We are building paintball tanks that are accessable for those confined to wheelchairs so they can join in on the fun with us!
Paintball is a thrilling adrenaline rush that is equal to an adult game of TAG. “Splattt!!! I got you!” Currently there are not many ways a person who is confined to a wheelchair can enjoy the outdoor pastime known as paintball. Our idea was to create a paintball “tank” that operates without foot controls and is designed to accommodate those confinded to wheelchairs. Thousands of people confined to wheechairs do not have many extreme sports they can enjoy and now when we are sucessful we will be able to play one of the most exhilarating.
In Phase 1 we plan to build two tanks and take them around the country to various established “Big Game” paintball events and allow for those confined to wheelchairs to experience paintball tank battles. We will attend a minimum of 4 paintball big games in the June to December 2012 season. But we hope to attend up to 7 total in June - December 2012. The amount of events we can attend depends on how much support we receive.
In Phase 2 we plan to build more tanks for paintball fields who want to offer the service every weekend. We will release the design as an open source project so other tinkers, paintball teams, famlies, groups can build tanks like these for the pure enjoyment of the game and ultimately for all to enjoy. We will R/D sonar technology so blind people can get in on the action. This will be completed by the end of 2012.
In Phase 3 we will offer tank competitions where you can bring your DYI built tank or a production tank and compete in various courses and battles. This will create a league competition where everybody is on the same level playing field and nobody has an advantage. We plan to have multiple divisions with unique rules and courses. This effort will be captured on digital video for Internet broadcast. This will be during the 2013 season.
This is a non-profit EIN #45-4748796 (not a charity) endeavor that will dramatically raise the quality of life for those who embrace the possibilities surrounding this activity. Our service and product will allow for people confined to wheelchairs to experience paintball tank battle in large paintball games with 100 - 3,000 players at a time. The adrenaline rush is unforgettable.
This effort actually targets and combines three marketplaces:
I. The RV market where those with expendable income spend $20,000 for a recreational vehicle that is just for fun or competetion or both.
II. The Abilities market where people are usually excluded from extreme sports and competition. This effort will raise the quality of life providing a fun filled activity all can enjoy. They can play for fun or competetion. We also plan to work with sonar technology to create a targeting system so those who are blind can enjoy the sport with us. Currently it is unsafe for a blind person to play paintball without assistance. We want to change that!
III. The Paintball market, which is still exploding with popularity while being a very young hobby and sport. Players with expendable income dominate the serious participants category with over 1 million participants playing more than 8 times a year.
Our GOAL #1 will help cover the following costs:
- Final build of initial tanks and saftey systems (R&D) $2,500
- Costs to get to the initial 4 events $15,000
- PR/Marketing costs to get the project in front of the global community. $2,500
If funded our GOAL #2 will help cover the following costs:
- Open-source DYI community protection by patenting the tank design concept and allowing the designers in the markets to help grow the project without worry. We will put the patent ownership in the “the publics name” so no large corporation can come in patent it and shelve it. $10,000
If we raise even more money we will build more tanks, market heavily to the masses and spread the word so others do the same. We will add more events to the plan and create other ways to help raise the quality of life to those confined to wheelchairs.
What will somebody experience while inside one of these tanks?
They will get to operate a semi-automatic paintball gun that will shoot .68 cal paintballs at other tanks and individuals on foot. While traveling through the paintball battleground the tank will surely be attacked with spays of paint from hundreds of attackers from both sides of the road. Often the tank will be surrounded. The gunners will return fire squealing with laughter as they repel the attackers and continue onward. While driving around the field they will locate the base they must guard or the downed pilots they must provide cover fire so the rescue can be completed. No matter what the mission is the participants will never forget the memories a game of paintball provides. Participants will even be able to secure copies of the footage on a DVD of themselves in action.
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pledged of $22,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on May 28, 2012.
May 8, 2012 - May 28, 2012 (20 days)
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You will receive the good feeling that you did something to help others. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and your name will go on a limited edition shirt that will be available for sale this Christmas. All the following levels of support get their name on the shirt.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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You will receive a signed post card in the mail thanking you for your support.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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We will send you two stickers showing your support and your name will be on the website as a supporter who helped us get it done.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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We will send you a lasered cup that is only available to those who support the cause. Your name will be on the list of “the 50 club” supporters on the website.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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We will send you a plaque with your name on it thanking you for your support and two lasered cups. Your name will be on the list of “the 100 club” supporters on the website.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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We will send you four lasered cups, the plaque and your name will appear on the list of “the 250 club” supporters on the website.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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We will send you four lasered cups, the plaque and your name will appear on our Bronze list of supporters on the website. You will also receive a custom bronze supporter t-shirt showing you supported the program.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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We will send you four lasered cups, the plaque and your name will appear on our Silver list of supporters on the website and be listed on event promotional materials. You will also receive a custom silver supporter t-shirt that shows your support for the program. In addition to the above you will also receive a custom challenge coin.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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We will send you four lasered cups, the plaque and your name will appear on our Gold list of supporters on the website. You will also receive a custom gold supporter t-shirt and sweater. Further your name will be inscribed onto the prototype tanks used in the initial launch. You will also receive an interview if you wish to be shared via YouTube as a Gold supporter. In addition to the above you will also receive a custom challenge coin and a full color jersey showing you are a Gold supporter of the program.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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We will send you four lasered cups, the plaque and your name will appear on our Platinum list both on the website and in printed materials. A specific press release will be created and submitted to the media announcing your support. You will also receive a custom Platinum supporter t-shirt, sweater and jacket. Your name or large company logo will be inscribed onto the tanks. In addition to the above you will also receive a custom challenge coin and a full color jersey and full color pit crew shirt showing that you are a Platinum supporter.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012