L (depending on water quality). No shelflife.
Filter type: FP microfiltration membrane
Filter effectiveness: ~0.2 microns (filters particulate, bacteria and protozoa)
Firesteel type: Ferrocerium rod
Multi-tool material: Stainless steel
Straw material: Nylon 12 (BPA free)
Band cord length: 15cm (13")
AdventureBand was developed after a day of hiking around in the back woods, hauling awkward pocketfuls of essential gear. "Surely, there must be a way to travel light, and still have all the just-in-case essentials?" we asked ourselves (and don't call me "Shirley"). This question led to the basic ideas that would eventually become AdventureBand.
After more than a year of research, design and prototyping, a final form for AdventureBand was complete. Four major re-designs over the development period yielded the current iteration. The final, working prototype has been tested in a number of different environments and weather conditions, and we're confident that it will be reliable and durable.
Risks and challenges
There are a number of challenges that lay ahead to create the final production models, ready to ship to you. These include:
1) The filter membrane, owing to the narrow size of the straw diameter, requires some suction pressure to pull filtered water in adequate amounts. Several membrane types and thicknesses have been explored in the working prototypes that have a good flow rate. However, the final filter membrane material has yet to be selected; further consultation with the membrane supplier is necessary
2) Further testing will be required to ensure the selected membrane material will be durable and long-lasting. Extensive functional testing of pre-production prototypes is planned to ensure product quality meets or exceeds our expectations for AdventureBand.
3) The filter membrane is secured in the straw using an FDA-approved, food-safe epoxy resin. The working prototypes have demonstrated that the epoxy formulation that has been used is very effective in securing the membrane, but more consultation with the supplier(s) for this specialized adhesive will be necessary to affirm use of the most appropriate formulation of food-safe epoxies.
4) Fluctuation of currency: we are based in Canada, and, thus, are charging in Canadian Dollars. Most suppliers bill using US Dollars, and there is a risk, however small, that any major movement in currency markets, where the Canadian Dollar loses value against USD, could affect projected finances. A buffer of extra money has been added to the total size of our Kickstarter goal for any currency fluctuations or any other unexpected project development costs.
5) We have heard about a number of high-profile projects that people have bought into and, months or years later, the company folds without delivering what was promised. We, personally, feel that while it is completely unacceptable and unthinkable to fail to deliver to your customers, it is an unfortunate risk of any Kickstarter with a new, innovative product. All efforts humanly possible will go into this project and to deliver what you, the customer, have paid for.
6) Safety is vital when producing a product meant to protect people from water-borne contaminants. There will be careful, lab-backed testing of the water filter component of AdventureBand to ensure it functions as per the specifications.