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DropShades™: The Party Accessory of the Future.

DropShades™: Sound Reactive Technology

DropShades™ are the official party accessory of the future.

DropShades™ are the world’s best audio responsive party glasses that “dance” to the beat of the music. Using a tiny microphone connected to a signal processor, incoming sound is translated across six horizontal bars that cascade an array of lights up and down according to the beat of the music. The effect is an audio responsive light show for everyone to enjoy. DropShades™ can be worn in a variety of different environments including large music festivals, concerts, raves, clubs, dances, parties, and much more!

Stretch Goals

This is it. This is our last day to make our final Stretch Goal. LETS GO!

We launched our Kickstarter campaign on Monday, May 27th, 2013. With the help of 366 backers from around the world, we completed our goal in just 6 days. Every day our community continues to grow. Even though we reached our initial manufacturing goal, we have lots more planned! We're excited to announce a series of stretch goals that will enhance the reward offerings.

DropShades™ Protection Case

When we get to $25,000 you unlock a microfiber protection case. All backers receiving a pair of DropShades™ will receive a DropShades™ Protection Case. (ACHIEVED! All Backers receiving a pair of DropShades™ will get a protection case).

DropShades White Frames

You asked for it! When we make it to $40,000 all backers who are receiving a pair of DropShades™ will have the option to get white frames. You will still have the option to choose the black frames if you wish. Once we reach $40,000 stretch goal, we will unlock a new reward tier: DropShades™ Black + White. This reward tier will allow you to pick up a pair of white frames and a pair of black frames. As each stretch goal is unlocked, you will have the ability to own the full line to complete your set. (ACHIEVED! All backers receiving a pair of DropShades™ will have the option to choose between a pair of black frames and white frames). For all of you wondering how you can choose your frame color: BE PATIENT!!! As soon as the Kickstarter campaign is over, we will send you a survey via Kickstarter and you will be able to choose which color frame you want. We can't send this form until the campaign is over.

DropShades™ Glow-In-The-Dark Frames

When we make it to $50,000 all backers receiving a pair of DropShades™ will have the ability to upgrade to a higher reward tier that will include a pair of Glow-In-The-Dark Frames. You will still have the option to choose the black or white frames if you wish. (ACHIEVED! All backers receiving a pair of DropShades™ will have the option to choose between a pair of black frames, white frames, or glow in the dark frames). For all of you wondering how you can choose your frame color: BE PATIENT!!! As soon as the Kickstarter campaign is over, we will send you a survey via Kickstarter and you will be able to choose which color frame you want. We can't send this form until the campaign is over.

DropShades™ Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery + Cord

We are very excited to announce this stretch goal. When we make it to $80,000 the entire DropShades™ line will be upgraded to a Lithium Ion Battery and will come with a micro-usb to usb cable for recharging. It will also include a small LED light that will flash green when the unit is fully charged. Let's make this happen!

The Prototypes

We started out with an idea. To materialize that idea, we needed our tools, a pile of electronic parts, EL wire and some glasses: 

After a few soldering iron burns we got these, our first Prototypes:

This was the first.

After we built our first prototype, we upgraded the components to try and get a more workable product:

The second prototype worked great. It was actually one of the prototypes used in our Kickstarter video. 

We were able to take it out to clubs, concerts, and bars. All these shots are of the product responding to the music. 


We then cleaned up our prototypes a little bit when we built Prototype III and IV.

Here is a video of Prototype III in action: http://youtu.be/PrAhTdTUZJ0

At this point we were happy with the functionality of the product. We started to think more about how the glasses would be shaped. We had our designs built for Prototype V:

After we got the designs back we made a few changes for Prototype VI:

Check out the Front View:

Side View:

Aerial View:

Currently we are trying to reduce the amount of space on each arm. This is where we are in the prototyping process.

Manufacturing Plan

The global manufacturing industry is well equipped to supply the technology required for our project. We are utilizing electroluminescent (EL) wire, microphones, and signal processors. Our only hurdle was to get all the components and materials down to the size we needed it.

We are very close to completing all of the engineering required to manufacture our product. All of the electrical engineering is finished and we are currently working on finalizing the mechanical functionality and design.

Once the electrical and mechanical engineering is 100% complete and our kickstarter campaign is funded, we will use the funds to build our plastic injection mold. Building the 400 lb. steel mold, technically known as a “tool”, usually takes 2 weeks to design and between 1-2 months to manufacture. Once our mold is built we will be ready for production. Here is an example of a injection mold for sunglasses so you can see what your investment is going towards:

We spent an incredible amount of time sourcing factories that could make our product. We have zeroed in on a few options depending on the success of the Kickstarter. We've done everything we can to make sure our manufacturing process is scaleable so we can fulfill orders even in the event this explodes (which we hope it will).  

The initial production run will take approximately 2-3 weeks to procure. Assembly will take 1 week and shipping to our packaging location will take another week.

If you back our Kickstarter campaign, we expect to deliver your rewards by the end of August!

We need your help:

We footed the bill out of pocket for all of the initial startup expenses, engineering costs, and costs to develop the working prototypes. In order to manufacture DropShades™, we are reaching out for help through this Kickstarter campaign. We have until the end of June to reach our goal of $15,000 dollars. All of that money will go towards building our mold for the plastic frames, getting the circuit boards built, and producing the initial run. As a Kickstarter investor, you will be among the first in the world to get your very own pair of DropShades™. You will also get our never-ending gratitude for helping us make this product a success. 

We came up with some awesome reward tiers in order to say thank you for helping us out. All reward tiers include the cost of shipping in the 48 states. Hawaii an Alaska will be a bit extra. 

The Shout-out

Thank You. Each little bit helps. Your name and a link to your website (if you have one) will be added to our online thank you page for helping make DropShades™ a reality!

The Sticker

You will receive a special Kickstarter exclusive DropShades™ sticker! You will also receive a Shout-out on our website. 

The T-Shirt

You will receive a special Kickstarter exclusive DropShades™ Tank Top or T-Shirt! Sizes available: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL. You will also get the Sticker and the Shout-out on our website.

We have two T-Shirt Designs, voted on by our early backers. Special thanks to Matt Johnson and Devin Kraft for the T-Shirt designs:

DropShades™ D.J. Edition:

DropShades™ Face Edition: 

DropShades™ - Earlybird

You will receive your very own pair of DropShades™! If you are one of the first 30 to sign up, you will save $5.00 - good luck! You will also get a Shout-out.

DropShades™

You will receive your very own pair of DropShades™! You will also get a Shout-out. Thank you so much for believing in us and our project!

DropShades™ - International

This reward tier is for our non-U.S. based backers. You wil receive your very own pair of DropShades™! You will also get a Shout-out.

DropShades™ - Canada

***New Addition 5/29/2013*** This reward tier is for our Canadian backers. You will receive your very own pair of DropShades™. You will also get a Shout-out. We were able to secure cheaper shipping, so we are passing on those savings where we can.


DropShades™ Black + White

Congrats everyone!!! This reward tier is now officially unlocked because the project reached it's $40,000 stretch goal. This allows you to pick up a pair of white frames and a pair of black frames to complete your set. This reward tier is limited to backers shipping to the United States only.


DropShades™ Black + White Canada

Congrats everyone!!! This reward tier is now offically unlocked because the project reached it's $40,000 stretch goal. This allows you to pick up a pair of white frames and a pair of black frames to complete your set. This reward tier is open to our backers shipping DropShades™ to Canada.

DropShades™ Black + White International

Congrats everyone!!! This reward tier is now offically unlocked because the project reached it's $40,000 stretch goal. This allows you to pick up a pair of white frames and a pair of black frames to complete your set. This reward tier is open to our international backers.

DropShades™ [Black + White + Glow]

Congrats everyone!!! This reward tier is now offically unlocked because the project reached it's $50,000 stretch goal. This allows you to pick up a pair of white frames, a pair of black frames, and a pair of blue glow in the dark frames to complete your set. This reward tier is open to backers shipping within the U.S. 

DropShades™ Canada Black + White + Glow

Congrats everyone!!! This reward tier is now offically unlocked because the project reached it's $50,000 stretch goal. This allows you to pick up a pair of white frames, a pair of black frames, and a pair of blue glow in the dark frames to complete your set. This reward tier is open to our backers shipping packages to Canada.

DropShades™ International Black + White + Glow

Congrats everyone!!! This reward tier is now offically unlocked because the project reached it's $50,000 stretch goal. This allows you to pick up a pair of white frames, a pair of black frames, and a pair of blue glow frames to complete your set. This reward tier is open to our international backers.

Party Pack

In addition to receiving a pair of DropShades™, you also will get the T-Shirt of your choice, the Sticker, and a Shout-out.

DropShades™ Skins

In addition to receiving your very own pair of DropShades™ we will also send you one package of DropShades™ Skins - your choice from 3 options. DropShades™ Skins are small removable decals you can place on the sides of your glasses. You also will get the T-Shirt of your choice, the Sticker, and a Shout-out.

DropShades™ Custom Logo Skins

You will receive your very own pair of DropShades™! We will also send you one package of DropShades™ Skins custom printed with your choice of text or logo (size limits apply). DropShades™ Skins are small removable decals that you cab place on the side of your glasses. You also will get to select a package of DropShades™ Skins, the T-Shirt of your choice, the Sticker, and a Shout-out.

DropShades™ Prototype. 

In addition to receiving your very own pair of DropShades™, we will send you one of the five original prototypes. We only have a few of these - own a piece of our history! You also will get to select a package of DropShades™ Skins, the T-Shirt of your choice, the Sticker, and a Shout-out.


DropShades™ Classroom

You and a guest get to spend the day in Dallas, TX with the DropShades™ Engineering Team. You will get to learn how DropShades went from concept to reality. You will also get to build your own prototype. We will go grab some dinner (on us). You will be among the first to receive your very own DropShades™! We will also send you home with all of the DropShades™ Skins, the T-Shirt of your choice, the Sticker, and the Shout-out. (Travel to and lodging in Dallas, TX not included).

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Functionality: Our product works. It's in the video. We are just waiting for the pieces to be put together in a more aesthetic and streamlined fashion. We are doing everything we can on the preparation side to make sure there are zero errors in this process.

Choice of Factory: As with any physical item there are a number of challenges to getting it right. While our experiences have helped prepare us to avoid major pitfalls, we have been very selective in our choice of factory, choosing a partner that we know we can work with and that is perfect for our needs. We made sure that our instructions and expectations were clear. We also worked out the budget so we know there will be no surprises. We have selected a factory that meets our criteria and requirements and they are ready to get working on our project.

Shipping: International shipping might have issues with customs in some locations and therefore delays. We will do everything in our power to make sure you get our product as soon as possible. Depending on volume, we have considered partnering with an outside company to manage the international shipping. U.S. Domestic shipping is expected to be problem free.

FAQ

  • Yes! The lights only take up a small portion of your viewing area. You can see everything through them even when the lights are dancing.

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  • DropShades will be available initially in Black. We have plans to add more colors in the future.

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  • DropShades will use AAA batteries. When testing, we found they were the most readily available and cost-effective power mechanism. The current battery set up allows for up to six hours of continuous use.

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  • In order for DropShades to work properly there must be sufficient sound translated through the microphone. They are not set up to work with headphones.

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  • You will not have the ability to easily change or reconfigure the circuit at this time. Nevertheless, as tinkerers ourselves, we hope to make future editions more open allowing for added customization and tinkering. Users are able to customize the sensitivity level of the glasses to ensure optimal performance.

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  • This is a great question! We LOVE the fact that you want to purchase DropShades for you and a friend. We've had quite a few people ask us about this. Unfortunately, we also love having our project up on Kickstarter's servers and we are limited by Kickstarter's rules on this one. On Kickstarter, backers can only pledge to a project once. Here is a great explanation of Kickstarter's reasoning and the rule here: http://www.kickstarter.com/blog/kickstarter-is-not-a-store

    Offering multiple quantities of a reward is prohibited. Hardware and Product Design projects can only offer rewards in single quantities or a sensible set (some items only make sense as a pair or as a kit of several items, for instance). The development of new products can be especially complex for creators and offering multiple quantities feels premature, and can imply that products are shrink-wrapped and ready to ship.

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    DROPSHADES SKINS - In addition to receiving your very own DropShades, we will also send you one package of DropShades Skins - your choice from 3 options. You also will get the T-Shirt of your choice, the Sticker, and a Shout-out.

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    DROPSHADES BLACK + WHITE INTERNATIONAL - You will receive one pair of White DropShades Frames and one pair of Black DropShades Frames to complete your set. You will also get the shout-out. This reward tier is open to international backers.

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    DROPSHADES BLACK + WHITE + GLOW - Congrats everyone!!! This reward tier is now offically unlocked because the project reached it's $50,000 stretch goal. This allows you to pick up a pair of white frames, a pair of black frames, and a pair of blue glow in the dark frames to complete your set. This reward tier is open to backers shipping within the U.S.

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    DROPSHADES CUSTOM LOGO SKINS - You will receive your very own DropShades! We will also send you one package of DropShades Skins custom printed with your choice of text or logo (size limits apply). You also will get to select a package of DropShades Skins, the T-Shirt of your choice, the Sticker, and a Shout-out.

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