Lucidream eXo-Skeleton : Premium iPhone Case Reinvented
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The story of eXo
Inspired by the craftsmanship and quality of mechanical watch movements, we have distilled the precision of dynamically moving springs. eXo is bringing that craftsmanship, luxury and functionality to our digital now.
Building on a heritage of design and fine workmanship, eXo is a result of almost 3 years of research and development.
The concept grew from the idea of having an exquisitely built ecosystem of accessories that integrates your devices with your everyday life. An ecosystem of quality crafted products that are built to endure. This has been an iterative process, it has taken more than 120 prototypes, testing different configurations, technologies and manufacturing techniques, in order to satisfy this intricate design.
What is eXo
eXo is a strong eXo-Skeleton and an impact absorption system, providing luxurious security which protects the vulnerable areas of your iPhone 6, while leaving it virtually bare.
eXo's arms provide biomimicking ergonomic textures that makes your iPhone much easier to grip and handle.
A mechanical quick release system provides elegant utility by securely attaching your device onto virtually anything.
The Lucidream eXo-Skeleton creates an eco-system for your most important, cherished device. This means you can do more and stay organized with the things that you interact with everyday.
The ecosystem of accessories will be compatible among your devices that have an eXo case, starting with iPhone 6.
The eXo iPhone 5 Designs are ready, we will be releasing it soon.
We also have eXo plans for iPhone 5, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad mini and iPad Air. Imagine a compatible eco-system of eXo products that create a seamless user experience across all your devices.
eXo consists of 3 self-assembling parts: base arm, opposing arm, and the release pad. First, the release pad snaps on top of the base arm. Then, extending the release pad allows you to line up and insert the opposing arm. Finally, the release pad is realigned in the lock position, to complete the eXo assembly.
To install an iPhone, simply open the four opposing arms and seat the iPhone in the center of eXo, then gently close the arms. The corner’s profile holds the bezel of your phone precisely and securely.
eXo holds onto the iPhone securely. it leaves your iPhone’s buttons, speakers and ports accessible and does not block the camera and flash. To operate the quick release system, simply open the release pad.
You can attach your phone to a variety of accessories by inserting your accessory’s clover into the center of eXo. Lock the release pad to secure the accessory to your eXo and iPhone.
eXo protects the vulnerable parts of your device from impact damage. The stainless steel is much stronger than your aluminum iPhone. The corners of eXo absorb the impact forces and dissipate most of the forces trough its integrated springs, acting as a shock absorption system. Any remaining forces are transferred uniformly onto the other corners of the device.
The corners of eXo have larger radii and profile height than the iPhone. This elevates the iPhone and allows you to place it on flat surfaces with full protection.
The touch screen is fully exposed, enabling you to apply a protective film on the touch screen if you choose to. eXo does not hinder the iPhone’s cellular or wifi reception, as its minimal design and inner coatings evade the antennas functionality.
eXo firmly holds onto the iPhone, using it as a key to achieve a spring-loaded equilibrium.
Manufacturing and material
eXo is a fine tuned instrument, which is forged from high-grade steel alloy.
It is then precision made and heat treated to aerospace standards.
It is hand finished and polished. Finally, the internal surfaces are flocked, similar to the interior surfaces of a camera, giving your iPhone a soft velvety seat, which prevents any contact with the Stainless Steel eXo-Skeleton. eXo weighs 48 grams and is only 3 mm thick at its maximum thickness.
eXo will be available in Stainless Steel. When we reach our extended goal, we will add two additional colors:
Choose between the Stainless Steel, Nitrite Black and Titanium Champagne. (They all look amazing on the white, black or Champagne iPhone, just totally different feels with the different combinations).
We are deeply thankful to you, the Kickstarter community, for helping us transform an idea into a finished line of products. We have spent the last 3 years, creating and perfecting eXo and its accessories. Now, we need your support to get the production started. We have prepared a great selection of pledge levels for you.
The funds raised will help us start tooling up for production, which requires special tooling to manufacture each part precisely. We sincerely thank you for supporting the project. You will feel good that you helped us reach our goal and you will receive a beautiful work of design. Pledge early to get eXo at $85, a $45 reduction of the retail price. In addition, when we reach our Thank You extended goal, all supporters are eligible to receive a free Armband or Universal Mount at a retail value of $45.
We have been working with our selected manufacturers for some time now. Once we reach the pledge goal, we will work with them to build the tooling and begin production. The delivery of your eXo will be in July 2015.
Add $40 for each additional accessory to your pledge to receive more accessories.
After clicking any pledge level, simply add $40 for each additional accessory to the pledge amount on the following screens. Please be sure to also tell us which accessories and colors you would like in the survey that we will send out at the end of this campaign.
All pledges include free shipping in the US and Canada. Add $25 for international shipping, except the Boutique and Retailer pledge levels.
Accessories and Extended Goals
You can securely install your favorite accessory onto eXo and enjoy the added functionality of your device.
The same level of luxury design, craftsmanship and materials goes into making all our accessories, including our slim Wallet sewn from vegetable-tanned Italian leather, prepared the old artisan way and hand finished in Tuscany.
We have many other concepts in development, including: Suction Cup Stands, Micro Universal Mounts, Magnet Mounts, Grip Rings, Leather Wallets and Screen Covers. We have also been working on a series of eXo compatible Wearable Sensors and Services, such as the Wearable Environmental Module that will add real local, Temperature, Humidity and Pressure readings on your iPhone. In order for us to go into production with these accessories, we need to make the tooling and build some inventory. To build this, we need your continued support. Your pledge and shares will allow us to reach our extended goals.
Goal - eXo @ $50,000
- Lucidream eXo iPhone 6 in Stainless Steel.
Extended Goal - #1: eXo Clip @ $75,000
- The Stainless Steel Clip can be used as a money clip, keeping your very basics organized while allowing you to keep your cards, money and your iPhone together. It is also a great way to secure your iPhone to your belt or purse.
Extended Goal - #2: Additional Colors eXo @ $125,000
- eXo will be available in Stainless Steel, until we reach this funding goal. Then, we will add extra colors: Nitrite Black and Titanium Champagne.
Extended Goal - #3: eXo Wallet @ $175,000
- Our slim design wallet is made with Vegetable-Tanned Leather from Tuscany; it comes with our high-tech special linings that protect your cards from unauthorized RFID access, while keeping all your favorites handy and in check.
The card slots are designed to accommodate 1-3 cards per slot, plus the side pocket provides a flexible space that can be used for business cards, more credit cards or cash, receipts.
The Lucidream eXo is made from the best quality materials and is truly functional. It is the only iPhone wallet that has a stainless steel inner core to ensure that the wallet does not deform after it has been used and weathered. The stainless steel buckle fastened and hand sewn into the leather, creating a beautiful, durable and functional detail. The side pocket has a premium Lycra window that allows the user to push out any cards or cash that is stored in the pocket without stretching out the leather.
The iPhone wallet also works in unison with the eXo iPhone case to provide a convenient stand for viewing.
Extended Goal - #4: Universal Mount @ $200,000
- A precision machined, universal mount allows you to secure your device onto virtually anything. The base is designed so it can connect to flat surfaces, tubes as well as a standard 1/4" camera connector.
Extended Goal - #5: Armband @ $225,000
- The minimalist Stainless Steel eXo connector is designed to be used as an Armband / Wristband and is perfect for people on the move.
Extended Goal - #6: Additional Wallet Colors @ $250,000
- The wallet will be available in Black and Brown until we reach this funding goal. Then, we will add two extra leather colors.
Extended Goal - #7: Thank you. @ $300,000
- As a gesture of our gratitude when we reach this funding goal, all pledgers will receive an Armband or Universal Mount for free.
Every dollar counts towards reaching our funding goal as well as our extended goals. We are introducing even more rewards for backing our project. We want to thank you for supporting our project.
Lucidream Special Edition Pocket Tripod iPhone Stand
Simply add $20 to any pledge level, and we will include an iPhone 6 compatible Pocket Tripod with your reward. This is a special edition Pocket Tripod made specifically for backers of the eXo Kickstarter campaign and will not be available for retail after this campaign.
You can capture breathtaking images with the iPhone’s camera as well as beautiful slo-mo and time-lapse videos. The Pocket Tripod is the only truly practical iPhone stand, which allows you to harness the full potential of these functionalities. It precisely adjusts to any angle you need, in both portrait and landscape. It keeps your iPhone separated from the surface it’s placed up on, and safe from accidental spills and scratches. What really makes it unique is that the Pocket Tripod can transform to the shape of a credit card and fit in any wallet, so that you always have it with you without having to remember to carry it.
After clicking any pledge level, simply add $20 for each additional Pocket Tripod or add $40 for each additional accessory (not including the Wallet) to the pledge amount on the following screens. If you have already pledged and would like to add more Pocket Tripods or accessories, click the "Manage Your Pledge" button and add $20 or $40 for each additional Pocket Tripod or accessory to the amount in the box. Please be sure to also tell us how many of which accessories, colors and Pocket Tripods you would like in the survey that we will send out at the end of this campaign.
We would love to make this a reality, so please pledge for eXo and its Accessories. Get one for your loved ones, for your family…
…And please help us spread the word about our project by telling your family and friends and sharing this page on your social media. There are several share opportunities throughout the Kickstarter process and sharing your pledge is the greatest way to spread the news. Thank you.
We would like to sincerely thank all of our backers, who share our enthusiasm for eXo and it's ecosystem of accessories. This is only the beginning of our ecosystem, we are working to bring many more well crafted products with added value and functionality. Thank you for believing in our idea and supporting our process, workmanship and products. We could not do this without you; we are committed to deliver the best user experience we can.
Risks and challenges
No project will be without risks and challenges, but we have mitigated all the risks that we have identified and done our absolute best to minimize them. We have spent enough time in the workshop and design studio to know that we have done all the necessary preliminary work prior to coming to Kickstarter.
We have made sure to minimize the risk by working with several manufacturers, specializing in every craftsmanship required to produce eXo. Our goal is to maintain an amazing quality product and ensure the components are manufactured properly with all the dynamic spring functions operating optimally. The parts and the mass production tools that make eXo are expensive and our high precision operations such as forging, machining, heat treatment, surface finishing and polishing are all cost drivers.
Our challenge is to advance the design intent and deliver a high quality product at the right price. To manage all the crafts used to make eXo series, the project requires an extensive network of master craftsmen practicing their trade, metal forgings, metal castings, metal injection moldings, stamping, machining, finishers, leather tanners and leatherworks.
One possible risk lies in the time it will take us to complete the project. If the project becomes highly successful, we may have to extend the delivery time, depending on the quantities ordered. We may also divide production runs and deliver partial orders as they are completed, in order to get the items sent out faster on a first come first serve basis. Early backers will have priority in the delivery schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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