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Introducing the first smart-jacket for running using wearable intuitive motivational technology. By Simon Weatherall Former Marine Read more

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Introducing the first smart-jacket for running using wearable intuitive motivational technology. By Simon Weatherall Former Marine

Hampshire, UK Hardware
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Glowfaster on BBC Dragons Den - Simon Weatherall Former Marine

This jacket was developed with running in mind. It lights up when you are running, even better the lights on the smart-jacket show you how your training is going, whether your heart rate is at target, whether you were at target speed. The Glowfaster App controls the jacket via Bluetooth to allow the user to set up the smart clothing to their own settings and gain motivation intuitively from their own biofeedback.

Inspired By Running
Inspired By Running

We have developed the jacket to a high specification as well as the power unit and Bluetooth connection within it, and the iphone App… All that is left is up scaling to commercial manufacture. 

We are also making an Android version of the App! 

The Gizmo, Power Pack & Heart Rate Sensor
The Gizmo, Power Pack & Heart Rate Sensor

Our jacket is a fantastic lit up running garment, great looking and high tech. With the Gizmo bluetooth connector and heart rate sensor, your smart jacket come to life. Your support will help me combine the power unit (pink) and the Gizmo (blue) into one complete compact item! We have already got the team at Korusys on the case and they have developed a prototype board, sourced all the components plus are ready to roll with the next steps of transforming the Gizmo into its smaller more compact unit. We require your support to finalise the design of the Gizmo and commercially produce it. 

The Technology

Our App comes fully loaded to connect to your smart jacket, you can set your running pace and sync it with your jacket, set you target heart rate, flash the light in time with training aids and sound driven games like the Bleep Test, you can even link up to music on your iphone.

Biofeedback 

Using our smart-jacket can help you train more instinctively. It allows you to sync your bodies biomarkers such as your heart rate, or measure speed versus target via GPS, letting you know when you are at your target. 

You respond naturally to light on the jacket and your motivation becomes intuitive and allows your body to adapt to your workout. You will continue to react and the biofeedback loop will keep your body and your motivation going… Your motivation and confidence will grow as your workout progresses and as dusk approaches you will be seen remarkably well!

We help you train Intuitively using light
We help you train Intuitively using light

Iphone App

Iphone App With Heart Rate, GPS, Music & Gaming
Iphone App With Heart Rate, GPS, Music & Gaming

Our app comes fully loaded to connect to your smart jacket. 

Glowfaster will release new training presets to make it easier to train. You can set your running pace and sync it with your jacket, link your music mix up to your jacket for your own private party. This is just the beginning with this smart jacket my aim is to add more sensors and output methods to take it to another level!

I want people to be able to create their own apps with the smart clothing range to promote not only a fun and enjoyable workout but also an informative one you can react to instantly.

Please buy a smart jacket for only £99 to make this possible.

Glowfaster is now exhibiting along some of the worlds largest technology companies such as Google, Intel & many more at the Wearable Technology Expo In London, this is the largest of its kind in Europe and we are very excited to have one of only 30 spaces. Please help support our cause.

Glowfaster Will Exhibit Along Side Some Of The Biggest Names In Tech!
Glowfaster Will Exhibit Along Side Some Of The Biggest Names In Tech!
Heart Rate Intergration
Heart Rate Intergration

 Fully working mobile application which allows you to train more instinctivly.

Bluetooth Connectivity
Bluetooth Connectivity

Full connectivity from your Iphone to your smart jacket and a heart rate sensor. 

The Glowfaster Story

It’s been 2 years in the making the journey so far. Starting with a simple light up jacket to make a more exciting and safer experience of running, especially at dusk… and then… once enjoying this experience we simply could not stop. We found a way to control the lights from a distance of up to 30 metres opening up the opportunity for fitness games using flashing lights and colours as signals. Then we set about setting up and App to allow the lights to respond to speed measured by GPS and even heart rate measured form a heart rate monitor.

Our App allows Bluetooth control to activate the jacket and the monitor, and adjust settings using an iphone. Set up for a target speed or heart rate can be achieved and this allowed the fantastic experience of intuitive motivational technology to allow users to respond to biofeedback.

Inside The Gizmo

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Then & Now 'help us improve even further'!
Then & Now 'help us improve even further'!
 
Proof Of Concept - With Old Heart Rate Sensor
Proof Of Concept - With Old Heart Rate Sensor
 
GPS Fully working on our iphone App integration - Complete Proof Of Concept
GPS Fully working on our iphone App integration - Complete Proof Of Concept

 Under The Hood Of The Gizmo!

So For our prototype we shrunk it down using simple tech, In the picture below you can see the BLE Mini (Red Bear) which receives the bluetooth signal, passes this to a mini Arduino board, thus in turn triggering a transistor which acts like a switch allowing a larger current to pass through into the inverter! Simple really however very effective!

Inside Our Prototype Gizmo
Inside Our Prototype Gizmo

We need to turn this item into a smaller custom built circuit, we have already sourced all the components but require your help to get the cad's drawn, circuit boards printed and outer cases thus making one complete unit. An example circuit is below from the components we propose to use.

Circuit layout of what parts we will order to product the final product.
Circuit layout of what parts we will order to product the final product.
 

Fashion Design Ideas - From UK Top Designer
Fashion Design Ideas - From UK Top Designer
Simon & George Enjoying The Journey!
Simon & George Enjoying The Journey!
Prototyping......some time ago!
Prototyping......some time ago!

Founder of Glowfaster Simon Weatherall's son George was one of the first to receive his prototype jacket powered using a bluetooth car headset....he danced in it beating to music for hrs! A very happy boy!!!

2 Years Ago....
2 Years Ago....

Where it all began 2 years earlier, hacking and prototyping, learning how to sew was one of Simon's high points! He even knows what a bobbin is now!

Safety First!

Feedback From Hampshire Police
Feedback From Hampshire Police

Earlier in 2012 we took a prototype jacket to a focus group with Hampshire Police and this is what they said! Even our light up jacket could help save a life! your support truly does help! Please buy yourself or a loved one a Glowfaster Jacket.

The Smart jacket and accessories

Your support will help me combine the power unit and the control unit into one complete compact item! Please buy a smart jacket for only £99 to make this possible.

Your Support With Help Refine The Gizmo.
Your Support With Help Refine The Gizmo.

Blue Shows the current Gizmo which is fully working & the pink shows the current USB power Device. Your Support will help us combine them and commercially produce them. Please get involved!

Fully Removable Lighting System
Fully Removable Lighting System

The jackets hosts a double zip attachment meaning you can upgrade your lights or add different colours such as Tron blue or Pink, We have great plans to make these jackets as upgradable as any new smart jacket should be incorporating new sensors and natural ways to provide feedback.

(Lights ON)! Train with your senses!
(Lights ON)! Train with your senses!

Our lights are very bright at night, the darker it gets the better they are!

Front View (Lights Switched OFF)
Front View (Lights Switched OFF)

Your Glowfaster Jacket has been designed by one of the UK's top designers, this has incorporated everything from light positioning to make it easier to be seen, to comfort and fit of the jacket. The Jacket is smart as it has full mobile connectivity features, and is practical in every sense. It can be washed, is water proof, wind proof and breathable, but most of all its great fun & inspires you to train harder and more intuitively.

Rear Lighting (Switched OFF)
Rear Lighting (Switched OFF)

Your Rewards Fulfilment Plan

One of the key features of the jacket is that it can be worn in the day as well as at night and still look fashionable. Manufacturing for our jacket is ready we have source fabric suppliers, the production line is ready to roll, the basic tech to power the jackets is fully complete, our smart jackets require the gizmo refinement. We require a minimum order quantity of 500 jackets so please help us reach our target, treat yourself to one of our fantastic offers.

I have been working closely with the current manufacturer over the last 6 months and we have now refined design. If my minimum order quantity is met everyone will receive their jackets within 3 months. We have time scaled the Gizmo and it will follow to people who have bought a smart jacket by june/july 2014 once its been manufactured.

Our Iphone app is fully working, The jacket is fully designed other than small refinements, everything is ready to go!

FUTURE PRODUCTS

We have massive plans to extend our smart clothing range further, pushing the limits of intuitive technology and providing you with a great range of wearable technology for intuitive motivation. Your support will help us achieve this aim!

Simon Weatherall Background Royal Marine Commando!

Co-Founder www.oobafit.com

Co-Founder www.buggyworkoutuk.co.uk

Founder www.glowfaster.com

Serra Leone 2000
Serra Leone 2000
 
Norway Arctic Warfare Training!
Norway Arctic Warfare Training!
Your supporting us & we're giving back!
Your supporting us & we're giving back!

Having served as a Royal Marine Commando in places like Serra Leone and the Iraq war invasion in 2003 i decided to give something back so i will give 10% of all profits from Glowfaster business to the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. Please Support me by buying a jacket as it will effect not only you but help others too!

Risks and challenges

The Main Risk and Challenge is because of the technical features of the jacket i require a higher startup cost for the initial order than a normal garment due to its technical nature. Is a viable product but this is my next step and a real challenge so please help by buying one of my jackets.
Thank you.

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    AMAZING DEAL! YOU FOUND US FIRST!!! Be first to support us and get us off the line if you don't get this offer your crazy you will get one of the first light up only kickstarter jackets for only £8 only 5 Available at this price to help us start our campaign! RRP £120 limited to one per household! Please note this is not a smart jacket but is upgradable with our Gizmo! All adult sizes available!

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    An Amazing Glowfaster light up hoody fully upgradable to become a Smart Hoody! This is the perfect running / jogging item. It hosts a single light which is sewn alongside the zip at the front of the garment and that goes around the hood itself. The light is Tron blue and has a flashing light function as well as constant illumination. The Hoody is also upgradable when our Gizmo is at a commercial standard making this the first ever smart Hoody (please note the Gizmo will be sold separately)! It comes in all Adult sizes available.

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    FULL MOBILE INTEGRATED SMART JACKET & HEART RATE SENSOR This is the ultimate in wearable fitness tech in 2014, it will come fully loaded with integration to our mobile apps and will be released in 2014. You can choose your light up wire colour a survey will be sent out to tailor your options. All adult sizes available!

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