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What is a prototype?

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.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

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FUNCTIONAL PROTOTYPE DEMONSTRATION

Outsider pairs to your phone using Bluetooth, and that's it! You can control audio playback no matter what music app you use, and can start the panic alarm even when you're not connected via Bluetooth or if your phone battery dies. 

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T-SHIRT DESIGN

We love a comfortable, distressed T-Shirt that isn't covered in brands or over-starched fabric like the typical swag you'd get at a tech conference. Our T-Shirt fabric is soft and super comfortable, and once our pledge goal is met, you'll be able to choose one of two slogans that represent what Outsider is about:

  • i ride loud
  • i'm an outsider

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THE OUTSIDER STORY

Outsider is born from a lifelong friendship in the Pacific Northwest, where Seattle is known for the rain, our music has attitude, and the terrain empowers outdoor action sports with boards, wheels, boots and more. We're outsiders and trend setters in this corner of the country, so it seems natural we bring you this product that reflects our shared love for outdoor adventure, music, and history in wireless and software. Outsider device curves and weather protection were inspired by an umbrella, also an icon of our region. We have great pride in the craftsmanship that went into Outsider, and we know you'll love it!

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PROJECT TIMELINE

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BUDGET DETAILS

The custom plastics and circuit board design is already complete and verified by multiple independent industry veterans of product design and electrical engineering. We’re asking the Kickstarter community to pledge support to bring the Outsider to full production, right here in the United States. Here’s how our pledge goal breaks down, and why we’re confident these funds will bring you this great device: 

Metal form tooling for injection molding of device plastics  

The Outsider device assembly is made from multiple parts that are injection molded – most of the gadgets you buy are created this way. After reviewing several price quotes and associated tradeoffs – domestic and foreign – we’ve partnered with a local firm who is expert at this process, and who has a long track record delivering high quality results to other companies we personally know and trust. We’ve met the owner, toured the facility, seen them in action, use products they make, and interviewed their other customers to inform this decision. The creation of this metal tooling is a big one-time cost, so we’ve been extra cautious about getting our cost estimate right, and choosing a partner we have confidence in.

  • Top and Bottom case mold: $34,000
  • Button over-mold: $12,500
  • LED light pipe and buttons mold: $7,200

Total: $53,700

Embedded device software development 

The software running on Outsider controls the Bluetooth radio, interacts with sensors and memory, handles button presses, etc. We’ve already completed high quality functional and design specifications that are specific about our minimally viable product (MVP), success criteria for each requirement, key milestones to measure and report progress, software module architecture, etc. Our co-founder, Gabe is expert at this, and leads engineering teams at Microsoft that do this, so we have confidence in our estimates. We’re ready to hit the ground running at full speed. The creation of this device software is the other big one-time cost, so we’ve been extra cautious about including a margin of cost overrun while at the same time eliminating the specification ambiguity that can lead to such overruns. 

  • Bluetooth remote and Panic button functionality: $30,000
  • Field-upgradable device software to enable app services after release: $10,000

Total: $40,000

Bill of Materials and production labor for Kickstarter devices  

This is the cost breakdown of creating and assembling the final device at a production volume of 500 units. We’ve chosen 500 units merely to represent a feasible quantity that satisfies our pledge goal, but importantly, our pledge cost structure scales to many thousands of devices depending on the enthusiasm of our Kickstarters. 

  • Individual electronic components
  • Printing and preparation of circuit boards
  • Automated part placement (stuffing) of electronics on printed circuit boards (PCB)
  • PCB electrical test verification
  • Injection-molded plastic parts for device
  • Pre-assembly labor including solder of battery, charge coil and panic alarm speaker
  • Pre-assembly labor to flash device firmware and execute software verification tests
  • Contract manufacturing shipping costs
  • Final assembly labor and verification of buttons, charging, LED, and Bluetooth
  • Boxing, handling, distribution

Total: $41,000

Miscellaneous expenses related to final device assembly

These are costs related to device assembly line such as tools, screws, tables, etc. Assembly line space is provided to the Outsider team for Kickstarter production at no cost. 

Total: $5000

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Risks and challenges

CONTRACT MANUFACTURING

We have selected trusted, local contract manufacturers (CM) and have been working very closely with them throughout the design phases. All contract manufacturers are within close proximity of each other which allows us to stay on top of production if problems arise. We view this as critical during early production as we orchestrate these multiple entities to bring our product together.

DEVICE ASSEMBLY & TEST

The Outsider founders will be participating in, and overseeing assembly and functional testing for devices delivered to our Kickstarters. We recognize this will be an important learning process, and is crucial to quality control. As a result, assembly and test will be a rigorous process. While we can parallelize many early aspects, significant unexpected delays in our CM process could delay device delivery due to slower assembly and test processes. But fear not, as we've worked hard to address these risks from the outset.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    I'm an Outsider

    Outsiders are a tight knit community who frequently explore the deepest realms of our beautiful planet; places that many will never see. We are inclusive. We encourage each other to push the boundaries in order to discover what's out there. We love music and often get lost in it as we traverse through uncharted territory. And perhaps what we love the most- fresh, crisp, amazing air. The $15 you just donated just bought you your first breath of fresh air, as an official Outsider! Ride loud and explore my friend!

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    I'm an Outsider with a T-Shirt!

    As an official Outsider, you will have your choice of one of two extremely comfortable, and awesome T-Shirts we created to represent our founder community.

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    Early Rider - Outsider Device

    You are now an Outsider, equipped with an OEM packaged device with a wireless charging plate and an armband.

    Become one of our first 150 backers and you will get an Outsider device for only $99!

    Kickstarters get Outsider before the general public, and beyond a T-Shirt, Early Rider's save 42% off retail pricing.

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    Outsider Device

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    Kickstarters get Outsider before the general public, and save 12% off retail pricing.

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    Early Rider - Founder Edition

    Early to rise, you are now an Outsider, equipped with a T-Shirt and an OEM packaged device with a wireless charging plate and an armband. With this package, you will get to vote for a limited Founder Edition device and armband color. Of course, you also get the device in the winning color scheme!

    This Early Rider package is limited to the first 90 backers. Kickstarters get Outsider before the general public, and Founders get a limited, one-time-only color not available to the public.

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    Founder Edition

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    This Founder Edition package is limited to the first 200 backers. Kickstarters get Outsider before the general public, and Founders get a limited, one-time-only color not available to the public.

    Includes:
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    • Armband (Founder Edition)
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    Early Rider - Outsider Device 3 Pack

    You and your crew are now Outsiders equipped with T-Shirts and OEM packaged devices with wireless charging plates and armbands.

    This Early Rider package is limited to the first 70 backers. Kickstarters get Outsider before the general public, and beyond 3 T-Shirts, a 3 Pack saves 30% off retail pricing.

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    Outsider Device 3 Pack

    You and your crew are now Outsiders, equipped with OEM packaged devices with wireless charging plates and armbands. And you get one of our awesome Outsider T-Shirts.

    Kickstarters get Outsider before the general public, and beyond a T-Shirt, a 3 Pack will save 20% off retail pricing.

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    Early Rider - Founder Edition 3 Pack

    You and your crew are now Outsiders, equipped with T-Shirts and OEM packaged devices with wireless charging plates and armbands. With this package, you will get to vote for a one-time-only, Founder Edition device and armband color. Of course, you also get 3 devices in the winning color scheme!

    This Early Rider package is limited to the first 36 backers. Kickstarters get Outsider before the general public, and Founders get a limited, one-time-only color not available to the public.

    Includes:
    • Outsider Device (Founder Edition Color)
    • Armband (Founder Edition)
    • Wireless Charging Base
    • "I'm an Outsider" T-Shirt OR "I ride loud" T-Shirt
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    Founder Edition 3 Pack

    You and your crew are now Outsiders, equipped with T-Shirts and OEM packaged devices with wireless charging plates and armbands. With this package, you will get to vote for a one-time-only, Founder Edition device and armband color. Of course, you also get 3 devices in the winning color scheme!

    This Founder Edition package is limited to the first 90 backers. Kickstarters get Outsider before the general public, and Founders get a limited, one-time-only color not available to the public.

    Includes:
    • Outsider Device (Founder Edition Color)
    • Armband (Founder Edition)
    • Wireless Charging Base
    • "I'm an Outsider" T-Shirt OR "I ride loud" T-Shirt
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    Outsider Device Early Preview

    Welcome to the Outsider early device community! You will be equipped with a T-Shirt and a Kickstarter pre-release Outsider device with a wireless charging plate and an armband. With this package, you will get to vote for a one-time-only, Founder Edition device and armband color. Of course, you also get 3 devices in the winning color scheme!

    We will ship you software updates as they need to be tested by the community, and you will have direct access to Mark and Gabe, the Founders, to communicate your feedback.

    When we release the device to the Kickstarter community, you will get a Founders Edition and also get to keep the pre-release device.

    Additionally, we will give you lifetime subscriptions to all Outsider services released such as Walkie Talkie, Emergency Contacts, and more.

    Includes:
    • Pre-release Outsider Hardware
    • Pre-release Outsider Software
    • Outsider Device (Founder Edition Color)
    • Armband (Founder Edition)
    • "I'm an Outsider" T-Shirt OR "I ride loud" T-Shirt
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    Outsider Device Early Preview 3 Pack

    Welcome to the Outsider early device community! You will be equipped with three T-Shirts and Kickstarter pre-release Outsider devices with wireless charging plates and armbands. With this package, you will get to vote for a one-time-only, Founder Edition device and armband color. Of course, you also get 3 devices in the winning color scheme!

    We will ship you software updates as they need to be tested by the community, and you will have direct access to Mark and Gabe, the Outsider founders, to communicate your feedback.

    When we release the device to the Kickstarter community, you will get a Founders Edition and also get to keep the pre-release device.

    Additionally, we will give you lifetime subscriptions to all Outsider services released such as Walkie Talkie, Emergency Contacts, and more.

    Includes:
    • Pre-release Outsider Hardware
    • Pre-release Outsider Software
    • Outsider Device (Founder Edition Color)
    • Armband (Founder Edition)
    • "I'm an Outsider" T-Shirt OR "I ride loud" T-Shirt
    • Lifetime Subscription to Outsider Services
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    Ultimate Outsider

    You are the Ultimate Outsider!

    To start, we will make you a part of the Outsider early device community. You will be equipped with three T-Shirts and Kickstarter pre-release Outsider devices with wireless charging plates and armbands. With this package, you will get to vote for a one-time-only, Founder Edition device and armband color. Of course, you also get 3 devices in the winning color scheme!

    We will ship you software updates as they need to be tested by the community, and you will have direct access to Mark and Gabe, the Outsider founders, to communicate your feedback.

    When we release the device to the Kickstarter community, you will get a Founders Edition and also get to keep the pre-release device.

    Additionally, we will give you lifetime subscriptions to all Outsider services released such as Walkie Talkie, Emergency Contacts, and more.

    And... You can't have a new and awesome device, without a launch party! As the Ultimate Outsider, you will receive two exclusive invites to Outsider's Kick Off Party Weekend in Whistler, BC where we will have a weekend of fun on the mountain and in the village. Activities will include skiing/snowboarding/mountain biking (weather dependent) an exclusive launch party in Whistler Village, a Snowmobile or ATV Tours in Whistler's Back Country and more!

    Includes:
    • Pre-release Outsider Hardware
    • Pre-release Outsider Software
    • Outsider Device (Founder Edition Color)
    • Armband (Founder Edition)
    • "I'm an Outsider" T-Shirt OR "I ride loud" T-Shirt
    • Lifetime Subscription to Outsider Services
    • Weekend Pass to Whistler Blackcomb
    • Exclusive Outsider Kick Off Party Pass
    • Voucher for Snowmobiling or ATV Tour
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    Ultimate Outsider Experience

    You are about to sign up for the Ultimate Outsider Experience featuring a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with Pro-Free Skier and Mountain Biker KC Deane!

    To start, we will make you a part of the Outsider early device community. You will be equipped with three T-Shirts and Kickstarter pre-release Outsider devices with wireless charging plates and armbands. With this package, you will get to vote for a one-time-only, Founder Edition device and armband color. Of course, you also get 3 devices in the winning color scheme!

    We will ship you software updates as they need to be tested by the community, and you will have direct access to Mark and Gabe, the Outsider founders, to communicate your feedback.

    When we release the device to the Kickstarter community, you will get a Founders Edition and also get to keep the pre-release device.

    Additionally, we will give you lifetime subscriptions to all Outsider services released such as Walkie Talkie, Emergency Contacts, and more.

    And... You can't have a new and awesome device, without a launch party! As the Ultimate Outsider, you will receive two exclusive invites to Outsider's Kick Off Party Weekend in Whistler, BC where we will have a weekend of fun on the mountain and in the village. Activities will include skiing/snowboarding/mountain biking (weather dependent) an exclusive launch party in Whistler Village, a Snowmobile or ATV Tours in Whistler's Back Country and more!

    Now for the Ultimate Outsider Experience! You, Mark, Gabe and pro-skiier/mountain biker KC Deane will be jumping in a helicopter to go Heli-Skiing/Boarding in Whistler! This is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that will include a chance to hang with a pro, learn tips on skiing and/or boarding, take unbelievable photos from on top of the mountain and as you ride! KC is also an outdoor action sports photographer so he can give you tips and of course you will get to keep the pictures as proof of one of the coolest days of your life. If you want a preview of what it's like to ride with KC check out @KCDeane on Instagram!

    Includes:
    • Pre-release Outsider Hardware
    • Pre-release Outsider Software
    • Outsider Device (Founder Edition Color)
    • Armband (Founder Edition)
    • "I'm an Outsider" T-Shirt OR "I ride loud" T-Shirt
    • Lifetime Subscription to Outsider Services
    • Weekend Pass to Whistler Blackcomb
    • Exclusive Outsider Kick Off Party Pass
    • Voucher for Snowmobiling or ATV Tour
    • Heli-Skiing and/or Snowboarding Adventure with KC Deane
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Funding period

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