About this project
The World's Most Expressive Pin
We wanted to transform the classic round shaped pin into a modern wearable. We made a digital pin that lets you voice any opinion, express love to your favourite artist or the support of the cause you are engaged in – and to change between these with just a few clicks.
This wearable doesn’t measure your heartbeat, it won't track your position and we most definitely wont count any calories! The pin does one thing – it enhances your personality. It’s an accessory that lets you wear any of your favourite artists, designer or illustrator on your collar, clothes, bags or anywhere. Based on the mood you are currently in.
Create, Upload and Wear
Wear Ready-made Designs
Our user-friendly iOS and Android app makes it really simple to change the content on the pin. The easiest way is to use a design someone else has created. Click on a design you like and then use the button “Wear on pin” and it will be uploaded to the pin in less than a second.
Create or Upload your own Designs!
It's really easy to make your own designs with our in-app creator, regardless of your artistic skills. You can write any text, use background patterns and colours based on your current state of mind. If you prefer you can take a picture and upload to your pin or combine it all with a sweet gif you’ve created!
A Social and Creative Community
We are starting a creative community for people who want to design, share and express themselves through illustrations, pictures, logos or gifs. Find others that are passionate about the same band, artist or causes as you and collaborate with them to get the word out!
You can follow friends, family or your favourite people or brand! In an instant you and your friend can wear any design you have created or downloaded.
For Artists, Brands and Designers
The idea of creating a creative community offline as well as online is what is most important to us! We are already building a network with some really awesome designers, illustrators and street artists who have started to contribute with their work to the community!
Artists, brands, designers, and organisations can open up their own accounts within the app, and they can choose to upload and share official merchandise to the community. During this campaign we are working with some really talented designers that have contributed with artwork for our pins. These artists are:
Wear and Use as you Like
We set out to create a digital wearable pin, and we quickly realised the extreme versatility of the pin and the in-app creator so expect to see more developments and exciting news during the campaign
Every person that we presented the concept to has their own take on when, where and how they would use the pin. Ideas from users so far are:
- wearing on a collar
- pinning to bags
- wearing as a necklace
- desktop reminder
- baby on board' notice on transport
Integrate your Own App with the Pin Using our Development Kit
We are building a platform that makes it possible to integrate your own app with the pin. Later this year we will release a PinOS platform and a SDK that will let anyone innovate and create their own applications for the pin.
When we planned our Kickstarter we didn’t want to complicate things and stayed with a white version along side two limited versions in silver and gold. During the campaign there has been requests for more colours and a way to attach the pin to ones clothes with a magnet instead of a needle. We think that both ideas are great but haven’t made any budget for them. Therefore we decided to add two stretch goals, if we reach them we can definitely make them and if we don’t we will make a true effort to fit them within the current budget.
- If we reach 95 000 USD we will make the matte black pin in production (you will be able to choose white or black when we get closer to production).
- If we reach 115 000 USD we will design and ship a solution that enables you to choose if you want to attach the pin with a needle or a magnet.
The People Behind Pins Collective
We have together more than 30 years of project management experience within business and technology. We are used to owning and managing large-scale and complex projects and have worked with some of the largest companies in the Nordics, bringing innovations to life. We love what we do and are excited and dedicated in bringing Pins Collective to you.
Countless hours have been spent on designing the pin and finding manufacturers with the right know-how. Our team at Pins Collective teamed up with the amazing guys as People People (we got invaluable contribution from Johan Frössén) and Topp who helped us with every stage of the process, from inception to prototype.
We have, in the process, truly made a collective effort in getting this from paper to prototype. Pins Collective is grateful to all of the help, ideas, and designs that people have given us on the way, and we look forward to seeing you become part of this process by backing us and joining our creative collective!
Olof Sjöstedt, Fredrik Glans & Helene Hamilton
Pins Collective in Social Media
During our Kickstarter campaign we will do daily updates on our social media accounts with new images, designs and gifs from designers we have teamed up with. Follow us on your favourite channel so don't miss out!
The Reflexive LCD Screen – for Outdoor and Indoor Use
The round 1.34 inch screen is semi reflective and semi backlit. This makes the screen very versatile as the image gets sharper when sunlight hits it. But, as it is backlit it works really well indoors as well. The technology used is also very energy efficient and has a low energy consumption. Below we try to show this reflective and backlit feature as well as the current state of our working prototype (work in progress).
Breakdown of the pin
• Diameter: 1.96 in / 5 cm
• Weight: 0,56 oz. / 16 grams
• Diameter: 1.34 in / 3,40 cm
• Dots: 77 782
• Colors: 262K
• Still Picture: 74 hrs
• Moving Picture (30hz): 2,5 hrs
• Micro USB
Since day one of the prototyping phase, Pins Collective have worked closely with a manufacturer that has a well established reputation of moving projects like ours from the current prototype phase through the industrialization process and in to full scale production. This company have helped us with the sourcing of components and done all the CAD-work needed to design and create the final pin. They have also delivered the board prototype that we needed in order to show how the overall experience would be and how the reflective LCD works. We are very confident that we, with their assistance, have created a solid project plan for our coming stages.
Up until now we have put a lot of emphasis on finding the right screen, perfected the design and user experience. The design work is completed, we have a functional board prototype, and the appearance models have been manufactured to perfection based on the 3D CAD models. We’ve also put a lot of effort into the app prototype, as we think it is key to the experience.
Our upcoming challenges are now on the technical side. In the current phase we are miniaturizing the prototype and putting the components within its final form factor. As this is something we at Pins Collective haven’t worked on before we rely on our technical partner for this to be made. Our resources have gotten us this far but in order to take the next step towards production, we need your help.
The Making of...
If you are further interested in the process that took us here we encourage you to visit our blog where we have published text, pictures and short clips about start up life in general and the project in particular.
Risks and challenges
Pins Collective is a unique product with some new components that leaves us dependent on our suppliers and partners. However, most of the technology we use is well known and common in other products. The fact that we have teamed up with a well-established technology partner that has over 20 years of experience in taking products from a prototype phase like ours into full production.
We also teamed up with Swedish industrial design company People People on this project. They have an in-depth experience working with new concept and ideas - especially within the wearable industry. Any design issues that might arise going into production are in the hands of some the most talented designers out there.
Our main priority is to ensure the overall product quality of our sub component. We’ll reduce this risk by visiting our suppliers and be present during assembly and testing.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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