Introducing your personal thermostat
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Hi friends, we’re Ministry of Supply!
We launched our company just 5 years ago right here on Kickstarter. Since the beginning, we've taken a scientific approach to design, so we can invent clothing that’s both comfortable and makes you look great. Today we're taking that approach to the next level, with the Mercury Intelligent Heated Jacket — outerwear that's voice controlled, built for anything, automatically heats to the right temperature, and learns your behavior to get better over time.
Don't just take our word for it...
Mercury: Right Heat at the Right Time
Available at an exclusive Kickstarter price, $295 (MSRP $495).
- Voice-controlled: Naturally activate the jacket with your voice through a smart assistant like Amazon Alexa.
- Intelligent heat: Our jacket’s built-in heaters are nearly weightless; when not in use, you won't even notice them. A smart thermostat reacts to your environment, learning your preferences as you go.
- Durable and everything-proof: Built to provide protection from the elements, Mercury is ready to repel wind, snow, water, and odors — whatever your adventures throw at you.
- Beautiful & functional: Mercury is designed to look great across activities and lifestyles, from the city to the mountains. Multiple pockets, wireless phone charging, a removable hood, and durable construction complete the jacket.
- Ready to go: Mercury is pre-trained, automatically turning on when it senses motion or external temperature drops.
Your very own micro-climate: cozy heat on demand.
At the core of Mercury are three carbon fiber heating elements that heat all at once, strategically placed to disappear into the jacket. At just 100g, flexible, and 1mm thin (that's thinner than a dime), you’ll barely notice the heaters. These heaters can deliver 10 watts of heating power nearly instantaneously, reaching up to 135ºF/57ºC, the same temperature as a cup of coffee.
Mercury creates a microclimate for your body using real-time reactive and proactive heating to constantly adapt heat and optimize your body temperature. Using the accelerometer, body temperature, and outside temperature, Mercury triangulates the perfect amount of heat, so you don't have to worry about overheating. Because of the Mercury's machine learning capability, the more feedback you give it, the better it gets and automatically learns your preferences.
Pre-programmed and ready to go.
Mercury comes programmed to respond to temperature and motion, based on our research. Just plug the battery in and you’re good to go — whether you’re commuting, walking the dog, or taking that vacation to the North Pole.
“Alexa, turn on my Jacket.”
On-the-go app control
Replaces the rest of your jacket collection.
Beautiful & Functional
We designed Mercury to be more than just a heated jacket. Even if the heat is “off,” it should be the jacket you want to throw on for everyday wear. Above all, Mercury was designed to look great in any setting — with a simple, clean, and tailored aesthetic. Mercury is also waterproof, windproof, high-stretch, odor resistant, and incredibly breathable. We'd be surprised if you'll ever need another jacket.
Clean & Sleek
Wireless charging for your phone
For all of your carry
Choose your color
There's a vest, too.
For our friends in slightly warmer climates, or for not-so-cold days up north — the vest can be your only travel companion. It’s got all of the same specs as our jacket, though the total garment weight will obviously be different.
The Mercury heating system runs on a standard USB, 2-amp output battery. With a 10,000mAh battery you can get up to 4.5 hours of continuous heat at max power. Using our machine learning to control power output, we are able to power approximately 1 week of commuting use on a single charge (based on an average 20-30-minute commute).
Once the campaign is complete, we'll be in touch to get your preferences (mens / womens, color, and size), along with information like shipping address and contact information.
For those that back at the Team Logo level, we'll get in touch at that point to get your design preferences so we get your logo placed properly. Keep an eye out for a survey link to your email after the campaign finishes. Shoot us an email if you have any questions!
Design & research
Our design process is grounded in the intersection between form and function. We start with you, the wearer — and your day — and use that as a point of inspiration for our products. For Mercury, we started by thinking about how to make the commute more comfortable, focusing on temperature regulation as the main challenge expressed during our research.
Our team launching this Kickstarter project: 10...9...8...
Our team is a mix of engineers and product designers with deep expertise in the apparel sector. Jarlath, who led the design process, was the former design director at Brooks Brothers and Theory. Sherri, who led product development, has worked in development at numerous outdoor and athletic brands. Brian and Gihan do the product engineering and production — with backgrounds as mechanical and chemical engineers, respectively. The rest of the team keeps the clothing on the shelves and makes sure you look good.
Developing the Mercury Intelligent Heated Jacket required expertise across many disciplines: softgoods, hardware, and software all coming together to create a product that simply solved the challenge of controllable heat generation. We wouldn't be here without awesome partners who make our project possible. Here's where we get nerdy about our teams and the incredible things they create!
Dephy: Boston-based human-robotics design and engineering firm spun out of the MIT Media Lab, Dephy has driven the wearable hardware and simple user experience of Mercury.
MEC AddHeat: As the world’s leader in wearable heating devices, this team relentlessly designs, builds, and tests heating elements for optimal heating, durability, and safety.
Rain Agency: Rain is a world-class digital innovation firm, and leads the conversation when it comes to voice control. Here's Nithya Thadani, CEO of Rain: "As the first piece of intelligent clothing that users can control with their voice, this jacket is pushing the category beyond stationary Smart Home devices, and into Smart Lifestyle."
Singtex: A Taiwan-based team that we’ve been working with since our second Kickstarter (almost 5 years!), Singtex is family to us. They are true industry leaders in sustainable fabric and garment production. BlueWave is a garment producer for numerous outdoor and athletic brands. This team is highly technical, using computerized cutting machines, computerized sewing machines, ultrasonic welding, laser cutting, and bonding all in-house. Blue Wave is family-owned and operated, and has some amazing quality standards — both for garments, and for their working environment.
Ministry of Supply was born right here on Kickstarter. We wouldn't be here without your support, so it felt right to come back to our loyal community to share our latest project with you first. We are forever grateful for your continued support, kindness, feedback, and encouraging words. We’ve been on a long journey, and with your help we’re just getting started!
Risks and challenges
We have two Kickstarter campaigns under our belts, and have been in the clothing business since 2012. We have our manufacturers lined up, and our other production teams are waiting for our signal. At this point, we know what we're doing!
Of course, there can always be unforeseen challenges when it comes to producing a product. Of course, we plan on being completely transparent with our backers should anything go awry — you can depend on us! And while our design team might use discretion to make any tweaks during production that amplify the function, durability, or aesthetic of the garment — you can rest assured, we're deeply committed to and excited about delivering a world-class product that we know you'll enjoy for a long time to come.
So in short, we're super confident we can deliver and incredibly high quality product, and on time — and are so, so grateful that you're on this journey with us!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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