About this project
We are a group of Engineers who LOVE to play basketball. We believe it is great exercise, requires team communication, and ofcourse... competition! Too many times we stop and argue the score of our game, which nobody bothered to track. On average, 4-7 minutes of a 23 minute game is wasted on arguing. This doesn't include the physical arguments that result from time to time! After the prototype was developed (talked about more later), we discovered almost 86% of our pick-up games ended on the wrong score! Eventually we decided to fix this problem ourselves and the ScoreBand was created. We want to shrink a scoreboard down and place it on a Player's wrist. We spend precious minutes on the court (or in the field) arguing over the score when calories should be burned. The average Player can't afford a personal assistant and an official scoreboard, so why not create an affordable one? ScoreBand is a simple concept... 2 digital counters controlled by buttons on the face allow the Player to count the score (or any 2 personal stats) on their wrist during the game.
SIDE NOTE: The use of tracking personal stats could be another breakthrough idea that could be applied to multiple sports! Imagine if high school and college Coaches used the ScoreBand to train their players to think statistically. Results could be used to see how efficient each player is... because, guess what... numbers don’t lie! Put the accountability in the hands of the Player, and watch as they teach themselves. The related mobile app mentioned in the "Rewards" will only apply to tracking personal stats (i.e. made/attempts, hits/swings, catches/throws). The app will then graph their results and allow the Player to share with their friends on social media sites and of course email and text. OKAY, BACK TO THE SCOREBAND...
Our team of Engineers has built the initial prototype based on basic renderings and they have done an excellent job. When final production model is agreed on, we will cast the production molds and set the electrical circuits.
We wish we heard of KickStarter.com earlier. We have already spent over $2,700 of our own funds to design and manufacture the first prototype ($1,800 for machining, parts, circuits). Some work has been contracted out. Starting from scratch we designed circuits, programmed firmware, and used in-house supplies for the wristband. The plan with your donations: ~$8,000 for production molds and set up costs. ~$2,000 for first batch of production model.
Before we began we performed dry testing for a 7 day period towards basketball Players only. Adwords and Facebook ads were used to drive traffic and funnel interested buyers. A small discount and chance to pre-order was offered in return for the potential Buyer provided information (name, address, phone #, email). These are considered "buys". Results showed a 16% ROI which I believe is a conservative number. A longer time frame and word-of-mouth advertising from production models seen in action is more difficult to measure with this type of product. First we will manufacture a prototype and test the functionality of the buttons, the durability during game play, and density to ensure User friendliness. We will cast the first molds of the production model and prepare for production. The wristband will be made of plastic (similar material to popular "LiveStrong" wristbands). Outer casing will most likely be alumimum or high density plastic to reduce weight and costs.
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