Some of life’s small annoyances sometimes require equally “small” solutions with big pay offs. That’s the modus operandi behind the new product from , LLC in Raleigh. Known as the Pickpocket, the company’s “integrated pocketclip” is designed to save costumers pocket space by hanging keys pockets, belt loops, purses and more. It should be hitting the market soon after successfully reached its funding goal on Kickstarter with more than $24,000 donated by nearly 800 backers.
Inventor Michael Dickson revealed to us what compelled him to actually sit down and try to solve one of life’s little constant conundrums.
From the point of view of your potential customers, what problem are you trying to solve with the Pickpocket?
The Pickpocket’s design is a result of my desire for an always-with-you bottle opener and an unwillingness to add any unnecessary bulk to my already over-filled pockets. The Pickpocket has an integrated pocketclip that allows you to hang your keys from a belt loop, or suspend them in your pocket rather than in an awkward clump at the bottom. The added versatility, as well as its minimal design and lightweight titanium construction, can actually make your keys even more convenient to carry without having to add any perceivable bulk. As such, you’ll always have a bottle opener handy when you need one.
Who do you hope to be your first customers?
The Pickpocket is currently featured as a project on Kickstarter.com. The capital raised from this fundraising campaign will be used to fund the first run of production Pickpockets.
What sort of work did you do before your work at Pangea Designs?
I graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Industrial Design in 2005 and have been working as a professional industrial designer since.
How long have you lived in the Raleigh area, and what are your favorite places in Raleigh that only locals know about?
I was born and raised in Raleigh, with only a four-year hiatus while I attended Virginia Tech. Raleigh has grown and changed so much since I was younger. It may not be entirely a “local secret” but Coopers Barbeque has been around for generations and is at the top my list for true North Carolina barbeque.
How do you feel about being an entrepreneur in the Raleigh area?
Michael: At first, I plan for sales almost entirely online, so I don’t really have a good answer for this one. However, we certainly do have some excellent breweries for bottle opening