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100% FUN GUARANTEE

If you don't notice an increase in the amount of fun you are having when you wear this product, we will happily refund the amount that you backed us. No questions asked.

Light up clothing is taking over the modern party scene. From light up shoes to glowing hats, people are showing off their high-tech gear all over the world. We love this technology, but we realized that something was severely lacking in the existing products out there: None of them respond to you, transferring your individual style and personality to the light displays on your outfit.

 

Enter Lumactive Designs. Using our patent pending motion sensing algorithms we have developed an outfit that analyzes your body position in real time and creates custom patterns based on your individual movements. Move right, and a bubble of color floats up off your right hip. Move up and down and create bright flashes across your chest. Better yet, just dance and watch the outfit respond to each subtle movement of your body, Lumactive will take care of the rest. With 3 unique modes to choose from we have something for every situation, from letting loose on the dance floor to night time bike rides, or even just relaxing between songs. 

Lumactive Suspenders are the first product in our line of movement reactive clothing. If you help us get funded we will be integrating this technology into all kinds of fun wearables and accessories! 

Watch these videos to see how to control the patterns in each of the 3 modes using just your body movements!  

AllStar Mode

This mode is meant to create the most dramatic light displays possible, giving you control over each element of the pattern.

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Fire and Ice Mode 

This mode was created to adjust to your mood. Whether you are laying around, walking, or dancing, it will adjust the patterns to match your activity level.

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High Visibility Mode  

The final mode was added to solve more practical problems, such as riding your bike home at the end of the night, or searching for your dropped keys. The 'headlight' and 'taillight' don't move, but the background colors are modulated by your movements.

Transition Effects 

Every time you turn the controller on, or switch between modes, a colorful transition effect will bring you from one mode to the other.

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Adjusting the Brightness 

To adjust the brightness, press and hold the mode button. You will see a red bar with white ends scroll up onto the display. While still holding the button, tilt the controller to adjust the brightness. Release the button when you see the brightness level you like.

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We spent countless hours fine tuning our movement recognition algorithms and designing the most fun and interactive patterns possible. Each of the three modes is tailored to a different situation, and has been extensively tested to make it easy and fun for the first time user, but also to allow advanced users to specifically trigger different effects to create deliberate patterns.

With these unique features the Lumactive suspenders are ready to team up with you to take over the night! 

The design is based on a standard pair of Y-shaped suspenders. There are three easy to use suspender clips, one on the end of each strap. You can wear it like regular suspenders, toss it around your neck like a scarf, hold it out in your hands to watch the effects crawl up your arms, stick it to your backpack, or anything else you can think of! 

Just a few of the different ways to wear it
Just a few of the different ways to wear it

It comes in two sizes, small and large. 

The suspenders come in two different sizes
The suspenders come in two different sizes

For the most accurate reactions to your body movements, position the controller in your waistband behind your back, with the belt clip facing outwards. However, don't be afraid to get creative with it! Whatever body part or accessory you attach the controller to will control the lights with it's movement. 

How to position the controller
How to position the controller

The garment is made of lustrous acrylic fur that disperses the light from 60 different individually controlled LED pixels, each capable of creating millions of color combinations.

The centerpiece of the technology is a small controller that holds two AA batteries and clips on to your waistband. This controller houses the accelerometer and processor that turn your movements into dazzling light displays. 

The battery life is around 7 hours at normal brightness. Decreasing to low brightness extends the life to about 9 hours, and increasing to max brightness brings the life down to about 6 hours. You can use any off the shelf AA batteries. We did extensive testing using Energizer Pro Rechargeable AA batteries off Amazon with great results. Batteries are not included with the Kickstarter rewards.

These suspenders will make a serious impression at any festival, rave, late night bike ride, house party, night run, or any other night time event! Let us know where you take it!

  

 * About the Hackers Specials * 

The LEDs are WS2812 individually addressable LEDs. With the 'Suspenders and LEDs Only' option you can design your own controller to light up your garment. With the 'Controller and LEDs Only' option you can sew the LED strips into your own clothing to make your own original outfit using our movement reactive technology. However, if anyone makes a movement reactive Santa Claus suit we insist that you send us a photo or video.

  

Chance Stitcher, Viviana López, and Alex Johnson
Chance Stitcher, Viviana López, and Alex Johnson

Chance Stitcher and Alex Johnson have been working on projects together since high school (18 years ago). At some point Chance dove into Industrial Design with a focus on apparel at the Art Institute of Portland, and Alex stuck his head into Electrical Engineering at Oregon State University. These years involved many trips up and down the I-5 corridor to meet up, form ideas, and go backpacking in the Oregon woods. After working for a few years at Texas Instruments in Tucson, Alex returned to Portland and helped build up the electrical engineering departments of two startup companies, in solar energy and in aerospace. Chance meanwhile honed his skills as a product designer at Shwood, and before long the meetings and ideas resumed and projects came to life such as the HandleBar: a pedal powered bar with a dance floor, solar panels for the sound system, and of course lots of blinky sound reactive lighting. 

The Handlebar was very interactive!
The Handlebar was very interactive!

Along the way Alex met Viviana Lopez, who he fell in love with not only for her impressive dance moves, but also for her mind. With a bachelors and masters in science and a dozen certifications, she has been an integral part of the project and has helped with everything from website design to tax returns, and loads of moral support.  

As Chance and Alex's projects grew in scope each year, the focus remained the same: create things that are as interactive, inclusive, and exciting as possible. In 2016 the first prototypes of the Lumactive products were born in the form of a tie, a belt, and of course suspenders. Although these initial prototypes were extremely crude, the response they got was incredible. Fueled by the enthusiasm from the people around us, we pushed forward creating 5 different revisions of the garment, 4 revisions of the circuit board, 3 revisions of the enclosure, and endless revisions of the code, until finally we felt like we couldn't improve things any further.

Of course, it took much more than three people to get the project this far, and a very special thanks goes out to Ava Johnson, Nathan Mitchell, Jimena Cabello, Ekaterina Voronova, Bob Lindemann of SCORE, and Stephen Aalberg of Pointed Productions. Thanks for all your help and support!

Now we stand here at the gates of success, and we just need your help to turn the key. Everything is ready to go, but we don't have the funds left to buy the injection mold, which is $5,000, or the circuit boards, which need to be built in quantity in order to become affordable. So we are asking for your help to get enough pre-orders to make this possible. So finally, thanks to those who are already helping to fund us on Kickstarter, we can't do it without you!!!

Risks and challenges

We have spent countless hours preparing this project for the Kickstarter stage. Our designs are finalized, our prototypes tested, and we have proven out as much of our supply chain as possible with small test runs. We have backup suppliers for every item, and will be using more local suppliers for our initial build in order to minimize risk and turn times. We will also be doing all of the sewing and final assembly right here in Portland to keep a close eye on quality control, resolve any issues quickly as well as to provide jobs within our local community.

That said, there are some risks that we have to accept until we receive the funding to make it happen. We have not yet built the injection mold, since this requires a large upfront cost that we need the Kickstarter funding to cover. There is also still some imported material that could be delayed at customs or in shipping. We don't expect this to be the case, and have been working with our suppliers for months to get everything ready, but there are some things that we can't control.

Our goal is to be shipping units by July so we can get these out in time for the summer festivals. We plan to begin sewing before the Kickstarter ends, and already have the wheels in motion on everything we have been able to afford on our own. Our domestic sourcing should help us react quickly if we get a better than expected response.

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