WHY Invest in a RAVER RING?
Obviously, because they are inherently awesome, and so are YOU!
The new 3-D printed RAVER RINGS were designed to illuminate you wherever you are and whatever you are doing. Whether dancing the night away at a club, rave,Burning Man or even signaling your location to your friends using Morse code in a crowded festival! Best of all, if you're coming back from a party, it's 2am, you're a little buzzed and trying to get your Uber or Lyft to see you, just message your driver that you'll be signaling your location with a RAVER RING, stand out from the crowd and be seen!
Wear it while biking and you can signal that you're turning, out skateboarding, night skiing, or even running, heck, it may even save your life. #truth
It features an illuminated compact LED that reacts to taps, pulses, bumps, snaps, and any other beats you want to dance to.
Here's how Sunnyside High School in Fresno, CA utilized the RaverRings:
By utilizing 3-D printing we have optimized the fit of the double finger rings so that it is secure, comfortable, and naturally sweat-proof so that each and every Raver Ring can be securely fastened to your hands. It's a great and fun piece of wearable technology that you can share with all your friends.
We are explicitly manufacturing the RAVER RINGS using 3-D printing technologies to take full advantage of the scalable personalization of products and general awareness of digital fabrication. Here's what a RaverRing looks like when it's being 3D printed:
CUSTOMIZATION GALORE! CUSTOM SIZING! USER FEEDBACK!
By utilizing 3-D printing, we can better serve your needs, why? Because my lady friends have smaller, more petite fingers and as I clumsily typed this up I noticed I have huge hands (hint hint)...you know what that means... yeah, neither do I...but, using finger and ring sizing we can get you a 3-D printed ring that will stay put and you'll love to use wherever you are.
We'll have our standard ring size selection plus the options for full customization of LED colors and ring colors. More customization and fit details to follow.
We have taken feedback from our community of dancers, friends, sports enthusiasts, and early supporters to create the Raver Rings. The Raver Rings are designed to be bright and easily seen and last for over 150,000 flashes...that's 41.7 hours of continuous flashing at 60 flashes a minute non-stop...or 10 long all night raves! We have integrated our custom 3-D printed double rings that feature an anti-slip ribbing that secures the ring to your hand for a comfortable fit for any activity!
BECOME PART OF THE MAKER MOVEMENT!
We firmly believe that by funding this campaign that you'll help us advance the acceptance and credibility of 3-D printed consumer goods for the mass market as a viable model for customized products. You will literally be wearing the future on your hand, how cool is that? I can tell you right now, very cool, so cool you may one day be featured in WiReD magazine.
This is just the beginning for us, we plan on bringing a lot more to the crowdfunding community here at Kickstarter by creating custom built products that you can use everyday, and with your help and support, RAVER RINGS is just the beginning of a great partnership with consumers and the maker movement.
Update #1 (February 8, 2015) - our Filament Provider is AWESOME:
We are excited to announce that Cubicity.com has partnered with us in providing the best 3D printer filament for our needs and has generously decided to provide continual support throughout the campaign.
LED Light Colors: Red, White, Blue and Green
Ring Colors (include but are not limited to): Deep Purple, Leafy Green, Cherry Red, Signal Orange, Arctic Silver + More
TechShop has also provided us with the much needed resources to design and build this product here in San Francisco.
UPDATE #2 (February 10, 2015) - Environmental Impact of Raver Rings: So, some of you have asked about the environmental impact of what we're doing with our RaverRing project and it's a GREAT question and of GREAT importance. Let me try and answer both generally about 3D printing's environmental impact and then specifically the RaverRing.
Generally, 3D printing is a HUGE benefit to the environment even though it seems like may people are 3D printing a bunch of useless widgets. While widgets can be useless, 3D printers make products via ADDITIVE manufacturing whereby 3D printers and their software optimize to put 3D printer plastic ONLY in places that the part has structural existence as opposed to SUBTRACTIVE manufacturing, which starts with a block of material and then cuts away to form a shape. Now there can be supporting materials which could be considered waste, but that is where Design for 3D Printing comes in (here's a link to an article on Design for 3D Printing I wrote back in 2012...definitely needs updating but can tell you a little about this concept).
Additionally, 3D printers can be economical and price competitive to plastic injection molding in low-to-mid-size volume runs BUT also maintain much of that economic benefit down to single or "one-off" parts. The impact of this is enormous from a market "success" or market "failure" perspective. For example, some our supporters may remember Atari? Well, they had one not-to-successful game and after making 37K copies to make it "cost effective" proceeded to bury them all in a landfill in New Mexico. Successful application of plastic injection molding...however, no one wanted the thing they made...market failure (read more here on Wikipedia). Also, crowdfunding is a HUGE help too as you get market feedback before you place a large bet on a product or service you have no clue if the "unforgiving marketplace" will want. Learn more about these market testing concepts at Hands-on Rapid Innovation.
Now specifically about the environmental impact of the RaverRing, the rings are targeted for production with Poly Lactic Acid or PLA, which is made from cornstarch, is claimed to be biodegradable and has a recycling index of #7. Our filament providers -- Cubicity.com -- distribute Voltivo filament and have this message on their product data sheet: "We care a great deal about our environment. Voltivo tries to strike a balance between convenience and protecting natural resources. Our PLA is made from renewable sources, namely corn starch and sugarcane. However, for specific applications, which require higher operating temperatures that are close to exceed PLA’s melting point, we offer an ABS option. In certain countries, we provide a recycling service for your empty spools."
Secondly, we are using prefabricated electronic components that are commercially available off the shelf and were to be otherwise discarded. Unfortunately for our supplier, they were unaware of the nightlife / dance scene and didn't quite see the opportunity for these applications. Thus we re-purposed parts that were otherwise seen as little to no value.
The button cell batteries will need to be recycled and should you want to recycle your RaverRing after 140K flashes, you can send it back to us and we'll turn it into an educational experience or art exhibit...we'll get creative.
Other Live Kickstarter Projects we're backing! Go support them too if you can!!
Risks and challenges
We have a combined decade of experience in manufacturing, tooling, and additive manufacturing processes (3-D printing) including industry expertise in scaling up production to meet consumer demands. This is our first of hopefully many Kickstarter projects and it is our goal to have it funded and be one of the few companies that delivers a functionally usable product that is as described and delivered ahead of schedule.
We have manufacturing, operations, as well as logistics running efficiently and effectively for the past 2 years for You3dit.com and Nueva Bikes.
We plan to utilize our expertise and connections in 3-D printing and industrial manufacturing as well as our local connections within the San Francisco Maker Community, TechShop and You3Dit.com community to ensure that we deliver a product that you love, and by partnering with local filament manufacturer Cubicity.com we hope to deliver our product to you in a timely fashion.
Chris has a PhD in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley, is a Fulbright scholar, and is an adjunct faculty at IE Business School in Madrid. He also happens to run You3Dit.com and is a teacher and master extraordinaire of 3-D printers at San Francisco's TECH SHOP.
Timur has a bachelors in Biology from UTA, spent a year at Venture Labs learning how to go from ideation to production with 4yrs of experience running sales and marketing branches for consumer oriented products. These days he can be found building and designing the worlds lightest electric bikes as the founder of Nueva Bikes.
We also have experience on the fundamentals of technology entrepreneurship through Stanford's Venture Labs and NovoEd and focused on high-potential commercial opportunities, gathering resources such as talent and capital, structuring a business model to sell and market the ideas, and managing rapid growth.
The funding raised on Kickstarter will be used for production and manufacturing of our Raver Rings. Although we do not see any direct risks and challenges, there are always indirect or unseen tasks that may present themselves during the process of producing a product at scale. We hope to run everything as efficiently as possible and streamline the processes to be ahead of schedule.
Be seen, be safe, have fun, and RAVER RING ON!
Also, thank you for your support.
Chris D. McCoy CTO (Founder You3dit.com)
Timur Khan CEO (Founder Nueva Bikes)
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