2/2/14: Updated prototype now on YouTube: Brighter, with blue LEDs and strobing!
My name is Jason. I'm an Electrical Engineer and a big fan of the Seattle Seahawks. Seahawks fans have the reputation of being the loudest in the NFL. We even caused a small earthquake! But I think we can do even better.
The "Shine 12" kickstarter campaign will elevate us to the most visible fans in the NFL. We are producing high brightness "Light Badges" that can be worn on a wrist, belt, hat, necklace or any other highly visible location of your choice.
The first prototypes use a simple white backlight with a blue and white face, but we are going to add more color and improve the resolution to make them super vibrant and eye-catching!
The final production version will not only be visually stunning, but it will also be thinner and higher resolution.
It would be mesmerizing for the opponents to see thousands of Light Badges in the stands. But to add some extra punch, we're designing in a strobe mode to make them blink on and off faster as we get louder.
And, after a long day of unhinging the competition, the Light Badges can be recharged using any standard microUSB cable.
When you make a contribution, and are rewarded with one of the Light Badges, you'll not only solidify our status as the best fans in the NFL, you'll also be supporting our local economy. All Light Badges will be Made in Washington.
We're launching a Kickstarter campaign because we need your help acquiring thousands of high brightness LEDs, rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries, custom built circuit boards, high resolution cases, and the local labor to assemble them.
Next season, let's be both heard AND seen!
Thank you...and Go Hawks!
P.S. I've received some questions about whether or not these would be allowed at CenturyLink Field. The short answer is yes, we are within the policy guidelines posted on their website. If anything, these are actually encouraged by the NFL due to their new policies on video boards. Here's another news report from the LA Times.
Risks and challenges
In order to ramp to full production and ship these before the start of next season, the circuit design and layout must be completed by March, with printed circuit boards and circuit components delivered and assembled in April. The molds for the cases will also be completed for first assembled prototypes by early May. The first light badges will be fully assembled and tested in June to make sure final modifications are complete for production and shipment to supporters in late July.
I'm an Electrical Engineer by trade and have a large network in both the design and manufacturing community to help complete this project.
Besides needing the funding to acquire all of the materials for the project, the largest obstacles will be as follows:
1. Finding a local manufacturer to produce and assemble the enclosures at a reasonable cost.
2. Acquiring battery packs that are both durable and safe for outdoors.
3. Ensuring we don't run into any licensing issues.
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