The Libra System

With the Libra System, your household products simply show up at your door, right when you need them.
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Vaska Technologies Inc.
Technology
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
1 Team Member

Introduction

The Libra System saves you the time and hassle of going to the store to replenish your common household products. It's like having a personal assistant that does your shopping for you. The system consists of a network of pads that can be placed under any product and software that determines when to reorder based on your usage and shipping times.


Benefits

Convenience: Eliminate trips to the store. No need to transport heavy purchases from the store.

Savings: Within a few reorders, the Libra System pays for itself. With access to multiple online vendors, the Libra System can ensure you purchase from the vendor offering the lowest price the day your order is placed.

Smart: You receive only what you need when you need it. The Libra System mobile app will have the option of accessing your calendar so you don't receive orders when you're out of town.

Choice: No need to tie yourself down with a subscription to one online vendor. You have the choice to order from any online vendor. As shown in the chart below, there can be significant savings from comparing online vendors.

Using the example savings in the chart above, the graph below shows that the Libra System pays for itself in 4 reorders.

Applications

The Libra System is versatile and can be used to manage every consumable product. Here are a few examples. 

  • Groceries (coffee, soda, bottled water, snacks, etc)
  • Pet supplies (food, treats, cat litter, flea and tick medicines, etc)
  • Cleaning supplies (bleach, dish soap, laundry detergent, Drano, Windex, etc)
  • Personal care products (contact solution, toothpaste, hair products, lotion, etc)
  • Car Care (soap, wax, leather conditioner, tire shine, engine oil, washer fluid, etc)
  • Skiing and snowboarding (board wax, hand warmers, sunscreen, energy bars, etc)
  • Lawn and garden (weed killer, trash bags, fertilizer, ant killer, wasp spray, etc)
  • Pool supplies (chlorine, chemical kits, algae control, etc)
  • Camping and hiking (stove fuel, trail mix, ready-to-eat meals, energy bars, etc)
  • Golf supplies (golf balls, tees, sunscreen, bug spray, granola bars, etc)
  • Boating supplies (vinyl cleaner, metal polish, soap, engine oil, drive oil, etc)


Example application (skiing and snowboarding supplies)


Perks to Pledging

The High Caffeine Card!

This is a new, limited perk that we are offering!  With the purchase of a "High Caffeine Card" reward, you'll get a free package of ready-to-brew coffee for your morning routine with your Libra pad. It will be your choice of any single-serve brewing system, e.g Green Mountain Coffee, Dunkin Donuts Keurig Cups, Starbucks Verismo Pods, etc.


Check out the rest of our perks and support our project! We have some great perks to thank you for your support. The image below shows the T-shirt design for a pledge of $25. It is a fitted shirt that will come in all sizes (S, M, L, XL).

We will be hosting a launch party in Boston on December 7th. For a pledge of $35 or more, the launch party will provide backers with the opportunity to meet the Vaska team. 

By pledging $69 or more, you’ll be able to choose between outfitting your home with white or black Libra pads. The 3D models shown below are the production ready designs.


Testimonials

"...that is an AWESOME product!  I actually had that issue with dog food just last week.  I was supposed to be catching a flight and almost missed it because I had to run to Target and pick up more food for my friend who was dog sitting for me and subsequently got stuck in traffic.  Imagine if I had the Libra System! That's definitely a product I would buy for myself and my parents" - Libra System Supporter

Development Story

The Libra System was born out of our frustration with finding time to go shopping. Living without a vehicle in Boston requires us to spend a lot of time and energy shopping for our groceries. We did not find online subscription services effective because of inconsistent consumption. With travel and a busy calendar, our online subscriptions were delivering too little one month and too much the next.

We started prototyping quickly. The first prototype was built from plywood, hand soldered circuits, and a low cost sensor. After we got that working, we used 3D printers to make a more polished prototype. Then we added WiFi communication.

We tested this working prototype with products that we commonly use, such as cereal and breakfast bars as shown in the picture below.

Here we are four months later with a working prototype. We're not finished with software development though. We want to continue developing the auto reorder feature, along with several other aspects that make this system smarter and more passive. Additionally, we are making the production design thinner and sleeker, as shown below:

Next Steps

Once our project is successfully funded, we'll begin production of the Libra system. Our next steps include ordering the molds for injection molded components, manufacturing the printed circuit boards, and continuing the mobile app development.

Injection Molded Components

The 3D model above shows our production ready design for the Libra System pads. We are ready to place the order on the plastic injection molded components as soon as our project is funded.

Printed Circuit Boards

We’ve been working closely with a PCB vendor out of Baltimore, MD to design the Libra System printed circuit boards. Together we’ve identified all of the necessary components and suppliers. We are ready to begin building and testing the first PCBs. We’ll be placing the order with our PCB vendor as soon as our project is funded.

App Development

We will be developing an intuitive user interface that is accessible from anywhere to easily connect with your Libra System. The application will have the following features:

  • List of user’s preferred vendors from which to order products.
  • Bar code scanner to facilitate linking a product with a Libra pad during initial installation of the Libra system. Linking a product to a pad only has to be done once.
  • An option to access your calendar so that you don't receive shipments when you're out of town.
  • Manage your payment and account information for use with online retailers.

Production Plan

We have been working with our vendors throughout the design process to ensure that our product can be manufactured without delays. The table below is our plan for getting the Libra system manufactured and shipped to our backers.  



Host vs. Peripheral Pads

Libra pads come in two versions: host pads and peripheral pads. To reduce the cost of a Libra System, peripheral Libra pads can be connected via micro USB to a single host Libra pad. Only the host Libra pad requires WiFi capability. The peripheral pads communicate over WiFi, through the host pad.

Meet The Team

Yash Ambardekar (LinkedIn)

Yash is a graduate of General Electric’s Edison Engineering Development Program. After the Edison program, Yash worked for 2 years in product development and program management in General Electric’s Measurement & Control business. After GE, Yash joined a healthcare technologies company based out of Cambridge, MA in a leadership, management and client-facing role. He holds an MS in Electrical and Computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS in Electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Michael Schmidt (LinkedIn)

Michael is currently an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School. Prior to returning to graduate school, Michael spent 5 years with General Electric’s wind turbine engineering organization. His responsibilities included managing technology and product development programs. Michael holds an MS and BS in Mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Meet Our Friends

Phuong Pheebs Nguyen & Kevin Tung Nguyen with IVYLISH: Another aspiring Boston-based startup that is changing lives with premium jewelry.


Samuel Au & Victor Leung with KOPiWe’ve partnered with another great hardware team, Kopi Incorporation Limited. They have a charger that can concurrently charge up to 8 devices at 2.4A.  Check out their campaign: KOPi.


$11,507USD
raised by 63 people in 1 month
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$45,000 USD goal
Fixed Funding This campaign did not meet its $45,000USD funding goal by the deadline.
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This campaign ended on December 15, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    Thanks!

    Thanks for supporting the Libra System! We'll keep you posted as we make progress. We'll include your name on our website as an early supporter.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $25USD
    Vaska Style

    Support the Libra System with some Vaska Tech swag (i.e. a t-shirt)...

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $35USD
    Launch Party

    An exclusive ticket to our Boston-based launch party! Meet the team and enjoy a great night out. We'll be throwing the launch party on the night of December 7th.

    23 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $69USD
    The High Card

    Starting slow with one Libra pad. But you'll be hooked and need more eventually. Also, consider yourself invited to our launch party!

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $69USD
    The High Caffeine Card

    Perk up with one Libra pad and a free box of ready-to-brew coffee for your single-serve brewing machine! Never run out of coffee for your morning routine and use that caffeine kick productively. See below for details.

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $129USD
    Three of a Kind

    You're realizing that one isn't enough and want three times the savings. You'll get 1 host and 2 peripheral pads. Also, consider yourself invited to the launch party!

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $279USD
    The Full House

    The Full House: Now you're talking! Get a network of 8 Libra pads (1 host and 7 peripheral pads). Also, the launch party...yeah, you should come if you can!

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $549USD
    The Royal Flush

    Imagine never having to go to the store for routine purchases again. You'll be set up completely with 16 Libra pads (2 host and 14 peripheral pads). Also, consider yourself a VIP at our launch party, even though we won't have a VIP section.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Partner with us

    Partner with us. Let's start a dialogue on how we can work together. You'll be invited to have dinner with the team in Boston. Travel and accommodations not included. You'll also receive the Full House package (1 host and 7 peripheral pads).

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
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