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.
Stubl 101: How to Stubl
Stubble: The look men like, made easy.
More and more men are letting their facial hair grow out and stubble is the “base," everyday look to which they are turning.
"If you just scan men’s magazines — Esquire, GQ, etc. — probably every one to three ads have a guy with stubble as the main expression. Sometimes you see it superimposed with a mustache on top or with bigger side burns, but stubble is sort of the base.” (1)
What is popular is not always easy, however...
“The only misconception is that people think that it’s easy and you just roll out of bed. But you do have to maintain it.” (2)
Providing a blade capable of maintaining stubble has largely been ignored by razor manufacturers, forcing most men to use expensive electric razors and unreliable beard trimmers – while others settle for part-timer stubble status by cycling through close shaves to try to maintain their preferred stubble-look.
There has to be a better way?
Stubl is a traditional razor with a proprietary cap for everyday stubble maintenance and the first of its kind.
While the stubble-look is popular, managing the 5 o’clock shadow can be a hassle. Electric razors are one alternative, but can be expensive and run out of juice at the most inopportune time. We think men deserve another option that allows them to unplug,
For those men who close shave, and then let their stubble grow back, putting up with razor burn and cuts leaves much to be desired. This is especially true if you are pressed for time and planning to wear a white shirt.
Stubl is a fully integrated razor featuring a handle and replaceable blade men will find familiar. What makes Stubl unique is a proprietary cap design that is available in three different gauges (.45mm, .85mm and 1.25mm) depending on your desired length of shave.
The cap raises the blade from your skin resulting in a perfect stubble shave every time. Compared to close shaving, everyday Stubl maintenance is easier and takes a lot less time. Also, you can unplug and take Stubl with you anywhere. It's compact and travel ready.
Stubl is a welcomed answer to man’s quest for the perfect base (stubble) shave.
Bottom line is that Stubl works.
Story Behind Stubl:
While the idea for Stubl was based on an initial misunderstanding (watch the video Behind Stubl: The Idea), it soon became a personal obsession to bring to market the perfect non-electric stubble razor.
Through many rounds or prototyping and testing, we concluded that the solution had to be simple and affordable. We could have designed a much more elaborate razor system with intricate gears and spindles, and still may do so down the road. But this would have been costly, time consuming to develop and not as familiar in the end when compared to the replaceable razor and cap.
While our scope is within the realm of current replaceable razor designs, Stubl features design sensibilities that set it apart.
Funds for this project will be used for the first Stubl production run. Design and prototype work are complete, but we will need to buy tooling, purchase material and cover labor costs for a large production run. Additionally, we need your help to help get the world out about Stubl and will be using funds for marketing and advertising.
Thank you for your support. We look forward to making your stubble shave easier and hassle free!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge for us is getting the Stubl message out to as many Kickstarters as possible. While I have had my share of successes, I am humbled to be next to so many promising and exciting projects and do not take getting backer’s attention lightly. I am reaching out to friends, family, current customers and bloggers to get the word out about the Stubl Kickstarter.
I started and sold four companies and know what it takes to bring an idea into the world. Having worked with the manufacturer who will make Stubl for my other ventures. I have a strong relationship with the owner and am confident they will do everything they can to help us complete this project