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.
INTRODUCING THE NEXT GENERATION LAVA LAMP
AN INTERACTIVE LAVA LAMP MADE WITH ROCKET FUEL
INSPIRED BY NASA NANOTECHNOLOGY
YES, ROCKET FUEL!!!...
Actually it's filled with educational grade ferrofluid, but you get the point. The boring old wax is now magnetic so you can interact with your lava lamp.
This is an actual lava lamp with NASA derived nanotechnology inside. The 'lava' is made of a magnetic fluid called ferrofluid. Like an ordinary lava lamp, the dark fluid will form blobs that rise and fall on their own by simply turning on the light in the base. Unlike an ordinary lava lamp, you can now interact with the 'lava' with ordinary magnets.
Make100: Outer Space Ferrofluid Collection
This collection is space themed to pay homage to the origins of ferrofluid when it was first created at NASA in the 1960's. The ultra-violet reactive glowing alien heads have green colored ferrofluid inside and are limited to only 100 as part of the make100 kickstarter initiative. The ferrofluid lava lamp is a re-design of our first ferrofluid lava lamp. The new design is shaped like a rocket.
The Rocket Collection:
The Rocket' lava lamp is the next generation lava lamp. And it's cool for a lot of reasons. The 'lava' inside that everyone is so familiar with has been updated with NASA derived nanotechnology in order to make it magnetic.
The ferrofluid is a composite like material that exhibits liquid properties as well as the bizarre ability to be manipulated by a magnetic field. The nanoparticles are so small that they stay suspended in solution due to a force known as Brownian motion.
It's like a beautiful sub-microscopic concert.
The Alien Collection:
These bottles are UV reactive and come with a UV LED. The Large Alien Head (750 mL) also comes with a custom base that the UV LED fits inside. The tops of all the bottles are magnetic so that you can store the magnets when not in use.
Bottles shaped like alien heads with green colored ferrofluid inside.
The clear liquid is also UV reactive and glows under blacklight.
2 sizes available.
The green ferrofluid and glowing UV reactive fluid combination is also available in a smaller bottle.
Black Light Enhanced
Magnets are included with every display. Some tiers come with multiple magnets and/or different size magnets.
Large Neodymium Magnet Wand
The large neodymium magnet wand is included with 'The Rocket' Ferrofluid Lava Lamp. The large Alien Head comes with 2 large magnet wands. Anybody can add $20 to their pledge for an extra wand.
Small Neodymium Magnets
These smaller neodymium magnet wands are included with the Glowing Ferrofluid in a Bottle (15 mL). The small Alien Head comes with 2 of these.
These synthetic hematite magnets are also included with 'The Rocket' Ferrofluid Lava Lamp (in addition to the large magnet wand.)
Here's what we could tell you...
We could tell you that this really is alien bio-cybernetic technology smuggled out of Area 51. We could tell you that these are real alien skulls with sentient smart fluid inside. That the green ferrofluid has a mind of it's own and the glowing fluid surrounding it is biologically tuned to the ferrofluid for special preservative properties. We could claim that the special fluids exhibit quantum entanglement and may have the ability to communicate information from across space and time.
But, we are NOT saying any of this. We don't want to be taken away by men in black suites...
The Official Story
Ferrofluid was invented by NASA in the 1960's as experimental rocket fuel. It's a magnetic liquid comprised of iron oxide nanoparticles. We have a secret proprietary blend that preserves the ferrofluid in the bottle as well as another proprietary blend that gives the ferrofluid a green color.
The 'glowing' effect of the clear fluid is from a fluorescent dye. It glows under normal light, but especially bright under black light.
Move along. Nothing else to see here.
Ferrofluid eventually found beneficial uses outside of rocket fuel when two enterprising engineers liscenced the intellectual property. At the time they didn't know what it could be used for exactly, but they were determined to find something this interesting material could make better. Amazingly, it turned into a $100M industry from the new innovations that developed. This is the interesting story of how Ferrotec was founded.
This is why we want to put our Ferrofluid Lava Lamp Technology into a lamp shaped like a rocket. It's potential as a rocket fuel was the original inspiration that lead to it's development.
Here's what Ferrotec Thinks:
Of course, making the 'lava' in your lava lamp respond to magnetic fields breaths new life into the lava lamp concept. It goes from a classical nostalgic psychedelic centerpiece to a way far out interactive trippy masterpiece.
But, it's not all mind bending time distortions and wavy landscapes for us at Inspired Designs LLC. We actually understand the science behind how all this works and even have a patent for the technology.
Hi, I'm Kyle. I've been making ferrofluid displays for 6 years. I started doing it full time 3 years ago. I hold a patent related to this technology and have raised funds for ferrofluid products on kickstarter 2X in the past.
I had great success with my previous kickstarter project where I unveiled the first ever ferrofluid lava lamp that I called 'The Inspiration'.
The Inspiration was a hit and over 250 kickstarter backers pledged for it, helping the campaign raise over $88,000 (back then it cost $150 because it was so hard to produce). Overall, it was a great success. I've been selling ferrofluid products ever since.
New and Improved
I took Kickstarter's Make 100 Challenge as an opportunity to make some artistic displays that I normally wouldn't pursue. The alien head bottles are very cool, however, high quality versions are not easy or cheap to source.
I will only be making a maximum 100 of the Glowing Alien Head (50 mL) and the Large Glowing Alien Head (750 mL) displays. It's also not likely I will offer any of the other glowing rewards after this project ends. Call it a kickstarter exclusive.
Risks and challenges
This is not my first kickstarter project. This is my 3rd. I had great results with my first 2 projects. I am in even greater position for success on this project than I ever was for the first 2 projects. I have been manufacturing ferrofluid lava lamps for 3 years now. I hold a patent and have been perfecting my formulations for over 5 years.
The only potential speed bump is sourcing the alien bottles. As I stated above, these bottles are difficult to source - that is why I'm using them for Make 100. I do have several sources to go to for the bottles already. In the event they sell exceptionally well and my sources have trouble getting them for me, I will drive all the way to NV myself if I have to. It's not an unsolvable problem, it's more of an ugly solution - but that's my commitment to my backers.
There seems to be a lot interest in 'The Rocket' with extra ferrofluid. If your a distributor of awesome products you can get in on the action early. Get 200 units of 'The Rocket' Ferroofluid Lava Lamp with Extra Ferrofuid inside at half the retail value. That's 40 mL of ferrofluid in each lamp. Of course it includes retail packaging and magnets. Cost of shipping not included.