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Tetrafidget: focus, fidget, four

It's got four sides. Magnets! And eight ways to fidget. Unlock new levels of focus and creativity with this pocket-sized tetrahedron.

Tetrafidget: focus, fidget, four

It's got four sides. Magnets! And eight ways to fidget. Unlock new levels of focus and creativity with this pocket-sized tetrahedron.

$2,655
pledged of $18,000pledged of $18,000 goal
110
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 3 2017 6:13 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 3, 2017

About

You can do better than just tapping your fingers. Tetrafidget is built for fidgeting, so it gives you options. And while it has only FOUR sides and SIX edges, Tetrafidget unleashes new levels of focus and creativity in EIGHT different ways. Plus, it has magnets.

It has three BUTTONS. Press them. Click them. They're like the volume buttons on your phone. Each button produces the satisfying click-bump-snap feeling that you love about buttons.

It has a ROCKER switch. Like a light switch. Is it on? Or off? Use your imagination, because this switch doesn't really control... anything!

Imagine the combination lock WHEELS on a fine leather briefcase. The case contains fifty thousand dollars in cash, confidential documents marked "top secret," and a loaded gun.

The middle-aged will recall the giant TRACKBALL of Missile Command. This smaller version doesn't defend cities from nuclear annihilation, but it does "click" when pressed.

WORRY stones are an actual thing. They feel great, and they really work! Rub one made from soap-stone, and you'll feel calm and relaxed. Ours works that way, too.

Just roll this thing around in your hand. The ROUNDED edges feel natural in your hand, and you just can't help yourself from spinning it around and around.

Feel the power of the tetrahedron. Hocus pocus? Nah. We're talking geometry... and history! Hold the SHAPE that Plato gazed upon thousands of years ago in the palm of your hand.

  
 

 

MAGNETS! Yes, the magnets inside Tetrafidget allow you to BUILD, dangle and spin, make a Tetrafidget pod-pair, construct a super-tetrahedron, and create lots of other fun shapes, too.

Post notes on the fridge or white board!

 Build a super-tetrahedron with four!

Make a fidget pod-pair, or build the ultra-tetrahedron from ten Tetrafidgets!

  
     

 

Choose from EIGHT colors: black, white, red, yellow, blue, lime, wood, and glow-in-the-dark.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
   


  

"Tetra" means four in ancient Greek, and Tetrafidget is built in the shape of the four-sided polyhedra known as the "tetrahedron." Roughly translated, this means "four hedrons." Our regular tetrahedron is from the family of geometric shapes known as platonic solids. Yep. Named after Plato. Ancient philosopher. Math genius. That guy. It really is an amazing shape.

Some people may call it a pyramid, but our tetrahedron is not the same as the pyramids in Egypt. It has fewer sides! In fact, it's the most fundamental of the platonic solids. More math and history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platonic_solid

If you play RPGs, then you probably already love the tetrahedral shape of d4 dice. For everybody else, there really aren't that many examples of tetrahedrons in the wild! But trust us: you're going to love this shape. The ROUNDED edges of Tetrafidget feel comforting and natural in your hand. It's simple. Minimal. Perfect.
  
   

 
  

People fidget. Do you? Research shows that manipulating objects like clay, Fidget Cube, Rubik's Cube, Tetrafidget with your hands enhances your creativity. It's true! It's science. And Tetrafidget could be the object that unlocks focus and creativity for you.

Over millions of years, using simple tools with our hands stimulated the combination of synapses that separated humans from other animals. Evolution! Yes, working with our hands makes us intelligent. And we're still evolving. Still getting smarter. At least people who play with Tetrafidget are.

All we're saying is: my dog can't play with Tetrafidget, and she eats cat shit. Elon Musk could play with Tetrafidget, and he's going to send humans to Mars. SMARTER! Case closed.
 

 

 

 

  

 

We are ready to go! Our prototypes work great, and our factory is waiting to begin the mass-production version of our patent-pending product. All we need now is help from you! Your pledge will fund Tetrafidget's complicated injection-mold tooling and our initial production run. Here is a schedule describing how we'll build Tetrafidget... and then ship it to you!

January 2017:
-- Those guys made how much?
-- Idea: fidget with a tetrahedron and magnets!

February to June, 2017:
-- Design, prototype, and refine.
-- Fidget. Work on other projects.

July 2017:
-- Identify manufacturers.

August 2017:
-- Visit Yosemite! Camp. Hike. Swim.
-- Plan to launch it on Kickstarter...

September 2017:
-- Launch Tetrafidget on Kickstarter.
-- Go Tetrafidget, go!

November 2017:
-- We're funded. Right?
-- Please tell me we're funded.

December 2017:
-- Inspect production samples.
-- Adjust the tooling and manufacturing process until Tetrafidget is just right.

January 2018:
-- Approve Tetrafidget for mass production.
-- Visit the factory for the final quality inspection.

February 2018:
-- Ship Tetrafidgets to warehouse/fulfillment center.
-- Receive shipment, and stage Tetrafidgets for shipment to backers.

March 2018:
-- Begin shipping rewards to backers.

April 2018:
-- Finish shipping!
  
   

 
  

Utensile is a product development company in Portland. We specialize in mechanical engineering... and products just like this one... but there are usually a lot more electronics inside! Our team also has several successful Kickstarter projects under our belts, and we can't wait to get Tetrafidget into production.

Tetrafidget would not be possible without all of the hard work from our team. Clockwise from the pink hair: Sarah Cook (summer intern), Scott Pontoni, Robert Culbertson, Zack Hilbourne, Greta Hilbourne, Alex Ursin, and Jason Hilbourne.

PLEASE SHARE!

The only way that crowdfunding works is when you tell the crowd! So please tell your friends about Tetrafidget. Share, tweet, post, go nuts. Or just tell your pal, Oprah!

   
 
    

 

We couldn't do this without YOU. Thank you very much for helping us turn our IDEA for this thing into something REAL! We really appreciate it. Go, Tetrafidget, go!

 

Risks and challenges

Our team has already launched four products through Kickstarter, and we develop consumer electronic products for a living, so we know what we're doing. You'll get your reward, and you'll like it!

Now, there are some risks. We've shown Tetrafidget's colors as best we can, but keep in mind that everything on this page is a 3D printed prototype. We'll make the production version much nicer, but there's always a chance that something will be different than your expectations. This risk is small, because getting details like this right is our job. But I wanted to highlight them anyway, because that's just how we roll.

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    For this special reward, Tetrafidget's housing will be made from solid 18K gold. Worldwide shipping is included with your pledge for this reward. Note that the magnets will NOT work in this special limited edition golden Tetrafidget.

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