The Trioh! Around the Web
Yanko Design - "No ordinary flashlight... the Trioh! caught my interest when I went looking for a flashlight that could sit out in the open and not look fugly."
CNET - "Multitasking Trioh! a bright idea in flashlight design."
Trusted Nerd - "The Trioh! is a flashlight that you can definitely call “sexy” and “cool.”
Uncrate - "We've said it before, and it's no less true now: the biggest problem with flashlights is finding them when you need them. With the Trioh Flashlight, that's not a problem."
Mother Nature Network - "During a season marked by oppressive heat and damaging storms, comes a clever 3-in-1 flashlight/accent light/emergency light that aims to eliminate any fumbling around in the dark in search of a handheld torch...Brilliant."
Core77 - "Oregon-based industrial designer Greg Hinzmann has come up with a brilliant solution for [where to keep your flashlight] in the form of his Trioh! flashlight."
Design Milk - "The Trioh! is a sleek and attractive device that is designed to be on display making it easier to find when you need it."
Gizmag - "It’s a scenario many of us are familiar with: the power goes out and the sole flashlight kept at the bottom of the kitchen drawer has either disappeared... Greg Hinzmann aims to prevent this situation by designing a flashlight which is so beautiful that you’ll want to show it off."
InStash - "Why is it that we store our flashlights where they’re most likely not to be found during a power outage? Well, partially because they just aren’t attractive enough to leave out in the open. That is, unless you’ve got a Trioh!."
KEEP YOUR FLASHLIGHT WHERE YOU CAN SEE IT
If you’re like most people, you keep your flashlight hidden away. Maybe it’s in a drawer, or a toolbox, or under the bed. The Trioh! was born out of the thinking that if flashlights were simply more attractive, then they might be kept out in the open where they would be more accessible when you need them. Like when the power goes out.
The Trioh! is designed to be displayed making it instantly more useful. No more searching for the flashlight when you need it.
The Trioh! consists of a flashlight and a charging base. Together, they look great anywhere in your home. You’ll always have a place for your flashlight, and you’ll know right where it is.
And because you keep the base plugged into an outlet, the Trioh! will always be fully charged when you need it.
3 Lights in 1
Simply remove the Trioh! from its base any time you need a flashlight. With three super-bright LEDs, the Trioh! will light the way.
With a twist of the lens, all the light is contained in the diffuser and the Trioh! becomes a beautiful, accent light on or off the base.
When the power goes out, the Trioh! automatically turns on. No more fumbling in the dark to find your flashlight.
The rechargeable batteries provide over 12 hours of battery life with constant use.
In emergency mode, the light will pulse so that it will last for up to 3 days. Just in case it goes off when you're not at home.
Color: Silver with white accents
Size: 10.6" Tall, 4.5" wide (diameter)
Light source: 3 LEDs
Battery: Rechargeable Lithium Ion, not-intended to be replaced
Charging: Inductive charging - no exposed connectors
Power: External adapter, 110/220v, with North American plug (included)
The process of designing, prototyping and getting the product just right took a lot of time and effort and required more funds than anticipated. I have made the initial investment in the tooling and find myself short of the funds needed to finish the project. So I am reaching out to the Kickstarter community for help. The funds raised will be used to complete the tooling investment and place the initial order from the factory.
The product is being produced in China. The factory has been selected and the initial tooling deposit has been made. A final prototype is being completed to verify tooling data and completion of the injection molding tools and production will commence upon reaching the funding goal.
I've been working on this project for a while and am excited for the opportunity to bring the Trioh! to market. I sincerely appreciate your support and hope you will share this with friends, family and colleagues who might be interested.
A few more Thanks:
A project like this isn't done by just one person. As the designer and creator, I've come up with the concept and created the visual design and user experience. Along the way I've engaged friends and colleagues for help. So I'd like to thank: Tater Tot Designs for development and electrical engineering; Steve Berry and Dan Tagtow for mechanical engineering; Form Factory for the model-making and Ben VanderVeen for the video.
Yes. The Trioh! ships with a 110v/220v adapter with a North American plug, so all you need is an adapter for the plug.
With normal use, the battery should last more than ten years. The lithium ion battery retains 80% of its charge after 300 full discharges. That means you can get 12 hours of constant use (off the base) 300 times and the battery will still have a good amount of capacity left. If you are like me and only use your flashlight occasionally, and also use the accent light occasionally, you will probably rarely ever discharge the battery completely and can expect a very long life for your Trioh!.
No. When the Trioh! is on the base (and the base is plugged in) the Trioh! will run off of power from the electrical outlet.
More and more electronics are being made with sealed batteries. From iPhones, iPads and MacBooks to accessories like speakers, sealed batteries allow for more flexibility in designing the product. (There are two small screws on the bottom of the Trioh! and although it is not promoted as a feature, savvy DIY-types can likely figure out how to replace the battery if needed after ten or more years.)
I plan on offering a one-year limited warranty for the Trioh!
The adapter has not been chosen yet. That will happen later in the development process. I want to have the best looking adapter I can afford, and will post pictures once specified.
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