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.
How much time do you spend checking for updates on the web? What if those sites had a follow button that could send you screenshots straight to your inbox. Introducing Blit. Blit checks your websites for you, captures a screenshot and sends it to you automatically. This is possible with Blit today by signing up at blitapp.com and setting up a schedule to get screenshots for any website. However, now we would like to expand the reach of Blit by supporting websites that require a login. This means that for the first time ever, you’ll be able to get automated screenshots of literally any website regardless of whether it requires authentication. The possibilities of what you could use this for are endless. We need you to help us raise $5,000 to build the mobile apps and login screenshot service for Blit.
Blit started development about a year ago and started taking new user sign ups in January of 2017. After posting the product to hacker news, it quickly got voted up to the top of the first page (back then the domain was blit.xyz). A few months later, we posted it on product hunt and got similar reception. Several people signed up and submitted valuable feedback through our support channels. We even had several people sign up for our paid subscription plans for Blit. Since its inception, it has executed over 30,000 website captures. We have taken the feedback of our many users and let it shape the product into what it is today.
Capturing screenshots from websites with login was one of the key things that we wanted to solve when creating Blit. Early feedback from our users confirmed that this feature is in high demand. But we first needed to lay a foundation for an automated screenshot platform before we could add this feature. Now that this foundation is in place, we’re ready to take the next step. We also want to add this new feature before we start scaling the business to thousands of users. We think it will be a strong differentiator for Blit and make it stand out amongst similar products.
Taking screenshots behind a login means your credentials for your websites need to be stored somewhere so that Blit can use them to sign in and capture a screenshot. We definitely don’t want to be in the business of storing your credentials and maintaining them on our cloud servers. So we came up with a new strategy to let your credentials be stored and encrypted on your phone’s key storage (supported by Android and iPhone). They are stored such that even if your device is compromised, the encryption will not allow anyone to decrypt your credentials. They can only be unlocked by Blit while it is capturing a screenshot (patents pending).
Credentials will be stored using the mobile phone’s native support for storing usernames and passwords. For apple devices, this is called Keychain Services, for Android devices this is similarly called the Keychain. This is also how the operating system stores credentials for websites. For Blit, they are stored with an extra layer of encryption. We are being transparent about this so that users know that the credentials are being stored in a secure manner by their device’s operating system.
We are seeking $5,000 in funding for this project. We believe this is the sweet spot to help confirm the validity of our ideas as well as provide a good financial starting point for the future of the company. The best validation we can get is when people start paying for the product.
We plan on using these funds in many ways to help develop the business. Since the founding team is just using their own time and skills to build the product, these funds will be reserved to pay for supporting services such as Amazon Web Services, as well as funding more business growth. This will help kickstart the business and take us to our next level.
Main Goal: $5,000
✓ iPhone and Android Apps ✓ Screenshot Login Service ✓ 6 Month Timeframe
Stretch Goal: $10,000
✓ Public Developer API ✓ Zapier Workflow Integration ✓ 3 Month Extra Timeframe
✓ 1 Year Subscription of Blit with Login Screenshots
All rewards include a year subscription of Blit. Pricing depends on how many captures you’ll use per month. We’ll use your email address to automatically create your Blit account and notify you when the main goal is complete and ready for you to use. Then you can finish signing up by submitting your email address and setting a password, and you’ll be ready to start using Blit immediately.
✓ 1 Early Adopter Discount
Because you’re an early adopter and Blit wouldn’t be possible without your contributions, we’re giving a significant discount from our production pricing.
✓ Subscription Starts After Goal is Complete
Your subscription period won’t start until our goal is complete and everything is ready for you to have a quality experience with Blit.
✓ Free Mobile App
When the main goal is completed, the mobile app will be free for anyone to download from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
✓ Swag Delivered Immediately
Your swag (shirts and hats) will be delivered immediately after the project is funded.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is going to be automating the login form in a generic way that will work on the majority of websites. We’re confident that we can come up with an algorithm that will be highly reliable. If anyone is having issues with this step, we will work with them and improve the algorithm to ensure the best experience possible.
Sites that require two factor authentication are not going to be possible for taking screen captures. Two factor authentication involves a second form of interaction from the user. Often times this may be responding to a text message, or using touch id on your phone. Other times it may be in the form of a validation that requires the user to click on an image to proceed. Blit can not automate these authentication forms because they are designed specifically to prevent automation.
The next biggest challenge is just creating the iPhone and Android apps. To overcome this challenge we are planning on using the react native open source framework that will allow us to reuse the majority of our codebase for both platforms. We’re also going to create a minimum viable product to meet the requirements of our kickstarter users in order to bring the product to market quicker. For example, accepting payments from the mobile app will not be part of the kickstarter goal because it is not required for our kickstarter users. This will make the goal more practical and achievable.
Another challenge is informing users that their phone doesn’t take the screen capture, but it does initiate the capture. The user will have to allow background processes and their phone will have to be turned on during their capture schedule in order for this to work. To overcome this hurdle, when users are first using the mobile app, they will be informed about this limitation. This shouldn’t be a problem for most users because most people just leave their phones turned on all the time.