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RightPSI is a tire cap that shows when your tires are underinflated, saving you money, keeping you safe, and helping the environment. Read more

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RightPSI is a tire cap that shows when your tires are underinflated, saving you money, keeping you safe, and helping the environment.

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Campaign Introduction

RightPSI has created a tire pressure indicator that screws directly onto your tire valve stem.  The color-coded cap shows when your tire is low, correct, or overfilled. 

After years of testing we are finally ready to launch our product but we need your help. To launch we need to purchase multi-cavity plastic molding tooling (helpful to produce many units at once), and a laser for plastic welding (providing a strong bond that prevents leaks). This will allow us to produce a high quality product in an economically viable quantity and make it available to the general public. 

How RightPSI works:

Our caps make it easy to KNOW YOU'RE LOW. They respond to air pressure in the tire changing color to notify you when you need to fill your tires. Works great with bikes, motorcycles, trailers, Semis, RVs or any other tire with a Schrader valve on it.  We are working on a Presta valve version as well.  Although we will not be able to offer that as a current option on Kickstarter, we may offer it as a stretch goal.

• Unscrew your tire's valve stem cap and screw RightPSI cap onto stem. 

• When installing tighten the hex nut at the bottom of the cap to secure the product and prevent theft. 

• Cap will show ORANGE when your tire is low, BLACK when it is correctly filled and YELLOW if overfilled. 

• You pump right through our cap so you can use it as a gauge while filling up.  If you have overfilled and yellow appears, bleed the cap to black and you are ready to roll. 

• Works as a nice compliment to TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) as an indicator of which tire is low and as a convenient way to ensure proper pressure while filling. 

• When the cap is indicating it is easily visible from up to 20 feet away, while at the same time not being visually intrusive. 

Improving Safety: 

RightPSI lets you know when you should fill your tires reminding you of this simple safety task.  Low tire pressure reduces handling and increases braking distance leading to preventable accidents.  Motorists ranks having properly filled tires as a safety priority.

Saving Money:

Keeping your tires filled correctly improves gas mileage and decreases tire wear.  The caps pay for themselves in about 5 months and you keep saving gas after that.

Better for the Environment:

By increasing your car's fuel efficiency and tire life, you help stem pollution and improve the environment. Maintaining proper tire pressure is a simple and effective way to reduce emissions. 

Award Winning Product Design:

RightPSI has been in development since 2009.  Here is a brief overview of our design process.  

1st Prototype 2009
1st Prototype 2009

This first prototype turned our patent into a workable product.  Our friends at Think2Build, a Bay Area design firm started by two IDEO alumnae, helped design this iteration.  The 2009 version was lacking a secondary cap and is less streamlined than the production version.  This version also had the hex nut on the bottom that can be tightened to prevent theft.

2009 Prototype in Silver and Black
2009 Prototype in Silver and Black

 In the second prototype we added a cap and streamlined the over all design.

2011 Prototype: Sonic welded
2011 Prototype: Sonic welded

 For the 2012 production prototype we added laser welding of the clear plastic shield.  This helps prevent leaks and makes for a long lasting product. 

2012 Production Version
2012 Production Version

 Here is a non-production plastic welding unit.  We will be looking to purchase one of these after the conclusion of the Kickstarter.

Laser welding
Laser welding

RightPSI received the Popular Mechanics Editors Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in New Product Design & Innovation. We are also a MSN (Microsoft Network) Top Pick from the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association) show. SEMA is the largest automotive aftermarket trade show and 5th largest industry trade show in the US (It’s a big deal!).  

Consumer Packaging:

Kickstarter supporters will have the opportunity to select whatever PSI level is suitable for your car. By changing the internal components we can produce caps with a wide variety of PSI levels. If you are asking “Can you do X PSI for my go-cart/tractor/golf cart/motorcycle/Tesla/dragster?” the answer is yes we can. 

When the campaign is over we will contact the supporters to find out which unit meets their specifications.  Once in stores, we will initially be offering a standard range of PSIs: 28,30,33,35 and 40.

The QR code on the package will take you to a database where you can enter your car's make, model, and year.  The website will tell you which PSI your car requires.  

How we are spending your money: 

(AKA Production Plan)

Our $20,000 goal will launch RightPSI into production.  With your help, RightPSI will purchase multi-cavity tooling and a laser for plastic welding. We are making some improvements that will be incorporated in the new tooling allowing us to streamline the production process. Once the tooling is in place, we will test the changes to insure they meet our high quality expectations.  We are a proud made in America product.  All of our suppliers are American and RightPSI is assembled in America. 

Milestones:

Receipt and set up of tooling - This includes a multi-cavity plastic molding machine and a laser plastic welder

Testing and review - Once the first units roll off the line extensive testing will be done to ensure that they meet our stringent quality specifications. 

Shipping - We send the freshly minted RightPSI tire pressure gauges to you!

Testing
Testing

Updates:

We will use the Kickstarter page, as well as our website to update sponsors on or progress (receipt of machines, first units off the line, shipping, etc..).  

Stretch Goals!  

Thank you all so much for supporting us! I know its cliched but we couldn't have launched this product without your support. Getting to our goal in 6 days was a very pleasant surprise. That said, here are two unlocks that are a real possibility:  

$30,000 - Colors - Choose colors to more accurately blend in to your car or accessorize your whip with a variety of cool colors! We will be offering red, blue, yellow, pink, matte black, and matte silver. These will be an option for an additional $5.   GOAL MET!

$40,000 - Glow - We will offer you with glow in the dark versions of RightPSI! This is a great product to help add visibility while biking at night or to add a unique style to your auto or moto. Similarly, these will be an option for an additional $5.   GOAL MET!

$60,000 - Presta Valve Adapter - We are researching the best Presta valve adapter to work with our product and will include it for your bike order.  This reward level will be $18.  For this you will get 2 RightPSI caps and 2 Presta valve adapters.  GOAL MET!

$75,000 - My RightPSI App- The extra $15,000 will help us build a database and app that will have a user friendly interface showing manufacturer recommended pressure for each of your tires. The site would also host an easy kPa or BAR to PSI converter. Offering this resource has been a part of our plans for a while, but the extra money would allow us to build it out now and have it available for consumers when we launch the product.

Tire Pressure App
Tire Pressure App

 $110,000 - Presta Valve Adapter - This would be a version of RightPSI that screws into Presta Valves right out of the box!  Presta valves are primarily present on bicycles.  Motorcycles, trucks and cars all use Schrader valves.  The current model is a Schrader valve version.  For more information on Presta valves check out Update 13.

Risks and challenges

Purchase, installation and ramping up production using the multi-cavity tools and laser welder will take some time and testing. To aid in this, we have a relationship with one of the nation's top plastics engineers to help manage our manufacturing process.

Delays could happen with any of these steps, however we are confident that we will be able to start shipping your orders in September.

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FAQ

  • We have had the product on a spin fixture and it did not affect the balance in the slightest. It is quite light, but solid and very well engineered.

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  • Sadly no. Our product is purely mechanical and set specifically to a single PSI level. There is a spring in the valve core that is tuned specifically to one PSI. This is how it is easy for us to produce a variety of different PSI levels. This spring cannot be replaced once the housing is sealed, so if you require a different level for a new car you will need a new set of indicators.

    Here's the good news, we can make any PSI level that you require, and our product is very affordable. It is a fraction of the price of any electronic TPMS (tire pressure management system). Most dealerships charge $20 just to reset those systems when you have your tires rotated (something that most manufacturers recommend you do once or twice a year), and if a sensor is damaged they cost $50 per wheel to replace. RightPSI compares favorably at $25 for your whole car.

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  • Yes. As these come up we will do our best to add more levels to accommodate as many situations as possible. Just shoot us a message or email.

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    Product Sample (2 Units) - Perfect for motorcyclists or bicyclists who want to help keep their wheels on the road! If you require different PSI for front and back we will be more than happy to accommodate you. We will contact you upon completion to find out which PSI levels you would like.

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    STRETCH GOAL SAMPLE (2 Units) - Perfect for motorcyclists or bicyclists who want to help keep their wheels on the road while riding in style with RightPSI colors! On offer are red, blue, yellow, pink, matte black, and matte silver! If you require different PSI for front and back we will be more than happy to accommodate you. We will contact you upon completion to find out which PSI levels you would like.

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    STRETCH GOAL SAMPLE (2 Units) - Perfect for motorcyclists or bicyclists who want to help keep their wheels on the road while riding in style with RightPSI Glow! If you require different PSI for front and back we will be more than happy to accommodate you. We will contact you upon completion to find out which PSI levels you would like.

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    Product Sample (4 Units) - For your daily transportation or to keep you and your significant other safe on your long rides! Car, bicycle, or motorcycle. Save gas with properly inflated tires! We will contact you upon completion to find out which PSI levels you would like, any combination works.

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    Special Sample (4 Units) - Get caps for your fly whip in handsome special edition RightPSI green! Only available through the Kickstarter! We will contact you upon completion to find out which PSI levels you would like.

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    STRETCH GOAL SAMPLE (4 Units) - Get caps for your ride in special edition RightPSI colors! On offer are red, blue, yellow, pink, matte black, and matte silver! We will contact you upon completion to find out which PSI levels you would like.

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    STRETCH GOAL SAMPLE (4 Units) - Get caps for your ride in special edition RightPSI Glow! Help ensure night safety while riding your bike or add some flair to your car! We will contact you upon completion to find out which PSI levels you would like.

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    RightPSI Tee shirt and 2 Pack - Ride around on your bike or motorcycle in style, rocking the latest RightPSI logo Tee. We will contact you upon completion to find out which PSI levels you would like.

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    Product Sample (1x2 Units and 1x4 Units) - Great for those with a car for daily driving and a motorcycle (or bike) for fun on the weekends! We will contact you upon completion to find out which PSI levels you would like.

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    RightPSI Tee shirt and 4 Units - All the cool kids have a RightPSI Tee, and now you can too! Also save money with our tire caps. We will contact you upon completion to find out which PSI levels you would like.

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    Product Sample (2x4 Units) - Outfit your family fleet and ensure the RightPSI! We will contact you upon completion to find out which PSI levels you would like.

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    Product Sample (1x2 Units and 2x4 Units) - Great for those with a couple of cars for schlepping around town, and a motorcycle (or bike) for stylin n' profilin'. We will contact you upon completion to find out which PSI levels you would like.

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    Product Sample (3x4 Units) - Outfit your family fleet, and give a set as a gift! Or you can just keep all of them. Ensure the RightPSI! We will contact you upon completion to find out which PSI levels you would like.

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    Green Car Kit and 4 Units - Reward includes: All Purpose Cleaner, Dashboard Protector, Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner, Leather Care and Window Cleaner, Wheel Cleaner, Air Freshener, and Towel. Keep your car clean in an environmentally friendly way! We will contact you upon completion to find out which PSI level you would like.

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    Product Sample (4x4 Units) - Outfit your family fleet, a couple of motorcycles, and a friends car. Or you can just keep all of them. Ensure the RightPSI! We will contact you upon completion to find out which PSI levels you would like.

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    Product Sample (1x18 Units) - Great for the long haulers. Outfit your rig with the latest RightPSI technology and make filling your tires easier. We will contact you upon completion to find out which PSI levels you would like.

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    RETAILER AND DISTRIBUTOR SPECIAL - 10 Four packs, 10-4? We will contact you upon completion to find out which PSI levels you would like.

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    Enjoy 18 holes of golf for two at the exclusive Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, MT. Hidden in the mountains of Montana, this private championship-caliber course lures players in with its unflinching beauty. And while you are in town, drop by the RightPSI facilities and see where the magic happens! Airfare not included.

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    Enjoy a full-day of skiing for two at the exclusive Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, MT. This pass will include a guided tour of the nation's only private ski resort. Unbelievable views included. Good for skiing in March 2014 through March 2015. And while you are in town, drop by the RightPSI facilities and meet our team. Airfare not included.

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    Finishing the trifecta of popular Montana outdoor activities, enjoy a two-day professionally guided fly fishing trip on either the Big Horn, Yellowstone or Madison rivers. Two nights accommodations, dinner, and three day Jeep rental included. And while you are in town come see where RightPSI is made at our beautiful offices! Airfare not included.

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