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Flair: Save money. Save the planet.

With quiet, powerful Flair, we can be more comfortable year-round while saving a billion tons of CO2 emissions and tons of money.

Flair: Save money. Save the planet.

With quiet, powerful Flair, we can be more comfortable year-round while saving a billion tons of CO2 emissions and tons of money.

$26,923
pledged of $455,686pledged of $455,686 goal
171
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, October 30 2019 6:55 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 30, 2019

About

Flair is the most energy-efficient and quiet portable fan ever developed.

Nature-inspired design can reduce global energy use and CO2 emissions by half, quickly and without sacrifice.  This is what we're dedicated to: applying nature's genius to solve big challenges. 

Although fan manufacturers make all sorts of efficiency claims...

Data doesn't lie.  Flair has been tested against leading competitors and uses up to 85% less electricity than conventional fans of the same size.  Even those few fans with expensive, high-efficiency motors use 50% more electricity than Flair.

For just the energy of an LED light bulb (6 watts), Flair can circulate an average-sized room the number of times per hour recommended for good health.  It can circulate very large spaces for less than 28 watts.

Flair is powerful. 

Air velocity magnitude is an indicator of how much air you feel from a fan.  You can see from the red (fastest) flow in these images that Flair produces much more air velocity.

With around 800 million portable fans in the world, ultra-efficient and powerful Flair fans have the potential to make a real impact on carbon emissions and save billions of dollars in energy.

That's good news, but it's only part of the story. 

Air-conditioners and heaters are heavy users of power, consuming nearly 50% of household energy.  According to the Department of Energy, the average American family spends half its electricity bill on heating and cooling (more than $1,000). Climate change is only increasing this demand.

The problem is that in the winter, expensive heated air accumulates near the ceiling while you sit in colder air, and in the summer, cooler air sinks to the floor while you sit in warmer air.  Flair's ring-vortex circulation destratifies the air, so you can change your thermostat and save more than 25% of your heating and cooling costs per room. Some other fans try to do the same thing, but they're noisy and inefficient. 

You can feel the quiet. 

Noisy fans are an indication of inefficiency.  Flair is so quiet on lower speeds that people can't even tell it's on - ideal for light sleepers and so many of us who can't stand the noise of a buffeting fan.

How does it work?

We're inspired by nature, which is clean, green and sustainable.  In all of its billions of designs, nature always uses the least energy and materials to get the job done, without waste and always creating conditions conducive to life.

Nature uses vortices, or whirlpools, to swim and fly and move gases and liquids because they’re virtually friction-free.  Humans don’t use vortices and pay a huge price for friction.

Twenty years ago we froze a natural vortex – our lily impeller – and used it to recreate natural vortices.  Our fans have evolved from that first frozen vortex and have radically reduced friction.

For the power of three light bulbs, a four-inch by six-inch PAX mixer can circulate up to 10 million gallons of stagnant drinking water (like a football field, 30-feet deep).  It’s now the number-one specified product in North America for maintaining water quality in the municipal distribution system, with thousands of installations.  It’s also in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. (Learn more about the lily impeller here.)

If our nature-inspired mixer can do that for a 10-million gallon tank, imagine what Flair can do for your home or office. 

Designing Flair

We used state-of-the art engineering tools to optimize Flair, including our airflow and sound test chambers, supercomputers, and  computational fluid dynamics. 

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Nuts and Bolts

We’ve been designing products for decades and we’re very proud of Flair.  We're producing our first model in a Special Edition for Kickstarter supporters, with each unit individually numbered.  

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Our design-registered Flair is the same size as a conventional portable fan at 14 inches high by 12 inches wide by 9 inches deep.  Its fully adjustable cradle and variable speed control gives you the power to direct and run it as softly or powerfully as you'd like.  It will come wired with a standard US 120V/60Hz plug - and we're looking at accessories to power it directly using DC power from solar panels, batteries, or other alternative energy sources.

We're choosing manufacturers that will build, package, and ship Flair with materials that are fully recyclable, recycled, or biodegradable.  The Flair you receive may be further evolved and its appearance may be slightly different than the pre-production prototype you see here.  As an example, we're refining the color of the base and cradle; if there's a choice, we'll ask which one you prefer.  

We plan to ship in plenty of time for next summer’s heat.

Consistent with our mission to reduce global emissions, we plan to manufacture and ship regionally.  If you live outside the US and would like to know when Flair is available in your region, please support this project by pledging at a lower reward level.  We'll send you that reward and our backer survey so we can keep in touch.

Flair applies biomimetic solutions that you can read about in Jay Harman's books - which are some of our rewards.  We plan to incorporate more bio-inspired strategies developed by our colleagues around the world in future models. 

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We're also developing a price-appropriate model for millions of customers in rural India and other developing countries who are about to be connected to electricity for the first time.  

Short production runs are expensive.  PAX Scientific is covering the administration costs so we can offer our Special Edition Flair at $99 instead of the targeted retail price of $129.  

Your support helps us get over the hump, to show big corporations that consumers do want super-efficient, high-quality products, built and shipped by suppliers focused on sustainability.  With your help we can scale up to mass-production and lower Flair's future price.

Flair can pay back its purchase price in your reduced utility bill, while keeping you more comfortable and lowering your carbon footprint for years to come.

Rewards

Thank you for reading this far!  Along with our Special Edition Flair fans, we're offering electronic copies of Jay Harman's award-winning book The Shark's Paintbrush, and a pre-publication copy of Jay's latest book.  And all of our backers will be invited to join Nature's Fan Club, so you can keep up with the latest nature-inspired solutions.  

Who are we?

We're PAX Scientific, one of the world’s leading nature-inspired engineering firms.  Our team is headed by Jay Harman, a naturalist, biomimicry researcher, and author.  Our Advisory Board includes heroes of the environment Janine Benyus, Paul Hawken, and Amory Lovins.  We're also proud to be part of the Bioneers community, co-founded by Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons - champions of sustainability.

See some of the places we've been featured below, and learn more about our other products here

Why are we launching Flair?

July 2019 was the hottest month in recorded history.  The world needs urgent action, but we've learned that it’s difficult for big corporations to change quickly enough to mitigate climate change.  No matter how well-meaning the CEO or VP of Sales is, or how much he or she loves their grandchildren or nature, climate isn't in their companies' mandate, objectives, or priorities.

We realized that if corporations are too slow, we the people can and must do it ourselves.  Just as LED lights are making a real and positive impact on emission reduction, Flair can too.

Flair is just the start. 

Nature-inspired design can help put the brakes on climate change.  With your support we plan to assist the world's fan manufacturers to adopt Flair technology.  It's truly possible to save a billion tons of CO2 emissions every year - just from better fans. 

If you have any questions, just let us know.

Risks and challenges

PAX Scientific and Flair have been built on precision and excellence in engineering and design.
While we're applying some ground-breaking techniques, we'll never compromise on quality. In the unlikely event that we're unable to manufacture Flair fans to the highest standards in a timely way, for example due to the current trade war uncertainty and currency instability, we'll let you know, refund your pledge in full, and still deliver your book rewards free of charge.

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Environmental commitments

Visit our Environmental Resources Center to learn how Kickstarter encourages sustainable practices.

Long-lasting design

We're using durable materials, including a long-lasting motor that's much higher quality than typically applied to fans.

Reusability and recyclability

We're selecting manufacturers that can build, package, and ship Flair with materials that are fully recyclable, recycled, or biodegradable.

Sustainable materials

We're currently researching carbon-neutral moldings with special material suppliers. Our high-quality motors are made of fully-recyclable metals. All brochures and packaging will be made from recycled materials or starch from clean agricultural by-products.

Environmentally friendly factories

We're choosing manufacturers based on their quality and demonstrated environmental and social responsibility practices.

Sustainable fulfillment and distribution

Sustainability is a key criteria in every decision we make at PAX Scientific. We're delivering our book rewards wirelessly and choosing our delivery vendors with focus on their sustainability practices.

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    Fan of Nature

    Thank you for helping to reinvent the industrial world with sustainable, nature-inspired technology!

    We'll gratefully send you a Certificate of Appreciation, and invite you to join Nature's Fan Club if you'd like updates on our progress.

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    Adventurer

    Join Jay Harman on his adventures in the jungle - natural and corporate - and learn about over 100 nature-inspired solutions.
    We'll send you an electronic copy of Jay's award-winning book, The Shark's Paintbrush: Biomimicry and How Nature is Inspiring Innovation.

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    Student of Nature

    Along with an electronic copy of The Shark's Paintbrush, get two electronic copies of Jay's latest book - one for you and one to share.
    Capturing the Force of Nature (The Shape of Things to Come) is a treasure map to nature's streamlining solutions.

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    You've got Flair!

    1 x Flair (at a $30 discount off the retail price of $129) plus all three book rewards.

    If you want a Flair and you live outside the US, please support us at another reward level and note it on the survey we'll send you. We'll update you when we're able to sell in your country!

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    2 x Flair Special: Save $20!

    Double your impact: 2 x Flairs and twice the book rewards for 10% off the standard package!

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    You've got twice the Flair!!

    2 x Flairs (at a discount of $60 off retail price) plus twice the book rewards.

    Want to share your Flair? If you'd like to give any of your rewards to a friend, needy family, or school, we can help organize the delivery.

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    3 x Flair Special: Save 10%!

    Triple play with 3 x Flairs and three times the book rewards for $30 off the standard package!

    Just 75 available.

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    You've got three times the Flair!!!

    3 x Flairs (at $90 off retail price) plus three times the book rewards.

    Want to share your Flair? If you'd like to give any of your rewards to a friend, needy family, or school, we can help organize the delivery.

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    5 x Flair Special: Save $75!

    Make a big impact! Get 5 x Flairs and five times the book rewards for 15% off the standard package.

    Limited quantity - just 50 available.

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    You've got a whole lot of Flair!

    5 x Flairs (at a discount of $150 off retail price) plus five times the book rewards.

    Want to share your Flair? If you'd like to give any of your rewards to a friend, needy family, or school, we can help organize the delivery.

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    Ultimate Flair - Save 20%!

    Maximize your impact + savings
    with 10 x Flairs and ten times the book rewards!

    Transform your home and office and share Flair with friends and family for 20% less - just 10 packages available.

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