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By Andrew Phillips
$14,910
pledged of $26,873 goal
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .

What is a prototype?

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Design Prototype

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Production Prototype

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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 in use - note that front and rear lights are on full power
The Orb in use - note that front and rear lights are on full power

 

 

 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.

References:

Transport Research Laboratory: Collisions involving pedal cyclists on Britain’s roads: establishing the causes J Knowles, S Adams, R Cuerden, T Savill, S Reid and M Tight

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1541931213601954?platform=hootsuite&

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0018720816677145

Risks and challenges

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.

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    Thanks and video outtakes!

    In addition to our gratitude, you'll receive a selection of video outtakes... Though we did take them out for a reason.

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    THE ORB - still pretty early

    Be one of the first to own the Orb, and at 15% + below expected retail price!

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    The Orb - not too late!

    You're still ahead of the curve, stop fretting...

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    Merry ORBmas

    You'll get your ORB, don't worry about that.

    -This is the Christmas Orb...
    -We'll send a hand designed Orb Christmas card which will explain you have bought the gift of light.
    -Followed by The ORB delivered in July.

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    Double Orb

    Two Orbs at a discount, and save on postage!

    To add Orb Christmas cards, just add £5 to your order (postage included)

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    THE ORB and Orb Team Jersey

    Owning The ORB not enough Orb for your liking? Be even more Orb. Get an Orb bottle, and the chance to wear Orb colours when you ride - as modelled on instagram during #racetotheblacksea.

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    One ORB isn't enough for what you have in mind?
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    Super Bulk Orbs

    Wow, you either really like your Orbs, or you really owe me a favour...

    28 Orbs offering incredible value!

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    THE ORB - Super Early Bird

    Get one of the first Orbs produced - over 25% below expected retail price!

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    Pair of Orbs

    Twice the Orb and save on shipping!

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