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LiteCans - Modular Flashlight System

Arduino programmable - "Swiss Army" Flashlight LiteCans - Choose to Survive - 2019

LiteCans - Modular Flashlight System

Arduino programmable - "Swiss Army" Flashlight LiteCans - Choose to Survive - 2019

£2,123
pledged of £23,000pledged of £23,000 goal
24
backers
21days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, October 9 2019 2:06 PM UTC +00:00.

About

The LiteCans slogan “Choose to Survive” reflects your choice of modules combined with the aspiration of the indomitable spirit of a survivor.

Recognizing the different levels of support out there amongst future LiteCans users I have tried to create targets that everyone can be a part of.   

We have designed the pocket sized "Small Can" which attaches to your keyring, for the days when you don't need a flashlight.  Allowing you to keep a few select essentials constantly within reach.

The heart of LiteCans is the precision machined and anodised Core. It is totally waterproof and protects the powerful Cree XML LED powered by an 18650 cell. 

If you are a techie who loves to hack your tools the LiteCans flashlight core allows you to reprogramme its microprocessor to custom levels of illumination, SOS flashing sequences or customise the button press functions. 


We currently have four bolt-on modules ready for manufacture: 

The design of the stainless steel LiteCans Belt Clip has been developed over many iterations, each one getting closer to the look, feel & function that I was looking for.  As a thank you for backing my campaign I will send one free belt clip of your choice along with every module.

The LiteCans story begins, as every story should, with a couple of friends & I enjoying a drink around a campfire. We cooked our days catch, built up the fire and sat back to relax for the evening. When night had fallen & the fire died down it became time to turn in & our attention turned away from the embers. I reached for a flashlight and then began hunting for the matches (which we should have put away during daylight).

The region's weather meant that if we didn’t stash our essentials close by and in a watertight container there would be no morning coffee. An event that would inevitably cause a chain reaction, sending our day spiraling out of control.

After a couple of days of this routine & being a product designer by nature “LiteCans” began to develop. Starting out as a super powerful flashlight & a beautifully machined match store we quickly realised the value of having a bone dry tinder box closeby.  

Our emergency coins fit snugly under the tinderbox and so in one hand we had a flashlight, dry matches, tinder & coins. Our LiteCans modules and their usefulness grew from there.   

A few months later, finding ourselves on a similar camping trip, we were prepared with our first machined Aluminium prototypes. They were hand turned, unanodised and needed developing but they performed well & even during the worst storm nature could throw at us, we had a blast! 

I wanted to give you a glimpse into the development process this project has followed. After sketching and re-sketching the initial idea in pen & ink all of the components were designed in a Computer Aided Design software. This allowed me to develop the design to quite an advanced stage even before machining the first parts out of aluminium. These '3D' models were then used to produce the '2D' manufacturing drawing from which a local machine shop could turn the initial prototypes & blanks. This then enabled me to use my home lathe to hone the fit, form and function of every part and field test them before using a precision prototyping company to manufacture the final design that you can see in our Kickstarter flix.

Risks and challenges

Your LiteCans rewards will be assembled in Cornwall, England. However parts will come from all over our world.

We will do everything we can to ensure your reward ships on time but there are certain situations outside our control that may cause delays. Equally we may find ourselves having to reject certain manufactured parts due to our exacting expectations regarding quality.

If we do see delays we will give you regular and accurate updates.

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