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A Cosmic Blaster with Magic Glowing Water! A Liquid Laser!

A one of a kind, buildable, fully 3D printed water blaster that blasts bioluminescent MAGIC GLOWING WATER for nighttime fun!

A Cosmic Blaster with Magic Glowing Water! A Liquid Laser!

A one of a kind, buildable, fully 3D printed water blaster that blasts bioluminescent MAGIC GLOWING WATER for nighttime fun!

$4,447
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58
backers
13days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, October 5 2019 2:44 AM UTC +00:00.

About

I’m Dr. Dan! - You read that title correctly...a liquid laser!

I’m proud to present my company GlowH2O and our first product, the Cosmic Blaster! A fully 3D printed water blaster that snaps together and blasts magic glowing water! If you’re wondering how that works, you are the inquisitive inventor, maker or scientist we are looking for! I use natural bioluminescent proteins to create this bright blue magic glowing liquid laser!  

Cosmic Blaster blasting MAGIC GLOWING WATER!!!!
The Toy of the Future!
The Toy of the Future!
Yep. A liquid laser!
Yep. A liquid laser!
Bioluminescent water!

I realized while doing a science demonstration at my son’s school that glowing water inspired young minds. I wanted to create a fun, active tool for learning. I got my engineering friend (also named Dan) involved and we began designing and 3D printing fun water blasters with bioluminescent proteins packaged in Glow Cells that charge up as water flows through to blast brilliant blue magic glowing water! We began calling our project GlowH2O

 A boomerang of the Glow Cell powering up with bioluminescence!
A boomerang of the Glow Cell powering up with bioluminescence!

Assembling them began to be half of the fun, and it reminded me of spending time with my father building balsa wood airplanes and plastic model cars. We put our focus into creating a snap together blaster. The blaster is meant to snap together quickly and easily.…but not too easily. There is a process of discovery and problem solving….inventors of all ages can see how we made it snap together, and possibly improve on it, or design and build their own masterpieces that will interface with our system. This blaster is never meant to be complete. It is meant to foster curiosity and innovation!  

Discovery and Problem Solving are part of the learning process
Discovery and Problem Solving are part of the learning process

The resources available to young inventors nowadays are incredible. Many libraries and schools have access to brilliant design software and 3D printers. Maker spaces are all around.…a home computer can be a portal to discovery. It’s an exciting time to be creating!

We created the Cosmic Blaster to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, artists, makers and whatever titles you use to describe yourself. We want to provide you with a tool for fun! Be YOU! Put your spin on this!

Building things is fun and challenging. Learn new skills!
Building things is fun and challenging. Learn new skills!

We want you to take an active role in our innovation….the blaster is never complete….we want to continually grow and tinker alongside you….exchange ideas and build upon each other’s creativity and discoveries. 

We’re also hoping that people will be inspired to dig deeper into the natural process of bioluminescence! We have used safe, non-invasive molecular biotechnology techniques to obtain the DNA that encodes natural glowing proteins like those in bioluminescent creatures. There are no live creatures used in our rewards. There is intense science behind the glow, and that is part of what makes it so amazing! 

Cosmic Blaster - Cool in oh so many ways!
Cosmic Blaster - Cool in oh so many ways!

We want our efforts to be platforms for curious minds of all ages to launch off. So please help us keep this dream alive by choosing a reward above!

This blaster may be the best Engineer Dan and I can do, but I’m positive it’s not the best you can do, and I’m even more positive it isn’t the best We can do together!

So…..

What will YOU do today?!?!

 A good start is to like and follow us on: 

And....

And....back us now!

What is bioluminescence?

In North America, the most common bioluminescent creature is a firefly. If you have never seen one, imagine a fly with a bright green glowing abdomen. Some are pictured above. Deep sea creatures can also be bioluminescent, and they most often glow with a blue to purple color. Bioluminescent sea creatures have many interesting shapes and sizes and they are incredibly beautiful! These creatures produce light by making two proteins in their bodies. All living organisms are constantly reading the code of their DNA and making proteins to do work for their metabolism. Including you! There are two special proteins produced by bioluminescent creatures and they are especially interesting because when they come into contact with one another, there is an energy change, and the energy is released in the form of light! Dr. Dan has safely sampled the DNA of these organisms without disturbing them and put that DNA into a microorganism that can then read that DNA and create the bioluminescent proteins like a little factory! These proteins are isolated in a lab, so there are no living creatures in our products. Boom. Science. Once Dr. Dan has isolated the proteins, he puts them in a 3D printed Glow Cell. Load the Glow Cell into the Cosmic Blaster and add water! Now as you blast away, the proteins are carried along with the water and create a bright blue glowing liquid laser! Again, as a side note, none of the rewards contain any living or genetically modified organisms! Only natural biocompatible isolable protein, like steak, or beans….  

Natural and safe bioluminescence!
Natural and safe bioluminescence!

How is bioluminescence different from other glowing products I’ve seen?

Most of us are familiar with two main glowing products. Plastic products that get “charged" under light and then glow in the dark for a limited time, and glow sticks that you “crack” and produce a glowing product. The first “charged” type is a process called fluorescence. That is a specific type of light emission in which the light from the sun or light bulb is stored in the molecules of the plastic, and as that energy is slowly released as light, the product glows. Dr. Dan has also used this process in the Cosmic Blaster in addition to bioluminescence. The rings and accents of the Cosmic Blaster glow through fluorescence. Two for one glow power!! The type of process in glow sticks is chemiluminescence. Like the name, the light produced is from a chemical reaction. When you “crack” a product, you break an internal vessel and allow the two components to come into contact. The molecules involved in this reaction are very bright, but they are also very dangerous. They are known mutagens and carcinogens. Don’t worry, as long as they are contained within the product, it is safe. Our product contains bioluminescence. Bioluminescence is a natural process created by real living organisms and is safe to handle! It is a beautiful and magical process that evolved, and scientists have varying explanations as to why for each organism. Dr. Dan hopes you will be inspired by our products to dig deeper and learn about bioluminescence! 

Dr. Dan and Engineer Dan were so inspired by the reaction of children to the scientific demonstrations that they began brainstorming ways to get the magic glowing water in their hands. As they spoke with friends about the idea, interest grew. "The Dans" decided to invest their own money into the project, and began learning as much as they could. Along the way, as friends and local angel investors saw the technology and learned about our mindset, they invested, and added key advice and motivation.

 Our project started from the ground up 

3D printing allowed for multiple iterations at a fraction of the cost of traditional techniques

"The Dans" began using collaborative design software Fusion 360 by Autodesk to create the Cosmic Blaster and Glow Cell design. There was a steep learning curve, and open source learning resources such as tutorials on YouTube and community support allowed us to create our first prototypes. We purchased Stereolithography Apparatus (SLA) and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printers and began building!

Fluid flow was an engineering challenge

The mindset for an inspirational company began to take shape, and we focused on the following core technologies:

  • Use of natural isolable safe proteins
  • 3D printing as the primary manufacturing method
  • Computer Assisted Design (CAD)
  • "Some assembly required" by the user to inspire and challenge creativity.
  • An open source product that could be modified in the future by the user.

We continue to experiment with all of these features and functions. You’ll find many posts on our social network sites and our main website as the Kickstarter campaign progresses. 

Dr. Dan with early prototypes

Kickstarter backers are integral to the scale up of our project

The GlowH2O project has moved from prototyping to a product that can begin production through our proposed methods. Funds from backers will support the production of the blaster, it's components and the bioluminescent proteins. Essentially, our Cosmic Blaster is ready to transition to a production model!

Batch production run for video shoot!

The production phase will enable us to consistently produce a quality product that can be explored and enjoyed by our users. Specifically, this includes scale up of our 3D printing capacity, molds for higher precision components and scaled manufacturing of the proteins needed for bioluminescence. The backer contributions raised here will allow us to progress into this phase at the volumes needed for production.

Aftermath of an amazing (one of many) video shoots!

Contribution to this Kickstarter demonstrates a common vision to merge science, engineering, problem solving and creativity to redefine a common toy. Additionally, it supports the concept of a "hackable" toy, or one that the user can design and improve based on the interactive "snap fit" components. We would like to engage our community, and see what iterations they can imagine!  

What will YOU choose?!?!

Choose your favorite color blaster, Firefly Green or Galaxy Blue! 

Remember, both Cosmic Blasters use our Glow Cells to charge up with bioluminescence! Be sure to purchase additional Glow Cells to power the liquid laser beams of glowing bioluminescent water. The magic is in the Glow Cells and the magic glowing water will always be blue!

Don't worry if you run out of Glow Cells, the blasters will still work as fun water blasters in the daytime!  

Subscription Reward Explained

I’m a dad, and a scientist….there are many titles that define me. I know what I think is cool, but I’m not sure what you think is cool. And that is different from another person’s idea of cool. I think we can all agree that magic glowing water is cool, so we have that common ground! I want you to play with the Cosmic Blaster. I also want you to take the Glow Cells and do other fun and interesting things with them, and then tell me about it!

We created GlowH2O to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, makers and whatever titles you use to describe yourself. We want to provide you with a tool for fun, not a toy. We want you to take an active role in our innovation….the toy is never complete….we want to continually grow and tinker alongside you….exchange ideas and build upon each other’s creativity and discoveries.

The subscription allows members of our community to become our partners and participate in the innovation. We have a joint responsibility to create tools that not only entertain, but inspire and motivate. 

So, the subscription is a way to supply the inventor with more Glow Cells to fuel their creative ideas, while also keeping them up to date with our new designs and updates. And there will also be a fun surprise on the inventor’s birthday!

We are hoping to provide a few delivery options. Would you like all of your Glow Cells at once for a party or a few deliveries throughout the year? This is an evolving model and we look forward to growing with you! 

When I was a kid, and that was a long time ago….I remember building models with my dad; balsa wood airplanes and plastic car models. We would have such a great time building them, and I learned a ton of engineering and craftmanship techniques….but….they were fragile….so they would either sit on a shelf to be admired, or get destroyed through play.

Now as a father, I spend my time with my kids creating these great building block toys, but they are too fragile to really be played with. The more durable toys don’t really help me engage with my sons. I open the box and deal with the 5 million zip ties and hand it off to them.

The Cosmic Blaster comes unassembled and snaps together!
The Cosmic Blaster comes unassembled and snaps together!

Our unassembled Cosmic Blaster is meant to snap together quickly and easily….but not too easily. There is a process of discovery and problem solving…..inventors of all ages can see how we made it snap together, and possibly improve on it, or design and build their own masterpieces that will interface with our system. If you build it, you can see the inner workings, and perhaps improve on it. This toy is never meant to be complete. How would you improve it? 

Pew pew pew
Pew pew pew

From conception to this point, science and fun have been the focus. Dr. Dan and Engineer Dan have worked hard to create the Cosmic Blaster and Glow Cells. As with all projects there have been numerous challenges. We persevered and are looking forward to feedback. The science behind this project is intense, challenging and super cool. With your support we are ready for the next phase!

Truth or Dare Challenge with Dr. Dan:

I was a professional athlete. The emphasis on was! I also earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Challenge me physically and mentally!

I love physics and chemistry. If you help me reach the below goals, I will subject myself to these science related adventures! I will live stream and post videos for you to enjoy. These videos will include scientific explanations of the physics and chemistry surrounding my antics! 

In addition, the top contributor each week will be invited to ask Dr. Dan (me) a question that he must answer truthfully!

  • When we hit 1,000 Facebook likes on the @GLOWH2O page - Dr. Dan will jump off a high dive in his lab coat! 
  • When we hit 2,000 Instagram followers @glow_h2o - Dr. Dan will hold a flaming fireball in his bare hand!
  • When we hit $10,000 from backers Dr. Dan will perform an indoor skydiving ballet!
  • When we hit $25,000 from backers Dr. Dan will ride a zipline from a house to a treehouse!
  • When we hit $50,000 from backers Dr. Dan will catapult himself into the air at 50 mph and 1200 feet above the ground!
  • For Every $10,000 above our goal and each additional 500 Instagram follows or Facebook likes, Dr. Dan will add a Dare Challenge. Please feel free to comment and submit suggestions!

In addition to the Cosmic Blaster, we have created the Octahedron Wrist Mount and the Shooting Star Wand. Like the Cosmic Blaster, they use our Glow Cells to charge up with bioluminescence! Be sure to purchase additional Glow Cells to power the liquid laser beams of glowing bioluminescent water. Don't worry, all the rewards can still work as fun water blasters in the daytime! 

A GIGANTIC thank you to dj yroc! He created the original soundtrack to our video! Click to learn more
A GIGANTIC thank you to dj yroc! He created the original soundtrack to our video! Click to learn more

Being who you are is important! dj yroc (pronounced "why rock") puts a piece of himself into every original composition! It was great fun working with him! He has gotten "magic glowing water" stuck in my head! Click here to listen to some of his other originals!

Risks and challenges

As with all projects, scale up can be an issue. Our team is working around the clock to ensure the rewards will be delivered on time. There are risks. Biotechnology is not rocket science, but it's biotechnology. It is complicated. Our team is confident they are up to the challenge. Also, 3D printing technology is not perfect. Customers must accept that 3D printed products do not have the glossy smooth finish of injection molded parts. Our industrial collaborators are experts, and we are confident we can fulfill this project when it is successfully funded!

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Reusability and recyclability

We use plastic made from a corn based polymer. It can be industrially composted!

Sustainable materials

Our plastic closes the carbon loop and is derived from corn! It can be industrially composted completing the cycle.

Environmentally friendly factories

We will manufacture our products in the United States in real time as we receive orders! There will be no fuel or other resources spent on large warehousing facilities or movement of large cargoes of inventory across the planet. Also, no tariffs.

Sustainable fulfillment and distribution

Our plastic is durable. There is no need for extraneous packaging…all those zip ties? They are to help products make the long journey from country to country. Our products are wrapped in a protective canvas draw string backpack (made itself from recycled products!) that you can use in your everyday life! Bonus!

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