It’s been a very busy three months since the completion of the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus campaign on Kickstarter, and once again, we can’t thank you enough for helping to make this happen!
Before we dive into the nitty-gritty details, I would just like to say we are so unbelievably pumped up to get the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus into production and onto iPhones everywhere!
While Jake and I have had the pleasure of testing SAFE Wallet 6 Plus prototypes, it’s not quite the same as having the REAL DEAL in house. We are very excited to reach production and to use the production SAFE Wallet 6 Plus just like each of you :-)
Production Timeline Update
In addition to our usual operations, we’ve been hard at work going back and forth with 3D models, tool builders and engineers to ensure the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus manufacturing tools are 100% dialed-in for success.
Earlier this week, we completed a crucial production prototyping phase which produced the first successfully molded parts from the newly fabricated injection-molding tool. This is a HUGE triumph, and a necessary step toward production.
Note: All photos below are of actual injection-molded T1 prototypes of the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus.
There are two important take-away points we'd like to share with you:
1. It took longer than expected to reach the T1 prototype phase.
2. There is a small, but significant challenge left to resolve before full production.
As seen in the timeline from Update #8, our manufacturer projected this production prototyping stage to be complete before the end of April, and we just reached that point now — 2 weeks behind schedule!
We genuinely believed we would reach Mold Trials before May, but it just didn’t happen as we’d planned due to unforeseen complications.
Now that Mold Trials have begun, we’ve run into a challenge of the most intricate detail. When the moving parts of the tool retract to eject the body of the SAFE Wallet, the part is occasionally getting stuck, causing breakage of parts and other messy complications.
This challenge must be resolved in order for us to enter mass production. We recently had a super in-depth meeting with our engineers and tool builders, and achieved clarity on how we will overcome this challenge. The injection-molding tool requires some specific modification, which will take approximately 2 weeks to build, and an additional week to test prototypes.
This animation might take a minute to load! A demonstration of our newly designed tool injection-molding T1 SAFE Wallet 6 Plus parts. Notice the part being removed from the tool by hand. This demonstrates the challenge we are overcoming in ejection.
In the photo below, the red circles highlight areas affected by the ejection challenge with the tool, noted above. The result is an uneven notch in the frame, barely visible in each circle. This illustrates the areas which must be improved upon in the tool before we can move forward to first production!
Just to put things in perspective, this is not bad news. As a matter of fact, only having one small challenge like this is actually very good. It’s not uncommon to have 5 or 6 issues to resolve at this stage!
We now expect the first production to ship to our warehouse in Late June 2015. Delivery to customers should begin by the first few weeks of July 2015, as illustrated below:
We realize waiting longer isn't fun or ideal. The reality is our designs are far beyond anything anybody has ever achieved, including ourselves, and this degree of true innovation requires tremendous creativity and determination to accomplish. In short, we are doing what no other case maker has been able to! This helps put the production delay a bit more into perspective.
Once again, I’d like to restate our commitment to deliver the ABSOLUTE BEST wallet case your iPhone 6 Plus could ever ask for! :-)
We have more photos and other details to share on pre-production! Jake recently posted a very detailed sneak peek at the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus T1 Prototype. This update provides more information about the tooling challenge we encountered.
We realize the update in delivery timeframe might affect exactly where your SAFE Wallet 6 Plus needs to be shipped! If you have any immediate concerns with the shipping address on your order, including any modifications, please contact us right away at Help@BulletTrain.com.
I shared a sentiment earlier in this update about the success of the mold trial I would like to revisit. I wrote, “This is a HUGE triumph, and a necessary step toward production.”
Despite the challenges noted above, the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus T1 is fully functional. We truly are in the home stretch toward first production! Pictured below is a fully assembled T1 prototype SAFE Wallet 6 Plus, installed and operational on a Gold iPhone 6 Plus!
I’ve had the unique privilege to act on both ends of BulletTrain—first as a customer, and then “on the inside”, as Director of Operations for BulletTrain! I remember back when I was waiting as a customer for my SAFE Wallet for my iPhone 5. I had pre-ordered in March 2013 on BulletTrain.com, and received it in August 2013.
I wrote Jake a snarky email, and he responded by sharing this Einstein quote with me:
“Every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.” ―Albert Einstein, The World As I See It
This really helped put things in perspective for me personally, and I asked if there was anything I could do to help. Jake hired me shortly thereafter, and here I am two years later, a member of the BulletTrain team—writing this update!
Having been in nearly the same position before, I can assure you it was COMPLETELY worth the wait then, and it will be COMPLETELY worth the wait now! :-)
It’s been truly amazing to be a part of the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus design from its conception. Going from the iPhone announcement to a concept, to design, to 3D modeling, to first prototyping, and seeing the SAFE Wallet evolve and truly take form in a steel tool to injection-mold the parts has been a truly staggering, EYE-OPENING experience!!! I must admit I had no idea the complexity that goes into creating an idea like this from concept to reality!!!
I’m so proud to be able to stand behind the upcoming fulfillment of the SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus!
Thanks for reading, everyone! If you have any questions, please feel free to reply in the comments or send us an email at Help@BulletTrain.com. We are here to help!
The first production prototypes were completed early this week, and after a super-indepth evaluation I am reporting our progress. The T1 prototype sample photos below were taken in Asia, and we will have them in house in California next week for an even deeper evaluation. So far everything is looking really good. So far we only have one issue we have identified and need to resolve. We will know much more next week and will post another detailed update, but wanted to share our progress so far.
Just to be crystal clear, all the parts pictured in the photos in this post were injection-molded in our tool, which you can see at the bottom of this post.
As previously mentioned, we only have one issue we have to resolve, which is illustrated below in the photo of the BulletTrain SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus. Notice toward the top of the right edge there is an uneven bump. This needs to be fixed. Our plastics engineer and tooling engineer have already come up with a solution, and it is being incorporated into the tool design this weekend.
The photos below show our tool for making the main case body of the SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus. I realize that to most people the SAFE Wallet looks really simple, and they imagine it is really easy to make. The reality is the exact opposite!!!!
I also believe there is another strong misconception that the role of the designer is to simply draw the design and then the machine spits the product out. In reality, as a design house we spend a great deal of time on the tooling design to make the actual parts. This process is extremely challenging and complex.
The BulletTrain SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 is so far beyond anything else that exists on the market today. The reality is that when you are pushing the design, engineering and tooling envelope as we are, it takes time. As they say, "Good things take time."
We plan to launch the BulletTrain SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 on Kickstarter sometime soon, so we thought we would share this Sneak Peek with you. Stay tuned for more information...It's A Family Affair...
I was showing a man the SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus, and he pulled his wallet out of his pocket and showed it to me. I asked if I could take a photo, and he said yes. This is just absolute craziness if you think about it!!!!!
The SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus is a complete wallet replacement solution, capable of concealing up to 5 credit cards or up to 15 business cards. It can also hold cash bills, house keys, as well as an optional SAFE Pen, SIM Cards, and Mini USB Flash Drives for all your secret files. The SAFE Wallet allows iPhone users to finally ditch their bulky wallets and replace them with a beautifully streamlined protective case.
"Nobody wants to carry a wallet. You don't want another thing you have to remember to put in your pants when you walk out the door. You don't want another thing to lose." –Tim Cook [Apple CEO]
Over the past decade, hundreds of companies have attempted to deliver on the promise of successfully converging an iPhone and a Wallet, and they have all fallen far short of delivering an optimal solution. In other words, each one of them has at least one severe Achilles-heel that make them very weak.
Welcome To The New Wallet 2.0
BulletTrain was the first and only company in history to deliver 100% on the promise of what an ideal smartphone wallet should be with our iPhone 5/5S SAFE Wallet, which we successfully launched on Kickstarter in 2013! Our SAFE Wallet for iPhone 5/5s model went way beyond by incorporating other excellent features, like 360 degree screen-edge protection, as well as making a super-good looking case that not only completely conceals your wallet from prying eyes, but is also extremely comfortable in your hand. It also features a built-in MagicStand that perfectly stands up your iPhone in portrait or landscape on any flat surface.
In the two years since we launched our SAFE Wallet for iPhone 5/5s, no other companies have come even close to matching our patented design. This fact would make it seem like it might be impossible to top our design, thus it should come as no surprise that the company that genuinely perfected the SmartPhone Wallet Case has taken it to a whole new level of excellence with the advent of our all-new SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus model.
With the introduction of the remarkably innovative iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, we saw tremendous opportunity to reinvent the SAFE Wallet for these new iPhone models! The SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus offers a super-streamlined, minimalist-masterpiece look, that makes the iPhone much easier to comfortably hold, while offering superb ergonomic access to the silent/ring switch, the volume up/down buttons, as well as the sleep/wake power button.
Improving On The SAFE Wallet for iPhone 5/5s
To best understand the value proposition of the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus, it makes sense to watch the video below from the successful Kickstarter launch of the SAFE Wallet for iPhone 5/5s, which is available for purchase on www.BulletTrain.com!
The SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus maintains EVERY major feature the iPhone 5/5s version offers, while adding a much larger Secret Stash compartment that securely holds two house keys, as well as offering the ability to hold our upcoming optional SAFE Pen. It also offers many, many more amazing features...
True Convergence Delivered
As you will see, when you obtain and use your BulletTrain SAFE Wallet, it is the first wallet case for any SmartPhone which flawlessly delivers on the promise of convergence, and even goes beyond it in many ways.
The differences between all other iPhone wallet cases, and the BulletTrain SAFE Wallet, is like the difference between driving around in a 1915 Model T Ford, versus a 2015 Tesla P85D! The difference is really that profound!!!
Most other wallet cases try to add a wallet to an iPhone case. The BulletTrain SAFE Wallet takes the opposite approach. Essentially, with the BulletTrain SAFE Wallet, we have redesigned the wallet for the 21st century, and gave it a special compartment that safely holds and protects your iPhone.
We are offering the SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus in our four most popular colors, which include Stealth Black (Pictured Above), Ruby Red (Pictured Below), as well as in Polar White, and BulletTrain Blue. It is amazing how different a look you can achieve with these four timeless, beautiful colors, coupled with the option of mixing them with a black or white iPhone 6 Plus, as seen above and below.
Simplify Your Life
If you compare the BulletTrain SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus to any other case made, it is hard to believe it can successfully conceal so many important items, in such a small space!!!
At BulletTrain, we believe form and function go hand in hand. This is why we sacrificed neither by designing the SAFE Wallet to maximize its carrying ability, much like a Swiss Army Knife, or Leatherman tool, while completely eliminating any bulk.
Do you remember the first time your parents took you to the circus, and you saw a Mini Cooper drive up, and start unloading clowns, and you could not believe how many clowns apparently fit in the car? You probably didn't notice they were coming up through an invisible trap-door in the floor! With the SAFE Wallet, it is the same, but there are no tricks! Just a wonderfully engineered wallet case for your iPhone 6 Plus. That being said, if you demo your SAFE Wallet for people, they will think you are a magician, and don't be surprised if every time you use it to pay for something if it starts a conversation ;-)
A Place For Everything & Everything In Its Place
At BulletTrain our whole team uses iPhone 6 Plus models, and when Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple first showcased the 6 Plus model, we knew this was a complete game-changer. We realized the extra height and width would allow us to achieve features we never could with previous iPhone models.
The design team at BulletTrain experimented like crazy to figure out how to optimize every scintilla of the SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus. In the photo below, you see the SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus with all three Secret Stash Compartments exposed. All three of our Secret Stash compartments feature our SAFE Stick Micro-suction technology, which holds all items securely so they don't ever move around.
Our SAFE Stick Micro-Suction feature not only stops items from rattling around, but also holds them perfectly in place, so when you easily remove your iPhone, they won't fall out by mistake. Speaking of removing and installing your iPhone 6 Plus, it is super-easy and intuitive!
Can You Keep A Secret?
The photo below shows off how versatile the Main Secret Stash compartment is. It can hold many small items, beyond keys, cash, and coins. You can even store medication, or just about any small item you want to conceal.
Skinnier Than A Sharpie!
It is hard to believe the BulletTrain SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus is skinnier than a Sharpie marker, but it's true. By the way, the SAFE Wallet is not only holding an iPhone 6 Plus, but also concealing two credit cards, 6 business cards, a $100 Bill, Two Keys, Two extra SIM cards, a SIM card removal tool, and a 32GB USB Flash Drive!!!! Oh, and by the way, it's also holding our upcoming optional SAFE Pen!!!!!
If you are going for a walk or run, or walking to your local gym, or a local restaurant, or even to work, you can easily and securely store 2 standard size keys in the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus Secret Stash. Two standard size keys can simply be placed on top of each other in the Secret Stash, and our SAFE Stick Micro Suction will hold the two keys separately and safely, while prevent them from rattling around!
Our new SAFE Stick Micro-Suction technology is used to securely hold your valuables in the Secret Stash! Micro-Suction technology is a little-known, WONDERFUL substance that provides re-usable adhesive, and is effective on keys, cash, and other flat objects like slim USB drives, SD cards, and more!
Having your iPhone, wallet contents and keys all in ONE place empties the rest of your pockets, and since you only have to think about keeping track of ONE item, you are far less likely to lose anything.
Notice how completely different the SAFE Wallet in Ruby Red looks compared to the Stealth Black model shown above.
Take A Stand
The iPhone 6 Plus is really designed to be the ultimate highly portable super-computer that can fit in your pocket. In a certain sense it replaces or supplements having a laptop. The challenge is that a laptop has a screen that can stand-up on its own, and the iPhone 6 Plus does not. We've incorporated our patent-pending MagicStand into the SAFE Wallet to give the iPhone a leg to stand on. This is no ordinary kickstand!
As seen in the photos above and below, the MagicStand makes is really easy to watch and video, including movies, and TV Shows, or YouTube video, without having you hold your iPhone.
A Built-In Tripod for Video and Selfies
The MagicStand also doubles as a tripod for shooting photos, including selfies, as well as serving as a tripod for shooting video, as seen in the photo below. Obviously you can also use it for shooting video and photos in portrait as well.
Light The Way
The MagicStand works well as a flashlight stand, so if you need task lighting in a dark room, you always have one with you!
Making A CASE For Protection
No one likes a cracked screen, which is why, at BulletTrain we designed a case with both convenience and protection in mind. High-quality polycarbonate provides the iPhone 6 Plus with powerful protection from drops on flat surfaces, and our 360-Degree Edge protection incorporates a design that not only protects your iPhone, but also protects your SAFE Wallet from shocks and drops. We have extensively drop-tested our prototypes and are extremely impressed with the level of protection they offer.
Keeping Your Wallet Contents SAFE
The hollow core wallet door of the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus implements a truly innovative, all-new double-locking system to secure your wallet contents. The contents of your SAFE Wallet are hidden behind the wallet door, which is held shut by this double friction-lock until YOU open it. The wallet door maintains easy access to your wallet contents while ensuring they are invisible to prying eyes! The wallet door also has an convenient groove with advance ergonomics for your thumb/thumbnail so you can be in complete control of when your SAFE opens!
We've tested the locking mechanism in our prototyping, and we have been AMAZED with how well it performs! We can't wait for you to see how SAFE the contents of your SAFE Wallet 6 Plus will be!
Great Openings for Lightning Cables and Headphones
The SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus offers a design that is optimized to be able to accommodate ANY aftermarket Lightning cable, as well as being able to fit any aftermarket headphone jack, while still offering added protection for the bottom corners and edge of your iPhone.
Quality and Comfort
Each SAFE Wallet is made of a durable, high-quality, fade resistant colored Polycarbonate, resulting in a light-weight and sturdy case. We also give it a bead blasted finish so it won't lose any color from and is very scratch and scuff resistant.
The SAFE is also designed to be as comfortable in your pockets as it is in your hands. The advanced ergonomics of the SAFE fit nicely in your palm with little fear of it slipping through your fingers.
The SAFE Wallet 6 Plus model is pictured below in BulletTrain Blue. We spent a great deal of time picking colors, which we know our customers love!
We are offering the SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus is four superb colors, which include Stealth Black, Polar White, Ruby Red, and BulletTrain Blue, as seen below.
SAFE Wallet Profile Design Inspiration
All BulletTrain products are inspired by super streamlined Bullet Trains, like the Shinkansen 500 that traverse Japan. If you look closely at the super-stramlined side profile of the SAFE Wallet, you can't help but notice it is shaped like an actual Bullet Train!
In the photo below, you can how see remarkably skinny the SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus is. It's so skinny, people often mistake it for Apple's own case for iPhone 6 Plus!
Streamline Your Big Wallet Instantly
People unnecessarily carry way too many things in their wallets. Credit cards that are never used, club cards, old receipts; all just pieces of paper or plastic taking up space. What are you carrying in your wallet that you could remove or digitize? Think about it.
The BulletTrain SAFE case was designed and made just for you! All you probably really need to cary with your on a regular basis is a Credit Card, an ATM/Debit Card, Drivers License, Cash and several business cards. Do yourself a favor, and don't be like George Costanza, with his large exploding wallet ;-)
'Tis the season for the SAFE Wallet! We are pleased to bring you our Holiday Update! This will be our last formal update of the year 2014. Don't worry, though, we have a LOT more planned for early 2015!!! It's been an exciting week since we launched the SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus on Kickstarter! The campaign TOOK OFF from the very beginning, and we reached our funding goal in just over 4 hours!
The 60-day campaign for the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus is now our exclusive PRE-ORDER platform for our first shipment, scheduled for March 2015!
Some campaigns on Kickstarter make big promises in terms of features and availability, but fail to deliver due to insufficient background and industry experience! Our backers have shared some of these horror stories from Kickstarter, and we couldn't be more thrilled that so many backers have returned to be among the FIRST to get a SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus! Our backing community just KNOWS we follow-through with a superb product (like with the SAFE Wallet for iPhone 5) that thousands of customers LOVE!
Update on SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6
While pre-orders for the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus have been very popular, we continue to receive calls and emails about the iPhone 6!
To answer your questions:
The SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 is launching on Kickstarter AFTER the current campaign for the SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus.
Why after the 6 Plus? Why not move it up sooner?
We are committed to perfecting and delivering upon the larger design for the iPhone 6 Plus as previously reported. We set out to complete the 6 Plus model first with no compromise, and will then give the iPhone 6 model the same undivided attention.
Here is our handy timeline graphic so you know what to expect.
If everything goes as planned, SAFE Wallet 6 Plus shipments will be commencing in March 2015, and SAFE Wallet 6 shipments will be commencing in May 2015!
Future BulletTrain Products
We are so extremely excited to be launching the new SAFE Wallets for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus! But that's not ALL we've been working on! Consider this your official "teaser": BulletTrain has some BIG new designs in the works that will continue to genuinely revolutionize the way you #SimplifyYourLife with the SAFE Wallet Platform! We have multiple product announcements scheduled for early 2015, so make sure to keep your eyes on the FastTrack with BulletTrain! This concludes our Holiday Update. From BulletTrain HQ to your homes, we wish you a Happy Holiday season! Thanks everyone!
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