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AU$ 16,950
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, June 15 2015 3:11 AM UTC +00:00
AU$ 16,950
pledged of AU$ 70,000pledged of AU$ 70,000 goal
32
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, June 15 2015 3:11 AM UTC +00:00

About

Have you ever wasted valuable training time setting up slow and bulky spools and wired scoring systems?

Have you ever gotten tangled in the wires after an energetic hit, or caught your back foot in a wire on the retreat?

Have you ever cringed as you tried to explain the purpose of the wires to novices or spectators?

Have you tried to perform a demonstration, or set up a fencing competition outside, but been unable to get a power supply for the scoring system? 

Have you spent hours repairing the wires in the spools?

Are you sick of dealing with constantly breaking wires, which destroy the reliability of your wired fencing scoring system?

We have fantastic news for you!

Wireless Scoring For Fencing Is Finally Here! 

Reliable wireless scoring for fencing has been elusive for even the biggest names in the fencing industry.  

After four years of research and development, we have finally developed a reliable three weapon scoring system, which works with existing equipment.  The system does not require a conductive shirt, and even tolerates old equipment with high resistance.  

We are perfectionists; many of our testers thought we were ready to bring the system to market more than a year ago, however, we have kept developing and improving until we were absolutely confident we could bring you a system that would be both reliable and affordable.

Our system includes everything you need to replace the reels and scoring boxes in your club.

FIE Compliance:

Hits registration and timing requirements are in accordance with FIE specifications for all three weapons, with the following exceptions:

Foil and Epee

  • When the skin of a fencer is directly contacting the piste (eg. fencing barefoot, or placing the rear hand flat on the piste), hits by their opponent to the skin may be incorrectly registered as piste hits.

Foil

  • If the rear hand is placed in full contact with the lame, directly covering target, hits to that hand may be registered as on target hits. Hits to the whites of the fencer are still registered correctly, even when sweaty.

Sabre

  • Direct hits to the skin of the rear hand may register as on-target when fencers are very sweaty, or when a large area of the hand is pressed into the lame (and hence covering target).
  • When a fencer's blade is in contact with their own lame, and without breaking contact, subsequently touches their opponent's lame, the system will not always register a hit correctly.  The system will still always correctly register any hit by the opponent in this situation.

We are fully committed to the sustained improvement of our system and will continue to work on these known issues.  Due to the abnormal nature of the movements that are necessary in order to allow these situations to arise, we have not seen these registration failures occur during fencing bouts using our system. 

The System:

One central display scoreboard

The central display is the control centre for the wireless system.  The weapon is selected on the main box.  In order to begin fencing, the pocket sensors are touched to the back of the display.  Based on this, they configure which display they are associated with, and which weapon they are scoring. 

The display utilises super bright LEDs, so it is clearly visible even in direct sunlight.

Technical details: 

  • Display dimensions 19 by 9.5 cm (7.5 by 3.75 inch)
  • Can be powered using the internal rechargeable battery, or through a USB mini connection with any 2A supply (like an iPhone charger). 
  • Utilises 512 super bright RGB LEDs with an extremely wide field of view.

Two pocket sensors

The pocket sensors are entirely self-contained units, which are entirely interchangeable.  They do not require a connection to a conductive shirt.  Unlike spools, these boxes are not usually under mechanical strain, and so they are far less likely to suffer with the associated reliability issues.

We realise that sometimes in life, things go wrong.  Pocket sensors can be lost or misplaced.  For this reason, we will make these sensors available individually, and they will be priced lower than the cost of a quality replacement spool.

Technical details:

  • Powered using a lithium battery, lasting for several days per charge
  • Rechargeable using any USB charger, through the USB mini connection
  • Comfortably pocket sized (final product dimensions not yet fully specified, but under 5 by 10 by 2 cm) 
The display and pocket sensors (one of many prototype case designs)
The display and pocket sensors (one of many prototype case designs)

Bonus... Wireless Repeaters

We have created a separate reward level for those of our backers who would like a larger display. The wireless repeaters are two 19 by 19cm (7.5 by 7.5 inch) displays, which can be wirelessly connected to the main scoreboard.  Each will display one side of the main scoreboard.  This is configurable.

Technical Details:

  • Display dimensions of 19 by 19cm (7.5 by 7.5 inch) not including the case.
  • Battery or wall powered
  • 1024 super bright RGB LEDs per display
The wireless repeaters
The wireless repeaters

The Reward Levels:

All currency conversion estimates were accurate at the time of posting.

The sooner we get backers, the sooner we can commit to organising production runs, and developing cases.  Because of this, we have decided to include a lot of incentives for people to back us early.  

As a new company, we need to ensure that we get our name out there.  For this reason, we are giving out the first few units at an insane price. 

All rewards come with free shipping worldwide (but please ask us first if you are in a place where shipping is typically very challenging).

All of the standard display units ship in May 2016.  If you want to receive yours earlier, you can become a super backer, and join our testing team.  We will send you out our final prototype in January, and incorporate your feedback as we work on the final version.  When the final version is released, you can keep your prototype, and we will send you the final version as a bonus.

If you would like a bigger display, you can pledge and receive a set of two wireless repeaters, which we are making available far below retail price, just for our kickstarter backers. 

If you want multiple units, or a different combination of rewards, please contact us and we will set it up!

About Laurenson Engineering :

Laurenson Engineering is a small company with a focus on innovation and design. Based in Melbourne, we have developed products including a market leading solution to the problem of wireless scoring system design for fencing, and robust electronics for education purposes. We are involved in the full product development process, from conceptualisation to development, prototyping, manufacture and quality control. Visit our website or our facebook page for updates and other information.  

Main Staff:  

Callum Laurenson, Director:  Callum is an Electrical Engineer with an enthusiasm for fencing. After working in electrical design for Monash University and the Australian Department of Defence, he founded a start-up in order to follow his passion.     

Tony Grubman, Lead Engineer:  Tony has years of experience developing embedded electronics in many different contexts. His strong mathematical background has given him a unique perspective, particularly on the signal processing aspects of our design work. 

We have many regular testers for our system, and many more are involved in other aspects the project, including graphic design and industrial design.

Risks and challenges

As with any hardware project, there can be delays due to manufacturing or supply chain faults. We have minimised this, by testing out several different suppliers and manufacturers, and establishing relationships with the best.

We are 100% dedicated to bringing our backers a system that is as reliable and functional as possible. This is why we have set the shipping date so late; we want to have plenty of time to test the production run of the system before we finally release it.

We promise to keep you updated. If we experience delays, our backers will be the first to know. We intend to enter this industry and make an impact, and this means we want to stand apart not just in technology, but also in quality and service.

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