Real Nano-Technology-Driven Cooling for Your Head. Not Warm Fan Air, But Actual Temperature Reduction/Cooling! Lightweight and Simple!
High Tech, Lightweight, Mobile Cooling for the Masses!
EquipeCool came together because of our shared commitment to improve the comfort of mobile humans in the heat. We have successfully designed a working prototype of our headgear cooling system in a cycling helmet, but we need your support to go to production. Our design combines technology that only a couple of years ago wasn't available. Ultimately, we will be able to deliver this cooling to interested humans in their beanies, ball caps, or helmets, but our first product will be our active cooling headgear in a cycling helmet.
Our lead designer, project leader, and resident mad scientist is Larry Wahl. He invented the first fitted head cooling gel packs for use in headgear, which led to his belief that continuous active cooling could be delivered to the masses, comfortably and easily. His design for the active cooling system in this Kickstarter project evolved from his experience with thermoregulation of the body, thermodynamics, and cooling technology. And this design has solved the technical and cost barriers that have kept others from succeeding.
Our other team principal is John Rios. He is EquipeCool's sports physio guru. He is a 16 year veteran in endurance sports training with special focus on athlete safety and physiological stress from heat and dehydration. John trains some of the biggest names you have heard of (but we can't list here for privacy reasons). John provides real world balance in design and testing methodology to Larry's laboratory oriented approach.
Here we are, the gray haired lab rat and the much healthier looking professional endurance trainer:
EquipeCool cooling headgear will deliver completely portable "air conditioning" type cooling that can be worn by anyone, anywhere. The air temperature will actually be lowered, not just passing warm air over the head. The cranial arteries are our brain's main cooling system, so active cooling of the noggin addresses brain heat stress.
How does it all work? We are combining recently-developed nano-technology in a radical new configuration to provide significant cooling with a very, very small weight penalty. We achieve our goal by using micro thin "sandwich layers" of high tech nano tech components. Please watch our video to see how our design works (and that George Costanza would have been a better hand model).
Here are three graphical representations that will give you a better idea how this works. In this first example we use our favorite head model, who was brought to this planet by James T. Kirk many years ago (and doesn't age):
And in this second example, we use our working prototype helmet with simulated "sandwich layers" superimposed:
In this third example, we see an actual photo of the inside of our prototype with a superimposed legend showing how the elements work. Big Cooling with Little Parts - Light Weight and Comfortable:
So, What Do You Think?
If you have questions, please contact us on Kickstarter. If it all makes sense to you and you see the potential that we do for our idea, then please pledge. We will do our part! Follow us at https://twitter.com/EquipeCool and on Facebook at: EquipeCool-for-Cylists.
Having stretch goals is the easy part. If we significantly exceed our Kickstarter fundraising target, it will allow us to look at designing and building our system into the other popular forms of headgear. So please keep that in mind as the fundraising portion of the project progresses.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
This is an engineering project. While we have been extremely vigilant about strict design process and controls, any design issue can cause delays. We have done our best to anticipate all of the risks. We have a detailed plan, the willingness to work very hard until the project succeeds, and a strong desire to please our backers. That said, we will no doubt encounter hiccups and though we are fully committed, we can't guarantee there wont be any delays. We will manage the project transparently, sharing our milestones and hurdles with our backers. We have the patience and intense focus required to navigate the unexpected.
Thanks KickCast for the good questions. The "replenishment" we refer to is a power/battery changeout function that takes between 5 and 15 seconds (while riding on a bike). And we do measure temperature in Fahrenheit degrees since we are in the states (even though much of cycling is done in the metric system). Thanks for the questions! We made a quick edit of the Kickcast review because it is funny how right they are about our lack of video skills - check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch…
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The Phat Karma Package: One serious helping of Phat Karma - now you will truly be the coolest of your friends! And we will email you a signed pic PDF of our mad science cooling design team thanking you for being a Founding Supporter of technology that can do so much good for so many people! You will also be listed on our Purveyor of Phat Karma Page.Estimated delivery:
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The Eat More Kelp and Phat Karma Package: We will thank backers at this level by sending them our "I Support Mad Science" t-shirt. Rumored to have pheromone like effects, these shirts will identify you as a player (in the human cooling world). You will also receive the signed team pic PDF.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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The Wow-That is Some Serious Baby Back, Backing Package: We will thank backers at this level by sending them our rad EquipeCool ball cap that is sure to stimulate conversations with attractive members of the opposite sex, and our "I Support Mad Science" t-shirt (known for its impact in social situations). Of course you will also receive our signed team pic PDF.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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The Totally Excellent Jersey Package for Cyclists: Backers at this level will get our Custom EquipeCool Pro Cycling team jersey signed by the EquipeCool team. You will also receive our very hip EquipeCool team baseball cap. Of course you will also get the signed design team PDF, and our most sincere gratitude.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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The New EquipeCool Advanced Cooling Headgear Package: You will be one of the first humans on this planet to have our new cooling headgear! The impact that our cooling headgear will have on your ability to exercise, train, or practice in the heat is huge. Our brain is like a computer's CPU, generating tremendous heat and thus a significant cooling requirement. Of course, you will also receive our signed team pic PDF and our immense gratitude for your early support of our project!Estimated delivery:Add $30 USD to ship outside the US
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The Complete EquipeCool Fashion and Cool Head Package: This is the whole enchilada: Our New EquipeCool Cooling Headgear, EquipeCool Team T-Shirt, Very Sexy EquipeCool Ball Cap, signed team pic PDF thanking you for your early support, and permanent listing on our Purveyor of Phat Karma page on the website.Estimated delivery:Add $30 USD to ship outside the US
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The Mad Science Brainstorming Package: OK, we all have cool tech ideas from time to time, but it's tough to get the team together to make it happen. Backers at this level will meet in person with the EquipeCool design team to brainstorm about their innovative ideas - don't forget, we have a track record of successful product development. This is a win-win because EquipeCool will likely be in full-on growth mode and looking for great minds with which to collaborate. This reward is best suited to those hoping to develop ideas related to equipment for the human body/activity/safety. You will also receive everything included in the $460 pledge package. Backers will be responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.Estimated delivery:
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The Super Phat Cyclist/Sports Product Business Opportunity Package: Backers at this level will fly to Nashville to join the EquipeCool team in our design and strategy sessions as we plan for further product and market development. Backers interested in being personally or professionally involved in the future of EquipeCool may want to take advantage of this chance to help us plan distributor relationships, plan the opening of remote offices, and select remote staff. Then it's dinner and a night out with the EquipeCool team in the hoppin' capital of country music. In addition, you will be permanently listed as a Founding Backer of EquipeCool on our website. Each backer at this level will also receive all the goodies in the $460 package, our new active cooling headgear for cycling SIGNED by the team members, and a group photo with the EquipeCool team! Backers will be responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.Estimated delivery:
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The Uber Phat Cycling Experience Package: The 2013 Team EquipeCool Tour de France Sponsor Trip! A pledge at this level earns you a spot with the EquipeCool team at the Final Weekend of the 2013 Tour de France in Paris! This includes private EquipeCool sponsor events, and everything included in the $460 pledge package. Let's just say this is the ultimate! Backers will be responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.Estimated delivery:
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