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HelioTent is the first and only product which filters out harmful sunrays while allowing the sun's healthy benefits shine through!
HelioTent is the first and only product which filters out harmful sunrays while allowing the sun's healthy benefits shine through!
HelioTent is the first and only product which filters out harmful sunrays while allowing the sun's healthy benefits shine through!
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HelioTent - The Healthier Sun Shade

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The Future of worry free Sun Protection and Shade – The Healthier Sun Shade 

Get pampered by filtered health beneficial sunlight and feel the ‘intelligent sun shade’ promptly.

HelioTent is the first and only portable product with the unique and multi-awarded HelioVital sun filter technology which filters out harmful sun rays while allowing the sun’s healthy benefits to shine through. It is the perfectly balanced product for safe, well-tolerated and health-beneficial sunbathing – anytime, anywhere. It is eco-friendly and without side-effects or interactions. Leading dermatological specialists from the Universities of Tuebingen, Germany and Graz, Austria tested the sophisticated filter and recommend the use of this easy to assemble, very stable lightweight shelter with its durable high efficient protection.

Young and Old at Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Young and Old at Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Why do we need this revolutionary and proven Product? 

The sun is essential for life on earth and a very effective healer. It provides us with vitality, boosts our mood and enhances our physical appearance. Sun exposure is required for optimal health, it synthesis vitamin D, and triggers Nitric oxide synthase (NO-Synthase) which regulates functions in the cardiovascular system. Our skin is the largest multifunctional organ but is very sensitive to harmful ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) wavelengths of sunlight. These invisible wavelengths can cause skin cancer, sunburn, allergic reactions, premature skin aging and increased production of free radicals. The impact dosage of these dangerous wavelengths varies according to the season of year, time of day and location. The dose can sharply increase when traveling, changing weather conditions and temporary holes in ozone layer. The environmental effects of long-term and short-term ozone depletion and its interactions with climate change will intensify the problem in the decades to come. The problem increases because skin sensitiveness differs between individuals and sensitivity increases as a result of the addition of harmful ingredients contained in processed foods, drugs and cosmetic products.

There are lot of strategies that can be used to avoid over-exposure to solar UV radiation which includes staying indoors, seeking shade and applying sunscreens. The rapid increase of skin cancer, allergic reactions, Vitamin D deficits, and numerous warnings of harmful ingredients and unexpected interactions show that these strategies are defective, not holistic and not really beneficial for humans and the ecosystem. The common methods are not balanced between the harmful and beneficial effects of sun exposure. This health dilemma “Tanning and Vitamin D vs sunscreen and shade” is an important topic to all classes of society worldwide. Latest major long term studies show that moderate sun exposure can lengthen your life expectancy and  avoid of sun exposure is a risk factor for all-cause mortality and plays major role in common mental and chronic diseases. HelioVital meets this big challenge to achieve such a balance in practice. 

Benefit from BEST of SUN with peace of mind only!
Benefit from BEST of SUN with peace of mind only!

Vision and Mission of HelioVital Sun Filter Technology 

HelioVital was invented by Klaus Lang in 2001 because of his frustration with the current sunscreen systems. His pale skin was not accustomed to sunlight. He frequently got sunburn, hence limiting his ability to enjoy the sun in his small and valuable leisure time to the fullest. Loving the sun, but disliking greasy sunscreens that must be applied continuously, the never ending arguments with his family where and how long to stay at beach, asking for help to apply sunscreen on his back and seeking shade vs. favorite and individual place, made his mind uneasy. The vital spark was when the discovery of allergenic reactions caused by sunscreen in European children and that Vitamin-D deficiency caused by the lack of sunlight plays a major role with the epidemic increase of diabetes in Arabic women in Dubai.

The following holistic analysis of all current and future influences, dependences and health effects shows that a reconsideration of the system is necessary in order to benefit from the safe use of the life giving sunshine and eliminate the negative causes without any bio-destructive ingredients. It has to be an easy, simple and durable system to filter out the various harmful effects and of the suppression/interaction of positive effects, before they have impact on skin.

HelioVital analyzed the complete spectrum and individual wavelengths of sunlight and its effects on human cells. In scientific medical and biological fields HelioVital cooperates with leading photo-dermatologists, allergists, environmental physicians and naturopathic doctors. To analyze the motivation for basking in the sun and the frustration about common systems, we talked to lots of friends and to essential stakeholders who have profited from sunlight directly and indirectly. In this way HelioVital cooperate with trendsetters like TUI’s Circle of the Best and their Institute for Sustainable Tourism (TUI being world’s largest tourism business) and with Therme Erding, Europe’s largest spa and wellness area and biggest waterslide park.

Cooperation with Therme Erding * Europes No. 1
Cooperation with Therme Erding * Europes No. 1

The key approach to solve this problem comes from nature, especially from the mode of action of the ozone layer. To meet these biological and economic demands and to transform them in a technical and practical solution, HelioVital has collaborated directly with leading scientists, universities and manufacturers to coordinate the complex supply chain from pure polymers, to semi-finished HelioVital compound filter film, to the ready application product - the HelioTent. Nothing was left to chance.

The result is this revolutionary screening filter, which offers scientifically proven protection from causes of sunburn, skin cancer and allergic reactions, while enhancing the health benefits of sunlight. In a study conducted by Prof. Dr. Mark Berneburg (MD) he attests that HelioVital filter film effectively protects from mutation on the mitochondrial DNA in skin cells, generated by UVA-radiation, which it is known to play a major role in skin aging and other harmful afflictions caused by increased production of reactive oxygen radicals.

The sophisticated filter achieves excellent in-vitro (in laboratory environment) and in-vivo (at human body/skin) results. This opens a new dimension in sun-protection and use of curative sunlight.

More scientific information can be found at http://www.heliovital.com
Nanometer accurate filtration of wavelenghts by HelioVital filter films
Nanometer accurate filtration of wavelenghts by HelioVital filter films

Introducing HelioTent with the HelioVital Sun Filter Technology 

HelioVital (www.heliovital.com) is a unique and proven sunscreen system with key technology to filter selectively and regulate rays of sunlight. This scientifically proven high efficient technology offers not only easy-going safe and pleasurable sunbathing and tanning for the first time, but enhances the particular benefits of health-conducive, curative and regulative power of sunlight without any side effects and common risks. HelioVital targets the biological need for the sun to improve quality of life and is optimized to bio-positive efficiency to strengthen well-being and holistic medical use. This dermatologically tested and recommended sunscreen protects efficiently against skin cancer, sunburn, allergic reactions, premature skin aging, formation of wrinkles, reduction of collagen, increased production of free radicals and heat-related illnesses. The specific feature of HelioVital is the durative filtration of harmful wavelength of sunlight in nanometric accuracy, so these rays couldn’t impinge on skin and cause harm. An additional integrated infrared filter reduces the heat radiation by up to 60% to generate a comfort level of shade. HelioVital renders sunlight harmless and it is compatible for all skin types without any allergenic and polluting substances. Staying outdoors in the shade of a HelioVital filter means getting pampered by the vitalizing sunrays, without the common problems of conventional sunscreen and shade systems.

HelioVital’s vision and philosophy is for all people to benefit from the health benefits of sun without the accompanying negative side-effects and risks. Our story would have ended here, but the team knew there was more work to be done, because there was no one that possessed the skills needed to sew the HelioVital filter nor to design a suitable portable product that would meet the high standards that we demanded. Such portable products were necessary for testing the filter on a long-term basis including all factors that would impact the end-user on a global basis. Out of this extensive testing process, the HelioTent was born.
Selected Innovation at leading international trade fair
Selected Innovation at leading international trade fair

To meet these high requirements, we had to design an application product ourselves, enlarge our scientific network and partner with Institutes for Integrated Design and the University for Technical Textile, where Klaus Lang supervised these projects. Besides the design the most important aspects were the usability of the sun shade and the cost effective incorporation of the high tech filter. In regards to the design and usability, we’ve spent a lot of time analyzing the target, and we think it shows our current solution. We paid particular attention that the arching shade is lightweight and easy to set up like a tent but it is self-supporting and self-stabilizing. Everybody can use it for hours and can orient towards tracking the sun’s passage in the sky. Also, the HelioTent can be easily packed and stored after using it.

Some of our tutorized students at university of advanced technologies
Some of our tutorized students at university of advanced technologies

The definition of requirements was not only to design the best sun-protection shade that can provide the maximum health benefits, but also be the platform-product for other applications including skin treatments and the use of therapeutic powers of sun light for chronic and mental diseases.

In this way the HelioTent is unique and meets the high standards and is classified as a European medical device product (93/42/EEC).
More information can be found at http://www.heliotent.com.

This small handmade series HelioTents are “Made in Germany” and has to go through long-term testing all over the world and gets optimized step by step to a very cost effective and proven serial product. This HelioTent has passed all tests of TÜV (German technical service corporation), insurance and identifications and meets all necessary regulations including individual binding custom tariff information.

HelioTent = proven, fully sophisticated and ready for the world to use.
HelioTent = proven, fully sophisticated and ready for the world to use.

In order to keep HelioTent affordable, we optimized the filter for easier incorporation into the tent, we evaluated dozens of options for each component and their processing and negotiated unit prices with many of manufacturers across the globe. 

Ecofriendly HelioTent beats the Competition

The HelioTent is unlike any other sun-protection system, beach tent or sun shelter. It’s the first – and only – product to selectively filter out harmful sunrays while being highly efficient and without any harmful side-effects. Additionally, the HelioTent reduces seat-inducing infrared radiation, and allows sunlight to pass through to the skin which can convert sunlight to beneficial vitamin D, which promotes facilitates and enhances the tanning process. As a result, the person can proceed to bask in the sun with peace of mind. All skin types can reap the health benefits with this proper balance of sunlight.

The convenient HelioTent is durable. It’s sweat and drop-resistant, odor and allergenic free. The user can easily assembly it within three (3) minutes and immediately start to enjoy the healthy and anti-aging advantages over alternative solutions.

Stylish RED-Edition - exclusive at Kickstarter
Stylish RED-Edition - exclusive at Kickstarter

    Product Specs of HelioTent - RED Edition

  • Type: Arching shady sun-protection tent with HelioVital sun filter technology
  • Recommended for 1 adult (shade for 2 to 3 hours without changing position)
  • Area for 2 adults or 3 kids
  • Reclining area of floor: length 82.5” (210 cm), width 49.6” (126 cm)
  • Color: red
  • Material of fabric: Oxford 420 D Premium Polyester (100% Polyester - 300 gr/m²) (bottom/floor PVC coated)
  • Size set up: length 92.5” (235 cm) x width 51.2” (130 cm) x high 41.4” (105 cm)
  • Size rolled up in shoulder bag: 4.7” (12 cm) x 4.7” (12 cm) x 51.2” (130 cm)
  • Weight: about 9,6 lbs. (4,37 kg)
  • Construction: KD with flexible pole-system (free standing designed for easy setup and picked up by client)
  • Assembling: Quick and easy, easy transportation to beach or campsite
  • HelioVital filter film: MADE in GERMANY
  • HelioTent: Assembled in China

Cooler Sun Shade

You feel the cooling healthy shade immediate
You feel the cooling healthy shade immediate

Multi-awarded 

The trend-setting HelioVital key technology is multi-awarded because of its high health related and ecological benefits, e.g. as “Selected Landmark 2010” in the nation-branding initiative “Germany – Land of Ideas” by Federal President of Germany or “Good-Practice-Example” (patent initiative by German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology) or “Industriepreis” (for value of benefit and innovation as medical device) or “Future Award” (in category “Best Prototype”), etc.

HelioVital was selected to showcase at the future congress, dermatologic congress, and at state exhibitions which honors revolutionary materials which offers a real benefit to society and economy and as “ambassador” for attractive ideas and innovations for Germany, Country of Baden-Wuerttemberg and native region of HelioVital. 

Vital Sun - That's what makes our World go round and Germany talks about

(TV, radio, specialized & yellow press, scientific & consumer magazines, newspaper)
(TV, radio, specialized & yellow press, scientific & consumer magazines, newspaper)
  

Our Story

HelioTent was built by a passionate team that possessed the expertise in high-end, active living, life sciences and in international production. We have decades of experience developing consumer products, creating brands, establishing partnerships and launching businesses. Our team who has been through this before and we confident that we can now successfully produce the HelioTent in large quantities.

Why we need Your Help 

We are looking to raise only 25,000 €. The amount is so low, because we will initially manufacture a small quantity of HelioTents, which have already been pre-sold and will be delivered in June 2016. All partners in our international supply chain supports this product and its performance. We have already produced filter film for an additional 1000 HelioTents. Both the production of the film in Germany and its final manufacturing in China are now operational. We’ll use our campaign funding to initiate continuous and larger-scale manufacturing and get our first batch of HelioTents with our favorite red edition delivered by July 2016. The HelioTent is now ready for large-scale production as it has been successfully tested on a small scale production basis and we are very confident with our team, the network, product, technology and our supply chain partners.

We promise to update our backers frequently and we will be fully transparent about our process.

Info on illuummi Pledges

HelioVital meets “illuummi”: “illuummis” are lovely decorations designed by Thorsten, is made of special acrylic glass equipped with fluorescent properties. It transmits invisible UV-light into colorful shining visible light naturally without any battery or electrical current. They will brighten your day and glows especially at dusk and dawn as well on rainy, cloudy and foggy days. You can use this fluorescent weather-resistant decoration indoor or outdoor. HelioVital and illuummi use the power of sunlight to create a feel-good atmosphere.

Unique shining pledges designed by Thorsten
Unique shining pledges designed by Thorsten

That is why we need Your Help too 

Max (alone in the photo) wants us to design a larger HelioTent, so he can play with all his friends and family together.

3 year old Max enjoys playing in the sunshine
3 year old Max enjoys playing in the sunshine

 

Risks and challenges

We know how important it is for us fulfill our promises to you, our backers, and deliver the best quality HelioTent on time.
We know how difficult, complex and time consuming it is to produce and launch an innovation after undergoing a very difficult and meticulous concept and production process. Based on our experience of the pre- and post-production trials of the HelioTent, we now know all the fixed costs needed to produce, where to purchase supplies, and how to meet the minimum quantities that are on order. We are now experienced on how to manage the international logistics and quality assurance standards of subcontracting and finally how to ship the Tents to consumers. And we know the exact number of units that we will be producing in our first batch. That’s why we collaborated with the leaders in technology and science, and sourced all components directly from manufacturers, met all regulations, insurance standards, packaging standards and customs requirements.
We know how critical staff qualifications are within our supply chain and how important it is to have a second layer of quality controls conducted by us.
With this in mind, we’ve set a realistic funding goal that will allow us to produce enough units to achieve economies of scale and maintain profitability while delivering a quality HelioTent at the stated price point.

We’ve done everything that we can to streamline manufacturing and we’re ready to go as soon as we hit our funding goal. That being said, we realize that the biggest risk for HelioTent is delivering our product on time.
To that end, we see two primary challenges:

1. Production in Time
We plan on delivering the first batch of HelioTents in July for summer beach season.
We have already produced and checked the filter film for an additional 1000 pcs. of HelioTents in Germany and finished the first trial serial production in manufacturing to HelioTents in China. There is no shortage in production of filter film in Germany.
We have already established partnerships with manufacturers in China who have decades of experience with production of tents and are ready to begin additional mass production and increase current quantity of already sold HelioTent. Our internal team and our manufacturing partners all feel confident that we can deliver on time, but it’s possible that unforeseen issues will arise and cause delays. The most common issues are component shortages, facility issues, administration processes (e.g. customs), lengthy certification process, and failed QA. To mitigate these risks, we have a dedicated resource person on our team who meets regularly with our manufacturers to ensure that we stay on schedule. In addition, we are flying to China to meet with our manufacturers in person and ensure that the manufacturing process meets our high standards.
The main purpose of this campaign is to secure the necessary capital to lock-in discount pricing with the manufacturer on a long-term baisis and to stabilize the production. This will help ensure the HelioTent is available at an affordable price to everyone looking for an all-in-one solution for basking in the sun with peace of mind in an all-natural health beneficial, drug-free way.

2. Create a brand that people will instantly recognize
Our goal is to not only make the HelioTent available to market, but to create the best brand for healthier sun shade. We have to educate the world on the potential of benefits of filtered sunlight. To do this, we need your support from this initial campaign to not only fund our production, but also get the word out about what we’re developing.
In return, for your support, several perk levels have been made available that will allow you to experience this revolutionary product before it is made available to the general public - and at a price that won't be available anywhere else.

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