About this project
Update Video, Spixi Mockup #2 with iPhone 5 by Supplier, 10/29/12
10/29/12 Update: Spixi <3 iPad Mini, iPad 4 too!
Our Supplier has confirmed they can make this possible. Apple's new iPad 4 and iPad Mini are charged with a new 12W power adapter- 5V, 2.4A. Previous iPads were charged with a 10W power adapter- 5V, 2A (discontinued by Apple as of last week). Using slightly bigger conductors in our cables will ensure your new iPads will get the juice it needs for charging at higher currents.
To our Japanese Gigazine Readers- 私たちのキックスターターへようこそ！
On October 8, We surpassed our goal of $30,000 with 900 Backers! Watch the thank you video in the updates section.
Now, Our Stretch Goal is $50,000-
"Spixi Power Cord Untangles Your Life" (Mashable)
"Looking for a third-party retractable Lightning-to-USB cable? The Spixi...may be for you." (CNET)
"...its convenient size and clean design make the product appealing." (25 Awesome Kickstarter Design Campaigns, Complex)
"Let’s face it. Your phone’s power source sucks, it’s messy, unsexy and not-very-practical-at-all... Escargot’s got a solid solution." (ALLEY NYC)
"Retractable, and a Jam Free cable? I'm so backing this project... And we can't wait to carry the Spixi on our website." (BiteMyApple)
"Spixi's here to make this stress-inducing but fundamental accessory a lot more manageable...it's almost as if Spixi was specifically designed to ease the OCD in each of us. Oh yeah - it was." (GearHungry)
Spixi is a new kind cable for smartphones. It is slim and sleek- unlike any cable you've seen before.
Spixi features a unique, retracting 2-foot cable made from an eco-friendly thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) that is stronger and more durable than polyvinyl chloride, the commonly used material for cables. Because of TPE's superior characteristics, we can design a thinner cable without sacrificing quality and performance.
Yes, we've heard about iPhone 5
Spixi comes in 3 different connector flavors:
- iPhone 5 -- 8-pin lightning connector WITH AUTHENTICATION CHIP
- iPhone 4/4S (and previous versions)
- Micro-USB (Android, Blackberry, Windows)
The world's FIRST jam-free retractable USB cable for smartphones
A high level of design and quality- is unheard of, in the retractable USB cable world. It's our pleasure to change that.
How big is it really?
Let's take a look.
- A connector like you've never seen before
The connector is sideways. This helps minimize the size of the design. Because the connector is oriented on its side, the chance for damaging the connector is greatly reduced.
- USB flips up, up, and away
The USB connector folds away. This allows Spixi to maintain it's streamline design so it won't get caught with other items while you're taking it out of your bag.
- Stays in shape to impress you
Spixi is slim. So slim that it will not interfere with the other USB ports on your laptop, so you- the user will never have to compromise. It's just slightly wider than your typical USB flash drive.
- Made for on-the-go
The case is made of polycarbonate, similar to the macbook chargers. This gives protection to the cable when it is stowed and on-the-go. It will give users peace of mind, knowing that their cable is housed around solid construction.
- Let's talk AND charge
Don't sacrifice freedom for portability. The popular emergency and short cables are great for certain situations, however, they put your phone in a paralytic state. Spixi's 2-foot cable is long enough to take calls or open apps comfortably, all while charging and syncing through your laptop.
And here's how you can help
We need to raise $30,000- to make Spixi come to life. The funds raised will be used to cover the tooling costs of the production molds.
A rigorous effort has been made to choose the right supplier for this product. And we're proud to say, that we've found a good match. We've been in communication with Spixi's supplier for the past 6 months, and can confirm that the our high level of quality can be met. They make product for some of the biggest names in technology, so we are confident. The supplier is located in China and we have a planned visit in the coming weeks- very exciting!
If funding is successful by November 1, we plan to ship in February 2013.
Why does it take so long to make?
We are all about transparency, so here is the breakdown: it takes 2 months to make the tooling, about 1 month to produce the units and address production quality, and an additional month for the products to arrive to our shores. So if tooling starts in November, we're looking at February to delivery Spixi to our awesome supporters!
We've come very far. From concept sketches to 3D computer renderings to functional and visual prototypes. Now we need the last push to bring Spixi to life, so we can put this really cool product in your hands.
- Dimensions: 2" x 2.25" x 0.75" (50.8mm x 57.2mm x 19.1mm)
- Cable Length: 2' (0.61m)
- Weight: 40g (White/Black Edition)
- USB 2.0
- iPhone 5 Connector: 8-pin
- iPhone 4/4S Connector: 30-pin
- Android, Blackberry, Windows Connector: Micro-USB
- White/Black Edition Materials: Polycarbonate, TPE
- Limited/Angel Edition Materials: Anodized Aluminum, Polycarbonate, TPE
We are really proud of our product, and that's why we have a patent pending.
About the creator
Spixi is created by Paul Yun, an engineer by trade and a designer at heart with five years of industry experience in getting products made with nothing but a napkin sketch. Paul has brought products to life for several Fortune 500 companies. Now it's his turn.
Thank you for taking the time to hear our story. Let's get Spixi!
*90% of the video was made on iPhone. No snails were injured in the making.
Risks and challenges
With any project there are unforeseen obstacles that may delay the project delivery date. In our past project experiences, we have seen this due to quality or shipment issues. It is very important for us to meet the high quality of our product specs, and given the successful track record we have had over the past years, we feel we are well qualified to overcome them. And as noted above, we are all about transparency, so with any news, good or bad, we will commit to sharing them with our loving supporters.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Is there an authentication chip in your design, have you coordinated with apple to be able to connect to the phone?
Yes, we do have an authentication chip in our design. This gives it the full capability to charge and sync, like Apple's lightning cables. We are coordinating with Apple through an MFi-certified manufacturer that has their hands on the official lightning connector specs and components. This will ensure that Spixi will be 100% compatible with iPhone 5. We will NOT use "fake" lightning connectors- we will only use lightning connectors that are Apple-approved.
Yes! That is exactly the reason why we decided to wait until apple announced their new connector so we could accommodate for iPhone 5 users! It will be compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 4/4S/3G/3GS/1, blackberry, and windows mobile smartphones.
We've done preliminary testing and can confirm that it will charge an iPad. However, as you may know, the iPad power adapter is rated at 10W, while the iPhone power adapter is rated at 5W. Because of the wattage difference we cannot recommend that Spixi is ideal for iPad at this time, without further testing, due to the narrow cross-section of the cable. That is primarily the reason why we are only marketing Spixi for iPhone and other smartphones at this time.
We do plan on doing further testing with iPad, and as soon as we have results, we'll provide update for our iPad users.
You will be able to choose your device choices at the end of a successful kickstarter campaign. At the end of a successful kickstarter campaign, you will be supplied with a unique coupon code that would be used on our storefront (under-construction) where you can choose your device choice(s) and enter your shipment information. Secondly, we plan on doing a kickstarter survey on what connector type(s) you want, so we can give our supplier an idea of what kind of quantities we are dealing with for each version, and this helps us make sure we'll have enough of each version for everyone. This would be done sometime after the funding amount is met, if met.
We are thinking of doing Spixi iPhone 5 in black as a stretch goal. We've received a few requests. If our funding goal is reached and the demand is there, we will definitely look at doing Spixi iPhone in black.
Yes, just like the stand-alone, $75 reward level. It is engraved on the bottom with a unique limited edition number, for each of the limited edition units. These are kickstarter-exclusives. Get them while they're HOT!
Will Spixi be compatible with the newly announced iPad 4 and the iPad Mini with Lightning Connector? (10/29/12)
Yes, our supplier has confirmed it will be compatible with iPad 4, iPad Mini, and also charge the iPad 3 at the faster charging rates. These new devices will charge at 12W, with Apple's new 12W Power Adapter-- this means 5V, 2.4A. Spixi will be able to handle the 2.4A current that is driven from the 12W Power Adapter to your iPad 4, iPad Mini, or iPad 3. In addition Spixi will work with Apple's previous 10W Power Adapter (for older iPads), 5W Power Adapter (for iPhones), and most definately your laptop USB port, typically 2.5W. Spixi functions everywhere Apple's USB cable functions- With the added benefit of convenience, to help simplify your life. Of course, the iPad 4 and iPad Mini have yet to be released. We are looking forward to test Spixi on these new devices when they are available.
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