We are SO excited to finally launch our new UnbuckleMe product colors! We have been working on these for months, and we’ll soon announce some exciting new places where these are headed…
The Home Stretch! Manufacturing is finally underway, and we will receive our first batch of inventory next week! We’ll be working hard on Kickstarter fulfillment, as well as online and retailer orders. We couldn’t be more excited!!
The tooling for UnbuckleMe is complete. We are receiving injection molded samples every few weeks, and testing each one for function and aesthetics. We are still working through some modifications to ensure that the production process runs smoothly, and that UnbuckleMe works as well as it possibly can. We promise, we’re working as hard and […]
We finalized the design and ordered our packaging. Yay! We are so grateful for all of the ideas shared by retailers and consumers, and we think we’ve arrived on the design/layout/colors that will position UnbuckleMe for success. Bring on the zip ties!
We are very close to our final design, and now focused on testing in as many ways as possible. We headed back to the science lab again, and confirmed that by applying leverage, UnbuckleMe reduces the force required to release the buckle by an average of 57%. We are thrilled to validate that our design improvements have maintained […]
We originally designed UnbuckleMe to unbuckle the car seat without requiring the use of thumbs. However, since we have started rigorous testing of our latest 3D printed prototypes, we are watching people “pinch” the ends together with one hand, rather than use the “open palm” method that requires no thumbs. In fact, my mom realized that […]
We are thrilled to introduce our newest prototype! We are continuing to iterate through the design process, and 3D printing has been critical for us to test and validate our changes with each revision. I don’t know how inventors in the past developed new products before 3D printers! We are hoping to finalize our design […]
Now that we are neck-deep in our design phase, we are wading through some functional challenges and strategy decisions. Namely, there are lots of buckles on the market! (…before you get excited, none requires less force to unbuckle, and my mom hasn’t found one yet that she can operate painlessly). Of course, we would love to […]
I always loved Physics. Today, we spent an hour with my high school AP physics teacher, who was incredibly generous with both his time and his enthusiasm for this project. He let us borrow his Vernier Dual-Range Force Sensor, which we connected to a LabPro to measure forces. We tested the force required to depress the standard car […]
Developing a new product is not easy. Or quick. My mom knew the general concept that she wanted to create for UnbuckleMe, but the devil is in the detail. Additionally, orthoplast (used for splint-making) is a highly flexible material and presented design challenges to create a top handle with sufficient rigidity, while also enabling flexibility […]