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Kinektee View blog

We have an official Kinektee. Kinektors. #10. Who is this mysterious player? No goals or home runs. No medals or trophies. But when it comes to the sport of design, he envies no man.

Support the unknown hero. Support #10.
Available exclusively at the Kinektshop

 

 

Happy holidays View blog

Dear Kinektors,

2021 has not been a easy year. 2020 wasn't any easier. Nevertheless, we pushed on. Kinekt Design is owned and run by just three people. This means that each and every purchase means a lot to us. It also means that we can put back into making the best things that we can. 

With this holiday season, we released our very first product - Time Machine - designed, prototyped, engineered, and produced by a small team of people who were committed to seeing a very complex design being  made in a very small quantity locally here in the US.. something rarely accomplished if ever. We finished the Gear Collection. And we've already slated a super busy project schedule for 2022.  

I'm thankful for Kinekt Design. And that there are people out there who appreciate (and support) a small.. tiny.. no, micro company to deliver the goods. I'd actually argue that no company out there can do what we're doing. This is how business should be run.. making the best thing for the best price that we can.. accountable to only paying its employees and taking the best care of its customers as possible.. while simultaneously being mindful and respectful to the world out there that we call home. 

So with all of that being stated, I just wanted to say thank you to all the Kinektors out there. Although 2021 may not have been easy for many of us, I'm positive that it will make 2022 all the more sweeter. Hope to see everyone there. 

- Glen
Designing inventor + founding owner
Kinekt Design 

 

 

Kinekticon View blog
We're back in the studio making something special for the holiday season. Glen took our "K" icon and with some tweezers, epoxy, and a whole lot of manual dexterity, we now have 100 of these pendants in stock. The pendants are 3D printed aluminum which gives it that unique texture. Every Kinektor out there needs one of these.
Time Machining View blog

Now I understand why no one makes clocks anymore. They're incredibly difficult to make. With all of those tiny intricate parts having to work together in unison, you'd think I was crazy to attempt such a feat. And after seven years of working on the thing, I started to think I was a bit crazy myself. 

Technology (and those obsessed with the idea that technology is everything) hates simplicity and treats the clock as a relic from some antiquated period of long ago meant to be displayed in a museum behind glass as opposed to the centerpiece of your bedroom wall. I saw it as a great opportunity to return us to product design (which is quite different from software design and should not be confused by the linguistics and / or semantics of the day). Don't let them fool ya. 

The Time Machine is an embedded system at its finest. It reveals its inner workings to us in plain sight. I'd argue that this is what good design needs to be. We have way too many things that try way too hard to do too much and end up giving us nothing in return. 

Who needs yet another screen when you could have a beautiful object that does one thing and does it well? Cut the cord, slow down, and let the time pass as intended. And if you want to speed things up, just release the manual brake. 

- G. 

 

 

Summer Sale View blog
Half of summer might be over, but the good news is you get half-off on all necklaces at your favorite local shop Kinekt Design. Once these items are gone, they’re gone for good. So head over, grab a soda, and pick something up nice while the sun’s still hot.
Gear Ring Prototypes View blog

Prototyping the Gear Ring involved figuring out how to design engineer tiny parts for a complicated assembly keeping the profile slim enough to wear comfortably while simultaneously allowing smooth kinetic movement to work in a rotational way. 

Traditionally, static jewelry involves casting in soft metals like gold and silver. But the product demanded stainless steel for the everyday wear and tear these guys would soon endure from hours of spinning. Trying to micro precision machine the parts without having a firm understanding of its assembly would have been expensive and tricky. So, I learned about 3D printing (which was still a relatively "new" technology at the time) and the opportunities that additive manufacturing could offer during the prototyping phase. It proved to be an essential step in figuring out how to take the concept from a 3D model to a functional prototype to a finished piece ready to spin. Once I was able to assemble the parts in plastic, making the transition to stainless steel for production machining became a possibility. It's like creating the parts for a puzzle and then assembling. It's a bit weird and incredibly frustrating, but very satisfying once everything finds its place.

I love these plastic prototypes. I keep them hidden away in the McMaster jar that was once packaging for the screws that went directly into the core part of the ring. These were the first of many to come.

- G.

 

 

Spinning Since '10 View blog
It's hard for us to believe, but we've spinning since 2010! That's over a decade of some of the finest spinning the world has ever seen. A big thank you goes out to all of our amazing customers who have supported us. We love you all. Here's to the next ten!
Kinektorman View blog

Gear Ring for sale!
Get your Gear Ring here!

Do you suffer from ADD, ADHD, anxiety, boredom, confusion, depression, irritability, lack of enthusiasm, lethargy, low self-esteem, malaise, mediocrity, restlessness, and or / any combination of those mentioned?

I have the magic cure-all and it takes the form of a small hand-worn gadget. One spin of the Gear Ring is all you need. It’s the spinning salve, rotating rejuvenator, mechanical meditator, and faithful friend you never knew you needed, but now can’t live without..

There's only one place in the world to get this amazing contraption and it's through me, folks. So if you want to spin like the best of them and leave the rest of them behind, get yourself a Gear Ring today. 

 

- Kinektorman