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Light up your kids’ imagination with our cardboard armor projects featuring programmable glowing lights
Light up your kids’ imagination with our cardboard armor projects featuring programmable glowing lights
Light up your kids’ imagination with our cardboard armor projects featuring programmable glowing lights
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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. 

Our Customers

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

Rewards

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. 

Acknowledgements

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.

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    One (1) 22" Round Shield Kit
    Recommended age 9+

    This round shield is 22" in diameter and designed for a center hold grip. The double layer construction makes this shield tough.

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    One (1) Pulsar Helmet Digital Pattern - PDF
    One (1) Pulsar Armor Digital Pattern - PDF

    DIGITAL PATTERN ONLY - Got a lot of shipping boxes lying around? Turn that trash into the ultimate fun with your kids!

    The patterns are in PDF format. Print them out, paste onto your cardboard, then start building. EXCLUSIVE FOR KICKSTARTER backers - include 1 set of build materials: Metal D-rings, foam pieces, and faux leather laces for the armor project.

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    One (1) 24" Longsword Kit
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    This sword has a 24" long blade with a diamond cross-section. The kit include BOTH the sword and scabbard.

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    One (1) 24" Longsword Kit
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    The sword and shield, a favorite combination of warriors throughout the ages. Bring both kits home, build them then you will appreciate why this combination is so powerful. Receive over 10% off the individual prices with this combo.

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    One (1) Pulsar Helmet Kit
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    Watch your kids build their own helmet then learn a little coding so they can program the lights the way they want it.

    In addition to the kits, you will receive digital patterns (PDF's) of the helmet. Turn discarded cardboard into the ultimate fun!

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    One (1) 22" Round Shield Kit
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    Nothing fires up your kids' imagination like a helmet on their head with sword and shield in their hands. Receive over 15% off the individual prices with this combo.

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    One (1) Pulsar Helmet Digital Patterns - PDF
    Recommended age 9+

    Nothing fires up your kids' imagination like a helmet on their head with sword and shield in their hands. Receive over 15% off the individual prices with this combo.

    In addition to the kits, you will receive digital patterns (PDF's) of the helmet. Turn discarded cardboard into the ultimate fun!

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    One (1) Pulsar Helmet Kit
    One (1) Pulsar Armor Kit
    Recommended age 9+

    Your kids will build their very own armor and helmet. Outside of European royalty, we don't believe there are a lot of kids with their own set of armor. Receive over 10% off the individual prices with this combo.

    In addition to the kits, you will receive digital patterns (PDF's) of the helmet and armor. Turn discarded cardboard into the ultimate fun!

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    One (1) Pulsar Helmet Kit
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    One (1) 24" Longsword Kit
    One (1) 22" Round Shield Kit
    Recommended age 9+

    Your kids' life will change once they build their cardboard arsenal. Not only will they become master builders, they might also wear their newly made armor everywhere. Your family photos may become a little bit more .... unusual. Receive over 18% off the individual prices with this combo.

    The kits include pre-cut cardboard pieces, paint, and other materials your kits need for the build.

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    One (1) Finished Pulsar Helmet
    One (1) Pulsar Helmet Digital Patterns - PDF
    Recommended age 7+

    EXCLUSIVE TO KICKSTARTER BACKERS. You will receive a handmade Pulsar Helmet built by Crafteeo's founder. You can choose a color scheme not available with the standard helmet. Each helmet will be stamped with the founder's personal seal. In addition to the finished helmet you will receive the digital patterns so you can make the helmet on your own!

    This reward is only available in the U.S. and shipping is FREE!

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    One (1) Pulsar Helmet Kit
    One (1) Pulsar Armor Kit
    One (1) 24" Longsword Kit
    One (1) 22" Round Shield Kit
    One (1) Pulsar Helmet Digital Patterns - PDF
    One (1) Pulsar Armor Digital Patterns - PDF
    Recommended age 9+

    Your kids' life will change once they build their cardboard arsenal. Not only will they become master builders, they might also wear their newly made armor everywhere. Your family photos may become a little bit more .... unusual. Receive over 18% off the individual prices with this combo.

    In addition to the kits, you will receive digital patterns (PDF's) of the armor and helmet. Turn discarded cardboard into the ultimate fun!

    The kits include pre-cut cardboard pieces, paint, and other materials your kits need for the build.

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    One (1) Finished Pulsar Helmet
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    Recommended age 7+

    EXCLUSIVE TO KICKSTARTER BACKERS. You will receive one set of handmade Pulsar Helmet and Armor built by Crafteeo's founder. You can choose a color scheme not available with the standard armor set. Each armor set will be stamped with the founder's personal seal.

    This reward is only available in the U.S. and shipping is FREE!

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    One (1) Pulsar Helmet Digital Patterns - PDF
    One (1) Pulsar Armor Digital Patterns - PDF
    Recommended age 7+

    EXCLUSIVE TO KICKSTARTER BACKERS. You will receive one set of handmade Pulsar Helmet and Armor built by Crafteeo's founder. You can choose a color scheme not available with the standard armor set. Each armor set will be stamped with the founder's personal seal. In addition to the finished armor set you will receive 1 set of digital patterns so you can make armor on your own!

    This reward is only available in the U.S. and shipping is FREE!

    Estimated delivery: Nov 2015
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