I have a patent pending for my invention; a laptop-like device that's basically a portable monitor with keyboard and touchpad. It's a simple idea, but I am surprised no one though of it. It's not the same as the KVM consoles found on server racks. I don't want to get into details of all the features and nitty gritty to keep this post short.
I met with someone at a product design house locally. After showing me some of the products they have designed, I showed them my idea.
They are scaring me with the cost of tooling and manufacturing! I understand that it takes money, but it was beyond what I expected. Tooling was estimated around $35,000!
He gave me an example (for comparison) of a plastic coat hanger he designed and now being retailed at Bed Bath and Beyond. Using aluminum for tooling (the cheapest kind of tooling he says, which won't work for my invention), it cost him $5000.
I would also have to factor in the bill for their services, which they are currently drawing up a quote.
They are recommending me to have them create the design, marketing materials, and presentation for companies to license for royalties or sell out-right.
I was hoping to sell for myself and use the money to fund another project - one that I'm sure no big company would ever want to do (but have potential for consumer acceptance), which is why it is important for me to be able to self-fund it.
If I were to fund everything, I would still like to know if there will be enough sales to make it worth my while. I would have to worry about marketing, pitching and convincing retail stores to carry it, and creating the buzz and getting the word out that something like this exists.
I'd also have to deal with negotiations and paperwork, which is not my forte. I feel a bit in over my head, unless I can find someone who is willing to do this without cost until the money starts rolling in, basically work in advance.
Would this be a good candidate for Kickstarter?