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UPDATE 1 - 28/04/2014 - NO GHOSTING
UPDATE 2 - 30/04/2014 - WATER TEST
UPDATE 3 - 01/05/2014 - PENS
UPDATE 4 - 01/05/2014 - STRENGTH TEST
UPDATE 5 - 01/05/2014 - CLEANING THE OCTOPAD
UPDATE 6 - 05/05/2014 - THANK YOU
UPDATE 7 - 11/05/2014 - GENERAL UPDATE
UPDATE 8 - 18/05/2014 - FREE GIFT, A4 OCTOPAD, STRETCH GOAL, SURVEY, SHARING
UPDATE 9 - 20/05/2014 - STRETCH GOAL (AGAIN)
UPDATE 10 - 24/05/2014 - BLUE OCTOPAD, FREE CLIPS, MARKERS
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Octopads are reusable dry erase writing pads that can be repeatedly stuck to, and removed from, any smooth non-porous surface through the use of microsuction technology! Gone are the days where your temporary notes are stored on paper and thrown in the bin shortly after....With an Octopad you can write a note, erase your note, write a new note, and reposition the note over and over again due to the special “Octofoam” backing.
Erasable you say?...
That's right! The writing surface of the Octopad is made of a plastic film, which means that you can use your Octopad as if it’s a miniature whiteboard. Whether you want to use dry erase pens, or the recommended Staedlter correctable markers, writing, erasing, and rewriting your notes couldn't be easier.
Since the writing surface has a smooth, glossy finish, its easy to erase the note without leaving "ghosting" on the film, leaving you with a clean surface to start over again.
The writing surface is pretty impressive, but flip the Octopad over and you might be even more impressed...
Octopads don’t rely on glue based adhesive, instead they use an awesome material I call "Octofoam", which has micro-suction technology built into it. Octofoam works in a similar way to the suction pad on your vehicle's sat nav mount, but instead of one big suction cup there are literally hundreds of micro-cups all crammed into one small square of material. (Who'd have thought so much technology could go into a sticky note, right?)
Removing an Octopad from its "sticking surface" is very easy. The Octofoam is thick, and this provides enough height for you to peel the pad upwards simply by rolling a finger under the corner of the pad. The foam thickness also allows some cushioning behind the writing surface, which ultimately gives you a smooth writing experience.
Don't be fooled by Octofoam's trickery. The little suckers housed in the foam are super strong! You can see Octofoam's true suction power when you try to remove the octopads in a sideways direction from the sticking surface. In such a case, all of the suction pads work together to form an incredibly strong bond.
It’s worth pointing out that since Octopads don’t use glue, it means that there is no residue left behind when you pull the pad away from its sticking surface.
Classic Octopads measure 76.2 x 76.2mm (3 x 3 inches) which is the same size as a standard square sticky note.
A5 Octopads measure 148 x 210mm (5.8 x 8.3 inches) which is the same size as a standard A5 sheet of paper...as i'm sure you guessed.
I recommend these bad boys...
Octopads are great for use with any dry erase pens or better still, with the Steadtler correctable markers shown above. I personally recommend using the Steadtler correctable markers (medium tip) because the ink holds a fairly unique level of resistance to wear and tare, but is still easily removed when necessary.
Now on to the good stuff. Here are the rewards available to you in return for a pledge towards the Octopad Kickstarter campaign:
I came up with the idea of reusable sticky notes quite some time ago:
I have two trash cans at work, one for "general waste", and the other for "recyclables" (Paper, plastics etc). Every two weeks the recyclables bin would be taken away, and I couldn't help but notice the large number of scrunched up sticky notes and paper sheets that i was throwing away. When i looked a little closer, i noticed that just like the normal sticky notes, most of the larger pieces of paper were also used for snippets of information that were only useful for a short period of time. Knowing that i had to cut down on wasting so much paper, I resorted to using pencils and rubbers, but removing my writing with a standard rubber turned out to be too much hassle- the paper would crinkle and tear, the graphite would ghost and smudge, and the back of the sticky notes would lose their stickiness over time. I needed something that was easy to wipe clean, very durable, and easy to re-stick.
To tackle the first problem (the writing surface) I started off by looking into using Overhead Projector acetate. I remember the teachers at school using acetate for temporary notes. Back then they used an ink that had to be removed with water / alcohol. The acetate was pretty good, but there were a couple of things that i didn't like about it:
1. I knew I wanted to use the correctable markers, and I found that the Acetate was too smooth for these - the ink rubbed off a little too easily, and it left a faint ghosting effect behind.
2. When you look at Acetate from an angle, it appears to be lightly scratched. This simply wasn't good enough for the high quality product that i wanted to create.
So i moved onto testing a number of other materials including (but not limited to) PVC, PP, Vinyl, High gloss card, Tyvek etc etc...:
Some had a bumpy Matt finish, others were smooth with a high gloss finish. Some were too easy to wipe clean, others were almost impossible to wipe clean...even with water! The weight of the material was also particularly important. The notes had to be flexible but not floppy. Eventually I found a material that i was very happy with, and needless to say, it's the one i went for!
The next problem was the sticky back. How could i possibly stick a note to a surface without it eventually loosing all of its stickiness?!! Well, after researching sticky materials, and eliminating just about every type of supposedly "re-positionable" glue / adhesives out there, I came across two cool materials, one called GeckSkin which is currently being made at University of Massachusetts (its not out for sale yet, and it wouldnt necessarily be good for this application... but it looks pretty awesome), and the other, a micro-suction material which was perfect for the job...now known as Octofoam!
Here is a quick overview of how Octopads are manufactured:
1. Have the dry erase film and Octofoam manufactured to specification.
2. Laminate the two materials together using a very strong adhesive
3. Manufacture custom dies for the cutting process.
4. Cut the Octopads into shape
5. Package and post
Below is a cool little video showing the creation of the final prototypes. As you can see, i made these prototypes by hand. The lamination process was performed with the use of a vinyl squeegee, and the cutting was achieved using my manual die cutting machine. Although the quality of the final product is still very good, the process for creating just one Octopad is pretty lengthy! Outsourcing the manufacturing will allow me to achieve the same level of quality at a much quicker rate:
When creating the prototypes I was able to cut perfect squares of material using a manual die cutting machine (see prototype creation video above). Looking ahead, I plan to scale this up for a big production run where a similar method will be used, but with much more impressive machinery. I'll be required to manufacture a set of custom cutting dies and I have a machine shop ready to do this for me. I also need to have all of the lamination and cutting done in the machine shop, but in order for me to give the go ahead, i really could do with your help to get the funding needed :)
I really hope that you like the project and the product. I also hope that this is a project that everyone can get involved in. I have tried to create the reward levels at a price which means that Octopads are available to everyone and anyone who want to get their hands on a set! I look forward to receiving your thoughts, questions and comments. Thanks!
Risks and challenges
A manufacturer is on standby, ready to manufacture the cutting dies, and ready to carry out the lamination / cutting process. Since the production relies on the workshop that I have sourced I guess they are going to be the biggest risk / challenge of the whole process, but i cant see any major problems arising at this stage.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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