Sidekick is a companion light for GoPro cameras that provides a wide smooth 600 lumen beam to complement the camera in low light or backlit conditions where a strong fill light can make a huge difference in the quality of the images.
The key design drivers are light weight, powerful wide flood beam, and seamless mounting to allow Sidekick to go wherever a GoPro camera goes. To keep it lightweight, Sidekick uses Li-ion rechargeable battery delivering the best power to weight ratio and top of the line Cree XM-L U2 LED. In order to handle the wide range of environments the Sidekick is completely waterproof and can handle pressure up to 200 feet underwater. Charging is external so the user never needs to open or compromise the light’s seal.
Variations on Sidekick include the addition of a spot beam for navigation on the Duo model and an accessory mount that allows the light to mount on top of the camera specifically for underwater imaging.
So far the response has been incredible:
What is Sidekick?
Sidekick is the perfect companion light for GoPro cameras. It is the smallest, lightest, most powerful light ever designed to mount with a GoPro.
What are the key features of Sidekick?
Sidekick delivers a powerful 600-lumen flood beam for a full hour and is certified to the FL-1 standard.
Sidekick mounts next to the camera with a simple, secure, low-profile arm that works with all existing GoPro mounts.
The Sidekick Duo adds a 400-lumen spot beam that is great for navigation. The two-button control makes adjusting on the fly fast and easy.
The flood beam is super smooth and wide for capturing great images.
Sidekick is factory sealed and waterproof to 200 feet. You never need to open it. Charging is external with a slide-on USB adaptor.
Who is Sidekick for?
Anyone using a GoPro action camera in low light or backlit situations.
Why are we building Sidekick?
Great images depend on light and the sun is not always up to the task. The GoPro camera deserves a light that fits with its form factor and is easy to use. We set out to invent a purpose-built light that sits along side the camera and goes wherever the GoPro goes.
What is the problem we are solving?
The problem is twofold.
First: GoPro cameras need a lot of light to capture great images – not every epic moment recorded happens in bright daylight.
Second: There are not any adequate lighting solutions for GoPro cameras. The limited offerings do not have a wide enough beam or power to light the GoPro’s field of view. Nor do they have the waterproof ability to go anywhere the GoPro goes. The current options are not integrated securely with the camera to capture high-speed action shots.
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Technical design elements of Sidekick
Sidekick uses an 18650 Li-ion battery. These batteries have the highest power to weight ratio available. This means more light for longer than conventional Li-po flat packs like the standard GoPro battery.
Sidekick uses the latest Cree U2 LED. The U2 has the highest lumen per watt available. Other companies use arrays of cheaper LEDs. We go for the best. A single LED is easier and lighter than other ways of delivering light and creates the smoothest beam.
In short Sidekick is smaller, lighter, and more powerful than most any rechargeable light around under $150. The dual beam is a novel feature designed to give flexibility to match different activities and styles of adventure.
The Project is awaiting market confirmation and funding of $50,000 to enable us to move the design to high volume production tooling.
What is next?
We have built 6 prototypes that we have been riding and diving. The results of the initial testing have led us to adjust the design to allow for a wider beam, add a battery status indicator light, create a second version with a spot beam for general navigation, and add an accessory mount that places the light over the camera.
We are now ready to release all the parts for an initial production run of 2000 units. These units will be machined from solid Aluminum billet, anodized and laser etched and reserved for our backers. Once we raise the funds from this special edition run, we will transition the design into die cast and molded parts to allow us to move into lower cost, higher production volume.
Jan 13- Feb 10 Kickstarter
Feb 15 - March 15 CNC Machine and assemble special edition production run of 2000 units
Feb 1 - 5 CE approval testing based on final prototypes
Mar 15 - Apr 15 Map the design to die cast and molded parts and release for tooling
June 1 - begin assembly of tooled production parts and ship to dealers
Risks and challenges
Our team has 8 years of experience designing and building high power, compact LED lights. We are confident in the Sidekick design however; Sidekick is a new market and a new form factor in lighting. We have never built a light dedicated to only one use. There is market risk for Light & Motion. Kickstarter validation will give us the confidence to launch this new light, invest in building the market and purchase all the tooling needed to move the product into full production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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