About this project
1380 +/- Backers and SLAZER page visitors: Thank you very much for supporting SLAZER! It didn't work out for us this time, but Greta and I (and the entire Utensile and Richard Tracy Brand teams) had a blast. I hope you enjoyed our pitch for SLAZER, too. No promises regarding SLAZER 2.0, but stay tuned for more disruptive innovation gamification from us in the future, and don't be a stranger! In the mean time, please visit our online store and make yourself feel better by buying our stuff... like HAMMER! Very best regards, Jason.
SLAZER is a laser accessory that attaches to Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel. Point with a hands-free wearable laser that activates with a flick of your wrist.
SLAZER connects to Pebble's smart accessory port. This connection gets power from Pebble's battery for the laser, and it lets you push Pebble's buttons to fire the laser.
"Laser watch" = awesome.
- The quick-release spring-bar makes this easy.
- Detaching is just as easy, too.
- The smartstrap connector is under the watch, so we stuck the laser down there, too.
- We have made this thing as small as possible. SLAZER's small size and clean design keeps your smartwatch looking smart.
- Ergonomics are important for something that's strapped to your body, so SLAZER's curved design conforms to your wrist. It fits great on small wrists and large wrists and on your wrist.
Note that the prototypes on this project page and in the movie were made with our office 3D printer. That's why they look a little chunky and rough around the edges! The production SLAZER will be made with smooth injection-molded plastic parts to match your Pebble Time.
Press the buttons.
- The user interface is dirt simple.
- Or shake to activate!
Do laser stuff.
- Pointing at things with a hands-free wearable laser will change your life.
- Well, probably not, but SLAZER is still pretty damned useful and fun.
Pew pew pew.
SLAZER doesn't make noise, so you'll have to improvise.
WARNING: do not make laser noises when you are presenting your PowerPoint slideshow. This is called a Career Limiting Move.
You can also augment your regular hand gestures with SLAZER. Turbo-charge your pointer finger with the laser, and the baker will know exactly which doughnut you want. Or crank The Rocker to eleven at your next concert festival!
Here's a behind-the-scenes story for you. We bought a fog machine from Amazon to make SLAZER's signature red laser beam more obvious in the video. We didn't use any CG/photoshop tricks in these photos or the movie, so that fog machine was important...
SLAZER laser features:
- Class 2 red laser (typical laser pointer)
- pogo-pin connector power contacts
- printed circuit board and components
- stainless steel quick-release spring bar
- injection-molded plastic housing parts
- 22 mm lugs for attaching your straps
- water resistant, see FAQ for more info
- available in left-wrist (normal) AND right-wrist (less-common) versions
- For SLAZER LED, we trade the laser for a white LED.
- Point at your slideshow.
- Point at the whiteboard.
- "I want THAT doughnut."
- Defeat spy-movie security systems.
- Fascinate your pets.
- Peacock in da club.
If you can shoe-horn a laser under a smartwatch, then adding other stuff must be a piece of cake, right? That's what we thought, too. So we're actually introducing TWO accessories at the same time here. One has a laser. You've seen that one. The other one has a super bright LED.
A flashlight is not even close to as cool as a laser. But small LED flashlights are crazy practical. And a hands-free LED flashlight that shines wherever you grab is even better.
Did you see our HAMMER watch straps in the video and all over this page? HAMMER is wide, ventilated, and awesome. We're selling HAMMER now because of another Kickstarter project that we ran earlier this summer! Order HAMMER in our Richard Tracy Brand store today.
We know that most people who will back this project are also Pebble Time backers, so you already know how this works. Your pledge will fund our production tooling, assembly, logistics and many of our other product development expenses. In turn, backers will be rewarded with our stuff.
The rewards for SLAZER are simple, but please note the difference between SLAZER laser and SLAZER LED. One has a laser (think laser pointer) and the other has an LED (think keychain flashlight), and those are different things. Or just get both with the combo pack!
YES! left-wrist AND right-wrist versions!
This one is for our "right-wrist" brothers out there. If you and your peers can help our project raise $100,000, then we will make both the left-wrist version (as seen in the movie and in all photos on this page) AND the right-wrist version of SLAZER.
This is a big change from our original plan to make only the left-wrist (normal) version. But the vocal right-wrist lobby (and Jeff) talked me into it. Injection-molds are expensive and managing different versions of products is surprisingly very complicated. That's why most watch companies (or any company) do NOT make special versions of their gear. This is something exceptional that we're doing, so I hope you'll love us for it.
Smartwatches can trace their heritage back to Dick Tracy and his two-way wrist radio in 1946, and the science-fiction fun hasn't stopped since. The Hoff's KITT watch. Bond's Goldeneye laser watch. Bethesda's Pip-Boy 3000. All of them were awesome. All of them were inspirational. And all of them were fake, fake, fake. That's the "fiction" part of science-fiction!
I'm proud that our small team of engineers at Utensile has helped design so many wearable devices, but strapping a laser to your wrist really brings a tear to my eye. We're turning science-fiction into reality! For engineers, this is referred to as "living the dream."
Our small product development company, UTENSILE, has worked on smart watches and wearables for some of the biggest brands in the world. We love to make accessory products, so when Pebble announced the smart accessory port and smartstraps for Pebble Time, we went all in... or... as "in" as we could go without significant fundraising!
And that’s why we're turning to you on Kickstarter. We’ve proven-out the SLAZER concept, designed the injection-molded plastic housings, sourced components, and built a few dozen iterations of the laser. And the prototypes look pretty good... for 3D printed prototypes... right? Now, to get SLAZER developed and into mass production, we need your help.
Finally, Check out that photo up there. Those are three generations of straps from all of us at Richard Tracy Brand! From left to right: Wide Body is on the original "OG" Pebble, Shank is on the old Steel, and HAMMER fits on Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel. I hope you can see that our vision for our products is simple: our stuff makes your Pebble even more awesome.
Thanks, notes, etc.
Special thanks to: DJ M TAKTAK's take on Lost Frequencies "Are You With Me" for our video's background track, Pythagoras Inc for their cover of "Lights," and CJ Keane's mashup of Major Lazer's "Lean On." Thank you also to the beautiful and talented actresses at Steven Smith Teamaker. And of course, SLAZER would not be possible without the hard work from our team: (1) Alex Ursin, mechanical engineer at Utensile, (2) Greta Hilbourne, customer service at Richard Tracy Brand, (3) Zack Hilbourne, mechanical engineer at Utensile, (4) Tim Hamlin-Roberson, mechanical engineer at Utensile, (5) Jason Hilbourne, that's me, general manager of Utensile and Richard Tracy Brand.
Risks and challenges
The video and images on this project page included CAD models and 3D printed prototypes because SLAZER isn't in production yet. We would have done our best to exceed your expectations of what a strap-on wearable laser should look like, but there's always a risk that we would not have met your expectations.
We want you to know that this risk would have been small because we have designed, developed, and produced high quality watch straps and wearable electronic devices many times. And if you have a WIDE BODY or a SHANK or a HAMMER strap for your Pebble, then you know that we could have delivered the goods.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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