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The Nebula pendant is the first of a series of designer LED-lit crystal jewels designed by MakeFashion Designer, Vlad Lavrovsky
30 backers pledged CA$ 3,390 to help bring this project to life.

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“When I was designing the gems I found that under certain conditions the light emitted was refracted and scattered in ways I had never seen before. I work extensively with LED’s and diffusion mediums, so I knew that if I had never seen it then it was something that must be shared.” – Vlad Lavrovsky, Designer, Engineer

Millie seen demonstrating the pulse mode - one of 10 pre-programmed modes available.
Millie seen demonstrating the pulse mode - one of 10 pre-programmed modes available.

The appeal of light is universal, and the light emitted from the Nebula is unique making it even more alluring. The scattered, coloured lights that are inevitably projected onto the wearers skin or clothing are what inspired the Nebula’s name. This same effect can be admired on a grander scale by hanging the pendant near a wall or window.

For future models, we are looking to increase the durability and ease of use of the driver, this includes capacitive touch input and conformal coating of the PCBs. If we hit our goals we will use more advanced processes. The tooling will include CNC milled fixtures and 3D printed gem settings that will allow faster assembly and a higher quality product. The coating of the LEDs and the soldering of the conductive thread in particular are processes that need special tooling.

The origin of the Nebula - the Aurora dress
The origin of the Nebula - the Aurora dress

The Nebula pendant was designed for a fashion forward woman who doesn't mind being noticed. These luminous, sparkling jewels make exquisite and surprising gifts, and are the perfect accessory to wear at parties or other spectacular events, performances, and festivals.

The Nebula is a completely customizable jewelry piece as the conductive thread can be re-strung, with glass or plastic beads. This makes it the perfect gift for anyone who loves to design beaded necklaces, and gives the wearer the opportunity to create a unique design every time it is worn.

The pendant consists of a beautiful faceted crystal which reflects a myriad of colours in changing light. The jewel is connected to a thin, conductive thread leading to a “clasp” where a battery and a micro-controller are contained. Every pendant is hand-built using 3D printing, conductive thread and high efficiency LED’s with the intent of producing optimum brilliance, clarity, unique colour and a beautiful illuminated effect. Every pendant has been programmed with several display modes to allow you to adjust the pendant's brightness, pulse speed and behavior to allow you to create the best effect in your current environment.

We have a selection of 3 gem shapes to choose from.
We have a selection of 3 gem shapes to choose from.

Features:

Technical Specs:

  • Processor: 4MHz ULV 8bit AVR 
  • Drive current: 8mA
  • Input Voltage: 1.8-5.5V
  • Maximum LED drive voltage: 18V
  • LED Forward Voltage: 3V
  • LED Output: 1000mcd 
  • Battery: CR2032

Timeline:

  • November - December 2014: Kickstarter Campaign.
  • January 2015: Production of tooling and ordering of parts. Manufacturing of PCBs and assembly of controllers. Final firmware build.
  • February 2015: Assembly of QA test equipment. Manufacturing of gem subassemblies and composite wire. Uploading of firmware and final assembly. Unit testing.
  • Match 2015: Shipment to backers!

Risks and challenges

We have worked hard to address the numerous technological challenges in advance of launching the campaign, however there could be unknown challenges that occur. This may require changes to the design that alter the performance of the device. We will inform the backers if any change alters the specifications of the device.

We have manufactured dozens of digital devices, including numerous wearables. We have done extensive prototyping over the course of the last two years including several small test runs, however scaling up manufacturing is always a major challenge.

The greatest risk is delays in the manufacturing process. This can be due to long lead times on certain parts or flaws in the quality of components. We seek to deliver only flawlessly executed devices, so we will reject any part that does not meet our quality control standards.

We will communicate with all of our backers throughout the process to keep you informed and demonstrate our commitment to meeting your expectations. Any delays to the product will be announced and explained.

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    Pledge CA$ 5 or more About $4

    LITTLE GHOST LEVEL - Thanks for supporting innovative artisan design! You will receive a personalized seasonal greeting card from MakeFashion showcasing all of our amazing designers for 2014!

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    Pledge CA$ 60 or more About $46

    HOURGLASS NEBULA LEVEL- Receive one second generation round Nebula digital pendant. Add $20 if you would like a rectangle or triangle gemstone.

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    Pledge CA$ 110 or more About $84

    CAT'S EYE NEBULA LEVEL- Receive two round Nebula digital pendants - one first generation (this will ship as soon as funding goal is reached), and one second generation. Add $40 for a triangle or rectangle gem.

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    Pledge CA$ 250 or more About $190

    HELIX NEBULA LEVEL- Receive a designer one of a kind beaded necklace with semi-precious gemstones created by a prominent local jewelry designer in a colour pallette of your choosing!

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    Pledge CA$ 750 or more About $571

    GHOST OF JUPITER LEVEL - Your necklace will be custom designed by a prominent local jewelry designer using semi-precious gemstones and precious metals.

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