About this project
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You need a CAT Clutch to add illumination to your life and stand out in a crowd. This handsome acrylic clutch is no ordinary bag. It is a walking canvas. It is the ultimate in wearable art. It's a conversation starter and a must-have accessory, one that expresses your style of the moment with a touch of our app. But we can't do it without you. Your contribution will further the production of the CAT Clutch, and allow us to explore new designs. Equally as important, it will support the future of wearable LED fashion, giving us the means to continue breaking new ground in wearable LED pixel art.
The classic clutch design and LED display, combined with pixel art and a Bluetooth enabled app merge fashion and technology, bringing the past into the future. The bag is assembled by hand from acrylic in a couple of iconic styles - gold glitter, and white and blue marble. The pixel art is inspired by video game graphics of the 1980s.
The CAT Clutch mobile app comes pre-loaded with over 30 pixel art animations commissioned from leading pixel artists. To customize your purse, tap the art you like and seconds later it’s lit up on your bag. You may also upload your own pixel art animations (gif format) too. If you want to display text instead of animation, you can use the CAT Scrawl app to create a scrolling banner. The bag also looks stunning sans animation too.
Here are some of the fun pixel art animations you can choose from to upload to your CAT Clutch.
If you have something to say instead of show, just write it to the CAT Clutch via our CAT Scrawl app.
Inside is the CAT Clutch is a large mirror that spans the width of the interior. You can further customize your bag by engraving your name across the top of the mirror. There’s an alcove to hold your lipstick or cash and enough storage to fit an iPhone 6 Plus or a Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+. If your phone's battery is running low, there is a USB port so you can juice up your cell phone. Note that the LED display will switch off automatically while you are charging your phone. Every purse will will come with an exclusive CAT zippered canvas pouch to store your credit cards, change, and other loose items.
If you aren't into purses, we have another wearable option - iBling. This unisex necklace is a rectangular pendant that displays pixel art that is customizable from our app. The iBling’s thick chain, makes it comfortable to wear the LED artwork of your choice around your neck. This is also available as one of our exciting rewards.
People love the CAT Clutch. We hear a lot of, “That bag is so cool” and “Where’d you get your bag? I love it.” We have produced a few bags but to meet the overwhelming interest we need funds. Materials, manufacturing, software development, and marketing are not cheap.
CAT, Creative Arts & Technology, is also more than a Clutch. When you contribute to our Kickstarter you are not only helping produce the CAT Clutch, you are supporting the future of wearable LED art. We have many new ideas that can come to life with your support. As a token of our appreciation, we have items that we'd love to send you as a thank you for your support. Please check out the rewards. You'll see that we have something for everyone’s budget.
Also please don't hesitate to ask questions. We're here to listen and answer them.
The CAT Clutches and iBling will be offered in three different style choices:
- Gold Glitter
- White Marble
- Blue Marble
Plus there will be a fourth choice that will be determined by the backer community. Our Kickstarter supporters will decide if our fourth offering will be:
- Silver Glitter
- Black Sparkle or
- Green Marble
If you purchase the CAT Clutch, you will receive:
- CAT Clutch in the acrylic color of your choice
- CAT Drawstring Bag to protect your purse when it's not in use
- CAT Zippered Pouch to store your goodies in your purse
- Cross body strap in your preferred hardware color which comes in handy when you are on the dance floor
- Side angled USB cable with micro USB or Lightning to use as a backup phone charger when you are running low on juice
Disclaimer: Acrylic is a durable material, but in certain situations it can be fragile. It will not likely survive if it is dropped, sat on, or thrown around. So keep your clutch close.
This purse does contain a micro controller board and will not work if it is immersed in water.
Like it's founders, CAT. – Creative Arts & Technology – is a funky, fresh marriage of tech and fashion. Al, an IT Director at a large Fortune 500 company in Silicon Valley, geeks out making innovative tech projects in their basement, otherwise known as The Lab. And Erin, an IT project manager and fervent fashion enthusiast, gets her groove on hanging out in her overflowing closet with her beloved cats and (many, many) purses. Nearly two decades after these two crazy cats said I DO, they have finally merged their individual interests into one cool, light up bag!
Fresh off his successfully funded PIXEL V2: LED Art Kickstarter campaign, Al was looking into new LED formats. “What’s that,” Erin said one night while he was tweaking around with a rectangular LED matrix. “It’s my latest LED format,” Al said. “You know that would look awesome if we converted it into a clutch,” she said. And Boom – just like getting her chocolate in his peanut butter – the CAT Clutch was born. Erin got to sketching out bags and Al got to streamlining his Pixel Art boards to fit her designs.
They recruited Keven Lovette to create an app, Rebecca Tollen to help strategize, Birtu Belete to light up social media, and well known pixel artists from all over the world, like Paul Robertson and Jacob Giordano, to provide their art work.
Press Kit for videos, images, logos and other marketing assets.
Risks and challenges
We have been designing, redesigning and tweaking the prototype for the past year. Now we are ready to enter the next phase of development: adding features and functionality to the app, updating the internal board, finalizing relationships with suppliers, and fine tuning production processes. Al Linke, one of our founders, has already managed two successful Kickstarter campaigns for PIXEL and PIXEL V2: LED Art. Both of which were delivered on time. We will be using the same manufacturer from the PIXEL projects, Seeed Studio, to produce the CAT Clutch printed circuit board.
That said, we have done this before and the reality is hardware/software combined projects are very difficult. For sure complications will arise over the course of this project. Our commitment to you is to be as transparent as possible and keep you updated as these issues arise.
iOS and Android fully functional apps will be available when the CAT Clutch ships. We may, however, add new app features based on community feedback during or after this campaign. As we have limited mobile app development resources at this time, we will prioritize adding new features to our iOS app as our research shows the majority of our target market is iOS users. So it could happen that some if not all new features never make it to the Android app. We are of course open to feedback on the apps but need to set expectations accordingly based on our available resources.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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