Crowdfunding Platform: FlyingV
Crowdfunding Statistics: ＄1,775,973/ 632 Backers
Crowdfunding origin: Taiwan
Product introduction: Shield X Chair X Backpack
PackChair is a backpack designed by the Friendly Life team that combines the functions of “defence” and “sitting”. It is also a shield and a chair that you can carry with you, so you can easily explore the city and protect you when you need it.
- Designed and made in Taiwan.
- Sit - made with aluminium alloy and ABS glass fiber which support 120kg max.
- Self-defence: aluminium alloy structure can act as a strong shield.
- Worksurface: provide a flat surface so you can work anywhere.
- Break time buddy: can be used as a pillow to take a break when needed.
- Storage: help you to organise but not over complicated.
PackChair has a very strong structure, how strong is it? Let's take a look at PackChair's testing challenges:
PackChair ultimate cruel test：
PackChair weight load test：
After the subway attack, we began to think about what kind of design can be convenient for everyone to carry around and provide effective self-defence feature for any emergency situation. So that everyone can be more secure and do not need to live in fear.
The designer quickly selected the backpack as a starting point for product improvement, because the backpack fits the designer's requirements for carry-on and basic defence. All they had to do was redesign the structure of the backpack to make it very strong, as a shield can generally provide effective protection.
During the development process, the designer interacted with the MRT commuter and found that the demand for sitting is high. Hence, the backpack can also be converted into a portable chair.
Create excellent quality and reasonable price
Although Taiwan has the best textile materials and excellent packaging technology, it faces low-cost competition and sales disadvantages. The environment of the Taiwanese brand is still struggling, resulting in serious out-migration of Taiwan's manufacturing industry, and it is difficult to design and develop innovation. The local contract manufacturers are mostly exported to Japan and the United States.
Looking at it from another angle, since Taiwan has a craft that can be used for OEM work in Japan and the United States, it is not a pity that the Taiwanese themselves cannot enjoy it. Most of these Taiwanese OEM bags are foreign brands and the price is not low. In order to let the people enjoy the high quality from "made in Taiwan" at a reasonable price, the designer positioned PackChair as the original Taiwan brand, which insisted with 100% Taiwan design and manufacture. And hoped to give back to everyone with more favourable prices and higher quality.
Explore the city with PackChair
PackChair sample has been improved to the sixth generation now. The actual function of sitting and self-defence has been tested. In order to make the PackChair stronger, the designer specially designed a special aluminium alloy structure, combined with the glass fibre ABS sky floor, and combined into a very strong one. In order to accommodate this design, the structure makes the backpack more difficult. The maker has designed a total of about 40 different shapes (40 types of moulds are required).
New colours for PackChair
PackChair currently only offers a single black version due to production costs. Designers expect to provide different colours when they reach 500% of the standard so that they can choose more colours. Dark blue, iron grey, brown (designed according to these 4 colours, and then launch two new versions of the backpack style).