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BMC InnovationsBy BMC Innovations
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BMC InnovationsBy BMC Innovations
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£8,837
pledged of £40,000pledged of £40,000 goal
369
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, September 13 2014 1:56 PM UTC +00:00

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"Surprisingly comfortable, I didn't even notice it was there." Jack Roscoe, 10k run test group.

"Nice and secure and it didn't get in the way whilst I was climbing like I thought it would." Ashley Cooper, Bouldering test group.

"Was worried it would move around whilst I was riding, but it fits really well and stayed in position the whole ride home." Mark McCarrick, Cycling commuter test group.

A compact LED belt for everyone

Visit glowbelt.co.uk for the latest information on Glowbelt

Glowbelt is the first in a new generation of wearable LED products keeping you safe at night. 

Compact, lightweight and bright, the belt pulls out from a small and attractive case and can be worn as a sash or belt allowing you to keep safety in your pocket or glovebox.

Anyone on the road has the right to feel safe, whether it be on the roadside during a break down or while out walking the dog. Glowbelt makes you visible well before a car’s headlights illuminate you.

We have been featured in over 20 publications and blogs in our campaign so far.

Safe In 7 Seconds

Fast and simple to put on when you're in a hurry. 

What Can Glowbelt Do For You?

Glowbelt is a simple patented piece of wearable technology. It can be wrapped around you in any way or attached to a backpack, bike or anything you can think of, providing a solid or flashing light to make you highly visible to those around you.

We developed Glowbelt it with the latest LED technology, so you can be seen from 200+ metres away at night.

You won’t even notice you’re wearing Glowbelt. It has been designed to be as light as possible, and weighing only 54 grams it weighs less than a few AA batteries.

Because one size fits all the whole family can benefit from Glowbelt.

Glowbelt is extremely durable, the precise curvature of the outer shell and the optimised internal structure means you can drop or even sit on Glowbelt without worrying about breaking it.

With up to 60 hours battery life while flashing you don’t have to plan your trips around battery charges. As a warning, when Glowbelt is ready for more power, you will notice a slight dip in the light output of the LEDs. But Glowbelt will carry on working until you have chance to replace the batteries.

Never again have to rely on other road users to illuminate you. Glowbelt uses super bright SMD LEDs to make you visible long before it’s too late.

The flexible fibre allows you to wrap Glowbelt around any object, whether a tents guy rope to create a great backlight at a festival or around a backpack on a hike through the mountains.

After a dark morning cycle to work Glowbelt conveniently slips into your pocket, ready for the journey home. When we designed Glowbelt, we made it compact so it fits easily into your pocket, bag or glove box.

Glowbelt's small size mans it won’t take up any space in a glove box or a medical kit for when you need it in an emergency.

You can effortlessly draw the fibre from the casing, wrap it around yourself and with a single click, you are locked into Glowbelt. So it’s great for when you are in a rush or getting the kids ready.

You can use Glowbelt in its recoiled and compact form in many ways. Use it as a beacon at the roadside, a mood light whilst reading or even a small torch for finding your bike lock in your garage.

The LED fibre within Glowbelt has been designed and optimised to offer maximum visibility to the user, keeping you visible when you need to be.

Glowbelts colourful range gives you the choice of vibrant blue, menacing green or vivid pink to make you stand out amongst the sea of orange street lamps and white headlights.

The interface is incredibly simple and reliable. It uses a silicon button that can be operated even with thick winter gloves and changes between constantly on, intermittent flashing or off.

Glowbelt is a cost-effective, accessible way to boost road safety. Safety should not be a commodity; it should be achievable for all road users no matter what their budget.

Glowbelt Approved 

We are proud to say that Glowbelt has been approved by Euro Road Safety, a company dedicated to the design of new innovative road safety products, to save the lives of road maintenance workers, motorists and pedestrians.

We also support one of the UK’s leading road safety charities, Brake.

      "Brake is delighted that BMC Innovations have committed to supporting the charity, and to raising awareness about road safety. It's fantastic to see their dedication to supporting road crash victims, and passion for improving road safety. Their efforts are a great example of how companies can get involved to improve road safety and Brake looks forward to a long-lasting partnership with BMC Innovations”

LEDs are not a new invention and neither is their use to help people be seen on the roads at night. After all, they are one of the most versatile light sources currently available.

This is why when we set out to design a product to make people more visible on the roads, we wanted to use the latest technology that was available.

We may have not designed the first ever LED product but we have designed one of the best.

By starting from scratch and re-designing every piece, from the LED fibre to the spring that allows it to recoil, we have produced a product for everyone.

We have spent 12 months in development and produced and tested over 24 prototypes, to produce the final patented design.

The Team

We are a team of professionally trained chartered product designers and engineers, who for many years have helped people turn their ideas into reality.

We like to think of ourselves as creative thinkers and we’re always having ideas, most of them surreal and unrealistic, but now and again something we think that could be of real benefit pops up.

We felt that Glowbelt was something that could make a real difference to people’s lives. Our aim has always been to create a neat, simple and effective product that would be affordable so everyone could benefit from it.

 

With all of the designs in place and all of the necessary engineering and details taken care of, once we have successful funding we will place the order for the tooling that will take approximately 14 weeks to complete. The first production run is expected to be completed and quality checked by February 2015.

Shipping and logistics

All goods will be shipped from the UK and because of Glowbelt's compact size we are able to ship it anywhere in the world for the addition of just £3.

A note from me

We are planning to launch Glowbelt on Kickstarter to help us overcome the biggest financial hurdle of tooling and also to find out what the community thinks to our little device. More importantly we want to build up a community of people who believe in our little product as much as we do and help make the world a safer place.

Help us make this product a reality and support us here on Kickstarter.

Yours faithfully

James Whitfield 

Managing Director

If you would like to contact us directly feel free to send us an email at info@glowbelt.co.uk

Risks and challenges

We have worked together designing consumer products for over 5 years and in that time we have helped clients launch many successful products. Now we want to apply this knowledge and help bring Glowbelt to life.

We have worked extremely hard to get Glowbelt ready for Kickstarter and full-scale manufacturing, but here are what we see are the risks:

MANUFACTURING: Creating the tooling to manufacture a product can sometimes have a few hiccups, so we have selected a trusted and expert manufacturer whom we have worked with in the past to reduce the risk of delays as much as possible. Once the tooling has been made, the full scale manufacture will take place less than an hour’s drive away, so any problems with production can be solved immediately.

PRODUCT REFINEMENT: As Glowbelt gets geared up for production, there will likely be some slight adjustments to improve the final product that could cause slight delays, but nothing major. We will be consulting with industry leading experts at the manufacture stage and any improvements to the design will be communicated to our backers and all of the how’s and why’s will be answered as soon as possible. Everything we do at this stage will be to make the product you receive the best it possibly can be.

FULFILMENT: Sometimes a supplier can miss a deadline or a ship gets eaten by a dragon shark. These things could cause a delay. So to minimise the possibility of any setbacks we are keeping a second back-up supplier in the loop just in case and if there are any manufacturing issues we have another plant lined up in Cambridge to take over production. We have meticulously planned every logistical stage but if anything does go wrong, we will inform you immediately and give constant updates on how we are solving the problem.

We will be working with manufacturers who have years of experience delivering exceptional products in vast quantities. There will no doubt be a few surprises along the way, but with our product development knowledge combined with the expert manufacturers we are working with, Glowbelt will be made to the highest standard and be the best possible product for you, our customers.

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    Why Thank You! - A little goes a long way to making people safer.

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    Glowbelt Insider - Get access to our collection of prototype images, concept art and footage (may contain bloopers and terrible acting. Like, really bad).

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    Branded Glowbelt - A fully functional Glowbelt in either green, blue or pink with your name upon it. Domestic postage included.

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    Customise! Internal mechanism + 3 LED fibres (one of each colour) and all of the STL files to 3D print your own customisable Glowbelt. Must have access to a 3D printer.

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    Family of Three - 3 Glowbelts in colours of your choosing.

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    Family of Four - Four Glowbelts in colours of your choosing for your family.

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    Retailer Crate - A display unit of 12 Glow Belts ready to go in your store.

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    Glow Believer - A Family of Four Glowbelts and one of our early prototypes in a presentation case for you to treasure as we have. This will be a huge stride towards achieving our goal.

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    A functional, custom made CAD modelled Glowbelt shell, 3D printed by us based upon your design request. Let your imagination run wild.

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Funding period

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