We've developed a generator for car wheels to power smart applications & lights via remote control and future iPhone and Android Apps. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on December 25, 2013.
About this project
We Think The Wheel Can Be Smarter
We have developed a technology that will provide a way to make the wheel smarter by using our new Micro-Generator/Microprocessor platform. In fact we've been doing it for years with a battery version but now it is time to move to to the next level. We call it IntelliGens TM. The Intelligent Micro-Generator platform for car wheels produces energy from inside the center bore of the wheel via the rotation of the wheel. The energy is used by our microprocessor to power remote controlled smart applications we have developed for car wheels.
You Don't Need To Replace Your Wheels
We know you love your wheels so we designed our technology to come to you. Our device is designed to replace the center cap in all makes and models of car wheels that have a center cap between 2 and 3 inches.
In this Kickstarter program we are offering our first smart wheel application, the Micro-Generator powered GLO RYDER LIGHT MODULE. Now you can control the way your wheels look day and night. We also offer you the option to personalize your wheels with your own custom logo. Whether it is your business logo or a work of art we will cut it out of a billet aluminum cap. Enjoy your custom logo in your wheels during the day then use the remote control to light it up at night.
Wheel Lights are just the beginning. In the future we will be developing modules for iphone and Android apps for your wheels. You will be able to control the look of your wheel apps by your cellphone. What kind of apps? Lighting and even sound apps for your music but additionally we'll be developing apps that can monitor the tires to make your car safer. We are also opening the door to other developers to create apps as well. See our Future Goals below to see what we have in mind.
Here is what you will receive in this project.
1. The Micro-Generator Platform. Replaces your center caps. Upgradeable for future applications. Comes with the LIGHT MODULE. Displays any one of 9 different colors.
2. Your choice of one of our custom design billet aluminum caps or send us your own personal logo design and we will do a custom design for you.
3. Remote control to operate the circuit boards. Choose to light up just the logo or the entire wheel.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO DO IT!
We need your Kickstarter support to help us manufacture the Micro-Generator Platform that will make the wheel smarter and take it into the next century. In return we are going to give you an awesome product that you can be proud of.
The best part is the platform is completely component based and upgradeable . As we release new products you will be able to use the micro-gen platform and change out components to take advantage of the new apps we and others will create in the future.
Join us as we usher in a new age for the wheel! There are over 4 Billion wheels on the road today. Lets make them a little smarter, more useful, and safer to drive. You are helping to develop the worlds first smart wheel application and are receiving the hottest new look for your wheels. Choose the reward that fits you best from our selection.
GLO RYDER EDITION
GLO RYDER EDITION - 4 upgradeable, remote control units with "GR" logo in billet aluminum, polished finish. Comes with the LIGHT MODULE. Designed to fit all makes and models of wheels with a 2"-3" center cap. We will need to know the exact dimension of your center bore (the hole in the middle of your wheels) so please be sure to include this information in your order. See our measurement chart below. Estimated retail value $350.00
CUSTOM EDITION - 4 upgradeable, remote control units with YOUR CHOICE of one of the custom logos from our stock in billet aluminum, satin finish (see pictures above). Comes with LIGHT MODULE. Designed to fit all makes and models of wheels with a 2"-3" center cap. We will need to know the exact dimension of your center bore (the hole in the middle of your wheels) so please be sure to include this information in your order. See our measurement chart above. Estimated retail value $399.00
"YOUR LOGO" EDITION
YOUR LOGO" EDITION - 4 upgradeable, remote control units with YOUR LOGO in billet aluminum, satin finish. Comes with LIGHT MODULE. Designed to fit all makes and models of wheels with a 2"-3" center cap. You will need to send us your logo design for our approval. We will need to know the exact dimension of your center bore (the hole in the middle of your wheels) so please be sure to include this information in your order. See our measurement chart below. Estimated retail value $459.00
Send us your custom logo design and we will review the design with you. Keep in mind a simple rule, if you cut a hole in metal it will fall out so if your name is JOHN and you want that on the cap the O will fall out unless we make a bridge in the design to hold the center piece in so your design may need to be modified by our art department. Keep in mind to we are using a 1/8 inch thick mill to cut this out so it cannot be too detailed. See our custom edition designs above for examples.
(NOTE: At our sole discretion we reserve the right to refuse any designs that are inappropriate or offensive)
SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL EDITION
SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL EDITION - Jewelry for your wheels. These are one of a kind caps that are encrusted with SWAROVSKI crystals for our most discerning customers. (See pictures) Hand crafted by our jeweler in Germany. You will receive a set of 4 upgradeable micro-generator housings with the LIGHT MODULE with YOUR CUSTOM LOGO billet aluminum cap designs and 1 remote control. These are designed for wheels with a 2"-3" center cap. We will need to know the exact dimension of your center bore (the hole in the middle of your wheels) so please be sure to include this information in your order. See our measurement chart. Estimated retail value $5000.00
GR1 CLASSIC EDITION
GR1 CLASSIC EDITION - This is the one that started the smarter wheel. One unit for your desktop or mantle. Chrome finish. (see picture) This battery operated unit uses light and motion sensors to automatically light up when you pick it up. Please let us know your choice of one of 9 different colors Red, Green, Blue, Orange, Purple, Pink, Aqua, White, or Yellow. Also a signed Certificate commemorating your support of the creation of the micro-generator for a smarter wheel.
One GloRyder GR1 CLASSIC EDITION WITH NEW "GR" LOGO
GR1 CLASSIC EDITION WITH "GR" LOGO - Same as reward above but cap comes in billet aluminum polished finish with the GR logo. This is the one that started the smarter wheel. For your desktop or mantle. Chrome finish. This battery operated unit uses light and motion sensors to automatically light up when you pick it up. Please let us know your choice of one of 9 different colors Red, Green, Blue, Orange, Purple, Pink, Aqua, White, or Yellow. Also a signed Certificate commemorating your support of the creation of the micro-generator for a smarter wheel.
We need 2 measurements on the diameter of the center bore of your wheel. Please include this with your order. See Chart below.
$100,000 The Micro-Gen, IntelliGens TM Platform - Comes with the Light Module.
We can't wait to get started on new features and apps. Here are some of the things we have in mind. Help us to hit our stretch goals so we can make this the full feature platform it needs to be and watch the smart wheel begin!
$150,000 Spyder Can Am Easy Lock - The new Micro-Gen design will fit BRP Spyder Can Am Roadsters however, unlike the battery version, it requires that the wheels be taken off the Roadster to attach the housing. If we hit this goal we will be able to create tooling for a new Easy Lock that can be installed from the front of the wheel.
$500,000 WIFI MODULE - Allows you to use your iPhone or Android device to control smart wheel modules and applications. Controls LIGHT MODULE. On/ Off & colors. This goal will be offered as a separate module AFTER the May shipments have been fulfilled for an additional $59.00.
$650,000 SOUND & LIGHT MODULE - Allows your wheels to interact with your music. Designed to work in conjunction with your iPhone, Android or car stereo. Controls SOUND & LIGHT MODULE. Send pulsing colors from your music to your wheels. This goal will be offered as a separate module AFTER the May shipments have been fulfilled for an additional $75.00.
$1 Million DEVELOPMENT OF THE GPS MODULE - Anti theft deterrent. Keep track of your wheels on or off of your car with your iPhone or Android device. Wherever your wheels go GPS will be sure to follow. This goal will be offered as a separate module AFTER the May shipments have been fulfilled. Price to be determined.
$1.2 MILLION DEVELOPMENT OF THE CAMERA MODULE CAMERA MODULE allows you to stream live action video from your wheels to your iPhone or Android device. Take GoPro like video to the next level. Protect your wheels with the CURB CAM. This goal will be offered as a separate module AFTER the May shipments have been fulfilled. Price to be determined.
$1.5 MILLION DEVELOPMENT OF THE TIRE MONITOR MODULE TIRE MONITOR MODULE - Sensory feedback regarding the condition of your tires sent to your iphone or Android device. This goal will be offered as a separate module AFTER the May shipments have been fulfilled. Price to be determined.
Risks and challenges
We are a manufacturer with over 8 years of experience here in the USA and abroad. We have been selling the the battery version GloRyder product since 2005 and we are used to fulfilling pre-orders and working with customers. "This is not our first rodeo" We have a trusted relationship with our factory overseas and know their quality and scheduling. We also have custom shops here in the USA that we do all of our custom orders through.
We can usually turn around a new product in 45-90 days. We gave additional time in this Kickstarter project to allow funding and field testing to make sure the product is ready so we can hit our deadline in May. If we beat our deadline it will just be good for everyone!
Stop by our website at www.gloryder.com read our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GloRyder and see the customer comments about our customer service. With over 4 billion wheels on the road today we are motivated to release what we believe to be a world class product that is only going to get better and more powerful over time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Our number one question with the wheel light option. We do not presume to answer as legal experts. You should always make it your business to know and obey traffic laws in your area.
Short Answer: Simple rule of thumb, you always have a choice of when to use your lights. This is why we have created a remote control with an ON/OFF switch and 9 different colors. Your safest bet is to stay away from emergency colors like red or blue when traveling down the road. There is no one size fits all law across the country when it comes to accessory lighting.
Longer Answer: It is generally understood that you cannot use emergency vehicle colors for display on your vehicle most notably if they can be observed while driving in front of or behind your vehicle. You do not want you to confuse other drivers by using the designated emergency colors of your state. That having been said we did a lot of research in developing our lighting system. Our device fits inside the wheel cavity so it is generally not observable from the front or rear of the vehicle. This is what makes our system different from other lighting systems like wheel well lighting kits and under-body ground FX lighting which are easily observable to the cars in front and behind your vehicle.
Additionally some state lighting laws refer to the brightness of the device or whether it shines directly or indirectly. Our device is indirect lighting with a brightness of approximately 3500 Millicandela not even 1 lumen. Again every state city and and county laws are different.
It is designed to work on any wheel with a center cap hole from sizes 2 inches (48.30 mm) to 2.5 inches (63.60 mm). We also have adapters for wheel holes up to 3" across.
In our Kickstarter project video you can see some BMW and Mercedes wheels have a center bore larger than 63MM. In this case it may fit inside the center bore hole however, in most cases the device will fit on the outside of the center bore hole and on the face of rim. We will use the data you send in from your measurements to make the fit correct for your wheel.
For reference you can see our website installation page for some of our battery version installations here. http://www.gloryder.com/wheel-lights-installation.html and here Also our Youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/GloRyderSales…
However, the new installation platform will have a more precision approach to perfectly center the device on your wheel. We will show updated install videos as we get closer to the release date.
It is not designed to work with covered lug nut wheels though some have cutout the center on their lugnut covers to do so.
Yes we do but these are outside the Kickstarter project rewards. If you want to be a wholesaler or distributor please tell us which models you are interested in and what quantity you would be interested in purchasing. We will make arrangements with you directly though our office. Contact us at email@example.com
We use United States Postal Service Express Mail to keep costs down and because we are able to track the package internationally. We have had very reliable results worldwide using this method. Cost is approximately $54.95 to most countries.We need your correct mailing address so please familiarize yourself with proper formatting of how USPS delivers to your address. https://cns.usps.com/go/ShippingInformationAction_input
We are not responsible for import duties and taxes and will not value the package at amounts less than what insurance will cover to replace the item if it is lost.
We love our Spyder customers! Make no mistake, the new Micro-Gen design will fit BRP Spyder Can Am Roadsters however, unlike the battery version, it requires that the wheels be taken off the Roadster to attach the housing.
A little history: The smart wheel platform was originally designed for car wheels and when we were contacted by the Spyder crowd we devoted our resources to adapting the product to fit the front and rear wheels of the Spyder and we will continue to do so as new products are released.
The lock system we developed for the car has changed from the 2 bolt system to one larger center bolt and this interferes with the current lock design we have that allows Spyder wheels to be fit from the outside without removing the wheel. We will again need to make revisions to the locking system for Spyder in order to allow the same convenience in the new generator version. If we hit our goal we will be able to create tooling for a new Easy Lock that can be installed from the front side of the wheel.
We have steadily been researching potential technologies in our patents that we plan to use for future applications and have placed the goals in the order of complexity of development. Once we unlock the goals the development should move fairly quickly.
We have placed an additional cost amount for some of the new MODULES that will be only for the members of this Kickstarter project on the goals at reduced pricing. These will be replacement MODULES that you will be able to swap out. It is not necessary to pay for these MODULES at this time. We will keep you updated on the progress of these and when they are ready we will contact you. This will be after the MAY delivery of this current project.
If we hit these goal early we can get a jump and begin the development while we are in production for this project and go for a release in 2014.
Just hit the blue "Manage Your Pledge" button and adjust it there.
- (30 days)