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41
backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 18 2017

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About

Tactile - Silent yet addictive
Tactile - Silent yet addictive

 

 

Audible - unique background noise
Audible - unique background noise

 

                                       

 

 

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  • 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.

 

 

  

 

Easily fit 1, 2, or 3
Easily fit 1, 2, or 3

 

 

  • 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)

 

 

While the idea for Cicadas originated from Poker, the function of the dials was inspired by the forward and backward pedaling of a bicycle. One side is about gaining momentum while the other is about losing it.
While the idea for Cicadas originated from Poker, the function of the dials was inspired by the forward and backward pedaling of a bicycle. One side is about gaining momentum while the other is about losing it.

 

 

 

AUDIBLE Ratcheting. As you rotate this face with your thumb, continuous impact with an internal spring creates an addictive clicking/ratcheting sound.
AUDIBLE Ratcheting. As you rotate this face with your thumb, continuous impact with an internal spring creates an addictive clicking/ratcheting sound.

 

 

  

TACTILE | SILENT Ratcheting - The rolling planet gear creates tiny vibrations you can feel but won't hear. The contrast between the two sides is strangely satisfying. (Note the plexiglass viewport rotating at a different rate)
TACTILE | SILENT Ratcheting - The rolling planet gear creates tiny vibrations you can feel but won't hear. The contrast between the two sides is strangely satisfying. (Note the plexiglass viewport rotating at a different rate)

 

 

Each Cicada is imprinted with a currency denomination OR a Hold 'em poker hand combination. This CANNOT be chosen as it is randomly selected by the printer's software during production; thus, you won't know what's on your chips until you receive them!
Each Cicada is imprinted with a currency denomination OR a Hold 'em poker hand combination. This CANNOT be chosen as it is randomly selected by the printer's software during production; thus, you won't know what's on your chips until you receive them!

 

                                                    

   

 

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. 

  • Intellectual Property
  • Value Proposition Design & Engineering Plans
  • Production Costs 
  • 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.

Thank you for your pledge and support!

Solomon Tibebu
R&D Director
Red Labyrinth, LLC

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