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Schafler Brothers

New York, NY Joined June 23, 2012

We are a brother-brother team from Manhattan. Michael's 30 and currently earning his Masters in Industrial Design at Pratt in Brooklyn; his professional background is in the entertainment industry. My name is Jono and I'm 27 – currently a graduate student at Harvard Business School, working towards my MBA. Michael’s experience is in designing, developing and marketing physical products, while mine is in business and tech entrepreneurship. I just launched a new online gift buying website @ www.giftplum.com which is designed to help people find and buy unique gifts. giftplum proudly features many Quirky products as a “social sales” affiliate!

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about 1 month ago
Schafler Brothers replied to a forum topic Scroll (Smart Shade) - Official Thread

@Stephen: We agree, this is part of the opportunity for automation "magic." Shouldn't be too difficult to incorporate that feature into the app.

about 1 month ago
Schafler Brothers replied to a forum topic Scroll (Smart Shade) - Official Thread

@ Brenda: Perhaps a good idea to engineer a detachable plastic housing? Sell common colors as after market accessories. To the extent Scroll can "disappear" into the window frame, that would be ideal. PS, 17 windows in the kitchen -- you're living every HGTV fanatic's dream :-)

about 1 month ago
Schafler Brothers replied to a forum topic Scroll (Smart Shade) - Official Thread

@Thomas Latta: Perhaps it would be helpful to see a picture of your window frame, so that the Quirky designers & engineers can think about accommodating that set up with the Scroll mounting kit. Would you mind uploading A photograph to this thread? Happy Sunday, All the best!

about 1 month ago
Schafler Brothers replied to a forum topic Scroll (Smart Shade) - Official Thread

@Bobbie K: absolutely critical that safety be at the forefront of the design and engineering processes. We feel highly confident that quirky will implement the necessary safeguards against entanglement and other dangers. Of course, they must do so to satisfy the CPSC as well as to uphold the companies well articulated-values. Safety engineering is not our area of expertise, however we welcome any and all input around the specific risks and potential solutions. Thank you again for raising this important topic.

about 1 month ago
Schafler Brothers replied to a forum topic Scroll (Smart Shade) - Official Thread

We’re so excited to see such a thoughtful discussion regarding the development of Scroll and we’re really looking forward to seeing where things go from here. The community is bringing up some great topics that we’d love to weigh-in on from our perspective.

@fluffycloud: You suggest that the motor should be mounted at the top of the window box, directly on the blind unit rather than driving the chain. The window treatment market is actually filled with designs like that, however, they require replacing the entire roller unit; this is costly and not a typically a DIY installation.

@engjell Hasa: We designed a solution to address a very common type of shade. We have some ideas of how the existing Scroll design could potentially be adapted to accommodate pull type blinds as well as other models. We’ll looking forward to sharing those ideas with you and the community in the near future.

@ Idris Mokhtarzada: The variations in chain size and composition (i.e. stopper balls, connection links, etc.) certainly presents a valid engineering challenge. The good news is, the chains are extremely simple to cut with a standard pliers (and even scissors sometimes) and it would be very simple to include a simple and inexpensive hardware replacement kit that would quickly allow the user to remove the non-uniform chain parts and replace them with a connection link that would be compatible with Scroll. Another solution is to design the drive wheel so it could be stepped with an inner channel that would accommodate thinner chain balls while the outer section could handle the thicker ones. Sketches/renderings to come on this idea.

@ Farlow: A motor with sufficient torque is a key component of the design. As some people have mentioned, gearing can provide quite a lot of torque from a small motor. Commercially available gear motors are basically just a standard motor with a built in gearbox and virtually any ratio is available without the need for custom manufacturing.

Look forward to continuing the thread and sharing some of our ideas visually soon.

The Schafler Brothers

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Christopher Didio
13 days ago
Schafler BrothersCan you checkout My latest Idea and I am looking for input and support. Thanks
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want2invent
about 1 month ago
Thanks. Please see Teething Buddies
Guillaume C
about 1 month ago
Hello, I have 2 ID near the ER: Ski Headlight and USB pencil Thanks to take a look and vote them if you like them. https://www.quirky.com/invent/973339/action/vote/query/sort=ending_soon&categories=all https://www.quirky.com/invent/971897/action/vote/query/sort=ending_soon&categories=all TU
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agnes-craig
about 1 month ago
Have you checked out Well Chip? Thank you so much
Guillaume C
about 1 month ago
Do you want to help your child? you are tired buying usb keys to your children who lose them ? here is the idea that will save you money: usb pencil case https://www.quirky.com/invent/971897/action/vote/query/sort=ending_soon&categories=all
GodsMichael
about 1 month ago
great to see your idea taken on by Quirky. I have an idea that I think you may like. 12 days left 61 votes to go Tell Quirky to review this idea This Idea will help save tens of thousands of lives. Please take a look at Wink Enabled Anti Nod Device Please leave feedback
Nathan Hillsdon
about 1 month ago
Please support my Clothes Online am close to ER thank you :)
Sam McKinnon
about 1 month ago
Hey Schaflers, got a couple of new ideas I wouldn't mind you checking out. I really think the Suitcase Exoskeleton might be an easy product for Quirky to produce and market.
Natalie Kathleen
about 1 month ago
Brilliant. Ideally this can be developed to fit an affordable price so one could fit an entire room and sync all together. (was living in a high rise with floor to ceiling windows on two walls of the bedroom - would wear eye mask at night so I could leave blinds open in order to wake up to the natural light - what I would have done for a bunch of these!)
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Audrey Dessureault
about 1 month ago
Hopefully the Scroll would work for Android too!
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