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$3,537
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, September 25 2015 11:08 PM UTC +00:00
$3,537
pledged of $80,000pledged of $80,000 goal
28
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, September 25 2015 11:08 PM UTC +00:00

About

Overview

Have you ever had trouble seeing your smartphone or laptop outside? Have you been trapped indoors because the sun was too bright to see your screen? After many months of research and development, we are excited to bring you the NoonWear Ones: sunglasses for electronics. NoonWear sunglasses let you view your electronic displays in the sun. When viewing a compatible electronic display, our sunglasses enable you to see clearly, without significant darkening of the display. When not viewing a display, the NoonWear Ones work like traditional sunglasses except much, much cooler.

See your phone in the sun!
See your phone in the sun!

The NoonWear Ones are our launch edition sunglasses. We have two versions, laptop and mobile device, that are fine tuned to match the optical characteristics of your particular device. See the compatibility section for more information.

We are running a Kickstarter campaign because producing a new product at scale has major up-front capital costs. Besides those expenses, we are ready to build. We have completed the essential research and product development. We have built a number of functional prototypes for a wide range of devices. However, building NoonWear Ones on a small scale is prohibitively expensive. Your support will enable us to build and deliver the NoonWear Ones at a reasonable price. 

If you are interested in purchasing NoonWear Ones with premium features (e.g. particular lens colors, prescriptions), please contact us or visit our website at www.noonwear.com.

Don't be kept inside!
Don't be kept inside!

Technology

We use a proprietary implementation of polarization technology to ensure that the NoonWear Ones optimize screen visibility. By tuning polarizing filters to transmit all of the light from LCD screens while dimming ordinary sunlight, we can drastically improve the visibility of electronic screens in bright conditions. Wearing NoonWear Ones will enable you to see your electronics clearly while not having to squint through bright glare.Because the polarization characteristics vary greatly from device to device, we did the legwork (and eyework) to match NoonWear Ones to your device. While there are many types of LCD screens out there, we've tested many devices to ensure that we can build a NoonWear model that fits your phone, laptop or tablet. Models we've tested include:

  • All Macbooks 2011 and later
  • all iPhones model 5 and later
  • all iPads 2012 and later
  • all Samsung Galaxy 3 and later
  • and many more!

Even if we haven't test your device, we'll be able to provide simple instructions to measure the parameters we need to build your model of NoonWear. That means you can be confident your device will have the excellent visibility in the sun.

Project Timeline (subject to change)
Project Timeline (subject to change)

Compatibility

The NoonWear Ones are our premier sunglasses. We have two versions: one for laptops and one for mobile devices (i.e. smartphones and tablets). Differences in screen technology mean that NoonWear Ones are device dependent - for example, if you own an iPhone 6, your mobile NoonWear Ones will be compatible with the iPhone 6 but not necessarily a Samsung Galaxy 6 or a Macbook. Hence, after backing, we will send a request for more information on your device.

Occasionally, multiple devices will be compatible with a given pair of NoonWear Ones (e.g. some iPads and iPhones). Although NoonWear Ones are typically paired to a specific device, we welcome any questions you have about multi-device compatibility!

Why Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is the perfect platform for the NoonWear project because our main challenge is achieving the minimum quantity requirements for manufacturing. Kickstarter's all-or-nothing funding model works well for us because either we reach the goal and can pay our manufacturers or we fail to reach the goal and do not pay the manufacturers.

NoonWear Ones, comfortable both on your face and on your laptop
NoonWear Ones, comfortable both on your face and on your laptop

Prescriptions and Special Requests

We cannot accept prescriptions here due to Kickstarter rules. Instead, we can create your own pair of NoonWear Prescriptions by going to our site at www.noonwear.com to submit your order.  You will receive an email link to a form to submit your prescription shortly after. Since NoonWear Prescription are created in small runs, we can deliver them quickly, regardless of the success of the Kickstarter campaign. Similarly, if you have any special requests (e.g. bulk orders), please contact us directly and we will do our best to help!

Thanks!

Most importantly, this campaign would have never happened without the help of our friends and family: Rita Rabinovich, Tori Roisman, Amber Dargenio, and our families, the Harradons and the Barrs. 

Risks and challenges

Technology

Hardware is hard. Even prototyping can be a challenge; at time of launch, creators may possess a prototype with only a fraction of the desired features. We have already taken steps to mitigate these risks for the NoonWear Ones. Our prototype for laptops, as demonstrated in the video, is fully functioning and completely wearable. Our smartphone prototype is a technology demonstrator (i.e. just the lenses necessary for viewing), but the process of putting lenses into frames is generally trivial.

Manufacture

We are committed to our goal of manufacturing at a larger scale because we know this is an area where many fully funded projects stumble. First, we deliberately chose a conservative time frame for delivery. We would much rather be in a situation where our backers expect a lengthier period from full funding to delivery than a situation where we are severely delayed. Second, we have built redundancy into the manufacturing process. We are working with multiple manufacturers so that we always have backup. Third, we expect manufacturing to be hands-on. Although we expect the NoonWear Ones to be primarily manufactured overseas, that does not mean we expect to send our specifications and receive a perfectly finished product a few weeks later. Rather, we will work continuously with our manufacturing partners to ensure that the NoonWear Ones are built to the standards we and our backers expect.

Logistics

Following our hands-on approach to manufacturing, we will be similarly involved in the transport of the NoonWear Ones. We plan on working directly with shippers (i.e. working with a company like UPS rather than a third party logistics company) to get your product into the destination country. Finally, we will use a reputable local logistics company to deliver the product to its final destination.

Frame Design

Our frames will resemble the frames shown in the video. Due to differences between prototyping and manufacturing, the final frame design may differ slightly from what is presented. These differences should not materially affect the product. Our goal is to deliver the highest quality frame we can with a style as close to what is depicted as possible.

Contingencies

We have taken every step possible to ensure against catastrophic failure. In the event that we are unable to deliver NoonWear Ones, we will attempt to disburse any remaining funds to our backers.

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Support

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    Pledge US$ 10 or more About US$ 10

    Have an idea for how we can help get you and your electronics outdoors? Let us know and support further NoonWear development!

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    Be one of the first to own the NoonWear Ones for laptops!

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    Be one of the first to own the NoonWear Ones for mobile devices (smartphones and tablets)!

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    Pledge US$ 105 or more About US$ 105

    Get two pairs of the NoonWear Ones: one pair for your laptop and one pair for your mobile device.

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Funding period

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