A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
It’s armor, it looks awesome, it’s comfortable, and it keeps
score in a sword-fight.
Who We Are – Really
really really enthusiastic swordfighters
As rambunctious brothers growing up in Alaska, we were
frustrated by toy swords that would break too easily, that were too hard, too
soft, or just plain way out of our price range.
In the end we took matters into our own hands and WhomBatz was
born. Since its inception, the WhomBatz
Padded Sword Co. has focused on making real swordplay a safe and affordable
reality. We’ve spent years perfecting
the materials for our swords and now we’re happy to report that our WhomBatz line
offers the best bang-for-buck boffers on the market! They’re super-safe and
ridiculously durable, which means that during a battle you can focus on what
really matters, i.e. your opponent’s blade whizzing towards you!
Our Project – Ninja
From there we realized that the inherent difficulty of
score-keeping during a swordfight distracts and detracts from the fun of the
game. No one enjoys bickering over
glancing blows, flesh wounds and light touches when what you really want to be
doing is parrying, thrusting, and moving on to the next opponent or round. Why not make some awesome looking armor that
not only protects you but provides a way to keep score? Our Ninja Tag armor
does just that. Now you can duel,
berserk, melee, and generally battle to your heart’s content. Here’s how it works.
Electronic module –
LED lights, speakers, and sensor
Our patent-pending module is equipped with a sensor that
registers each strike from an opponent’s sword.
With each strike, it lights up and beeps, alerting all players that a
blow was successfully landed. From
green, the LED lights then flash orange, then red, and finally with the third
blow a “Game Over” buzzer sounds and the lights stay red, meaning that that
limb or player is now out until the next round.
The module acts as the “brains” of the armor.
The module is embedded into the durable foam of our armor,
which the player then wears. We have a
couple different options in terms of design, but the idea behind them both is
the same – aim for your opponent’s sensor and protect your own! For this first
run (we plan on releasing more designs soon!!) the options are either a
breastplate or a pair of shoulder pads.
They can also be worn together for an ultimate Ninja Tag experience,
with the option of putting a breastplate on your back and strapping ‘shoulder’
pads to your legs as well!
How is it powered?
The modules have a simple on/off switch and are powered with AAA
batteries for convenience in even the most remote game-play scenario.
What about sizes?
Our adjustable straps make both the Breastplate and the Shoulder
Armor options one-size-fits-most, from young ninjas all the way on up to big
kids and adults.
What you get when you
First and foremost, you get the satisfaction of knowing that
you have been instrumental in making what we think is the first step towards a
revolution in swordplay a reality. We
love getting the opportunity to get outside to play with our friends, and we
hope that Ninja Tag will be an incentive for everyone to set aside their smart
phones for a few minutes to engage in some good old-fashioned (hi-tech
Almost all of our reward options also include a set of Ninja
Tag armor, with lots of choices between the Shoulder Armor and the
Breastplate. There are also some options
that include a Kickstarter-only limited edition of our WhomBatz Bolt, a 24”
short sword, which equips you to play the game if you don’t already have one in
your arsenal. We’ll follow up before we
ship to ask which custom color you would like for the Ninja Tag armor and the
Oh and group play with Ninja Tag is absolutely EPIC.
Risks and challenges
There are always challenges involved with assembling a product with so many components, making sure everything little piece is working properly, packaging it up and getting it to your doorstep in a timely manner. We’re happy to report that the design process is complete and we’re already onto the prototyping phase, with some really great partners lined up at every step of the way. That’s why we’re confident that by June we’ll be able to deliver the product that you’ve been waiting for.
We’ve gotten the chance to test out prototypes, but we can’t wait for other sword-fighting enthusiasts to test it out and give us their feedback so we can get to work on the next generation of revolutionary cutting-edge products!
We can't do this alone. We're still a small, passionate company that depends on the support of like-minded individuals to bring new products to market. Ninja Tag is a major leap for us, and we're excited to make that journey with other swordplay enthusiasts from around the country!
Help us make Ninja Tag a reality! You’ll receive a very sincere and grateful thank you note for your support of Ninja Tag in its early stages and we’ll keep you posted on the project as it becomes a reality! As part of your reward, submit your art concept and we will put it up for public vote for future development!
Maybe you know us, maybe you wish you knew us. Either way, we love that you love that we love making great products. Join the Ninja Tag Contributor Club and sport your very own hooded sweatshirt while you partake in battle with a custom single run short sword.
For those Ninja warriors who want the ultimate Ninja Tag experience, with a combination of Breastplate and Shoulder Armor styles, the second Breastplate can even be strapped on the back, offering superb gameplay. Outfits 3 warriors to the teeth.
For those Ninja families who want the ultimate Ninja Tag experience, with a combination of Breastplate and Shoulder Armor styles, Ultimate Warrior II outfits up to 4 warriors to the teeth!! Don't forget the awesome limited edition colors!
Ninja Tag-enabled WhomBatz Breastplate
Pair of Ninja Tag-enabled WhomBatz Shoulder Armor