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.
Fully functional design prototype
Actual ratcheting sound from production quality stainless steel springs. This clicking sound will be fine-tuned after funding once the core & dials of the chip are of production quality.
These prototypes also include production quality metal planet gears, plexiglass viewports, & anodized aluminum fasteners.
Producing the dials, core, and assembling all components will be the main activity during mass production.
The idea for Cicada Chips was born from the game of Poker. In this arena, fidgeting is nearly mandatory! The intense mental engagement required to make the best decisions during a game leads to the commonplace practice of fidgeting with chips. Fidgeting helps to keep a rhythmic mental dialogue, to release anxious energy, and to keep calm while you process information and contemplate over options. Therefore, it is by definition a background activity.
You can gain the same benefits by using Cicadas while you are mentally engaged at work, at home, in a classroom, during travel, while daydreaming, watching movies, or just as an enjoyable activity to pass the time. Cicadas also allow you to improve your dexterity by learning new skills and tricks that you can later use as the repeating unit of a fidget! (see Skilled Fidgeting section below)
Note:These are the intended color options for Cicadas. The colors shown on prototypes, pictures, and CAD models vary slightly in hue since they are not made by mass production methods. We will make sure that the Cicadas you receive all have consistent & vibrant colors.
When mentally engaged, stressed, anxious, or idle, everyone fidgets!
Fidgeting is a nonconscious background activity typically consisting of a repeated simple maneuver, the repeating unit. (ex: a single click of a pen)
In Skilled Fidgeting, this repeating unit is a maneuver requiring dexterity that must first be learned before it can be used as the repeating unit of a fidget. You can create more complex units by combining different maneuvers. (ex: a single roll of a chip across two others)
Note: A comprehensive guide for various tricks, maneuvers, and how-to videos will be available online after Kickstarter funding. The current focus is on getting Cicadas manufactured before developing auxiliary content.
Over the past year, an incredible amount of work has gone into the development of Cicadas. The following documents were prepared by collaborating with many designers, manufacturers, suppliers, and talented freelancers. The extensive information contained provides a solid foundation as we move forward into the next phase and will greatly mitigate the risks of mass production.
Value Proposition Design & Engineering Plans
Red Labyrinth, LLC & Kickstarter Costs
In the future, Cicada Chips will be available in three product lines. The Skilled Fidgeting line which is offered thru this Kickstarter campaign, the Gaming line which will be offered to various gaming establishments, and the Protector line offered to poker players all over the world.
Thus, your support and pre-order of Cicada Chips here will also provide the company an opportunity to grow into something much bigger; which is what Kickstarter is all about!
The three product lines are:
Risks and challenges
Working with many domestic manufacturers and suppliers in the midwest for nearly 6 months, a thorough design review & production cost analysis was completed and I'm very confident that we can deliver the product as specified. (see above in Prep for Mass Production section)
The other main challenge is distribution and fulfillment. A third party fulfillment service will be used to eliminate many of the complications stemming from logistics.
Even with all the preparation, it is not possible to guarantee no difficulties. Please understand that this endeavor is a work in progress and there is always the possibility of events that cause delays or render the project unsuccessful. However, I reassure you all that you have my absolute resolve in overcoming challenges if they arise. Updates from me, feedback from you, and constant communication throughout the campaign and production will allow the state of progress to be completely transparent.