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CA$ 12,475
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, September 25 2014 4:13 PM UTC +00:00
CA$ 12,475
pledged of CA$ 15,000pledged of CA$ 15,000 goal
183
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, September 25 2014 4:13 PM UTC +00:00

About

Here at InnoTechnix, we are proud to present our most recent creation: The Useless Can. We put years of experience in robotics to design and build the highest quality and certainly most useless machine in the world. We worked ridiculously hard to make it durable, easy to use and uncannily useless. We need your help to start production so it can be made available to the entire world.

When we created The Useless Can, our objective was to make a fun product that everyone could enjoy. Although our machine is absolutely useless, there are countless variations you can try.

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We have already created several fully functional prototypes and are now ready to start production. We have all the equipment to make this product on a small scale but not to produce large quantities.  

The funds will be used to start production of The Useless Can on a mighty scale. We have already established a network of suppliers and manufacturers for the various components. By investing in our project, you will ensure our current prototype turns into a real product available to world at large. Our goal is to produce 500 units in the first batch. This will require many hours of work to put together the kits after verifying each component to the highest Quality Assurance standards.

The design and development process is complete. As soon as we find the necessary funds, most of the work will be related to managing production and shipping products. Our goal is to ship all 500 first examples of The Useless Cans within two months.  

Here’s how it will work.

  1. We send it to you.
  2. You assemble it.
  3. Flip the switch.
  4. Unlimited fun!

The Useless Can does not require any soldering which makes it fun and safe for kids to assemble themselves.

The inner workings of the can have gone through several iterations. With each prototype, we minimized the number of parts and refined the system to get to the point we are now. Many long hours of R&D have been invested in this project and we believe we have the smallest detail covered to ensure the very highest quality of uselessness.

  • The corners of the can have been bent toward the interior to make it smooth and safe.
  • We created a custom circuit board that greatly simplifies the assembly process.
  • The top is made of aerospace-quality aluminium.
  • Sports non-slippery button available for advanced users.

The Useless Can comes unassembled and has 45 separate parts.

  • 1 aerospace-quality aluminium top
  • 1 aerospace-quality aluminium arm
  • 1 aerospace-quality aluminium cap
  • 1 tin can
  • 1 plastic base for the mechanism
  • 2 plastic sides for the mechanism
  • 4 rubber nubs
  • 1 battery holder
  • 1 switch with circuit board
  • 1 micro switch
  • 1 electric motor
  • 1 label
  • 16 bolts
  • 12 nuts
  • 1 screw

The Useless Can requires 2 AA batteries which are not included.

Here is our list of rewards; pledging on it will allow us to launch our product into the world and make it a reality.

To add any of the below items to your pledge, simply pledge that additional amount above the reward tier you're receiving. For example, if you've pledged at the $60 level and would like the Non-Slippery Sports Button as well, pledge $65 ($60 + $5).

When the campaign is over, we'll collect your add-on orders via an email survey.

Here at InnoTechnix, we have years of experience in robotics. Over the years, we have designed and built several complex robots such as the MandleBot, a robotic arm meant for educational use in high schools, colleges and universities. This obviously more than qualifies us to make this product. With The Useless Can, we are now trying something new. We created a fun and accessible DIY product to entertain people. We hope that The Useless Can will get people of all ages interested in robotics and electronics.

Risks and challenges

Our experience in robotics and manufacturing makes this project a lot easier to manage. We have already solved all the major challenges such as finding suppliers for components, producing specific parts in large quantities and shipping. At this point, all the challenges are behind us. We are ready to start large-scale production and deliver The Useless Can to you now.

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    Pledge CA$ 5 or more About $4

    Your name as an Official Contributor on our website and gain access to exclusive backer updates.

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $8

    Get an exclusive Useless Can PDF, your name listed as an Official Contributor on our website, and access to exclusive backer updates.

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    Pledge CA$ 40 or more About $30

    You will be among the first 25 people to receive The Useless Can and be listed as a SIlver Official Contributor on our website.

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About $38

    Receive The Useless Can that you assemble yourself and be listed as a Silver Official Contributor on our website.

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    Pledge CA$ 60 or more About $46

    You get a Useless Can with the name of your choice on the label and be listed as a Silver Official Contributor on our website.

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    Pledge CA$ 110 or more About $83

    You get two Useless Cans with Sports Non-slippery buttons and custom labels. You will also be listed as a Gold Official Contributor on our website.

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    Pledge CA$ 190 or more About $144

    Share the fun with family or friends and receive four (4) Useless Cans including the sports button for competitive play. You will be listed as a Platinum Official Contributor on our website.

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    Pledge CA$ 220 or more About $167

    Experience the Useless Can like you never did before with four players matches. You get 4 useless cans with 4 customized labels and of course 4 Sports Non-slippery buttons. You will be listed as a Platinum Official Contributor on our website.

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    Pledge CA$ 580 or more About $440

    Spread the joy of uselessness by giving the Useless Can to all your loved ones. You get 10 DIY cans with customized labels. You will be listed as a Rhodium Official Contributor on our website.

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    Pledge CA$ 630 or more About $478

    Give the Useless Can to your best customers. You get 10 DIY cans with the logo of your company on the labels. You will be listed as a Rhodium Official Contributor on our website.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,800 or more About $1,365

    You get a fully assembled Useless Can with the name of your choice on the label and the Sports Non-slippery button. You will be listed as a Rhodium Official Contributor on our website.

    You also get a MandleBot robotic arm which includes:

    1 MandleBot robot fully assembled
    1 USB Cable
    1 Power cord
    1 Software license (Robotik Studio)
    1 ruggedized transportation case
    1 FREE Gamepad Logitech F310
    1 instructions manual
    3 Allen Key (3/32), (7/64), (3/16)
    1 screwdriver

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