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A snaps-on-your-clothing light for runners, cyclists, trick-or-treaters and anyone else that wants to be out (and safe) after dark. Read more

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This project's funding goal was not reached on April 10, 2014.

A snaps-on-your-clothing light for runners, cyclists, trick-or-treaters and anyone else that wants to be out (and safe) after dark.

Cam Couch
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Cam Couch

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About this project

We want runners to be seen. Period. And cyclists. And skaters. And skiiers. And trick-or-treaters. And other pedestrians. And anyone else interested in being seen while out-and-about at night..

Snap it on and go for a run. It won't come off.

And we think the POPlight can help.

What is it?

A POPlight is a small, lightweight, two-piece LED light that attaches to your clothing, allowing you to take it anywhere.

How does it work?

The POPlight's LED assembly snaps into the outer-ring. Simply put some fabric between the two pieces, and you're ready to go.

Not convinced? Want to read on?

We built a cool LED light designed to easily snap onto your clothes that you can take with you when you run/jog/walk/cycle/trick-or-treat and anything else you might want to do conspicuously between sundown and sunup.

When we set out, we wanted our lights to be practical, effective, and most-of-all affordable. Being seen should never come second to affordability, so we slimmed down our design, sourced the right manufacturers and we think we've got it.

Our development history:

Our first attempt looked like this:

Our First Prototype (or, sort of)
Our First Prototype (or, sort of)

Our second attempt was to design the product in autocad and go the 3d-printing way. With help from the 3DPhaktory in Toronto, we were able to build the casings pretty easily:

A 3D Printing of our first design
A 3D Printing of our first design

We then experimented with compounds and came up with some softer/rubbery-ish pieces:

Testing Plastic Types
Testing Plastic Types

 Now, we think we're where we need to be. We have a design for the "casing" and we now have the PCB (Printed Circuit Board) sourced:

Four LEDs, and a Replaceable Battery
Four LEDs, and a Replaceable Battery

What we need most right now, though, is YOUR SUPPORT.

To make this project fly, we need $10,608.00.
Here's how it breaks down:

Lights (QTY 2000) - $7250.00
Packaging - $1550.00
Batteries - $650.00
Lights Total: $9,450.00
Boxes (for distribution) $800.00
Shipping:
Lights: $308.00
Batteries: $50.00

Total: $10,608.00

Here's our development plan:

Our Project Fulfillment Plan
Our Project Fulfillment Plan

We plan to match this initial investment with our own money to work on promoting the products through trade shows.

Risks and challenges

Obviously, production time is a major obstacle to our success. We have experience producing plastics and have every confidence we'll meet our delivery dates.

Poor production - As troublesome as missing production dates is the potential issue with regards to our product being developed poorly. As we have extensive background dealing with plastic injection moulds, we are confident our first attempt will produce products you'll be happy to use.

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FAQ

  • Yes. It's a bit tricky to do, as Kickstarter doesn't allow rewards to be multiples of the same reward. So, if you're interested in getting 2 or more sets of POPlights, just simply pledge the amount needed to get the number of sets you want.

    ie.
    if you want one set, $24 (plus shipping if necessary)
    if you want two sets, $48 (plus shipping if necessary)
    if you want one set, $72 (plus shipping if necessary)
    if you want one set, $96 (plus shipping if necessary)

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE send me a note/message explaining what you want - and I'll note it next to your name.

    THANK YOU!

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Rewards

  • You selected
    $10 reward

    1 backer

    GET PRAISE! Get your name in our twitter feed. We'll big you up on our facebook and twitter page. Fame for $10? Of course you're in!

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    $24 reward

    29 backers

    GET LIT! Get a set of POPlights - a red one and a white one that you can snap on your clothes and take anywhere.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $60 reward

    7 backers Limited (3 left of 10)

    GET DRESSED! Get a POPlight t-shirt and a set of pop-lights (red and white). We'll even draw a few circles on the shirt so you know where to put your lights!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $75 reward

    3 backers Limited (12 left of 15)

    GET CULTURED! Get a limited-edition Giclee print of the pop-light prototype and a set of POPlights. These are rad CAD drawings that show a 3D rendering of the pop-light.

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: Canada
  • You selected
    $500 reward

    2 backers Limited (13 left of 15)

    GET A PIECE OF HISTORY! With $500, we'll give you a set of prototype replicas, mounted, framed, and signed - so you can see the evolution of the POPlight. A necessity for all plastic-art collectors.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (35 days)