One of us has elite level archery skills, another a deep knowledge of inertial sensing technology and a third a commitment to apply the most current technology to advance one of humankind's oldest inventions - the bow and arrow.
The UNO iPhone App is
inspired by our shared mission to deliver useful, fun and easy-to-use tools to
help archers shoot better from the start while saving them countless hours of
EASY AS 1-2-3
Recieving a new piece of archery equipment is always exciting. But before you can begin honing your skills you first need to setup your bowsight. A tedious and time consuming process that takes hours. The UNO archery app uses arrow ballistics and the iPhone to get the job done in minutes. Simply, sight-in at one distance, say 20 yards, provide the app with a few details about your bow and the UNO delivers all the sight marks you need. Place the phone against your bowsight and slide the remaining sight pins to match the locations in the iPhone's display. Your done!
IT IS SCIENCE
When we built the first system to measure arrow flight data we weren't sure how well it would work or where it would lead. We did know that measured arrow ballistics hold the promise of improved archery performance that archers around the world can share with one another! But first, we had to design a tiny precision sensing system in an arrowpoint that can withstand over 4,000g every time it impacts the target. We did and our current product, the Velocitip System, is used by top archery pro shops, field editors and archery manufacturers. WITH YOUR HELP WE CAN DO MORE.
The Velocitip technology provides the first direct measure of arrow drag in flight. Over the last three years we've used the Velocitip with hundreds of combinations of bows and arrows. With knowledge of arrow speed and drag, trajectory can be more precisely determined because it is not based on approximate data.
Our small start-up pioneered a tremendous advance in archery technology. The Velocitip System reflects our capabilities and our commitment to providing archers with the very best solutions.
We have the overall framework for the UNO app that you see in our video. And we've developed the trajectory algorithm to translate ballistic performance into bowsight settings. Although using the Velocitip at your local pro shop to record measured flight data will deliver the most precise results, the UNO app also provides close-to-the-mark sight settings when Velocitip data is unavailable for your equipment.
NOW WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT so every archer who sights in a bow can have the benefit of the UNO's app-enabled technology. With your backing we will bring the UNO to life and deliver a fun, intuitive and useful mobile app for archers around the world.
Why Kickstart UNO?
As a small startup, we can't afford to develop the UNO app unless our customers and others in the archery and technology communities are excited to see it happen. We understand the importance of delivering a great tool with an awesome user experience and need your help to bring an iOS developer on board. We've spent the last 9 months developing and testing the trajectory algorithm. But before we make the commitment to go from prototype to product, we need your backing.
The $25,000 raised will fund development and make UNO a reality.
We're working on it but not everyone has access to the sport of archery today. Our rewards are designed to give archer and non-archer backers alike an opportunity to support our campaign and receive a reward that they value. Maybe you are like our CTO, Jan Vcelak who started work with us many years ago without any archery experience and now regularly participates. We hope this is just the connection you need to get out to the nearest archery range!
WHAT YOU GET
As a backer of a not so ordinary Kickstarter campaign, you deserve some extraordinary rewards. Choose among cool archery gear, joining the UNO design team or archery jewelry by Victoria Tane an exceptional local jewelry designer all at $100 or less.
At greater levels of support you can get yourself outfitted in our Pro Shooting Jersey or receive a virtual archery lesson from 2012 collegiate champ Joe Wilkin bundled with the cool archery gear and the cool jewelry.
It gets better. At $1,200 you'll own the Velocitip System and more. At $1,800 your group of students receive archery lessons and a science, engineering, math and technology lesson based on the physics of arrow flight. At $3,000 your group gets two full days of archery lessons with the style of bow that you choose (recurve, compound or crossbow). At $5,000 we'll take you and a friend on a 2 day spring bowhunt for wild turkey.
More on Our Rewards (feel free to combine these, or checkout our packages):
$10 Reward: Choose Your Snazzy Bumper Sticker
$25 Reward: Both Snazzy Bumper Stickers & A Public Expression of Our Eternal Gratitude
$40 Reward: Stylish Archer's Rock T-Shirt Bundled with All of the Above
$70 Reward: You Get to Shoot the Velocitip
$75 Reward: Unisex Velocitip Pendant (shown above) with a Personalized Thank You Tucked Inside
$95 Reward: Elegant Velocitip Pendant (shown above) for Added Bling
$100 Reward: You Shoot the Velocitip, Collaborate with the Full Flight Technology Team and Help Deliver an Awesome User Experience
$150 Reward: Velocitip Pro Shooting Jersey Combo
$175 Reward: Skype Archery Lesson Package
$225 Reward: One-on-One In-person Beginner Archery Lesson Combo by Collegiate Champ Joe Wilkin
$1,200 Reward: Velocitip System Combo
$1,800 Reward: Archery & STEM Lesson
$3,000 Reward: 2 Day Archery Lesson for Your Group
$5,000 Reward: You and a Friend Join Our Team to Bowhunt Wild Turkey
Risks and challenges
The math … well … it's not trivial. The precision we’re aiming for (no pun) is high. The app development is new. But pioneering development is what we do. The team’s background and experience was earned together through development and launch of the Velocitip System. Collectively, we have decades of experience collaborating in project teams. That experience gives us confidence that we can overcome the challenges and push the archery envelope even further.
Our backers should have added confidence because in our work to-date we have already delivered everything offered from T-Shirts to archery lessons to archery electronics . That is except one ... jewelry manufacturing! That's new to us, but we'll get that done working with local talent.
Currently, the Kickstarter campaign is to develop an awesome iOS version. But with your help we do expect to move directly to Android. The Android version may even become a stretch goal as the campaign progresses.
YOU'RE NUMERO UNO - Thank you, at this level you deserve public recognition! So, we'll include your name in our list of supporters published on-line. Plus you get the UNO app and receive both snazzy bumper stickers.
ARCHERS ROCK COMBO - Our stylish "Archers Rock" design on a 100% cotton T. Whether you shoot a bow or are just a fan of Katniss, Legolas or Robin Hood you know that archers rock. This T-shirt says it. In addition, you get the UNO archery app, both snazzy bumper stickers and on-line recognition with this reward too!
DESIGN UNO - Combine your enthusiasm for archery excellence and an awesome user experience with ours - join the team designing the UNO iPhone app! At this level you'll get the first opportunity to try the app yourself and give us your feedback as we move from beta to launch. We'll also include your name on our website as a member of the UNO test team! (We'll get to Android but for now you must be an iPhone user to take advantage of this reward.)
DIY VELOCITIP BOW TEST - Get the UNO app and a chance to use the Velocitip electronic field point. We ship you a loaner Velocitip field point ready to go. Turn it on, take four shots and return in the postage paid envelope. We'll crunch the numbers and provide you the measured ballistic data. Or take two shots with one rig and two shots with a second and we'll give you the comparative results. And if you find that you just can't part with the tip, it yours to keep for an additional $150.
UNISEX PENDANT - Archery is in style. We've collaborated with noted jewelry designer Victoria Tane an expert in upcycled design. Victoria created a killer pendant design using an empty Velocitip housing. Each backer also receives a personalized thank you from us included in the arrowtip. Just unthread the cap to remove the message stored inside. Plus you get the UNO app and your name will be included in our list of supporters published on-line.
ELEGANT PENDANT PLUS - A Velocitip pendant with added bling for a fashion statement that sends a message. With this pendant you clearly love style, cool technology and the martial arts. Also created by Victoria Tane, this limited-edition pendant is only available to our backers here. Each pendant includes the remains of a prototype Velocitip electronic arrowpoint (RIP). So, you're recycling in addition to looking elegant. Oh, you also receive the UNO app and the public thank you on-line
ARCHERY APP DESIGN - Join the team designing the UNO iPhone app and use the Velocitip field point yourself! At this level you help us craft a useful tool with an awesome user experience for archers around the world. You’ll have the first opportunity to try the app yourself and give us your feedback as we move from beta to launch. Plus you also receive the $70 reward. And we'll include your name on our website as a member of the UNO test team! (We'll get to Android but for now you must be an iPhone user to take advantage of this reward.)
LOOK LIKE A PRO COMBO - Get our official Pro-Style Shooting Jersey. The Jersey features an image of a Velocitip arrowpoint on the front with our motto "Delivering the Precision Performance Edge" on the back. Plus you get everything in the $40 bucket!
SHOOT LIKE A PRO COMBO - One hour archery lesson via Skype. Our own archery pro and 2012 collegiate champ Joe Wilkin makes a virtual trip with you to the archery range. Depending on your skill level, Joe will work with you on archery fundamentals or advanced techniques. Plus we'll also get you the $75 pendant and everything in the $40 bucket.
IN-PERSON BEGINNER LESSON - Three one hour one-on-one archery lessons with our own archery pro and 2012 collegiate champ Joe Wilkin. Choose a 1 hour group lesson for you and 2 friends or 3 individual lessons. You provide your transportation to the range - we provide everything else. Plus you also get the $75 pendant and everything in the $40 bucket. Range location within 35 miles of Boston to be determined by our team.
VELOCITIP COMBO - At this level, the innovative Velocitip System archery’s state-of-the-art bowtuning tool is yours. You also join our test team for the UNO app. On top of that you get the $75 pendant and the $40 bucket!
ARCHERY SCIENCE - STEM education for a group of up to 9 (ages 10 and up) using the sport of archery and the science behind the UNO app. All participants receive the $40 combo and get to try their hand at archery. Members of our team provide the equipment, expert instruction and science - you provide the space. Location must be within 100 miles of Boston.
SHOOTING PACKAGE - Interested in taking up archery for recreation, becoming a bowhunter, or simply preparing for the zombie apocalypse – we can help. You choose the style of bow: recurve, compound or crossbow that you and 5 friends will use when you receive two days of expert archery instruction from our team. Plus you each receive everything in the $40 bucket. Location within 60 miles of Boston to be determined.
BOWHUNTING PACKAGE [NEW UPGRADE] - You and 1 friend join our team on a 2-day bowhunt for wild turkey. At this level you also get everything in the $175 bucket including the virtual lesson. Practice your archery in advance and bring your camo, your bow and your license on the hunt. We'll share more archery tips and show you how to call in a gobbler. Things get even more interesting if you're successful. We’ll share our roast turkey recipe and teach you how to properly field dress the bird and prepare it for the oven. Backers at this level must be licensed to bowhunt in anyone of Conn., Mass. or New York State. Hunting location in your licensed-state to be determined by our team. UPGRADE - package now includes Fall 2014 Michigan turkey hunt with dogs hosted by a member of our team. Reward does not include archery equipment, travel costs or license fees.