A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Charging Your Phone, Just Got Better.
Finally, a 21st century jacket that keeps up with our busy lifestyle. We have been living with cables all our lives. We are here to eliminate that. The SNOW-C Smart Jacket is a down jacket that features re-invented and patent pending wireless chargers right in your pockets. Don't worry, you can't feel any tech, even the battery. It's time to stop worrying about a dead battery.
WORKS WITH iPHONE 8/8+/X WITHOUT AN ADAPTER
WORKS WITH SAMSUNG S6 AND ABOVE WITHOUT AN ADAPTER
Wireless Charging Pockets -
We at Waves are all about innovation, we have completely re-invented wireless charging by making out wireless chargers as thin as a piece of paper, as well as making the worlds first fully flexible wireless charger! You won't even know you're wearing a tech infused jacket.
Don't believe us? Check out our video of it working below!
*Final production jacket will have cuffs around the wrists*
For The Love Of Outdoors -
We have created our jacket with the love of outdoors in mind. We are using state of the art DWR (Water resistant) coating on ever single jacket so you don't have to worry about water, wind is no trouble here, and our batteries are safely insulated so you get a normal charge even in the coldest temperatures.
These jackets have been tested in the following conditions and activities to prove its Strength! Heavy rain, below 32 in snow, kayaking, hiking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, and of course hammocking.
You can now enjoy your day while charging your phone safely in your pocket!
Batteries To Keep You Going -
An ultra slim and lightweight 3,000 MAh battery comes with your jacket. This will give you enough power to charge your phone, on average, 1.2* times. This all depends on what phone you have. Some phones will get more charging than others. The battery charges in only 40 minutes*
The placement of our batteries in our jackets are in a location where you won't sit, feel or be bothered by them, and there won't be any body curves hitting it. It's like it's not even there!
Don't like our batteries? No problem! We have decided to make the jacket Open Battery Compatible! This means you can use your own portable batteries in our jackets!
How does it work? -
Wireless charging has a lot that goes into it. So, in simple terms...
The jacket comes with a 5v 3,000mAH ultra thin and lightweight power bank that is connected to a micro-USB cable and the charger.
The energy is shot into the wireless charger and it’s coils. It is then immediately sent to your phones QI receiver using magnetic flux. This successfully transfers power from the power bank to your phone.
While the jacket does all the work, all you need to do is simply put your phone in your pocket. Let the technology take care of the rest.
WORKS WITH iPHONE 8/8+/X WITHOUT AN ADAPTER
WORKS WITH SAMSUNG S6 AND ABOVE WITHOUT AN ADAPTER
FREE ADAPTERS FOR iPhone 5 - 7 Plus
Here are the phones that don't need an adapter
Any Nexus after 2012. Any Android/Samsung after 2012, iPhone 8, 8 plus, and X do not need adapter either.
Google Pixels will need an adapter as well as any iPhone that is older than the 8.
Our jackets work with anything that has a wireless charger QI receiver in the phone. Majority of androids have had this technology for several years. Unless you have an iPhone 8 and newer you will need an adapter.
Our standard iPhone adapters can be placed right behind your phone case and still work with our jackets! They are extremely thin so you won't even notice a difference.
Did we mention that we are including iPhone receivers for free if you don't have the 8 or X?
FAST CHARGING COMPATIBILITY!
Two Elegant Colors -
We offer our jackets in both men and woman sizes in Black Ice and Arctic Silver. And use the highest quality of Nylon for our jackets.
They are 90% down filled and 10% feathers.
Easily stuff your jacket in your backpack with its packable design, or wear it all day long!
*If you have sizing questions, please use the comments section or email us and we will get back to you ASAP*
Features and Tech Specs -
Our PATENT PENDING Wireless Charging system breaks 3 records:
-The only FLEXIBLE wireless charger on the market
-The thinnest wireless charger on the market!
-The fastest connecting wireless charger on the market!
-Our Wireless chargers have 15w of voltage. Your phone will most likely only take in 7.5-10w meaning the rest will be unused.
-FAST CHARGING COMPATIBLE
To put this into perspective:
Current Wireless Chargers have the thickness of 3.8-5mm
A credit card has the thickness of 0.76mm
Our Wireless Chargers have a thickness of 0.20-0.3mm (depends on size of your jacket)
What's In The Box? -
The SNOW-C Smart Jacket in your size and color choice
1x 3,000 mAh battery w/ charging cable
Operating manual with warranty code (Don't lose this)
Delivered Fully Charged And Ready To Go -
Can I wash it? - We recommend hand washing it only.
Is the charger safe? - Absolutely! We have tested it in multiple settings and were mainly focused on having the energy from the charger go directly to your phone and to point away from you.
How heavy are the wireless chargers? - Not heavy at all, they weigh the same as a piece of paper.
Is there any warranty? - Yes! You get a one year limited warranty that covers any manufacture defects.
What happens if I order the wrong size? We totally get it! Just feel free to contact us and we will swap it out!
Can I use my own batteries? - Of course! We created these jackets with the user in mind. If your battery fits in the battery pocket, it can be used!
When will I receive my jacket? - We have a delivery date of August of 2018 for some jackets at the latest. We are realistically expecting to have them out within a few months once the Kickstarter ends.
Is the jacket safe in wet areas? - Yes! The jacket has a high quality water resistant coating over it. You can use it for snow sports, in the rain, snowball fights, all of that. We would not recommend you submerge your jacket especially with the battery plugged in �
What temperature ranges have you tested the jacket in? - We have tested the jacket in heated environments including keeping it in a steamed area to see if it would effect the performance. It did not since the battery and charger is insulated. We just recently tested it in an extremely cold environment called "Peter Sinks" which is the coldest place in Logan. We tested it in -3 degree (F) weather. The battery drained a little quicker, which is expected from that type of weather. We also tested it in a more "normal" environment of 20 degrees. The battery was not effected and performance was still in tip top shape!
What does SNOW-C stand for? - Smart Native Operations by Waves - Charging.
15W? How much can my phone take in? Majority of phones can take in between 5-10w. The higher the wats the faster the charge. We went with 15 because it is a safe zone. Don't worry. If your phone doesn't support fast charging then it simply will not use the rest of the wattage. It won't overheat the battery. (If your phone only takes in 5w then it will only use 5w. nothing more)
Everything from a thank you letter, all the way up to a family pack of SNOW-C Smart Jackets!
Where We Are -
We currently just placed a MOQ through our manufactures for the jackets. Even though we have tested the jackets in numerous environments and has passed with flying colors, we have given some jackets to our Beta Tester Program to ensure you will receive yours with 0 bugs!
To reach our goal of $12,000. It will only take 60 Backers! (if ordering only the "campaign special SNOW-C") and then everyone will be able to enjoy this incredible innovation.
We have fully finished the the prototype (see prototype gallery), the market ready jacket, wireless chargers, cables and batteries. We are ready for orders!
The Prototype Process -
Months and months were spent doing research on how to re-create the Wireless Charging System, and we finally did it.
A lot of time was spent on getting the pockets and layers right for the jacket. We spent a lot of research on how to create the perfect down jacket so you won't feel any technology inside it. Except for your phone.
The Manufacturing Process -
We currently are having our jackets manufactured from a very reputable supplier in Pakistan. They have 12 full time stitchers and 20 full time machine workers. There is a 20 day led time for 100+ jackets to be created.
We carefully interviewed, Skyped, virtually toured, and chatted with over 20 different manufactures in multiple different countries for our jackets. Finding the right one wasn't easy, but the one we went with matches our needs both for our deadlines, communication, and price wise.
Our Cables and Batteries are currently manufactured in China.
Our Circuit Boards (Wireless Chargers) are being manufactured in Salt Lake City, Utah. We found it best to be extremely close to the tech.
Our Story -
Waves Technology, LLC and the SNOW-C Smart Jackets were created by 2 college students who are set off to make peoples lives easier. We have always believed in being the "Innovator" instead of the "Imitator". We developed the SNOW-C in mind by not just using the highest quality materials, but completely re-inventing wireless charging for the better. We have worked for around 7 months developing this charger. Our proprietary technology lets us use this as a foundation for greater wireless charging applications in the future.
It took a while to get where we are. The company was officially started in April of 2016. We started with wireless charging but didn't have the resources to complete what we wanted to do at the time. We pivoted... pivoted again... and again... and again. From software to hardware and even more software, we ended up right where we started, wireless charging. This time we had the knowledge and resources to re-invent.
How did we think of the SNOW-C? Well, it all started on one cold night in the canyons. Our phones were close to being dead, we weren't even on them and we kept them in our pockets in case of emergencies. Instead of fighting for a bulky portable battery, we said, "wouldn't it be great if we could charge our phones in our pockets?" We immediately went back to our dorm room and started working. Luckily, we had some wireless chargers, through them in a sweater and made the first prototype. Only issue was, the charger was too bulky. It would never be the way we wanted it to be. From there on we taught ourselves how to engineer and with a little help and 7 months later, created the first SNOW-C by Waves Wireless charger.
Halston van der Sluys, The Founder, and Cameron Stuart, the Co-Founder are both hard working individuals who are out to create real innovations together. This is all starts with wireless charging.
What's Next? -
Although the videos show a mix of the prototype and manufacture ready jackets, we have our full manufacture ready ones that are being made when we hit the green light. Keep checking the updates page for images!
We have ordered a MOQ through our manufacturers.
We will be adding more charging clothing if we surpass our goal!
Keep an eye out by subscribing to our email list to see our awesome other releases in the future!
Refund Policy -
We have a week guarantee (7 days) after the Kickstarter ends. During this time you will be able to get 100% of your money back. After the 7 days we will start placing orders and are unable to offer you a refund.
Warranty Policy -
All jackets come with a 90 day limited warranty starting from the day of purchase. This warranty covers any manufacture or shipping defects that may happen. You will receive a Warranty Code with your jacket.
Any tampering, cutting, or reverse engineering of the jacket and/or its technology (excluding normal functions like taking out the battery) will result in a termination of the 90 day warranty policy and/or legal obligations.
Exchange Policy -
If you order the wrong size, feel free to contact us and we will get you sorted out. We can only offer this exchange within 7 days after confirmed delivery.
From Us To You -
We at Waves want to personally thank everyone who has supported us. It was an extremely long process that caused us a ton of sleepless nights, hard work and dedication. We couldn't have created such an innovation without all the support. At Waves, our customers and the innovation are our first priorities and we will do everything to maintain an actively involved community. We are thrilled to be in this next step and can't wait to share our future products with you.
We hope all of the backers on here enjoy your new SNOW-C Smart Jacket.
Please contact us in the comments section with ANY questions. We will be sure to answer them in a timely manner.
-The Waves Team
Risks and challenges
Not being a pre-funded company it was difficult to create this jacket. Day and night we have been working on this to make it perfect. We wanted to make this a truly innovative product by creating everything in house. Not one item on this jacket is bought off the shelf.
Being students it was also difficult to have people take us seriously in the beginning. When we said we were re-inventing wireless charging, a lot of people thought of it as an expensive journey that would never happen. Negative comments did not bring us down, it made us work harder to prove them wrong. Eventually, we went back to those people and showed them that we just brought an "impossible"(according to them) concept into reality.
The risks we faced was the making the jacket extremely lightweight while trying to hide the technology as much as possible. It was our goal to find the right materials and keeping it nano light. We successfully completed this task.
Another challenge faced was how to design the new wireless charging system. We're not going with the standard route. We have actually completely redesigned the whole system and now it is paper thin, flexible and the highest quality wireless charger on the market. Again, with hard work, this was accomplished.
It was difficult to make all of it by hand instead of just calling a prototype company to do it for us. But, by doing this we learned and grew and now if we really wanted to, we can make it all by hand. Instead we found a manufacturer and have ordered a small MOQ to get all the bugs out of the way.
Backers - the jacket in this was our prototypes we used. The real jacket will have minor changes for the good. There will be cuffs on the jacket.