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Pine Cones GamesBy Pine Cones Games
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Pine Cones GamesBy Pine Cones Games
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€4,471
pledged of €22,335pledged of €22,335 goal
86
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, July 13 2016 7:46 AM UTC +00:00

About

Pine Cones Games is a young French startup aiming at developing a new generation of 100% connected leisure games. 

To develop our games we draw our inspiration from different sporting and recreational activities practiced on the beach, in parks or on the street. Our wish is to reinvent these games using modern technology in order to bring new features. 

By mobilizing the Kickstarter community, our goal is to develop the 1st connected ball game: SmartBoL. 

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The goal of this ballgame is to make a maximum number of passes with one's partner(s) and compare your scores with other players via the SMARTBOL app. 

We've all played SMARTBOL unknowingly. Who never took a tennis ball or a soccer ball to make passes with friends? Our goal is to name this game and give it innovative features thanks to "connected" technology. 

By developing the SmartBoL application, we wish to offer an interactive space to follow your progress, create your teams and challenge other SMARTBOL players.

 With its12 cm diameter (4.72 in.), the "Bol" is designed to facilitate handling but kicking is strongly encouraged for the most skilled and acrobatic. SmartBoL requires dexterity and deftness but don't worry, after a few passes, you'll quickly get the hang of it.

We created SmartBoL so you can freely play anywhere: in your living room, in the office, in your garden, in parks... string together forehands, backhands, chested balls, passes and break all records!

  • All body parts are allowed to control and / or pass the ball
  • A minimum distance between players is required to count up passes 
  • Controlling the ball before a pass is required
  • Volleying stops if the ball comes to a standstill
  • Number of players: 2 to 5

To play SMARTBOL, two accessories are essential: the BoL & the SMARTBOL mobile application.

The user experience is at the heart of our priorities. With a 12 cm (4.72 in.) or 20 cm (7.87 in.)* diameter and incredible lightness, the SmartBOL ball was designed with a perfect balance between strength and rebound coefficient, to promote fun and spectacular volleying.

 The accelerometer, the 6-axes gyroscope and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) System are directly foamed at the center of the ball to ensure durability and impermeability so as to play SmartBOL wherever you want.

To easily recharge your ball between game sessions, simply place the colored part of the BoL on its induction charger. A charging indicator on the charging base will tell you the battery level of your BoL. 

* The 20cm diameter was designed for gamers favoring kicking. 

The SMARTBOL application is free and will be compatible with Android and IOS and will offer different features:

SMARTBOL APPLICATION MOCKUP:

To design the different rules of SmartBOL, we drew our inspiration from 3 culturally different sports / games:

- Chinlone: Burmese traditional sport emphasizing on coordination and precision skills. It aims at passing a ball around in a team without it touching the ground.

If you want to know more about this sport and can see this video.

- Freestyle Football / Keepie Uppie: Halfway between soccer and acrobatics, this discipline was made especially famous by Ronaldinho in the early 2000s.

- Frescobol: Legendary "beach racket" game invented in Copacabana after World War 2. Our first ambition in launching SmartBOL was to modernize the game and introduce new features. Below: (re)discover SmartBOL's rules, benefits and origins

Pour en savoir plus sur le Chinlon, vous pouvez regarder cet extrait de l'émission "Faut pas rêver".

Below: (re)discover SmartBOL's rules, benefits and origins

  • 1st Level: € 22, 365 // Most of the money raised will fund the development of the ball and its application: electronics, design, mechanics with our partners. The other part will fund the creation of our communication tools: packaging, website, press campaign.
  • 2nd Level: € 47,500 // With that money we could quickly offer different sized BoLs for players favoring either kicking or hand game as well as different colors.
  • ULTIMATE Level: € 95,000 // We already have many ideas for new games, minigames, challenges adaptable to the SmartBOL and selectable via the smartphone application. With that money we will quickly give life to these games.

We don't want to say to much about our next game but to give you a clue, we did this animated gif. Hope you will enjoy and see the potential of fun.                                     --- One BoL /// Many Games ---

 The Cité de l'Objet Connecté d'Angers and XLII Factory, an industrial accelerator and a company specializing in the design of connected objects, will accompany us throughout the prototype and pre-series phases.

With our partners we aim to deliver the first SmartBOL by the beginning of 2017 // OBJECTIVE: January 2016 -  February 2017 //

In the image below you will find out more about the SmartBOL project key stages.

We wish to offer a SMARTBOL modelled on your desires, so that it meets most of your expectations to promote the pleasure of playing and provide a new playing experience. So if you have ideas for new SmartBOL games, features, we're open to suggestions. Do not hesitate to contact us at the following email address: opensource@pineconesgames.com, via our website or via social networks.

The apple was the trigger for the famous physicist Isaac Newton. The pine cone is our trigger. We are three friends with complementary profiles and skills which enabled the development of this game. François, "the entrepreneur", Nicolas, "the sportsman" and Jérémi "the communicator".

We are supported by valuable technical partners accompanying and advising us to ensure the proper implementation of the project. The Cité de l'Objet Connecté d'Angers, industrial accelerator and innovative hub, and XLII Factory, company specialized in the design of connected objects.

The whole Pine Cones Games team thanks you for your support. We remain at your disposal for any questions // Toute l'équipe Pine Cones Games vous remercie de votre soutien. Nous restons à votre disposition pour toutes vos questions.

Risks and challenges

We are very excited about the launch of our first connected game. To thank you for your trust, we will make every effort to meet our obligations to you by showing great responsiveness to answer your questions / suggestions and by respecting delivery schedules.

With a prepared team and the support of our partners, we have worked to ensure the feasibility of the project and the choice of technologies necessary for the SmartBOL functioning. However, as often in technological projects, some risks still remain about manufacturing, production, marketing and world-wide delivery. We have already listed most of these risks and we will address each of these obstacles to keep our promises.

The delivery date we set seems an attainable goal and we will keep you regularly informed on the progress of the project.
We will work with all our energy to offer an innovative product offering a new playing experience.

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Nous sommes très impatients à l’idée de lancer notre premier jeu connecté. Pour vous remercier de votre confiance, nous allons tout mettre en oeuvre pour respecter nos obligations envers vous en faisant preuve d'une grande réactivité pour répondre à vos questions/suggestions et en respectant le délai de livraison.

Avec une équipe préparée et le soutien de nos partenaires, nous avons travaillé pour assurer la faisabilité du projet et le choix des technologies nécessaires au fonctionnement du SMARTBOL. Cependant, comme souvent dans les projets technologiques, il existe toujours certains risques liés à la fabrication, la production, la commercialisation et la livraison à l’international. Nous avons déjà listé la plupart de ces risques et nous allons relever chacun de ces obstacles pour tenir nos promesses .

La date de livraison que nous avons fixé semble un objectif accessible et nous vous tiendrons régulièrement informés sur l'avancée du projet.
Nous allons travailler avec toute notre énergie pour vous proposer un produit innovant vous offrant une nouvelle expérience de jeu.

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    HUGE FANS

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    As HUGE FANS you will receive all the equipment to represent the new generation of leisures games. In this pack, you will get: Badges, Stickers and USD (2.GO) with PINE CONES GAMES or SMARTBOL logo.

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    YOUNG TALENTS

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    With this Pack you'll be the first player of this new generation of ball game. You will receive: The BoL + Charger + Application SMARTBOL + Personalized Team Badges to show to everyone that you have been the first to support us.

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    FUTURE STARS:

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    You want to show to your neighbour that you have a better SMARTBOL's team? Offer him a ball and challenge his team via the application.

    In this pack: (The BoL + Charger + Personalized Team Badges) X2 = 10% Discount

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    GOLDEN BALL:

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    When you do something, you want the best, you don't know why, you just want the BEST!!

    In this pack: Get the ultimate limited edition of the BoL.

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    THE SPECIAL ONE

    You have lots of friends, you travel a lot or you are simply tired of listening the noise of beach rackets? With this pack you will be like a Messiah spreading the good words of this new generation of leisure games.

    In this pack: (The BoL + Charger + Personalized Team Master Badges) X 5

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