About this project
What is VIVID SSD?
VIVID SSD is a advanced compact external portable storage device in a great variety of colours and a sturdy designer aluminium case. Its USB3.0 and State Solid technology ensures you are never interrupted by data storage space issues.
Keep your VIVID SSD handy in your briefcase, laptop, iPhone case or even in the back pocket to access your data on the go!
VIVID SSD also comes in 64 colour combinations and with free laser engraving so you can add personal touch to your external data storage device.
Grab your ultimate portable storage today!
STRETCH GOAL (Jan 4 Update)
With this project successfully funded in 50% of allocated time, we announce a stretch goal of $40,000 ($20K over the target), so we can use these funds to accelerate VIVID R&D efforts. Being a bootstrap self-funded start-up we rely heavily on organic reach, word of mouth and communities of like-minded enthusiasts like you.
Based on your feedback, if we get to the 40K in the end, we will give every backer (who ordered a VIVID SSD - Tier 2 and over) a free designer case/pouch to hold VIVID SSD and USB-cable. We will be reaching out to manufacturers to make it truly VIVID, i.e. exclusive in design and still functional (e.g. non-slippery, hangable, etc. or may be even to fit your lovely 13" inch laptop inside as well...) We are still brainstorming on this to make it available in February and shipped along with your VIVID SSD - but you have got an idea :)
Hope, this is a fair token of appreciation for your efforts to spread the word and reach out to other IT-enthusiasts longing for something like VIVID SSD. So pls in the next two weeks let's unite and shout/share/post/tweet/tell altogether until we get there!!!
VIVID SSD Uses
Designed with the IT-enthusiast, entrepreneur, video, music or media content producer and photographer in mind, this take anywhere device means you will never again run out of space on your laptop - it is a portable worry free data storage solution that you can take anywhere! You can even use it to storage your children’s endless array of movies, music, videos or your work presentations!
Be the envy of your office and get a "WOW" from your colleagues with this portable drive the size of a circa 50-cent coin which fits 1TB of data! Or even better WOW them with a VIVID SSD gift for the New Year.
If you are a complete tech geek, like us, then make sure you buy one for yourself and GIFT one for your mates! All geeks understand the power of this little device so you will be sure to get a WOW!
Finally, if you are someone who doesn't know much about technology and wouldn't know what a TB (Terabyte) is, now you can own the extremely small and powerful portable drive which you designed yourself to truly reflect your personality to store your photos or music library. Needless to say, what a great gift VIVID SSD can be for someone whom you want to impress with useful and stylish gadget based on the latest technology without going deep into technical practicalities.
Ultra Compact Form Factor Built to Fit!
64 Mix&Match Colour Combinations to Match Your Individuality
Each VIVID SSD Is Personalized with Your of Name
Light-Weight Aluminium Case Looks Great with Other Modern Gadgets
Solid State Technology for the Best Performance with No Moving Parts
USB 3.0 Means Rapid Transfer to Other Devices
Scratch, Drop, Dust Proof Case to Protect Your Data Everywhere
250GB, 500GB, 1TB To Store Everything
Compatibility On Your Terms Be It MAC or PC or Both
Peace of Mind: Now You Have It!
SPECIAL OFFER FOR OUR KICKSTARTER FRIENDS!
Help us fund the last stage of the project and you’ll get these exclusive (not offered anywhere else) offers:
- First to own VIVID SSD at an exclusive pre-launch price
- Chance to part of an ALL Australian innovative project
- Exclusive Kick Starter Design of VIVID SSD with Your Name Engraved
- Mix & Match from 64 Color Combinations of Your Choice
- Limited KS Edition: Each VIVID SSD has an engraving with an Unique Order Number out of Total in each Tier patch (e.g. only 100 x Early Birds) - Hurry to be the First!
- Your NAME permanently on the Thank You page of VIVID Website for All our Backers!
- FREE Worldwide shipping, international and domestic on all Vivid SSD pledges
- Exclusive Launch Party invitation for all backers who pledged $30 or over including FREE Food and Drinks (Sydney Only - sorry we are bootstrapped and can only offer Sydney, Australia at this stage but we will keep your details for further launch parties held in other regions)
FINAL PRODUCT AND PACKAGING
Our design team experimented with numerous packaging types to create the one which truly highlights VIVID SSD's exclusivity to deliver a truly luxury and stylish experience at the first moment! We have included a USB3.0 cable to get you started straight away.
All prices quoted in Australian Dollars and include Worldwide delivery (where applicable) . International Backers, take advantage of the favourable AU$:US$ Forex exchange rates!
TIER BULK DEAL (Jan 4 Update)
We also want to give our backers the opportunity to buy any combination (250GB/500GB/1TB) of up to five VIVID SSD units at very special prices:
- Orders of two units can be purchased at EARLY BIRD Prices even when the EARLY BIRD deal is exhausted
- For orders of three and more (up to five units) an exceptional discount of further 5% off EARLY BIRD Price
How to bulk order? Wreated a set of rewards grouped under special Tier Bulk Order to swiftly control the operations:
- If you are after two units of the same capacity, just choose one the the newly created rewards Tier Bulk Order: 2 x 250GB VIVID SSD or Tier Bulk Order: 2 x 500GB VIVID SSD or Bulk Order: 2 x 1TB VIVID SSD
- If you are after two units of different capacity, choose the Reward called Tier Bulk Order: TWO IN MIX, and adjust the pledge totalling to the sum of EARLY BIRD Prices for the respective two units (as per the supplied table). Drop us a message which capacities you are after, so we make a note. Example: Order of 2Units: 250GB and 500GB will need to have a pledge of $578 ($249+ $329)
- If you are after three of more (up to five units) choose Reward called Tier Bulk Order: THREE OR MORE, and adjust your pledge amount totalling to the sum of Special prices of the units (as per the supplied table). Drop us a message which capacities you are after so we make a note. Example: A pack of three units 250GB, 500GB and 1TB will need to have a pledge of $1080 ($237+$313+$531)
Upon the end of campaign we will use survey to reconfirm your bulk order further to ensure you get what you intended for.
VIVID SSD STORY
We are tech geeks who were frustrated at constantly running out of data storage so we decided to do something about it!
We started development of Vivid SSD with PCB (Printed circuit board) based on the knowledge we had and research we made on the top components, particularly Flash Controller. From initial contact with the ASMEDIA, NO#1 quality controllers manufacturer, we received their recommendations on what factories we should be contacting that use ASMEDIA controller. After a few attempts we found the factory that agreed to work with the small but promising project like us and agreed to help create a prototype. The agreement was based on the fact that our full production minimum order will be not less that a 1000 PCB's which is why we need your help.
Thanks to our trusted contacts in the IT industry, we managed to secure an outstanding memory deal for M-SATA SSD Memory that goes inside the VIVID SSD Drive, with Samsung Distributor, enabling us to offer the VIVID SSD at the cheapest retail pricing as well as the full 5 year warranty on components!
Once the first PCB board prototype was ready it was time to source the casing factory, that has the capabilities to CNC machine cut high grade aluminium. This was almost impossible - not many factories can work with low production numbers, but after a few months of back and forth communication we found an excellent metal manufacturing company.
Not only did they helped us to create that ultimate aluminium shell for VIVID SSD, they also had great experience in oxidizing aluminium and agreed to produce prototypes of all the colours we need, and after months of receiving colour samples and changing colours we came up with the exact aluminium colours we needed. Unfortunately for the bulk run they gave us a minimum order quantity due to costs involved in this production.
Our journey has now brought us to Kickstarter and we hope you will help us continue our story by providing enough backing to realize the VIVID SSD vision of providing the ultimate in data portable storage.
WHERE WE ARE AT
The production lead time after we have received the parts from factory is only 2 weeks meaning you will have the Vivid SSD sooner than ever!
What a great opportunity to store all those Festive Season's memories and at the same time make us, Geeks smile at Christmas too!
MY STORY AND WHY DO I CARE
Nick Popov (VIVID SSD Founder)
Before it was a struggle to get the large volume external drives and I had to deal with two problems: lack of data and slow file transfer speeds.
This made my job harder so I created a new system for data storage on external drives with a much faster transfer speed and the convenience of taking it anywhere, which for me was an essential as I travel for business a lot!
Apart from solving the capacity and data transfer speeds problem, it felt like I needed more from the ultimate portable drive. I was shopping at tech retailer and walked through the HDD isle when I realized what was wrong with all the HDDs on the shelves: they were boring. They all look the same!
I started researching aluminium colour oxidation and it turned out that it is possible to oxidize aluminium in almost any pantone colour. So Vivid SSD team and I took my awesome data storage device once step further towards a “colour direction” and led by product design we came up with mix-and-match concept where you choose front and back colours separately.
The reason the VIVID SSD works is because most of the laptops sold in the last few years support only USB 3 speeds, but no manufacturer is actually utilizing the capabilities, as conventional drives (HDD) are the bottleneck of the transfer speed. So the obvious alternative was Flash technology. It is much smaller in size, much lighter, doesn’t have moving parts – means durable, all of the qualities that you want to see in the external storage and most importantly is can fully utilize the USB 3 speed, allowing data to travel at 450Mb/s.
Being an everyday item that almost everyone uses and can relate to, VIVID SSD idea was immediately liked by family, friends, associates and work colleagues.
VIVID SSD TEAM
My friends and colleagues shared my enthusiasm and joined the VIVID team.
Jose Nieto (3D and Industrial Designer)
Jose is an awesome and talented industrial designer who helped develop the design of Vivid SSD. With his outstanding creativity and years of experience Jose help to move the project from abstract idea to the production design for the factory. Jose helped to create the product design and Cad drawings for production of Vivid SSD.
Lena Kudinova (Soska Design)
Lena is a designer and a mum to two children. Lena developed our visual brand using her outstanding creative direction and understanding of emotional aspects around VIVID contributed to consistent VIVID identity, be it logo, product packaging and website.
Stas Svamin (Digital Marketing, Planning and Campaign - Soska Design)
Stas and Lena are partners in crime. Stas applied his strategic, operational and marketing skills to our innovative startup. Stas is an amazing specialist who has a knack for numbers and planning and is the backbone of the project taking care of finance planning, social media, advertising and being a little bossy he makes sure everyone stays on schedule!
WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
Support us because we are solving the world’s portable data storage problems and in the process saving you hundreds of dollars on storage and helping you never, ever, get the message “no space left on disc”.
Plus as our backer you’ll bear minimal risk and get to enjoy the real product in the shortest time possible and in time for Festive period!
Manufactures of PCB (Printed Circuit Board) and components require minimum order quantities to start the production but the good news is that VIVID SSD using MSATA flash memory modules which are being installed as per customer’s capacity requirement. That means that we need to manufacture only non-flash components of the VIVID SSD: PCB and high quality aluminium casing. Our minimum required quantities to get the factory producing PCB and case are 200 cases of each colour and 1000 Printed Circuit Boards, so we are seeking your help to the tiny tune of $19,800 AUD.
We wanted YOU to have the best quality SSD External drive the PCB made out of the best components including ASMedia controllers so we sourced all the components and requirements and even went to the extra mile so you can have 8 mix and match colours VIVID SSD casing via 8 separate aluminium oxidation processes.
Be proud to back the latest technology cause and be smart to grab what's on offer! Made in Australia and generously shared with the World!
Risks and challenges
Our team has worked hard so you have limited risk and this is a ‘so close you can smell it’ completed project, not just idea or ethereal enthusiastic concept to be funded for the next R&D phase.
Everything is done for you except for the two volume orders!
We are a professional team aimed at innovation, with an extensive industry experience in business and production including legal, logistics, working with factories and understand the assembly process. Currently the main bottleneck is securing the bulk order with the two factories to offer our backers special pricing and quick delivery.
Our team is committed to each and everyone of our backers and we won’t sleep until all our backers have their ultimate personal pocket device by end of Festive season!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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