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By Lachlan Scott
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About this project

Welcome to our GlowThrow Kickstarter Campaign! Dogs need daily exercise, but how can they get it if you come home from work when the sun is setting? It’s simple – use the GlowThrow! The GlowThrow is a revolutionary new product that lets you play fetch with your dog in low light conditions. You and your dog will love it!

What is it?

The GlowThrow is something new – it uses the latest LED technology to brightly charge a non-toxic ball so it glows in the dark. You launch the ball and your dog chases it down, then returns it to you. In seconds you charge the ball again with the launcher, and you’re ready to launch it again! It gives you hours of fun, and plenty of exercise for your dog.

How's it work?

LED on and off
LED on and off

Grab it, glow it and throw it. Other glow-in-the-dark fetch games require you to charge the ball in the house, but there’s no way to recharge it once you go outside – so the ball loses it glow quickly. We’ve solved that problem with LED technology, which allows the GlowThrow to brightly charge the non-toxic glow-in-the-dark material in the ball between throws. 

Inbuilt LED
Inbuilt LED

This means the ball is fully charged and glowing for as long as you stay outside! You don’t have to cut off the dog’s playtime because the sun is setting. You’ll have a happier, healthier dog, and getting outside will do you good also!

PCB development
PCB development

We put the LED and rechargeable battery inside the GlowThrow launcher, so your dog is protected against contact with any electrical components. This is a design innovation -- other balls designed for fetch at night have the LED and battery inside, and it can come loose during play. With the GlowThrow, you don’t have to worry about your dog accidentally chomping on electronics while playing fetch! GlowThrow keeps the ball glowing brightly

GlowThrow keeps the ball glowing brightly
GlowThrow keeps the ball glowing brightly

The GlowThrow gives you more hours of fun with your dog, even if you don’t play fetch. You can use the GlowThrow to walk your dog in low light – just carry the launcher with you, and the super bright LED torch will light your way home!

The GlowThrow doubles as a super bright LED torch
The GlowThrow doubles as a super bright LED torch

GlowThrow Features:

We designed the GlowThrow with a rubberized handle and finger grips, so it feels great in your hand. Whether you’re left or right-handed, you’ll have an easy time using the power button for the LED, which is placed right where your thumb can find it.

GlowThrow features
GlowThrow features

The GlowThrow uses the latest Li-Ion rechargeable battery technology in the launcher, so there are no single use batteries that burn out and have to be discarded – a much better solution for the environment.

Easy to rinse it off when finished
Easy to rinse it off when finished

It’s easy to charge the GlowThrow launcher from any USB power source, using the USB port in the handle. A charge lasts for a full week of dog walks and fetch games!

USB charger with LED charge indicator
USB charger with LED charge indicator

Perfect for today's busy dog owners! 

Many people today have hectic lives, working long hours and getting home at dusk or even later. Up till now that has been a problem for dog owners who want to give their pets some exercise. With the GlowThrow, it doesn’t matter what time you get home from work, you can still take your dog outside for some fun and exercise.

GlowThrow - Fetch at night
GlowThrow - Fetch at night

How I developed the GlowThrow!

Although I often get home late from work, I still wanted to be able to play fetch with my dog Chicken. I tested many “night fetch” games and found that none lived up to their promise. That’s when I decided to develop my own “night fetch” game, using my experience and education as an engineer. Since I developed the first prototype of GlowThrow, I’ve been able to walk Chicken at any time of day, and play fetch with her whenever I want!

The Science Bit:

Here’s how GlowThrow works. Modern glow-in-the-dark materials need to be energized before they can radiate visible light. This is why the GlowThrow launcher has an LED built into it to charge the ball. After charging, the GlowThrow ball releases its stored energy. As this energy is released, it emits a green glowing light, which makes it easy for you and your dog to see in low light conditions. So all you do is grab the ball, glow it, and throw it!

Grab it, glow it and throw it
Grab it, glow it and throw it

The Design Process:

We spent more than six months on the design and refinement of the GlowThrow, developing many prototypes so we could work out all the bugs and perfect this product.

The development process
The development process

We conducted a detailed analysis and testing of the flexural strength of the GlowThrow Launcher and the cable assembly, to make sure they worked under extreme flexing.

FEA analysis of the launcher flex
FEA analysis of the launcher flex

Our testing has been thorough. We have done thousands of throws and electronic testing to prove that the design is durable and performs well in field conditions.

PCB development and testing
PCB development and testing

Time Line:

Our target date for production and order fulfillment of the GlowThrow is October 2017 -- just in time for the northern hemisphere winter! We are confident in that date because our development work is finished, our suppliers are standing ready, and all we need now is to start receiving orders and assembling the product.

Press Kit:

Please click on the link below to download the GlowThrow Kickstarter press kit. The press kit contains all the images, information and contact details for the promotion associated with our Kickstarter campaign!

 

Affiliate program:

At GlowThrow we want to reward the people who help spread the word about our Kickstarter campaign, to do so we have registered with Kickbooster! Kickbooster allows anyone to create affiliate links to our Kickstarter campaign and to receive 10% of any click through that results in a successful pledge!

 

About Me:

I'm a dog lover and product design engineer in Melbourne, Australia. I have worked at a large lighting firm for more than seven years, and my specialty is creating heavy industrial LED lighting for the mining industry. I have used all my knowledge and skill in this field to create the GlowThrow.

Our dog Chicken
Our dog Chicken

I created this revolutionary product because I wanted to walk my dog Chicken after work, when the day was ending. Chicken really loves to play fetch, but other products on the market could not keep a glow-in-the-dark ball lit for more than a few minutes. Chicken was my first tester for the GlowThrow, and as you can see from the video, she still LOVES everything about it!

The Next Steps:

At GlowThrow we want to make the process of you helping us out on our kickstarter as easy as possible. We will be utilising the Backerkit platform for our campaign to help manage the order fulfilment and backer communication process after the campaign is funded successfully.

 

Risks and challenges

We recognize that introducing any new product involves challenges, but since we’ve been developing GlowThrow for more than 12 months prior to this roll out, we’ve met many of those challenges already. We have already gone through multiple rounds of prototyping and testing to guarantee that the GlowThrow works the way it’s supposed to.

We have finalized all production agreements and quotations, and we have final prototypes of all the components that will go into the GlowThrow. We’ve done our homework, and we are very confident we can deliver the GlowThrow after the success of our Kickstarter campaign.

We want to make this process as transparent as possible to our supporters, so we’ll keep you in the loop about any and all developments, decisions, and possible delays. We are fully committed to our goal of getting the GlowThrow into your hands for your evening walks this year.

We appreciate your support in helping us realize this dream of ours, and we’re thrilled to have your help in making GlowThrow a reality.

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