About this project
Pulsar Helmet and Armor
We want to inspire your kids to build things with their hands and explore the technological world around them. Introducing the Pulsar Helmet and Armor by Crafteeo: two projects that combine the inspiration of art with the magic of technology to create a fun learning experience. Watch your kids have fun building their own armor set then personalize it by programming the LED lights exactly the way they want. Once they are done, watch them engage their imagination as they act out their heroics while wearing their new creations.
Pledge to our campaign to receive the Pulsar Helmet and Armor kits. Each kit include:
- Pre-cut cardboard pieces manufactured at a local supplier in San Diego, California.
- Other materials such as D-rings, faux leather cords, and plastic pieces.
- Pulsar electronics kit with a powerful Arduino-compatible microcontroller. No soldering required.
- Paint set with metallic colors. All paints are water-based acrylics for easy cleanup and made in the USA.
- Video-based instructions posted on our website, crafteeo.com. It is a format that your kids very comfortable with.
The glowing lights of the Pulsar helmet and armor is powered by the Pulsar electronics kit. Our goals for this kit is to create something easy to assemble and yet versatile so it can be reused. The kit we assembled require no soldering with connector pins labeled for easy assembly. View this video to see how the Pulsar electronics kit is assembled. To increase the versatility of the kit, we selected a powerful Arduino-compatible microcontroller that can be adapted to a variety of projects beyond glowing a LED light. Additionally none of the components are permanently connected together. We envision that down the road we will add additional capabilities to the helmet and armor either as upgrade kits or as free online tutorials. More importantly we want your kids to reuse or repurpose the electronics. Think of something cool you want to prototype? Awesome! Remove the microcontroller from the helmet or armor then start building away!
To unleash the power of the microcontroller, your kids will use the Arudino programming language. Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. It is one of the most popular microcontroller platform available today. We designed three lesson modules to help your kids steadily gain confidence with electronics and programming. All lesson modules will be posted on our website, crafteeo.com.
We want to inspire your kids to build things with their hands and explore the technological world around them. We believe the Pulsar Helmet and Armor projects accomplishes that by combining art and technology in a way that excites and challenges them. The best part is your kids will feel a strong sense of accomplishment after dedicating the time and effort to completing these projects.
We are on Kickstarter today, because we need your help to get the Pulsar Helmet and Armor kits into market. The designs for both kits are done and now we need funding to purchase tooling and the initial build quantities. Pledge today and become a part of our journey to create more projects that inspire kids to build and explore their technological world in an innovative way.
Until recently it was a side project as we try to figure out how to build this company from literally nothing more than a couple sheets of cardboard. Our customers have a big influence on us. We are fortunate to have customers that believed in what we do and shared with us their wonderful creations. Nothing gets us more excited then seeing kids making things they love then watching them act out their heroics. We are thankful that our customers have allowed us to play a small part in their lives and we hope we can continue doing this for many years to come.
Shows and Media We Were In
We are active with the maker and Maker Faire communities in California. Crafteeo is still in its infancy so we cannot travel far, but lucky we have bloggers around the U.S. that tried our projects and shared their perspective with their readers.
- Click this link for an article on Crafteeo during the 2014 Bay Area Make Faire by makezine.com
- Click this link for a detailed review by ikatbag.com for our Northern Guardian Helmet.
- Click this link for a review by allfortheboys.com for our Southern Guardian Helmet.
- Click this link for a review by busykidshappymom.org for our Northern Guardian Helmet.
- Click this link for a review by freshcrafts.blogspot.com for our Northern Guardian Helmet.
- Click this link for a clip about Crafteeo by KUSI San Diego
- Click this link for a segment about Crafteeo from Ozark First
We recommend our projects for boys and girls ages 9 and up. Younger kids generally require more involvement from an adult than older kids. We believe that we created projects that are interesting for both kids and adults alike. Take your time and enjoy the build process.
For guide on which size helmet or armor is suitable for your kids, click on this sizing guide link. If you don't have a tape measure, you make your own by downloading the Crafteeo Tape Measure PDF. Print it out on standard A4 or letter size paper.
The digital patterns are in PDF format. We will email you the files then follow the instructions for the build. Print it out patterns, find some discarded cardboard boxes, and start making the build pieces. It takes significantly more time to complete the project this way but you can repurpose trash into the ultimate fun!
The armor, helmet and shield are created with double layers of cardboard which makes them quite durable. The sword in particular is stiff and equivalent to swords made from soft woods like pine. They can take hits but will dent and eventually break. Our projects are designed for make believe and imagination play. We do not recommend using these items for play fighting.
Elements of Crafteeo Projects
All Crafteeo projects share the following three elements:
- Element #1 Project Kit: The kit includes pre-cut cardboard, materials such as D-rings and plastic pieces, water-based acrylic paint set, and, depending on projects, an electronics kit. For most projects you need to provide your own hot glue gun, paint brush, transparent tape, and other common tools. We use a variety of paper-based materials in our project kits which are, generally, not available to the public. Because our materials are freshly cut, they will provide the best results for your build.
- Element #2 Video-Based Instructions: Crafteeo projects do not include printed instructions. We believe that video instructions provides a superior experience compare to printed instructions and, increasingly, kids are accustomed to receiving instructions in this manner.
- Element #3 Story: We created the world of the Guardians, the fantasy world's equivalent of the Coast Guard, to inspire the design of our products. The Guardians patrol the coast of Aeragos riding on the backs of feathered dragons helping sailors in trouble and fighting pirates that prey on lucrative merchant vessels. We have big plans for this world and we hope to open it up to our customers as another channel to express their creativity.
Our Journey Started From Home
Crafteeo started from a mountain of cardboard boxes accumulated during my son's fourth Christmas. We became enthusiastic online shoppers motivated by our belief that this will be the first Christmas that my son will actually remember. However after all the presents were unwrapped, a tinge of guilt washed over me from our overindulgent consumerism. Was this impression I want to give my young son, that fun was mass produced in a far off land? Over the rest of the holiday break, I became determined to show my son that with a sprinkle of imagination and a dash of creativity you can make your own fun.
As I was thinking about cool projects, the idea of building a helmet struck me. I don't know why but I wanted to build a helmet and not just any old helmet, I wanted something extravagant, something grand. I involved my son in the design and build processes as much as possible, or at least as much as a four-year-old can handle. To my delight he took to the project with gusto. After about a week of work, I was quite proud of my creation and I presented my son the finished helmet. The wide-eyed look of joy on his face is something I will never forget and It has been my inspiration for Crafteeo ever since.
Crafteeo is my attempt to bottle up the fun I had with my son and share it with other parents. Our goal is to create projects that both parent and child can enjoy together. Even in our digital world of video games, I believe that there is still a place for craft projects to bring joy to kids everywhere.
Photographer: Sonia Vrayokova (sonyavraykova.com)
Videographer: Hoang Tran
Illustrations: Art Edel (artedel.net)
How are we spending the fund?
We need your help to take the Pulsar Helmet and Armor into production. The designs are complete and we would like the funding to purchase tooling and the first batch of orders.
Project Risk Mitigation Plan
Risks and challenges
All Kickstarter projects carry some level of risk. We believe we have a solid strategy to mitigate significant risks to getting the rewards to you, our supporters, by our committed delivery date. One of the key component to our confidence is our experience. For two and half years we have been steadily accumulating experience in designing, sourcing, and delivering Crafteeo projects to customers.
For us, the only new aspect to the Pulsar Helmet and Armor project is the inclusion of the microcontroller and the LED and photoresistor modules. Our plan is to procure only off-the-shelf components with minor customization. We are NOT designing a new microcontroller nor are we purchasing proprietary electronics. We belief that this approach will significantly reduce the risk of getting the rewards to our backers on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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