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About

What is Hal?  

Hal is the world’s first hand spinner that allows you to fidget and access your data on-the-go using patent pending innovations.

It might be the last USB microSD Card Reader you ever buy.

 

 

 

Hal shown with USB cover removed.
Hal shown with USB cover removed.

 

Hal shown with USB cover removed and with microSD Card inserted.
Hal shown with USB cover removed and with microSD Card inserted.

 

Why Fidget?

While fidgeting is a behavior that has likely been around for a long time. It may be recognized in people who like to click pens, bite nails, tap their feet, twirl their hair, spin, play with and check their phone constantly and seemingly "can't sit still".

However, recent research and anecdotal evidence has suggested that these physical actions may help people to focus on their main task.

Article: The Science of Why We Fidget While We Work

Article: The Body-Brain Connection: How Fidgeting Sharpens Focus

Video: How To Improve Your Focus By Fidgeting

Book: Fidget to Focus: Outwit Your Boredom: Sensory Strategies for Living with ADD

The Problem

Previously when a person wanted to access their files on-the-go, they would either use email or carry a USB drive like you see here.

The problem with traditional USB drives are the following:

  • A preset amount of data.
  • Not enjoyable to fidget with.

And if people want to have a fidget toy or hand spinner, they would have carry that in addition to their USB drive.

The problem with traditional hand spinners and fidget toys are the following:

  • Enjoyable to play with but can benefit from having another use in addition being entertaining and possibly helping someone to focus.
  • The reason for having and using them has to be explained.

This is where Hal comes in.

Hal is the Solution

Hal solves multiple problems.

  • Hal provides a concealed method of transporting data that hides its dual purpose.  
  • Hal is a fidget toy and hand spinner that doesn't need to be explained to people who don't fidget because it has the dual purpose of being a flash storage means.
  • It provides a convenient and interchangeable method of storing your data, by supporting microSD cards which are interchangeable and have various sizes.
  • It provides access to your data files while on the go.
  • It allows you to access and transport files in situations when the Internet isn't available.
  • It is a physical version of your important files that is more secure and reliable than cloud based storage, email and other internet based methods.

Report/Publish/Blog/Review

To all the media personalities, journalists, bloggers, YouTubers, SnapChatters, tweeters, live streamers, meme lords etc., 

We need your help to get our story out, so we've created a treasure chest of content to help telling our story easier.

 

                                                                                                      

Share

Stop for a second and imagine using only 30 seconds of your time to make a huge difference in the lives of your friends and family just by sharing the growing Fidget and Hand Spinner community with them.   

Over 75% of the people who visit our project page are likely to hit one of the buttons below and tag a friend or coworker who can't stop fidgeting!

 

 

 

 

 

                                 

How do I use it?

It's simple. Hal has two ends that rotate around its center and features an microSD card reader slot which allows you to use any storage size microSD card in the future (microSD card not included).

The Past  

We are near the finish line on our path to success.  

Long ago, we learned that the journey to success in life or anything isn’t a straight line but a curved one with many hills and valleys. But throughout our journey with Hal we’ve focused on the finish line and only put one foot in front of the other to get there. And with your support we will push hard to finish the race so we can all celebrate successfully crossing the finish line together.  

Stop for a moment and imagine you’re on the sidelines of your first marathon. It’s cold outside because it’s so early in the morning which is when most marathons take place. But despite the cold temperature, you’re warm inside because you’re yelling and cheering us on.  

We’re exhausted.  

And we’re in pain because a lifestyle of sitting at a computer for 12+ hours a day didn’t prepare us for running marathons. But we are driven and determined to finish because we told ourselves and you that we would.

We hear you’re cheers and see your excited faces and get a boost of energy which helps us push straight through the finish line.
Our first prototype.
Our first prototype.

It’s okay to laugh. We did too. 

As you can see, every idea starts off a little rough around the edges. But like the great artists throughout history, it takes a vision, time and effort to turn uncut marble into beautiful statues and turn a blank canvas into a timeless masterpieces.

The Present

We’ve started the process of securing a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office. The previous experience of our co-founders definitely came in handy in that area.  

Hal is ready for market and manufacture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hal next to a Key, a Tube of Lip Balm and a Business card to show scale.
Hal next to a Key, a Tube of Lip Balm and a Business card to show scale.

 

 

The Future  

We are writing our future in real-time with this project.

With your input, we will submit bulk parts orders to our suppliers and start preparing for order fulfillment and shipping after the project is successfully funded.    



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We Are Xscape

 

More specifically, we are Adrian Kennedy, Jeff Chang and Russ Hagan – three brothers not by blood, but by choice. And in addition to having a passion for life, we have a passion for creating things people love and improving the world around us. 

We love Kickstarter. 

This amazing community enabled us to turn an idea into a small company of three (for now). Each of us from different backgrounds, we hold a shared purpose to empower the creative in everybody. 

Coming to Kickstarter to launch our first project is both exciting and nerve racking. The first chapter of Xscape has been a work in progress for many months, and we’re excited to hear what you think about it. 

We have poured our hearts, minds, and weekends into this project because deep down we believe that once you use these products you will fall in love with life again because you don’t have to get distracted by the small problems in life.

Where are we in the process?  

After a handful of prototypes, we’ve tweaked every last detail to arrive at the Hal you see today. We’ve got a number of working units, but in order to make enough for you to have one as well, we need to place a substantial minimum order for the first production run. That’s why we’re offering Hal to this awesome community before anyone else. 

Timeline

What does your timeline look like? 

Hal is an idea we've been dying to bring to reality since it was first conceived in early 2017. As you can see, we like to strike while the iron is hot and don’t like to waste a lot of time. When opportunity knocks, you have to be fully dressed and ready to answer the door. 

We're perfectionists, and we wanted to make sure we got this one right. So we failed fast and did several iterations before settling on the design you see today. 

Below, you'll see a brief outline of the journey we're on with Hal, starting from the first discussion about it to when all of you joined the story (and where we go from here)! 

We are super excited to get Hal into your hands. So you can be sure that we're going to continue to work day and night until the very last Hal has shipped. 

 

 

Help Out By Sharing Hal With Your Friends! (#spinsmarter)  

Like what you're seeing? Great! Join the 75% of people who are likely to share our project with their friends and just hit one of the buttons below (or at the top of the page).  

We've made sharing our awesome project super easy. The more people who know about Hal, the larger our community will become! And the larger the community, the better we'll be able to make Hal! We can't do this without you!

 

 

 

 

                              

 

                              

 

 

                                 

Comments, Question and Feedback?  

It get’s really quiet over here when we're awake at 5am working hard to get Hal ready for production, so definitely send us a message.  

Post a comment and we'll do our best to get back to you with an answer with 24-48 hours.  

Got a creative idea you think we should implement with Hal? Don't hesitate - let us know! Hal is being made possible by you, and we want you to be a part of the creative process as well.  

Worldwide Backers

This project isn't just for backers in the United States. We'll be shipping Hal worldwide! 

That being said, there are unique processes that apply specifically to international backers that we'd like you to be aware of. Please note that there is no way for us to charge any additional amount on our end for any applicable VAT/duties that may be a result of a specific country's local tax code. Therefore, these fees may be incurred upon receipt of your reward. These fees are the responsibility of each backer. 

In addition, due to first class shipping fees and the dimensions of Hal, shipping rates may seem a bit high for some international locations. We calculated shipping rates beforehand, and are able to swallow some of the shipping costs on orders of 1 or 2 Hals.

Special Thanks

We would love to thank our family, friends and everyone who has helped throughout the journey. Your feedback, support and positive encouragement has been incredibly inspiring.  

Product/Service Credits

Shapeways

Music "Revolve" by Cinematrik

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Risks and challenges

Producing a hardware product is never easy.

Our combined previous experience in computer engineering for the US government, finance for Wall Street firms and product design on two continents makes us better prepared for the unforeseen challenges that we may encounter during the tooling, manufacturing, testing and certification processes. We’ve developed relationships with several suppliers and manufacturers. These relationships will help ensure consistent quality and testing processes.

Although we have familiarity with our supply and manufacturing partners, there is still risk in successfully tooling, assembling and producing this product. In addition to the challenges that present themselves with manufacturing, the internal components may additional testing to ensure safe use. Failure to meet established safety standards could result in significant delay in troubleshooting, redesigning and retesting.

Our target shipping dates are by the end of August, September, and October depending on which level you back. We would love to ship earlier and we will do everything we can to make this happen.

Keep in mind we will trade quality for time because we are committed to making the best products we possibly can for our customers.

In the event that things don't go as planned, whether it's a delay in the manufacturing timeline, supplier issue, shipping date, or something else, we promise to communicate honestly with you and work around the clock until we correct the issue.

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