Providing vision for the poor needs the simplest solution possible.
My name is Jeff Widderich from Victoria BC. I am an inventor. I make a living using the concepts that I create and make products out of the ideas. I invent, create, build and sell what I have inside my brain. I am very good at taking concepts and turning them into reality efficiently and with a great deal of pride.
The concept " Vision For The Poor " and the solution to the problem "Vision Dots" is an enormous undertaking to even contemplate solving with out support. I am asking for help. My drive and passion is to see this concept help the estimated 1billion people that can't afford eye care to finally see their world clearly.
All current solutions that attempt to provide eye care are not working because they are too complex or way too expensive.
Vision Dots solves following issues that have been plaguing other attempts
* cost under a dollar to make per pair ( order of 10 000)
* self prescribing (involving eye care professionals simply isn't an option they aren't available in the regions Vision Dots are needy)
How to deliver eye care (simplified approach)
a) form a line grab a plate and build a pair of glasses as you are walking beside a table with all the components and different lenses laid out on tables. Eye Charts are in place for the self examination. (buffet style)
b) open a tackle box and provide eye care similar to applying a bandage. Everything needed is inside the box. Schools and disaster relief. ( tackle box eye care)
* compact shipping due to the size of the product and how the frames fit inside each other. We estimate 10 000 pairs to fit inside one cubic meter. (36 cubic feet). " Reduces shipping costs immensely and the shipment would be easier to conceal entering dangerous regions where theft is rampant.
- New glasses, no sorting of mountains of used glasses with odd prescriptions. Each eye can have a different prescription simply by popping in a specific lens.
- Shipments are so compact that they can be shipped directly from the factory to the area of the world that needs them. 1 cubic meter = 10 000 pairs
- The lenses are of extremely good quality (UV and scratch coating)
- The lens frame is so flexible you can apply incredible force before they don't break (soft plastic)
- The string that holds the pair together will make it easy for children to conceal their pride and joy and it will be harder for them to loose the glasses.
- If for example an order of 10 000 lenses is being produced. We have already established with the manufacturer the ratios we need to produce for the different prescriptions.
- Existing efforts to provide eye care to the poor will rapidly switch over to the concept of Vision Dots which would make distribution efforts a lot more effective.(piggy backing)
- The tackle boxes make a great business opportunity for the poor to make a living selling mobile eye care.
- The poor would feel a sense of accomplishment building their own pair of glasses on the spot.
- glasses allow the poor to work and children will do better in school being able to seethe black board or read books.
- the Vision Dot design is better suited for the rough and tumble world of living in poverty. They are part of the body once the string tightens the lenses.
Costs to go live
Finish all prototyping work for Vision Dots and Vision sticks, nose clips ( the device used to hold lenses up when the patient is checking the different lenses 4800.00
We are still working on making the frames look really fashionable and possibly even more streamlined.
Glass set up
Pay the eye glass manufacturers 3200.00 to make casting dyes that fit the frames perfectly. Currently they are cutting these tiny lenses out of bigger stock to make samples.
(Manufacturer in place) 6 month relationship Prices quoted samples in place
Finalize CAD drawings from the prototyping efforts and start the injection molds for the frames. The molds would be a set of 6 left frames and 6 right frames set up to be stamped once bringing the price down to 10 - 14 cents per frame. 30 000.00- 40 000
Two Vision stick molds 6 000 - 8 000
Nose clips 2400 -3000
(Manufacturer in place ) established relationship for 7 years Prices quoted
The model to be used is already tooled and is perfect for 300 sets of glasses with 40 different prescriptions, six Vision sticks, clips and string.
Order 1000 tackle boxes at a price of 7.87 each 7 870.00- 10 000.00
(Manufacturer in place) new relationship Prices quoted samples in place
Build 1000 Tackle Boxes
at a price of 48 000.00 to 60 000.00
Delivery of those boxes to deserving schools through the Red Cross 3800 - 4800
Buy 1500 eye charts 1.78 to include in all packages
One Skid pilot project
10 000 bulk packed lenses, 10 000 frames 100 vision sticks, string and nose clips, eye charts, shipping and duties
Donated to an existing organization with the strict requirement that the distribution process is documented in full. Short falls and successes are documented. I want to be present when the Vision Dots “ hit the street’’ to film the process to see first hand. Also use this video to gain more publicity.
38 000 to 49 000
This direct approach of getting this project done is the only way it is going to happen. The real idea would be to get to the people directly, documenting the effort and spreading the results virally on Youtube and other forms of Social Media. The cost of the injection moulds is a big hindrance. Once the Vision Dots start popping up the snow ball will start rolling. In action the concept will make sense and more importantly it will attract all kinds of praise from the press. Many organizations have already been approached and really think it is a great solution. Piggy backing on their existing efforts will prove “Vision For The Poor” is actually the concept most likely to succeed since the starting parameters give it a fighting chance.
I think once the poor understand how much a pair of glasses can improve their lives the message will spread and glasses will become more main stream amongst the poor. The entire process of Vision Dots is a huge learning curve for all involved. This project has to be completed.