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.
Time is a luxury in today's society. Intelligent scheduling is more important than ever to save time for the important things in life. The Smart Calendar Thync helps you with that in an innovative yet unprecedented way.
Enough with messy calendars: Never tear down, flip or rewrite a calendar again! No mix-ups due to a change in plans or cancellations. The digital Smart Calendar Thync is the solution for simple appointment scheduling. Forgetting appointments, birthdays or meetings is now a thing of the past.
Various designs and wallpapers let you personalize the Smart Calendar Thync however you see fit. Display your own pictures in the background!
In addition to personalized calendar settings and presentation options, the Smart Calendar Thync supports the synchronization and connection of several different calendar providers like Google Calendar, Outlook, etc.
So you'll always be connected with your family members, friends and business partners!
One look is enough to be up-to-date.
Another feature of the Smart Calendars Thync is the digital weather station. Its simple and elegant design provides weather forecasts at a glance: the current outside temperature, humidity, wind speed, rain probability and rainfall. Plan your outdoor activities accordingly to the current weather forecast and the forecasts of the next few days. The wireless function won't create reception problems: you'll always have an overview of the current weather conditions.
You'd like to be kept up to date on the latest news from all over the world? The Smart Calendar Thync always keeps you informed. With the newsfeed function and its clear and modern appearance, you'll always have an overview of the most important news topics of the day. The news overview gives you a quick and easy way to find out about the latest topics, sensations and breaking news.
Dumbo? Shazam!? Or The Best of Enemies? Be inspired by the Smart Calendar Thync: See which brand-new films are currently airing in the cinema or create an overview according to your personal taste. The stylish interface of the cinema program gives you an insight into the current top cinema films.
Live scores, final results, standings and the next matches. The Smart Calendar Thync keeps you up to date on your favorite leagues. Be actively involved, even if you're not able to be in the stadium or watch the match in front of the TV. The Smart Calendar Thync always shows you the most important information - in real time!
Who hasn't experienced this? You're on vacation or out with friends. You take countless photos with your smartphone and then you never see them again.
With the Smart Calendar Thync it is now always possible to have these unforgettable and emotional moments displayed. Photos can easily be uploaded to the Thync worldwide.
Send spontaneous holiday greetings to the Thync of your loved ones and share your special holiday moments. Or send the latest family photos directly to your grandparents. Countless moments can be shared with the Smart Calendar Thync.
All functions are clearly displayed on the screen via slideshow. Which functions you'd like to have displayed as well as the duration of their display can be conveniently set via the app.
Naturally, the functions can also simply be clicked through with the help of the forward switch on the display.
The most comfortable and innovative way to change the functions of the Smart Calendar Thync provides a new level of gesture control, which has been implemented alongside other sensor technologies. This allows you to quickly and easily switch back and forth by moving your hand. A short upward movement allows you to display further information about your current function.
With this the Smart Calendar Thync has an unprecedented level of advanced and user-friendly control that leaves no room for unnecessary complexity and complications.
The Smart Calendar Thync works together with the Raspberry Pi Zero W. The Raspberry Pi Zero W extends the Pi Zero family. Launched at the end of February 2017, the Pi Zero W has all the functionality of the original Pi Zero, but comes with added connectivity, consisting of
802.11 b/g/n wireless LAN
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
The Smart Calendar Thync has a timeless and elegant design due to its very flat build and wireless power supply. The polished front panel supports its exclusive look. It can thus fit into the style of any household or office.
You can choose between the colors black and white. If we reach the 150k € donation threshold (check out our stretch rewards at the bottom of the campaign), the color graphite gray will be offered as an additional color.
Dear Kickstarter Backers,
Thanks for your support and understanding!
The concept of the Thync was born 2 years ago and since then we ́ve been working day and night to create something special that we know you'll enjoy. We hope the product video and our Kickstarter campaign helped you see the same potential we envisioned at the start and that you'll consider donating to support us and make the Thync available for everyone.
Your Smart Calendar Thync Team
Vitec GmbH, the company behind the Smart Calendar Thync, was founded in 2017 by Marc and Jan. The company’s vision and mission is to reinvent the paper calendar and to upgrade the classic digital photo frame. The team now consists of 10 talented, ambitious and passionate engineers, software developers as well as graphic designers. Our office is located in Kornwestheim, a small town near Stuttgart, Germany.
Risks and challenges
The idea of the Smart Calendar Thync was thought up 2 1/2 years ago. Since then, we have invested a lot of time, energy and creativity in the development and prototyping of the Thync. Today, we're proud to say that, after finishing development and finding the right suppliers, we will be able to start production.
With our first Kickstarter project our goal is to lay the foundation for mass production. In addition, we want to continue development of the Smart Calendar Thync, and of course, listen to your ideas and feedback - inspire us, so that we can make the Smart Calendar Thync smarter!
The blueprints are finished. Now it's about successfully getting to mass production status. Our suppliers are ready and waiting to go. We have worked well with the mechanic in the past. With the case supplier, we are entering the first joint project and look forward to working together.
However, we are aware that in the context of mass production one or two problems are bound to occur. It is important that we do everything we can to fulfill our promise: delivery of the product! We will report to you regularly about the current status.
We're programming the Smart Calendar Thync as well as the associated app ourselves. The programming of the Thync is already completed and tested. Only the last bit of programming for the app is left and is expected to be completed next month.
For the Smart Calendar Thync we will require specific certifications. However, we can only obtain these after the first batch arrives, from the supplier. We are confident that we will receive all the required certificates as we are already in contact with the responsible authorities.