The Finger is an accidentally-awesome dual-grip iPad stylus designed to mimic the ultimate pointing device: the human finger. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on July 9, 2011.
About this project
Steve Jobs says a finger is better than a stylus.
We say you shouldn't have to choose.
Ever since the iPad came out (and subsequently, the iPad 2), there’s been a fierce debate amongst its users.
On one hand, you’ve got the purists, who side with Steve Jobs. Steve said “we are all born with the ultimate pointing device – our fingers." He also said “if you see a stylus, they blew it.”
On the other hand, you’ve got the realists: people who realize that there are some things that a stylus is just better for (writing, drawing, that sort of thing).
We decided that we wanted to find a way to bring both groups together. What we came up with is the Finger.
The Finger is a capacitive-touch stylus that is shaped like, well... a finger.
Now you can have the best of both worlds:
you can use a stylus AND not feel like you’re betraying Steve Jobs (who
is arguably the greatest man ever to pair a turtleneck with jeans).
Here’s where it gets interesting, though. This whole thing kinda started as a joke. We thought maybe we could make this a sort of gag gift, get a little free publicity, that sort of thing.
But then we actually had a prototype made. And we discovered that we had accidentally created something pretty incredible.
For starters, the form factor ended up being a lot cooler than we had initially anticipated.We thought it was gonna look pretty ridiculous, but then it somehow came out kinda... sexy?
But then the other thing was, we realized that we had accidentally made the only dual-grip stylus on the market, at least as far as we know.
You’ve got this beefy wide grip on one end, and at the same time there's a nice slender grip on the other end. And both ends will work on the iPad screen.
We started realizing that maybe this was bigger than just a gag gift. Maybe people would actually use this thing. Any when we showed it to people, we found out we were right.
Everybody wanted one.
That’s where you come in.
See, if we’re going to be able to get these into mass production, it’s going to take a sizable investment.
We’re going to need injection molds, and material research, and packaging and a website and an online store and advertising and... well, you get the idea.
And all of that stuff costs money. Money that we don’t have.
you DO have money. Or else you wouldn’t be on kickstarter. And you’re
ALL ABOUT taking cool ideas and getting them to market.
So we’re asking that you would consider giving US some of that money to help get this PARTICULAR idea to market.
We can’t do it without you, Kickstarters.
But with your help, we can take this accidentally-awesome stylus and make it an intentionally-awesome product.
UPDATE: NOW IN LIVING COLOR!
We've gotten a lot of great feedback from people, and it's really helping to further refine our concept. Justin Gignac brought up one point that had been mentioned a few times: "You might want to consider other colors so it looks more fun and less like a hard turd whittled to a point."
We said "no problem!" We're now offering the Finger in three awesome colors (as well as the original black). You don't have to pick now, though. We'll let you pick colors after funding ends*.
P.S. Wanna be the first to hear the latest news on the finger?
PATENTS PENDING (on the finger, not the twitter handles... duh)
*Final colors may differ from those shown (based on manufacturing constraints), but we will have non-black options.
Good question. We've got several places that we're talking to, and we should come to a decision soon. We definitely want to have this thing made in the good ol' US of A though, for lots of reasons.
And heck, if you're an injection-molding company, hit us up! It's not too late to put in a bid for the project.
Aw, you're making us blush...
If you wanna know more about either of us, the first place to start would be following us on twitter:
Or friending us on facebook:
We also have websites (we're so current!)
kylescheele.com (this is mostly for speaking stuff, but my contact info is there)
If you want more information than that, then we probably already have a restraining order against you.
That, my friend, is proprietary information... that we don't have yet.
We've got several leads on some good conductive compounds, but until we get further testing done (which requires funding), we won't know for sure.
Our hope is to make the thing out of one piece of conductive plastic/rubber, but depending on what material(s) we land on, it may end up being 2 or more pieces.
Geez, Louise! We just announced this thing and you're already wanting deadlines? Wowza!
Our goal is to make a great product, not rush a crappy one out the door. Still, we realize that you want to get the Finger in hand (no pun intended) as soon as possible. Rough guess, we should be shipping 12-15 weeks after funding, but ONLY if we're satisfied with the product at that point.
We'll keep you updated either way though, and we'll give you the Finger just as fast as we can.
Let's hope not! For starters, one of those is a non-working prop. And it smells like spray-paint. And the other one only works on one end.
All kidding aside though, it should be pretty close. We've got the form factor where we want it, but we may have to make small tweaks depending on what materials we land on. Additionally, there may be other compromises that are necessitated by the manufacturing process.
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