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.
Daywolf® Titanium Sunglasses | Strength & Style Wed in Metal
The Daywolf® sunglasses are formed from a seven-piece bolted Titanium alloy frame with six vulcanized thermoplastic color-coordinated pads. Daywolf® aims to serve a market segment abandoned and untended by today's titanic sunglass conglomerates: those seeking stylized, high-strength, unbreakable metal eyewear.
Daywolf® eyewear includes organic, vented surfacing contoured to minimize air currents which cause watery eyes during high-speed sporting activities like skiing, motorcycling and boating. Lightweight plastic sunglasses often blow off users' faces and are lost during action sports events. Daywolf® eyewear features a second hinge on the arms, rearward of the first, having a jack screw adjustable to vary the fit of the glasses and accommodate different sized heads. This adjustability likewise gives users control over the compressive force the glasses apply to the head, allowing a user to increase this applied force to keep the glasses more securely in place during athletic activities. Daywolf® glasses are designed to flex at the arm connection points (rather than through the nose bridge) to keep the angle of the lenses relative to the surface of any wearer's eyes static. The terminal ends of each arm are apertured to affix to a retaining chain or cord which circumscribes the head and allows the eyewear to hang from a user's neck. This also permits the eyewear to detachably affix to floats to keep the glasses from sinking in water.
The lens grooves in the eyewires/orbitals are designed to accommodate lenses over 2 mm thick; far stronger than lenses found in other sunglasses.
Face the Day™
In the post-campaign survey you will be able to choose any combination of frame and lens colors. We will ship per your instructions in either a polished chrome finish or matte finish. We will allow you to pick the lens and pad colors. You can color coordinate the lens and pad colors. Please, join the conversation in the comments tab if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. We'd love to talk with you.
Precision Design | In Sunlight Run™
We had one goal in mind when creating the eyewear: to develop the most durable, high precision, artfully crafted Titanium eyewear ever to reach the market. To this end, customers of Daywolf® can expect an everlasting, stylized piece; built to tolerances of less than one thousandth of a millimeter; available in a variety of anodized or plated frame colors, lens colors, and pad colors (polarized and non-polarized). Two-tone frame variations will be available with time, including black-gold and black-chrome combinations, allowing further customization. Competing Titanium eyepieces currently in production are made only of thin Titanium stamped from sheet metal.
We have hundreds of the orbital pieces cast, drilled, tapped and polished (shown below), and thousands of lenses made. We are seeking Kickstarter funding to finish arm tooling. To prospective backers who question our pricing at $300, we point out that the only other all cast Titanium sunglasses ever made were the Oakley X-Metals(1997 - 2012). These glasses debuted at $450/pair, which is $715 today adjusted for inflation. These glasses sell used for thousands of dollars in secondary markets. We also point out that the Daywolfs incorporate 35% more Titanium than the Oakleys for increased strength, but are still priced much less. The offered Kickstarter price is less than half of the coming Daywolf MSRP.
Safety Glasses & Ballistics
Our lens grooves in the eyewires/orbitals are designed to accommodate lenses more than 2 mm thick and which are 2 - 3 times stronger than other glasses on the market. We are pursuing certification as OSHA ANSI Z87.1 safety glasses. This will allow users to wear Daywolfs on the job as safety glasses. We are also seeking certification as military ballistic eyewear (MCEPS GL-PD 10-12 Military Standard). Motorcyclists, golfers, shooters and bikers wearing plastic eyewear have been blinded by flying rocks, branches, bullet casings, and golf balls (which pass through aviator glasses). Daywolf's frames will withstand golf balls traveling at over 200 mph and are dimensioned so they will no pass through the eyewires. There is a need on the part of powersports enthusiasts for sunglasses which are strong, rather than only lightweight. We intend the Daywolfs to be strong enough to withstand a shotgun blast.
Daywolf® has multiple patents and patents pending on the eyewear here shown, as well as two trademarks. Among other things, the patents cover the unique duel hinged arms which allow Daywolf® glasses to fit almost any head, as well as the single release point for the arms and lenses. Daywolf's creator is a patent attorney whose passion is sunglasses.
U.S. Patent 9,759,929. U.S. Patent D828,438. Patent Pending U.S. 15/965,674. Patent Pending U.S. 15/965,917. State Registered Trademark No. 10675151-0190. Federal Trademark Reg. No. 5,529,941.
DAYWOLF® is a trademark of Daywolf, LLC. FACE THE DAY™, SEPTENTRIAL™, IN SUNLIGHT RUN™ and TRYST WITH LIGHT™ are trademarks of Daywolf, LLC. Copyright 2018.
Daywolf® Lenses | Tryst with Light™
While other makers focus only on reducing weight and unit costs, Daywolf's glasses are designed for strength needed in powersports to protect users from flying rocks, golfballs, paintballs, bullet casings, branches and debris. To increase strength, Daywolf's lenses are 50% thicker than lenses offered by other manufacturers and nearly 100% thicker than most aftermarket replacement lenses. We have lenses in stock made from polycarbonate, nylon and TAC (triacetate cellulose), including polarized and non-polarized lenses. We have decided to include two extra pairs of lenses in the boxes of every backer of our Kickstarter campaign. We will allow our backers to choose from those lenses in the post-campaign survey. Our inventory currently includes the following lenses available for backer selection:
1. DEEP PURPLE-BLUE. Made from nylon. 2.2 mm thick. Light transmittance: 15% (CAT3). Non-polarized.
2. GREEN. Made from premium TAC . 2.0 mm thick. Light transmittance: 13% (CAT3). Anti-scratch. Non-polarized.
3. JELLY RED. Made from nylon. 2.2 mm thick. Light transmittance: 14% (CAT3). Non-polarized.
4. GREY. Made from nylon. 2.2 mm thick. Light transmittance: 14% (CAT3). Non-polarized.
5. SILVER GREY (MIRRORED). Made from TAC. 2.0 mm thick. Light transmittance: 15% (CAT3). Anti-scratch. Mirror finish. Polarized.
6. BLACK. Made from TAC. 2.0 mm thick. Light transmittance: 15% (CAT3). Anti-scratch. Polarized.
7. DARK BLUE. Made from polycarbonate. 2.2 mm thick. Light transmittance: 8% (CAT3). Anti-scratch. Non-polarized.
8. ICE BLUE (MIRRORED). Made from TAC. 2.0 mm thick. Light transmittance: 9% (CAT3). Anti-scratch. Mirror finish. Non-polarized.
9. ICE GREEN (MIRRORED). Made from TAC. 2.0 mm thick. Light transmittance: 10% (CAT3). Anti-scratch. Mirror finish. Non-polarized.
10. GOLD (MIRRORED). Made from TAC. 2.0 mm thick. Light transmittance: 10% (CAT3). Anti-scratch. Mirror finish. Non-polarized.
11. CLEAR (SAFETY). Made from polycarbonate. 2.2 mm thick. Clear lenses. Anti-scratch. Anti-reflective. Non-polarized.
The prism degree on all lenses is less than 0.25. All lenses are plano convex. We may add prescription lenses at some point. We will add further colors and lens types if the campaign is successful, including photochromic. Additional pictures of the lenses are in the prototype gallery. We may also make anodized frames available in gold, silver, blue, red and green (plus two-tone combinations). We have UV transmission profiles available. We will put some in the prototype gallery.
Numerous Prototypes Tested
We have spent years prototyping, testing and redesigning. Here are some of the prototypes as well as digital renderings of the final product.
$50,000 - Free leather case with all Septentrial-One Sunglasses
$75,000 - Free spare pair of lenses with all Septentrial-One Sunglasses
$100,000 - Hardwood Cherry case as an Add-On
$130,000 - All Manufacturing moved to USA
Hats & T-shirts
You can get the Daywolf Hats and T-shirts seperately (in the pledge level) or with your sunglasses by raising your pledge by $25.
Risks and challenges
We have been designing and prototyping for years and already have the first production run half done. If the Kickstarter response is overwhelming we will have to break pledge levels into waves of shipping in order to fulfill.