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$8,094
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41
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, March 28 2019 4:33 PM UTC +00:00

About

 Muscle Wires® can be found on NASA rover missions, inside robotic prosthetics for people missing limbs, and within other highly-specialized robots. It’s ultra-lightweight, and produces precise motion. Now, Nanopuppet has found a way to make it affordable and fun. Nanopuppet is a high-tech greeting card company based in Los Angeles, California, that puts robots in greeting cards using  Muscle Wires® technology.

A detail of our working muscle wire actuators!
A detail of our working muscle wire actuators!

Ten years ago, Co-Founder & CEO, Menuka Gamage aspired to make a robotic greeting card as a gift for his sister -- a robotic butterfly. This small idea led him down a path to create the most compact and energy-efficient actuator. There are two common ways to create motion from electricity, motors and solenoids. Neither of these options are sufficient to create lifelike motion with the power efficiency to fit in a greeting card. This challenge led Menuka to his unique Muscle Wires® solution. Nearly 1,400 prototypes later, Nanopuppet has released the world’s first  Muscle Wires® greeting cards, with the intention of changing the greeting card industry. 

Meet the team!
Meet the team!

Nanopuppet is a small Los Angeles-based team who create greeting cards to share with those you care about. Great for any occasion from birthday shenanigans to silly love cards.  The Koji cards come 5 unique designs. Baby Wah, Birthday Ice Cream Treat, Sakura Love (Cherry Blossom), Birthday Balloons & Blimps, Missing My Friend in The City. We’re passionate about bringing art and technology together to create one a kind greeting cards.

 Nanopuppet needs your help to bring our new set of cards into the world. We need $10,000 to pay for the tooling to bring the cost of production down to the point where anybody could experience our cards, including you, our backers, who get the world’s first Nanopuppet cards. With your pledge we will be able to afford injection molding for our new talking actuator, spin new boards, and cover the die-cutting costs. Help our team bring these cards to market by funding this campaign.

Inside the cards you will meet lovable Koji, the micro-robotic, adorable monster featured in Nanopuppet's newest talking card series. Koji is there to congratulate you on your big day, and to help eat your birthday cake . Combining the innovative technology of synchronization between sound and lifelike movement with our animated illustrations, Koji comes to life.

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 (Above) A prototype of 'Birthday Ice Cream Treat - Koji'

Koji picked up an ice cream truck off a residential street, disrupting traffic because he was in desperate need of a treat! Falling ice cream around the border, people on the street left confused and distraught. 

  • Features a moving ice cream truck with a gloss finish
  • Includes one card with matching Koji style envelope 
  • Card Size: 6’’ L x  6’’ H x .25” W   
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 (Above) A prototype of 'Sakura Love (Cherry Blossoms) - Koji' 

 Koji appears to have ripped a Sakura tree out of the ground and giving it to his allusive crush. Yumi is quite impressed, she giggles with joy. Deer frolic and graze by the river. This card is perfect for expressing your feelings to a crush or your lover!

  • Features a talking mouth and bobbing head with a matte
  • Includes one card with matching Koji style envelope 
  •  Card Size: 6’’ L x  6’’ H x .25” W   

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(Above) A prototype of 'Missing My Friend in the City - Koji' 

 Mountains, clouds, and skyscrapers. Koji is stomping through downtown in search of his friend. Upset and worried, he shouts his longing. Something you would want to send to a close friend, or someone you lost touch with. To let them know, you are thinking of them. 

  • Features a talking mouth with a matte finish
  • Includes one card with matching Koji style envelope 
  • Card Size: 6’’ L x  6’’ H x .25” W  

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(Above) A prototype of 'Birthday Balloons & Blimps - Koji' 

 Koji has grabbed hold of what he thought were birthday balloons, turned out to be hot air balloons and blimps! People are in full panic, but Koji is having a great time with his new toys. What a great birthday surprise!. 

  • Features an arm that pull the balloon strings with a matte finish 
  • Includes one card with matching Koji style envelope 
  •  Card Size: 6’’ L x  6’’ H x .25” W  
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 (Above) A prototype of 'Congrats Baby Wah - Koji' 

Displays a baby Koji character throwing a tantrum surrounded by his many toys, shaking his rattle for attention. This card is perfect for new parents or anyone that is expecting! 

  • Features moving arms, shaking a rattle
  • Includes one card with matching Koji style envelope 
  • Card Size: 6’’ L x  6’’ H x .25” W 
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(Above) One of our first cards! 'Monarch'

 Card Size: 6’’ L x  6’’ H x .25” W   

Risks and challenges

We work closely with paper suppliers and printers in the USA to make our cards. Our electronics are sourced from China where lead times and supply can be a factor. We have close relationships with our manufacturers, but are ready to solve any problems that might arise between the design and manufacturing process.

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Sustainable materials

The paper we use is sustainably sourced.

Environmentally friendly factories

We use mercury-free batteries to power the robotics.

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    You Rock!

    You like Koji, but you went over your monthly budget, so you are kind enough to give what you can so we can update you on what Nanopuppet is doing!

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    Early Bird!

    A limited price offer for our first 100 pledges to take Koji home and stickers! (Retail: $14.99)

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    Koji!

    Pick your favorite Koji card! (Retail: $14.99)

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    Butterfly Collection!

    Nanopuppet’s first greeting card collection: an elegant monarch butterfly with the ability to flap its wings. Limited time offer!

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    More Koji!

    Loving more than one design? No problem. Get 3 different Koji card designs for a discounted price! (Retail: $14.99, Total: $44.97)

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    Most Koji!

    You think Koji is precious, and you don’t want to choose which card you like best. Collect them all! (Retail: $14.99, Total: $74.95)

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    Make Your Own Koji!

    Koji wants to deliver a special message. In 15 words or less, make him your personal messenger!

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    One of a Kind!

    Our lead Illustrator Janet Horkaew will draw your very own digital portrait.

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    Epic Customization!

    You think Nanopuppet is cool and you want to work with us to create your own custom greeting card. This is your chance. Custom illustration, custom programming, a custom card, just for you.

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