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.
Imagine you are in the middle of a race, match, or any other important moments in your life, and your shoelaces decided to give up on you. You then spend the next couple of seconds to tie them back.
What if you are having difficulty bending down just to tie your shoelaces? Wouldn't it be nice to have something that automatically ties your shoelaces and keeps them secured all the time?
What is KickS?
KickS started as a passion project that aims to make Self-Lacing Shoes technology a reality for everyone today. It is envisioned to be an accesible and affordable device that
Automatically ties your shoelaces with zero effort from the users (no more bending/sitting down just to tie your shoelaces)
Can be attached onto any shoes, even on your favorite pair of AJs!
Instantly secures your laces at optimal tightness throughout the day
Provides better comfort and reduces blistering due to a loose shoefit
KickS also provides you with that extra confidence and safety. Never worry about loose laces during important moments in your life again!
Product Development Roadmap
Currently, the team has developed a patent-pending design and mechanism for KickS. For now, the functional prototype works with the touch of a button.
However, through your support from Kickstarter the team would like to achieve the following in the future.
Making KickS even more effortless to use. Either by firstly, an app interaction via a smartwatch or a smartphone. Secondly, a motion-controlled sensor in KickS that detects when the user slides his/her foot into the shoes.
Reducing the size/footprint of the device. It is paramount for us to make it thinner, smaller, and lighter than the current prototype.
Hopefully, we will be able to bring this improved future version of KickS into production.
Funding Goals - Your Support is All We Need to Succeed!
The funding goals exist to motivate the team and backers. They are also tiered to match each development/production challenges.
If the goals are met, the team promises to deliver the following in the production version of KickS.
$30,000 - 3 Colourways will be made available
Top 3 colorways will be selected from a backer's poll. The funding goal exists due to the the production cost for different colours.
$60,000 - LED + Wireless Charging
The team will incorporate LED (great for night runs, or just for the cool people at night festivals) and Wireless Charging Technology into KickS.
>$100,000 - Motion-Controlled Sensor or App Support
The team will make it our main priority to develop and deliver the feature in the production version of KickS (Determined by the development team in the future).
Meet The Team
The team is made up of 5 budding like-minded entrepreneurs from Singapore that have the necessary skills (both engineering and business) to bring KickS into reality.
KickS came about when the three sneakerheads - Joel, Gladwin, and Darren, talked about the future of shoes. We were discussing & looking for an innovative alternative to shoelaces. The current self-lacing solutions in the market are too expensive and not accessible to the masses. Therefore, we founded NIXX with two other individuals - Shi Hui and Rachel, who were also onboard with the idea of KickS.
To know more about us and our portfolios, please visit our website.
Risks and challenges
The team has worked really hard to bring this product to life with multiple prototypes, tests and supplier relations. However, like any other project, there are some risks involved:
Fulfillment Timeline: This is our very first venture, and we have factored in extra time into our timeline for any unexpected delays. We will also keep a very open communication with you throughout the entire process until you receive the product on hand.
Last but not least, this means the world to us. We really hope that you can support us by backing us on this project to make tying shoelaces a thing of the past!