A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Q: Where is my money going?
A. The money you pledge will be used to fund the tooling ahead of manufacture. This is the process of making moulds so that the bottle and lid can be blow and injection moulded.
The Orb allows you to be seen from further away from all angles
A recent study showed that drivers identified cyclists from 3x further away when they could see their legs moving in a pedalling motion. This also helps drivers judge the speed and direction a cyclist is travelling.
Why is the Orb orange?
Orange is the colour of side-lighting on the roads. Lorries (trucks to you Americans), vans, trailers, buses, and some cars use orange side lights.
Can you drink from it?
Yes! The Orb is not just a light - it is BPA free, and has a capacity of 600ml.
Does The Orb work just as well with or without water in it?
Yes! The Orb works either way!
Do legs obscure The Orb when it's on the bike?
No, just watch the video for proof!
Will the LEDs heat up the water?
No, the LEDs we use are very efficient, and have no effect on the water temperature.
What settings does The Orb have?
The Orb can be used on: full power constant, half power constant, pulse, and two separate flash modes.
Where do your accident statistics come from?
All statistics are referenced at the bottom of the page.
Transport Research Laboratory: Collisions involving pedal cyclists
on Britain’s roads: establishing the
J Knowles, S Adams, R Cuerden, T Savill, S Reid and M Tight
The Orb has been in development for over 18 months. It is fully drafted, has undergone electronic design, is patent pending, and has been prototyped.
The money raised through Kickstarter will be used to pay for the creation of the moulds, and the initial manufacturing run.
I have priced tooling, unit cost, logistics, taxes and other costs into my figures, however until the final product has been shipped, there will always be uncertainty. For example, tooling and unit costs could change due to third parties, or global currency fluctuations could make The Orb more expensive to manufacture.
Whatever gets thrown at this project, I am confident I have the knowledge, skills, and ability to handle it and deliver The ORB.