Kickstarter meet Quik'Stix! Quik'Stix is a super sticky, multipurpose, two piece circular gel pad developed by Inov8 Labs that'll stick and secure just about anything you throw at it. Constructed specifically from a proprietary blend of injection moulded Poly AB Glue Plastic Quik'Stix provides greater stick, resistance, and durability than similar products in its class, can be cut, stretched and re-used by simply washing in warm water, and can be easily be repositioned when needed without loosing its super sticky properties.
So where did the idea come from? The Quik'Stix idea was formed from analysing the multitude of options currently available on the market and understanding that they all lack a number of vital features needed to successfully become the go-to product for safely securing your household or everyday personal items. These included a secure reliable hold, a thoughtful design, and a proven recipe. Take Blue Tack as an example. Although it was designed to be used over and over again to temporarily fasten objects in fixed locations such as a wall or desk it generally lacks the ability to secure anything more than paper or small items such as pens. This provides a problem when you need to hold something heavier such as a remote, phone, or tablet. To solve this problem many people then lean towards another staple product. 3M backed Hooks or Velcro. Now although they do a great job at holding the extra weight they are either too bulky or lack the ability to be reused once placed. What happens if you want to move that picture frame you've just placed? or the iPad you would like in rotated? You get the idea!
Quik'Stix not only solves all these problems but also adds a bunch of extra features and this is where we need your help! We want Quik'Stix to be the go-to staple product for all your household and personal fastening needs and in order to do so are approaching you, our fellow Kickstarters, to help us bring our amazing product to market!
It's trademark Green colour is not just for looks! For those after a more secure design we've added a removable green tape similar to that of 3M's ultra strong hold technology to one side of the circular design. This allows objects up to 600 grams to be safely and more permanently secured to most smooth surfaces all without causing any damage. However if you're after a less permanent solution, make a mistake, or simply change your mind this can still be easily removed.
Each Quik'Stix is made up of a centre circle and outer ring measuring 35mm (1.378in) and 55mm (1.97in) in diameter and has been engineered to safely hold objects up to 600g (1.322lb) which is more than enough for most small household or personal items. Our super sticky yet easily removable custom recipe was designed by the graduate engineers at Inov8 Labs and while we cannot disclose the exact chemical compound it did involve reengineering a base recipe from the ground up to provide a superior hold as compared to similar products currently offered to market.
To add to the already appealing aesthetics we also chose the colour green for the secure hold technology as it proved to be the best option for locating the Quik'Stix on the majority of car dashes, walls, benches, etc. It also looks super cool!
Understanding that people may also want to use this product without it being so visible we kept the Poly AB Glue Polymer transparent as this allows the Quik’Stix to remain looking new and more attractive for longer plus reducing the visible signs of dust and debris.
Removal of the Quik’Stix pads is simple. To correctly remove the Quik’Stix from the desired surface start by slowly lifting one edge of the sticky gel pad upwards and away from the surface. Using the released section as a tab continue by slowly peeling up the rest of the Quik’Stix as shown below.
Removal of your possessions is even easier. Simply grip the item firmly and rotate either clockwise or anti-clockwise.
With usability in mind it was vital to make Quik'Stix 100% re-usable without losing its ever so sticky qualities. We designed a custom Poly AB Glue Plastic recipe that can be used over and over again by simply washing it under warm water. Just leave it to dry in room temperature for roughly 30 seconds and it's ready to be used like new!
Another important aspect in the design was the working temperature range of Quik’Stix. One of the many ways we like to use our Quik’Stix is to secure our phones to the car dash for use as a hands free gps device. However, the car dash can get very hot especially when driving or parked in the sun and thus it was important to create a product that could be used in across a broad range of temperatures. Our custom injection moulded Poly AB Glue Plastic recipe was specifically engineered to address this problem and can be used from -16 degrees celsius (0 F) all the way up to 62 degrees celsius (150 F).
May 2015 - The Quik'Stix idea was formed from analysing the multitude of options currently available on the market and understanding that they all lack a number of vital features. A secure reliable hold, thoughtful design, and a proven recipe.
June 2015 - Initial designs were then sketched and defining features were noted. A number of flaws were then identified in both the triangular and rectangular designs. In particular were the lifting of the corners upon removing an object and excessive sticky surface area. The two piece circular design was then chosen as it addressed these problems.
August 2015 - Talks with potential manufacturing companies were underway. We approached 5 companies in total that offer custom moulds and recipes and the top 2 were chosen based on their company's years of operating experience and their proven manufacturing capabilities.
September 2015 - Final designs were drafted and detailed. These were then forwarded on to the 2 chosen companies along with the initial recipe based on extended research and Inov8 Labs dedicated graduate engineers.
Late September 2015 - Initial prototypes were received from the 2 manufacturing companies and testing began. Tests involved the use differing weights and surfaces under a controlled environment in order to gain a better understanding of the Quik'Stix's recipe and how it could be improved.
October 2016 - Testing of the initial recipe concluded and alterations were communicated to our manufacturing partners.
Late December to Late February 2016 - Final prototypes were received and final testing began to evaluate design and usability. Exceeding all the original requirements and expectations especially in the stickiness department, the two piece circular Quik'Stix proved itself a winner over the competition.
Late March 2016 - After several months of testing, and multiple prototypes later, this is where we are now! In order to successfully launch our product to market we are approaching you to help make this a reality!
April 2016 - If successful in our Kickstarter campaign we plan to have the total demand for the Quik'Stix gel pads ordered and production underway as soon as possible. Once the product is received at our headquarters it will then be distributed accordingly through a reliable courier service.
May 2016 - We aim to have all Quik'Stix campaign orders finalised, shipped, and a follow up email will be sent to all those involved to ensure that our backers are satisfied.
June 2016 - Quik'Stix will officially be launched to the world! We are so excited to launch our first product to market and we hope that you'll enjoy it as much as we have creating it!
This is where we need you! Although we have done all the research, design, and testing to come up with the first few prototypes, our crowdfunding goal of $3,600.00 will cover all the first batch raw materials, moulds and manufacturing, marketing, and distribution expenses necessary to successfully launch our product to market.
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Disclaimer: Use Quik'Stix with common sense. Although Quik'Stix has been developed to hold objects up to 600g (1.322lb) it is NOT advisable to push the limits of the design. This means if the object is heavy, expensive, or precious more Quik'Stix pads should be used to safely secure the object to the desired surface. Another important factor affecting the overall strength capabilities of the design is the surface type you are trying to stick to. Generally the bumpier/rougher the surface the less likely Quik'Stix can guarantee a secure hold. The same applies for the surface of the object you are securing. Quik'Stix, Inov8 Labs and any related persons or groups are not liable in anyway for any damage to your belongings, surfaces or self when using Quik'Stix gel pads so please use with caution.
Returns: Should you receive your Quik'Stix pad in less than perfect condition, you may contact us for a free replacement. We will be happy to work with all of our Kickstarter backers to resolve any and all issues that they have, should any arise. However, Since this is a crowdfunding campaign and we are offering Quik'Stix as a pre-order in the form of a reward for your financial contribution rather than as a retail item, we do not have a return policy, we cannot give returns or refunds due to change of mind, misuse, damaged items due to misuse, or damage to products used with Quik'Stix or any reason other than your Quik'Stix arriving in a condition that will prevent you from using it. We have put a lot of effort into creating and developing such an amazing product and have proven the reliability and consistency in our design and production methods to ensure our pledgers complete satisfaction. However if in the odd chance you receive a defective item (as described above) we will do our best to quickly resolve the issue.
Risks and challenges
To ensure complete and successful fulfilment of all Quik'Stix orders we have reached agreements with 2 highly rated international manufacturing companies who have proven their reliability, consistency, and manufacturing capabilities.
We have also carried out a complete risk analysis in which we feel has accounted for the majority of foreseeable risks and challenges over the entirety of this project. If in the unlikely situation we encounter any unforeseen changes that could potentially affect the supply and delivery of Quik'Stix you will be notified ASAP.
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