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A wearable battle system that keeps score electronically using magnets.
A wearable battle system that keeps score electronically using magnets.
114 backers pledged $13,572 to help bring this project to life.
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WINNING

Is there a better feeling than vanquishing your opponent after a hard fought battle? The look in their eyes when they know they gave it everything they had, but it just wasn't good enough. At MagneTag, we make technology so you can taste sweet victory.

WHAT IS MAGNETAG?
 

MagneTag is an advanced system of wearable magnetic field sensors. They are designed to electronically detect the foamy blows of justice you rain down on your (fr)enemies using our arsenal of magnetically enhanced foam swords, ninja stars, and blaster darts.  

Our core demographics are kids and drunk people.
Our core demographics are kids and drunk people.

HOW DOES IT WORK? 

Magnets dude, magnets.  I personally hold two degrees in physics and I still don't fully understand their magical powers.  We employ a phenomenon known as electromagnetic induction: when a magnet moves near a conductor, it makes the electrons want to move around too.  We can measure that!  

Our user testing shows that less than 7% of small children cry while playing MagneTag.
Our user testing shows that less than 7% of small children cry while playing MagneTag.

FUN. IRL. 

I feel like I spend 80% of my waking life looking at pixels on a screen.  When I'm not making spreadsheets and powerpoints, I'm insta-snapping my face-tweets.  And kids, don't even get me started...  Stop swiping on your smart phone, and start swiping with foam swords.

IS IT SPORT OR A GAME? 

I don't know. But you need more cardio probably.  I can't play for more than a few mintues without breaking a sweat.  Start training now so you can be ready when the zombies show up.


 

Love is weird
Love is weird

The MagneTag sensor comes with a default game mode of "3 hits and you are out".  There is a loud beeper that tells you you have been hit, and a full color LED that changes with each loss of health.  

I would never use my own child as target practice...
I would never use my own child as target practice...
Over 3 hours of play time per charge
Over 3 hours of play time per charge

Hardware Studio Connection is new initiative from Kickstarter, Avnet, and Dragon Innovation, providing resources and support for independent hardware creators. We are proud to be in the innaugural class of participants in this program. This campaign has been vetted by 3rd party engineers to ensure our meticulous planning is on target.  We won't let you down! 

This sensor is designed to be made without expensive tooling which can often cause production timelines to slip. Its basically just a 6"x6" circuit board with rubber edge trim, a couple of screws, strap webbing, and plastic buckles.   Instead of working with a foreign manufacturer, we will source from the USA and assemble everything in-house.   

Your trusty partner in the battles to come. This is not for the kiddies, ages 13 and up.
Your trusty partner in the battles to come. This is not for the kiddies, ages 13 and up.
"GET TO DA CHOPPA!" you yell as you slam in another magazine of magnetic darts.
"GET TO DA CHOPPA!" you yell as you slam in another magazine of magnetic darts.

Literally anything can be magnetized and be compatible with our system.  We love pool noodles because they are the safest and cheapest. Gloves or socks are also easy to magnetize.  I'm not suggesting you go all Walker Texas Ranger on anyone, but you could.  Note: the bigger the magnet, the longer the effective range of the tagger.   

You can shove magnets into the tips of standard blaster darts. You can tape them to anything you want.
You can shove magnets into the tips of standard blaster darts. You can tape them to anything you want.
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You made it this far down the page.  You must really be thinking about backing this project.  What more can I say to convince you?  

Want to watch my "Shark Tank" style pitch? I'm more of an engineer than a salesman, but I gave it my best shot.

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Risks and challenges

Making 500 to 5000 of anything is challenging. Its a lot of work but not a big enough job to take advantage of mass production. This is not the first rodeo for team MagneTag. If you search this site you will find our first unsuccessful Kickstarter. Even though we didn't raise enough money, in the following year we shipped over 200 units of that initial design. The people that bought them were very happy, but we decided to change the product because there was too much labor involved, which means we had to sell them at a price most people couldn't afford. We think we have solved this problem with the newest iteration.

This project has greatly reduced risks. Taking a page from the IKEA manual: It is dead simple to put together. We will likely end up having to assemble these units with a small team, so it is designed accordingly.

Finally we have been participating in the Hardware Studio Connection program (https://hardware.studio/connection) which has partnered us with professional design engineers to review our production plans and costs to make sure we can deliver our rewards on time and on budget. You can have confidence when you back this project that we will get you your MagneTag!

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    Fridge Magnet

    Are you a conscientious objector to foam warfare? You can still show us love and get exclusive updates. And you get a fridge magnet. So meta.

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    Find-A-Friend

    Get creative and put magnets in anything you want! One sensor is great for target practice or a fun game of H.O.R.S.E. Convince your friend to get one too!

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    • 10× small magnets
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    DIY Duel

    Craft your own magnetic arsenal and prepare for battle!

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    • 20× small magnets
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    Early Bird Saber Duel

    You found out about MagneTag before it was cool. You get the first ones off the line.

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    Saber Duel

    Jump right into the action with our MagneTag Sabers.

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    • MagneTag Saber
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    The Ultimate Duel

    Have the entire MagneTag arsenal at your disposal.

    Includes:
    • MagneTag Sensor
    • MagneTag Saber
    • MagneTag Ninja Star
    • 12× Magnetic foam darts
    • 20× small magnets
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    Family Pack

    Teamwork makes the dream work. Watch each other's back as you battle for glory in 2 v 2 action.

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    • MagneTag Saber
    • MagneTag Sensor
    • MagneTag Ninja Star
    • 40× small magnets
    • 24× Magnetic foam darts
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    Its Business Time

    Add MagneTag to your family entertainment or event business. Stand out from the competition.

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    • 100× small magnets
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    Its Business Time (w Sabers)

    Add MagneTag to your family entertainment or event business. Stand out from the competition.

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    The Elon Musk Package

    Elon, we will personally fly out to your secret underground lair to discuss how we can make MagneTag an event in the Martian Olympics.

    Includes:
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    • 10× MagneTag Saber
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