About this project
Introducing POLAR Pen+Stylus
This modular pen will inspire you at work, school or home. If you enjoy tinkering with things or are fascinated with the power of magnets, then this product is for you. We have found many fun and functional ways of using the POLAR Pen and we are really excited to see what you will come up with.
Polar comes in two high quality finishes: Pure Silver, purer than sterling (product will tarnish if left unused, any silver polish will restore finish) and 24 Karat Gold, an elegant deep yellow.
Using the silver and gold magnets POLAR lends itself very well to the concept of modular customization; the ability to transform a standard product into something different and unique. Modular customization is often talked about in the design world but rarely executed. Polar accomplishes this by having a limited amount of unique components that repeat throughout each product.
There are four unique components excluding the magnets: Cap, Clip, Tip and Stylus. These components are not magnets they are made from steel and coated with a black zinc finish. The components stick to the magnets due to their large content of nickel and iron.
Stylus rubber tip - The stylus tip has been sourced from a leader in stylus tip technology. This is one of the narrowest tips available on the market with a width of only 5mm. The narrowness of this tip allows for greater accuracy in writing and also allows for it to fit inside a magnet cap for protection. The metal stylus component fits deep into the rubber tip to give the tool good pressure on your touch screen devices. The rubber tip can also be removed and replaced if needed.
Silicone rubber tip protector - This component gets inserted into the top magnet in the cap. The tip of the gel pen nests into the silicone to prevent it from drying out or leaking. This component is removable and can fit inside any of the magnets. Every pen comes with one silicone rubber tip protector.
Pilot Hi-tec-C - Each pen comes with one Pilot Hi-tec-C pen cartridge, either black or red. This pen is also known as the Pilot G-tec-C4. These are a excellent pens for sketching, drawing and daily use.
“The writing experience makes the Pilot Hi-Tec-C one of the most sought after Japanese pens on the market today. Pick one up and you will see why." www.jetpens.com
Uni-ball Signo UM-151 - For a more traditional feel, the pen will also fit the Uni-ball Signo UM-151 or Uni-ball Uni-Gel Grip refills.
Were do the Pledge funds go
100% of the money raised will go towards the first production run of the pen. These funds will allow us to meet the minimum order quantities set by our different manufacturers.
Metal Components - The metal components, such as the tip, clip, stylus and caps, will be made by a local machine shop located in Linwood Ontario. These components are all machined from solid steel rod, made on a high precision CNC lathe. The components are then electro plated with a black zinc oxide finish.
Magnets - The magnets are made from neodymium otherwise known as “rare earth”. Though this element is not as rare as it sounds, China has created a near monopoly on the global deposits. Meaning the best quality and most cost-effective magnets come from China. Presently this is where we are sourcing the magnets.
Assembly - All Polar products will be assembled and packaged by us in Waterloo Ontario. This will allow us to keep a close eye on quality to provide you with the best product possible.
US and International Backers
This is one of the first Canadian Kickstater campaigns to collect in Canadian Dollars ($CAD). Please don’t let this prevent you from pledging. The Canadian dollar is lower than the $USD making the reward slightly cheaper if you are paying in US funds and much cheaper if you are paying in £GBP or €EUR.
International shipping is included in all pledge prices. Please allow for greater shipping times if your destination is outside of North America.
POLAR Pen produced by Indiedesign Ltd.
Risks and challenges
The majority of the risks and challenges have been worked out in the past year of product development. Our product works exactly the way we have explained. All components have been sourced and our manufactures are lined up and ready to start production.
We have been given expected lead times for all components and our goal is to have the finished product ready for shipping for late November or early December, to arrive in time for the holidays. This tight schedule allows for minimal delay and setbacks, which can occur in manufacturing. If for some reason we do encounter delays we will be sure to keep you notified.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes, the magnets are made from neodymium, rare earth and then coated in Nickel and then plated in real Silver or real 24K gold.
The magnets have no affect on cell phones, tablets and modern laptops with flash storage. I would not recommend putting them in direct contact with any spinning harddrive. Having said that, I have kept two pens in my laptop bag for a few months, with an external spinning hard drive, and have had no ill effects.
The pens do not have an effect on modern day plastic credit cards, such as VISA and Mastercard. Yet, it is not recommended to put the pens in contact with disposable cardboard magnetic strip cards, such as the ones used in London's transit system.
The full pen with stylus weighs, 60 grams or 2.1 ounces.
It is true that rare earth magnets can be very brittle. As the size and the strength of the magnets increase the more brittle the magnets get. I have done considerable research into the mass to strength ratio of rare earth magnets used in POLAR. As a result of my research, I chose the N-32 strength magnets opposed to stronger magnets such as the N-52 . The N-32 magnets are still very strong but not nearly as brittle. These magnets still have the possibility of chipping we ask that you use the magnets with care. Two individual magnets should never be allowed to snap together from far distances.
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