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options” (the column on the right), enter your credit card information, and
If we don’t reach our pre-order funding goal ($120K), your
credit card is not charged.
If we do reach our pre-order funding goal, your “pledge” is
approved and your credit card is charged. We immediately get to work on YOUR
bracelet. You’ll have one of the first!
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Kickstarter. You can change it at any time, andyou only get charged if we
meet our funding goal. You’ll get
updates along the way from B&L, special insights into manufacturing, and
even help us choose future finish and design options. Fun!
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As a reward for your support, we are offering our first round of bracelets, which include:
The B&L Cuff - We have triangulated wrist sizing methods from both the fine jewelry and wearable tech industries to develop three cuff sizes. Following your order, we will send instructions on choosing your size.
Charger - quick and easy pogo-style connection.
Mobile App - the mobile app will be a FREE download for iOS and Android and will enable you to customize your experience and preferences.
Please click the "contact me" link at the top of the page, in the blue box, with any questions!
get the perimeter size in inches, we measure the ENTIRE CLOSED OVAL that the bracelet is built around.
- SMALL is 6” total
- MEDIUM is 6.4” total perimeter
- LARGE is 7” total perimeter
This image above shows the perimeter measurement in INCHES, and the length and width in MILLIMETERS. To determine a comfortable size, measure the circumference of your wrist, using a piece of string. If the length is 6” or less, order a small; 6.4” or less, order a medium, or 7” or less, order a large.
Don't worry. We'll work with you to make sure you get the right size!
We set off to design a wearable that you'll actually want to wear. Brainstorms, whiteboards, graph paper, 3D renders oh my... after 21 concept sketches, sketch 18 was finally selected by the team. It's sleek and modern with a restrained and classic elegance. In January of 2014, we started making 3D prints of the design. Lots of them. I think we were just excited to be using a 3D printer. Just a month later, we had actual machined prototypes and although the precision was there, they were too light. They didn’t feel like…jewelry. So we went to renown jewelers to get our design cast correctly. The weight felt right and we adjusted the design to be less severe and more comfortable to wear. The final B&L Cuff design is the result of about 12 prototypes, painfully considered decisions, and consulting with the best and brightest.
The body of the B&L Cuff is cast in bronze, then plated in gold, silver, or black ruthenium. It has a satin finish, with high-polished edges. The bottom door is injection molded, opaque, polished plastic, and the LED lens is injection molded, translucent plastic.
We consider technology not as technology, but as problem-solving, and not more than that. We are particularly sensitive to avoid gratuitous functionality creeping, confusing controls or overwhelming options. Technology is a means to an end, not the end itself. In December 2013, we already had our first circuit prototype that would blink a light when a Bluetooth signal was received. There were hugs and a missed high-five or two. We envisioned ourselves as some kind of mission control celebrating a lunar landing.
Between January and February 2014, we looked at several illumination techniques to provide smooth transitions, multiple colors and various patterns, all in a format that would be small enough to fit a comfortable and correct size for a bracelet cuff. By March 2014 we had a functional circuit and in May 2014 we had the circuit mapped to a flexible board that would fit into the B&L Cuff. The hugs turned into high-fives; We knew we were ready to bring the cuff to Kickstarter.
We've developed Beacon & Lively with the future in mind. Sure the cuff looks great, but we know that everyone has different tastes, so we designed it with the components to create a patent-pending foundation that can be used in future bracelets.
The Beacon & Lively Platform contains both the B&L Mobile App and the B&L Circuit. The reusability of our platform makes future design creation less costly. We even have a few openings in our campaign for you to create a custom design... if you choose to accept that mission.
From concept, to design, to flawlessly functional prototype, manufacturing and shipping, we have an aggressive yet realistic timeline to get this into your hands and onto your wrists.
The prototype that you see in our video is an early
prototype, which focuses on the look, feel and illumination options. It’s really lighting up, and really using
patterns that are part of our code set.
Since the video was shot, we’ve made even more progress:
Circuit – a full PCB (printed circuit board) layout has been
submitted for quotes to about a dozen manufacturers. The circuit contains all the hardware
necessary for the B&L Cuff to come to life.
We do not anticipate major design revisions to this circuit.
Housing - completed 3dm files have been sent to about a half
dozen casting companies. The housing design is complete, except for some final
work around finish selection. We
identified finish options above (silver, gold, and a black two-tone), but there’s a chance we’ll add a few more. :-)
The Housing + The Circuit = The B&L Cuff.
Also, on our site, we demonstrate a mobile app. The mobile app is fully functional prototype
that uses Bluetooth LE connectivity, but is not loaded on the Apple App Store
(yet). We’ll be user testing the app
with the B&L Cuff to make sure they are both easy to use and provide an
Businesspeople. Geeks. Entrepreneurs. Artists. Engineers. Pirates. See complete bios by clicking on the bio link in the upper right.
And special thanks to our extended team, including Rain LLC (Phil, Tim and Kotaro), Edan's crew, Elizabeth Saint, Natalie Prass, Justin Fine, Sarah Rottenberg, Jesse Kramer, Rick Nucci, Stuart Goldenberg, Moon and Arrow, L’etage, Indy Hall, Tom Miles,
From the overwhelming response to our surveys, energetic buzz, many email inquiries and vocal group of early supporters (you know who you are), we know that there is a real need for our product, and a real problem to solve.
Your support will help us accelerate progress, refine the design, technology, and bring the B&L Cuff to life! More specifically, donating to our Kickstarter will significantly impact: