🌲 Embrace sustainable design on your next outdoor adventure
The Eukarya Origin headlamp is designed with high quality renewable materials and minimal plastics. It has a powerful 300 lumen LED and a killer design aesthetic, for those who require exceptional performance and seek to embrace nature with their camping and hiking gear choices.
Two Color Options
Approximate Run Times
The Origin has ample battery for weekend excursions and is USB rechargeable for longer adventures. It comes programmed with 2 very practical brightness settings plus a strobe mode for emergencies. The approximate run times are listed below.
- High = 4-5 hours
- Low (normal use) = 13-15 hours
- Strobe = 8-10 hours
- Charge Time = 60 minutes to 85% charge; Full charge in 2 hours
🌟 Why We Made It
We made the Eukarya Origin Headlamp for camping, hiking, backpacking and many other forms of exploring the outdoors. It's designed for those who seek a sustainable future for our planet. At every possible opportunity, we minimize the use of petroleum-based plastics, single use batteries and harsh chemicals. We are passionate about exploring new ways to use natural materials for our favorite outdoor products and are keen to change the world.
🥄Eukarya Camping Utensil
We made a kickass sustainable bamboo camping utensil for the $25 and $235 reward tiers!
🌲 Yes, We're Actually Planting All These Trees!
One of the coolest parts about your support for this project will be the lasting positive impact you will have on our planet. For each pledge, the Eukarya team will personally volunteer to plant a tree in forests impacted by wildfires and over-development. We are partnering with One Tree Planted and a few other organizations to join their volunteer seedling planting events.
Now it might not happen overnight, especially if we blow the lid off our campaign goal and receive hundreds of pledges! If that happens, our promise might extend long into the future. You will be helping to establish a lasting team culture that values philanthropy and sustainability at Eukarya. It's a legacy that will stretch long after the campaign ends and you've received your other rewards. Pretty cool, right?
👨🏭 The Story Behind Eukarya
I'm Doug, the founder of Eukarya. I have degrees in aerospace engineering and product development. I've spent the last 8 years designing everything from medical devices to augmented reality systems for some of the world's most innovative companies, but my passion for escaping to the mountains on weekends inspired me to found Eukarya with the help of my incredible wife, Erin.
Erin is a public health specialist and big-time environmentalist, so she has always pushed me to apply sustainable principles to the products I create. Together, we are working to transform the way global supply chains work, by making the entire process of creating products more environmentally friendly, one step at a time.
As a product designer, I always aim to create designs that are both beautiful and exceptionally functional. My experience has taught me exactly what it takes to build and ship hardware products. This however, will be the first product I've designed and manufactured outside of my full-time job and I'd be so thrilled if you would join me for this exciting journey. 🙏
🛠️ Building the Eukarya Origin
The Origin headlamp started as an idea back in December 2017, when I received a wood watch as a Christmas gift. It got me thinking about other products that could be made with natural materials and I started to question why we put up with carrying all those janky plastic products on our adventures into the wild. Eventually, I decided "somebody needs to start making awesome gear that is more fitting to bring into the wilderness, but doesn't sacrifice performance." And with that, Eukarya was born.
I started with some sketches, then some 3D printed parts, and then eventually I ordered a block of zebra wood and milled my first prototype. During the process, I learned something interesting. I figured it would be tricky to make wood as strong and lightweight as engineered plastics, but the opposite was true. These high quality hardwoods were incredibly light and durable. I suppose that's why we see hundred year old wood furniture proudly standing the test of time.
The next major challenge was the circuit board, which was a blast to prototype. We designed a programmable circuit board that had all the basic modes you need in a headlamp and then we dropped in pretty much the most powerful LED we could find. 😎
The final touch was to design a custom parabolic optical reflector to focus the beam. I leveraged some techniques that I learned over the years developing augmented reality optics to design an optic that would provide a beautifully uniform beam intensity.
Check out this behind-the-scenes video of how we assemble an Origin Headlamp and demonstration of the various brightness modes.
💰 Why we need your support
Your pledge will help us meet our minimum order quantities and pay for tooling costs, plus the parts themselves. Many of the parts in the Origin headlamp are CNC machined - a process that becomes much more economical as the order quantity increases. That means we will definitely set some stretch goals, because every additional pledge will help us purchase more inventory and bring down the cost of making this awesome headlamp for you.
Thank you for your support, we can't wait to bring this awesome project to life!
Follow our journey on Insta for more about Eukarya 👉@eukarya_outdoors
Risks and challenges
Component delays are always a risk when dealing with some new suppliers. The first 20 units are targeted for a pre-holiday ship date and the schedule is fairly tight, so there is some risk they don't arrive before the new year. If the project does extremely well, then high order volume may necessitate spreading out fulfillment a bit. However given my experience launching hardware products professionally, there is relatively low risk of delays greater than a month or two. 🤞Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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