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$1,455
pledged of $21,000pledged of $21,000 goal
23
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 11 2014

About

KUFF - the future of storage
KUFF - the future of storage

KUFF was born from the need for less drives and files on the go in one place. KUFF fits on your wrist safely and comfortably, and is only getting smaller with the next version. 

Why?

I needed my files on the go with a lot of storage capacity, all the time, and without the lag in download or sync via internet connection requirements of existing cloud services. 

Here's the low down...I own large amounts of data and content; hence, i am an avid user of flash drives, small thumb drives, external hard drives, and even smaller USB 3.0 hard drives in SATA technology -- there is nothing like the KUFF. I live my life fast, so i hope that the things around me can keep up with me and remain as fast, simple, and reliable as possible.

I have hung my usb or flash drives from my neck, my keychain, and even my laptop bags; all of which i never felt safe doing so for reasons i would lose it, or it would get stolen. So I went on to doing what I thought was the impossible, make something I needed. 

What is it?

KUFF is wearable solid state storage that features patent pending technology to bring to you a device that is scratch-proof, shatter resistant, water resistant, and fully customizable.

Is it a SmartWatch? Simply put, No. 

KUFF's future model will feature an LED display for presenting custom con tent -  the LED display can present any specified content written by users or developers. The KUFF Developer SDK will allow users and developers alike to write applications that run the KUFF, connect with the KUFF via the iOS and Android Mobile App, as well as write custom content to display on the LCD screen with a helpful tool provided by the KUFF team. 

WHO IS KUFF FOR?

Currently, Artists like DJ's and producers are using the KUFF to be active and mobile with their lossless audio and video files in an age where packing light is essential and cloud services are still not 100% reliable with content being stolen daily from cloud servers.

KUFF can be used by any person whether a professional in music, video, or not. It's universally useful in carrying files on the go, without the hassle of power cables and hard drives that just add weight to what you already have to carry.

Pledging to this Kickstarter will help bring you a product that is scratch-proof, shatter-resistant, waterproof, wireless, and 100% fully open source, so you can customize however you want. 

OPEN SOURCE WHAT!!!???!?!?!? YES, KUFF WILL BE FULLY OPEN SOURCE.

It's going to be so much more than a SmartWatch. Fully Open Source, Developers can write anything to launch from a KUFF. From applications that can read custom displays onto the embedded LED Display, as well as a applications that can run standalone on any personal computer, with the freedom to go wherever, whenever. Just wait. Even Apple recently released an iWatch which marks a new age in wearable technology -- everyone is constantly on the go, and everyone wants it! KUFF is compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, and UNIX operating systems. :-)

Who's currently using it?

KUFF is a product for people and professionals in every industry. 

Artists and musicians are using them to produce and DJ all over the world. Because they travel so often, the convenience of one drive on their wrist is phenomenal. 

Photographers currently use them for carrying their high quality graphics with them on the go. The convenience of having up to 1 TB of storage is both useful and stylish for them. 

I am a traveling professional, engaging in startups across the globe, I carry a KUFF with me at all times - and the question i get asked at least once a day is "Excuse me, is that a watch?!>?"

If you shuffle through hard drives, flash drives, disk, or any other age old technology looking for your valuable files or need large amounts of storage on the go without weighing you down, then a KUFF is for you too! Want a safe place to store Bitcoins? Try out the KUFF!

Where did it come from?

You can see below some of my original concepts and designs, and then the first release that came a year after as well as the assembly drawings for that model: 

Prototype A-1

Prototype A-1 Drawings
Prototype A-1 Drawings
Prototype A-1 Drawings
Prototype A-1 Drawings
Prototype A-1 Drawing of Plate Insert
Prototype A-1 Drawing of Plate Insert
Prototype A-1 Drawing of Mold
Prototype A-1 Drawing of Mold
Prototype A-1 Drawing of Casing
Prototype A-1 Drawing of Casing
Prototype A-1 Drawing of Enclosure
Prototype A-1 Drawing of Enclosure

Meet Version 2

Prototype A-2 Drawing
Prototype A-2 Drawing
Prototype A-2 Drawing of Enclosure
Prototype A-2 Drawing of Enclosure
Prototype A-2 Drawing of Top
Prototype A-2 Drawing of Top
Prototype A-2 Drawing of Side
Prototype A-2 Drawing of Side
Prototype A-2 Drawing of Bottom
Prototype A-2 Drawing of Bottom

Inner Workings:

Behold the Inner workings of KUFF, featuring a Solid State mSATA drive in capacities from 16 GB up to 1 TB.

Here is the main motherboard (2 views- top and bottom)

KUFF Inner Workings Motherboard Bottom View
KUFF Inner Workings Motherboard Bottom View
KUFF Inner Workings Top View Including mSATA SSD
KUFF Inner Workings Top View Including mSATA SSD

The top view includes the mSATA solid state drive. These two components are the only internal components that exist, making KUFF a very simple, yet elegant device to use every day.

On the top view you can see a USB 3.0 connector which connects the KUFF to all devices, and the LED status indicator which notifies the user when it is connected, and when there is activity or data transfer going on.

The motherboard further depicts how the storage capacities are customizable, because they can be swapped out for any capacity of storage at the discretion of the user.

We don't suggest users change the storage on their own therefore we offer a Free On-Site & Mail Order service for swapping out storage capacities. 

KUFF did benchmark pretty well!

Here we have some of the benchmarks with different applications for KUFF.

Here is the earliest benchmark:

Prototype 1 Benchmark
Prototype 1 Benchmark

Once we were done with testing and ready for release, we found our upgraded main board and mSATA sad's which benchmarked higher.  See below: 

KUFF Final Release Benchmark
KUFF Final Release Benchmark

THE SPACE AGE CLAMSHELL:

here is that space age clamshell that was the first prototype of KUFF, ever.

space age KUFF prototype
space age KUFF prototype
space age KUFF prototype
space age KUFF prototype
space age KUFF prototype
space age KUFF prototype

Of Course, we made Prototype A-2, 

The Real Thing

Prototype A-2 was manufactured in the heart of Los Angeles. Forged out of Sterling Silver, Prototype A-2 came in 4 different colors: Silver, Black, Rose Gold, and Gold. Prototype A-2 was made in only limited production, and is currently available as a Limited Edition release. See some of the photos below of the KUFF Prototype A-2 in 4 different colors:

KUFF Prototype A-2 Limited Edition Series
KUFF Prototype A-2 Limited Edition Series
KUFF Prototype A-2 Limited Edition Silver
KUFF Prototype A-2 Limited Edition Silver
KUFF Prototype A-2 Limited Edition Silver & Rose Gold Side View
KUFF Prototype A-2 Limited Edition Silver & Rose Gold Side View
KUFF Prototype A-2 Limited Edition Rose Gold
KUFF Prototype A-2 Limited Edition Rose Gold
KUFF Prototype A-2 Limited Edition Black
KUFF Prototype A-2 Limited Edition Black
  

   Here is the KUFF Prototype A-2 in Action:

KUFF Prototype A-2 In Action
KUFF Prototype A-2 In Action
KUFF Prototype A-2 In Action
KUFF Prototype A-2 In Action
KUFF Prototype A-2 Ready to Go in the Box
KUFF Prototype A-2 Ready to Go in the Box
                                         
KUFF Prototype A-2 Ready to Go In The Box
KUFF Prototype A-2 Ready to Go In The Box

 Inner layout size:152x144mm

Box outer size:180x172x170mm

  
 

Here are some functional drawings, assembly drawings, or what you may call "blueprints" for the First public release we made in January 2014!

KUFF Assembly Design
KUFF Assembly Design
KUFF Assembly Design Exploded View
KUFF Assembly Design Exploded View

  Here are some final renders:

KUFF topical view
KUFF topical view
KUFF Bottom View
KUFF Bottom View


KUFF Frontal
KUFF Frontal
KUFF Topical 2
KUFF Topical 2
KUFF Aerial
KUFF Aerial
KUFF Back
KUFF Back
 

 THE FIRST RELEASE!

KUFF - FIRST RELEASE OF KUFF
KUFF - FIRST RELEASE OF KUFF

This is the first Non-Limited Edition release of KUFF using all new materials

KUFF Interchangeable Strap - Comes in over 20 different colors and materials
KUFF Interchangeable Strap - Comes in over 20 different colors and materials

KUFF is the fresh new alternative to Hard Drive's which are big, heavy, usually unreliable and flash drives which are dinky little toys compared to the KUFF

Not to mention the plethora of cables that come along with external storage devices; KUFF is different in more ways than one.

WHAT'S DIFFERENT?

KUFF comes with ONLY 1 cable. and is going Wireless! We are developing Wireless Connectivity via Bluetooth 4.0 ADP, and Wireless Charging with EDP.

KUFF's Bluetooth technology will allow its connection to the Mobile App to notify you when you have left behind your KUFF somewhere, just like a watch, but you'll never have to worry about losing it, or your data! Getting a KUFF provides the comfort and ease of having data at your fingertips

This Kickstarter: will fund KUFF to become the first wearable technology that is 100% waterproof featuring state of the art patented technology that will enable nano coating to keep the KUFF safer than it was before; but this Kickstarter will also fund embedding Bluetooth 4.0 technologies that connect KUFF to other wearable technologies like Beats Headphones, Google Glasses, or GoPros: you decide! After the hardware is developed, we are looking toward future Android & Apple iOS 7 applications that will feature a direct "download-to-KUFF" option via USB 3.0 or Wireless/WiFi (!data charges may apply if carried out over the cellular network!). Don't forget, the Bluetooth will always make sure you're WEARING the KUFF, and it's not back at home, or in the car. 

Each KUFF comes equipped with interchangeable wrist bands, a USB 3.0 Cable, and capacities starting from 16GB up to 1TB. So get a KUFF, plug, and play.

You might ask, "what's the difference between a USB Flash Drive and the KUFF?" Flash Drives experience P/E Cycles, a term used in technology to describe a program-erase cycles that causes small amounts of physical damage to the medium every time it is used. Flash drives actually have a limited number of P/E Cycles, but KUFF goes beyond a limited number of P/E Cycles (like 10-20 years beyond!). Flash drives do experience Flash wear, a lot of it actually because they are a standalone medium with no physical management module (none that are possible in the size or form factor which people are trying to compare the KUFF to....a usb stick). KUFF features a USB attached SCSI protocol along with tweaks in hardware for voltage boosts which give a really fast transfer rate via USB 3.0. This type of transfer will NEVER be possible, by a simple little flash drive. mSATA Solid State Disks, which run via a flash connection to a board, or motherboard, do not experience the SAME P/E cycles that a usb thumb flash drive would. Flash chips in mSATA format experience P/E cycles beyond the program-erase cycles that cause small amounts of physical damage to the medium every time it is used.

To clarify further, this featured technology is different than simply plugging in an SSD or a flash drive into a computer. KUFF actually carries a processor which speeds up transfer rates beyond 500 mb/s. With that said, SSD's also use flash memory, and so do mSATA SSD's (which are the ones KUFF uses). mSATA SSD's in combination with the technology we have put in place with the board and processor, do not degrade anywhere near the P/E cycles of flash drives. The difference of flash P/E degradation between the two is anywhere between 10-20 years (not a short amount of time). Within that time, technology is going to advanced beyond a point which the current KUFF will become obsolete anyway, and our new versions at that time will have technology that far exceeds anything we have released to the public now. The concern of SSD's having P/E cycles is on a different level than that of worrying about the P/E cycles of flash drives (which can go bad, literally any second, of any day- depending on the length of the write, the size of the file, and user conditions such as plugging and unplugging. It's impossible to have or create any technology that DOES NOT have problems. Every piece of technology in the world is prone to both user and manufacturer error, so its possible that some KUFF's may experience P/E cycle issues, however we have not come across a case like that - EVER. One thing we did experience, in our first prototype, is that the KUFF just turns off out of no where (on the higher storage models -512GB & 1TB) because the board was a 1.2 amp board and we needed above 2 amps to power that size. Since then we have not experience these issues, and we even plan to completely debug the possibility of that issue happening again in the new upcoming version which is being funded on Kickstarter now! )

THE PLAN

KUFF will be available for purchase at http://www.KUFF.co

the KUFF is already manufactured and ready for you and your friends to purchase. However, this funding will help the KUFF go to the next level!

  • Implement Patented Nano-coating Waterproof Technology
  • Implement Bluetooth ADP 4.0 Wireless Connection
  • OLED Touch Display featuring programmable content (Developers)
  • Implement Apple iOS & Android Application capabilities via USB3.0 and Wireless/WiFi

Here is a drawing of what we have planned for KUFF:

KUFF Version 2 Featuring OLED Display & Wireless Bluetooth
KUFF Version 2 Featuring OLED Display & Wireless Bluetooth

You can place customized designs or text via direct plugging and writing code to the KUFF, or easily via mobile Application that are currently creating for  iOS 8, Android, and Windows Mobile. We also plan for a Linux based mobile app release soon, but good news, its already available for Linux based desktop/laptops/devices.

Want a SNEAK PEAK?

Even though were seeking funding for Version 2, we have already begun R&D (research and development) for Version 3, and we really want to share it with you. Check it out!

KUFF Version 3 Main Board
KUFF Version 3 Main Board

This KUFF will likely be released in early 2016 and is currently undergoing testing and design revisions. In this smaller form factor, it will feature the same great size and performance, and we can't wait to release it.

KUFF should be on W, but it's not.

KUFF in the studio
KUFF in the studio
KUFF in the studio
KUFF in the studio

Not sure if Pharell has his hands on this yet :-/

LOOK AT THE REWARDS!

KUFF Keep Calm poster
KUFF Keep Calm poster
KUFF Logo Trucker Hat
KUFF Logo Trucker Hat
KUFF Logo T-Shirt Unisex
KUFF Logo T-Shirt Unisex

Timeline for Development:

Timeline for the development of KUFF may vary upon a few days difference but we plan to stick to our provided schedule

  • Bluetooth/Wireless Modules: 4-6 Months + testing
  • OLED Touch Display: 4-6 Months
  • Waterproofing: 1-2 Months
  • Mobile App for Android & iOS: 2-4 months + testing (beta)

We believe that this schedule will possible given the proper funding we seek from this helpful Kickstarter campaign, thanks to the support of the users and the general Kickstarter audience. From the bottom of KUFF, Thank You. 

As stated in the risks and challenges, none such great feat comes without  a few challenges; the team and I are ready to take on those challenges and keep a fully updated blog available at www.KUFF.co 24/7.  

As we move forward, we will be sharing photo and videos from our factory where we make each and every KUFF with a combination of machining and a special hand made touch that makes the KUFF unique. 

Risks and challenges

KUFF has been a costly production up until now. From the 2 concepts to our working prototype and now our functional production coming up as Version 3.0, funding has been the number one challenge. As far as funding goes, I was not qualified to overcome such large funding issues coming from a small startup with very little funding to work with. Drawings for the KUFF date back to 2010; Starting the official concept-to-product in August 2013, in just one year I turned the product from concept to reality. The fact that KUFF is now in production is a combination of my hard work and tireless effort at moving this product forward. I can just imagine what is going to be possible with the proper funding set forward, without going form paycheck to paycheck using all my money to fund the few pieces that have been made until now. I can foresee challenges, or at least I know very well they are going to be there due to my years of experience in computer engineering and product design. A challenge does not mean defeat. In our first prototype, One thing we did experience was the KUFF just turns off out of no where (on the higher storage models -512GB & 1TB) because the board was a 1.2 amp board and we needed above 2 amps to power that size. With all challenges, there are possible solutions and I have already made plans with solutions for potential challenges including the wireless + wireless charging mechanisms, battery implementation, and overall waterproofing of all these elements. There may be delays in the production of KUFF, due to these elements, but the team I work with and myself are more than ready to take it all on. The team consists of electrical engineers, product designers, and manufacturing specialists who are certified under AS9100 SAE standards operating at the levels of highest quality in both service and production. We have a blog at www.KUFF.co where we already keep our users up to date with the latest news in production as well as business matters. We plan to update all of our backers with info, releases, current challenges, milestones we overcome, and more!

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    First Release (Pre-Order) of KUFF 16GB (your choice of color) +

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    Limited Edition Sterling Silver KUFF 128GB (your choice of finish- Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black). +

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    Limited Edition Sterling Silver KUFF 1TB (your choice of finish- Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black) encrusted with Swarovski Crystals. +

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