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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, October 20 2018 10:33 AM UTC +00:00.

The Tail CompanyBy The Tail Company
First created
The Tail CompanyBy The Tail Company
First created
£11,014
pledged of £7,000pledged of £7,000 goal
76
backers
4days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, October 20 2018 10:33 AM UTC +00:00.

What is a prototype?

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.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

About

Here are a few of them:

Our original dream was to create a lifelike natural-moving animatronic tail that we could wear, and that looked fantastic and moved even better. After many years of prototypes, we launched a Kickstarter, set up The Tail Company, and made the first one hundred tails! Since then, several thousand of our handmade moving Tails have been sent all around the world.

Lots and lots of people! Cosplayers, Ravers, Anime fans, LARPers, Festival Goers, Lifestylers, Party Animals (that's animals that go to parties..) Posers and people just like us that want a real tail behind them

We make Huskies and ALIENS, Foxes, Wolves and Sergals, and every other creature you can think of! We make naked Tails that you can cover yourself. And every characters' Tail from the movies and cartoons, from the X Men to My Little Pony. We make every kind of life-like moving Tail you can imagine! 

  • Customized just for you. For Free!
  • Removable covers, so you can change it up, anytime!
  • 4 sizes and 2 widths or choose a custom length if you like
  • A worldwide community of Tailers, sharing outfits and chat
 
  • Original length Tails are 24" or 58cm long
  • XL length Tails are 32" or 81cm long
  • Super XL length tails are 40" or 1m long
  • And of course custom tail lengths are possible too!

Our current Tail is remote controlled, with up to ten moves, and this has served us well. But we want more control! 

  • We want to be able to chain many different moves together in to a Move List, perhaps for different moods. 
  • We want a Move Designer so each move could be unique, and more truly natural moves can be created (and as many moves as we want!)
  • We want to be able to take control, and move the Tail in real time as we wear it.
  • Play music and let the Tail dance along in time.
  • And we want phone notifications on the Tail!
 

All this is possible now with the Bluetooth version of our Tail System

No need for a separate remote control, our prototype allows an app on a phone to control the Tail, and opens up a whole world of possibilities.

This Kickstarter will allow us to get the app written properly for both iPhone and Android. It will allow us to produce the first few hundred PCBs that sit inside the Tail, and modify our current 3d files to marry up the two. And in addition to acting as a remote, allowing new moves to be created and to creating Mood Lists, it will let us begin to create all the other ideas we have as well. Like these:

  • How about phone notifications sent to your Tail? You have mail - your Tail wags! Time to get to that meeting, your tail vibrates! We are only limited here by our imagination.
  • Let your friends know youre thinking of them. Send them a Tailagram! A wag sent from you to them. 
  • Play music on your phone, and have your Tail move in time, automatically! 

Heres two modes we are very excited to create.

Music Mode - fire up your music player app, and let your Tail move to the music! All done automatically when the Tail is in Music Mode. It finds the beat, and adds the moves..

Pose Mode - so you're at the convention. You look incredible. And everyone wants your picture! Well, put your favourite limb in Pose Mode, and select the poses you created earlier! The Tail moves to just where you want it. Snap! Youre a star!

All these are possible once the boards are made, and the app is written to talk between phone and Tail. From the app point of view, this Kickstarter will cover the remote control functions, the movelist and the move designer. The list of other functions will be added if we exceed our goal, as updates to the app after the DIGITAiL is launched. All for free to Tailers who have the DIGITAiL.

Remember! Backing this project wont just help us create the DIGITAiL. The Rewards come with Tails at a real discount over the future website price. Please help us get this moving, and get the best Tail you can get, at a saving!

Our goal has always been the most lifelike, natural moving tail we can make. And Tailers all over the world have loved our first model. This new advance though is set to be a real revolution.

Lots of people have asked about adding a dedicated remote to the Tails - for when a phone wouldn't be appropriate, or too large to hold, say. So we will design one! We are not sure if it will pair with the phone, or directly with the Tail, but its not too difficult for us to make this. We cant change Rewards now that the Kickstarter is running. So we ask all backers who want to add a remote to their Tail to add an extra £30 to their pledge. Thanks!

What happens if we exceed our funding goal?

Well, we go full WAGMENTED REALITY!

How about the following:

  • Incoming Phone Call! Your tail does Crazy Wag!
  • Alarms (Say, you get a quiver every 15 minutes and an intense wag when your alarm goes off!)
  • GPS and WIFI Detection! The tail tells you when you have a strong signal!
  • Tailer friends lists you can share wags with!
  • Text and email notifications (You Got MAIL!)Link it up to your fitbit or garmin device! No need for moves, its reacting to your heart beat!
  • And Poses - (great for photos, for Cosplayers and Cons - call up your favourite Tail Pose!)

All of these are possible once we have the app and tail working together. Should we exceed our goal, we will move down this list, adding features as we go! 

   

Risks and challenges

We want to make sure that the app works seamlessly with the Tails. This means lots of testing of the Bluetooth connection. And lots of play with the app to make sure it keeps going in all conditions

The PCB prototype we have works great. Next up will be making things smaller (smaller in fact than our previous pcb in production tails) - and that means discussions with manufacturers about the small version of components we want to use.

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    A big thank you from us for your support. Your name will live on a webpage on our main site, thanking you for your help in bringing DIGITAiL to the world! Thank you for your support and for helping us make the DIGITAiL

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    To thank you for your support, have one of our posh T Shirts, printed with our logo, and a neat little tail on the back! Backers like you are helping us make the ultimate Tail and we thank you!

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    Join the Club!

    For those that want to help fund the DIGITAiL project, but perhaps are not ready to get a fully fledged Tail, please Join the Tail Club! Members will be able to access special pricing when the Tails launch, as well as a free Tail Bag when they do get their Tail!

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    A Naked Original Tail with Bluetooth!

    A naked Original Tail, (23" or 58 cm) complete with a pattern for those that want to cover the tail themselves. You'll get the App of course too and updates for ever!

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    An Original Tail with Bluetooth!

    Get one of the first Original length Tails (23", 58 cm) made just for you - just let us know what style you would like! You'll get the App of course too and updates for ever!

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    A Naked Tail XL with Bluetooth!

    For those that want the ultimate Bluetooth Tail system, and want to cover it themselves, this reward is for an XL Tail (32" or 81cm) without a cover. We will get you a pattern too. You'll get the App of course too and updates for ever!

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    An XL Tail with Bluetooth!

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    A Naked Super XL Tail with Bluetooth

    For those that want to cover the Tail themselves, this is a naked Super XL Tail (40" or 1m) You'll get the App of course too and updates for ever!

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    A Super XL Tail with Bluetooth!

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    Any size Tail you want + lots of extras!

    Choose your own kind of Tail, its length, style and any colouring you like. And we will add a free Tail Bag too. You'll get the App of course too and updates for ever!

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    • Your Dream Tail, customized just for you!
    • Tail Carry and Storage Bag
    • Be an App Tester and get new features right away!
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    The Ultimate Super Tailer

    For these Pro backers, we will create your Dream Tail. Whatever length, or creature size you want, we will design and make it for you. You will also get access to all the new features through the app as they emerge, forming part of our testing team, your input being super-valuable to us. Indeed, your feedback will help us create the future of our tails. Not only that, we will make you 2 extra handmade covers to change your Tail up when you fancy it! And of course, you'll get the Tail Bag and custom Tail Satchel as well!

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