A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
The most effective way to be seen when you ride
Monkey Lights are LED lights that mount on the wheels of your bike. They're incredibly bright, durable and fun. All of our Monkey Lights are clearly visible from every direction. By illuminating the wheels, the moving light greatly increases visibility - even on a crowded street.
We're introducing 3 sleek new designs that are ridiculously easy to use. Our new lights are fully automatic - just ride your bike and they turn on when you need them. These 3rd generation lights fit nearly any bike and they're more affordable than ever.
Since 2007 we've been making cycling more safe and more fun for everyone. Join us - help fulfill our vision by pledging your support and sharing this project with your friends!
All of our new models reliably turn on when you need them. Just ride your bike. Our unique triple-sensor technology detects wheel rotation and light levels. It won't accidentally turn on if it just gets bumped on a bike rack. If you still want a power button, our A15 & A30 lights let you choose between Off, On, and Smart-Auto-On yourself.
Our lights include a stainless steel strap for locking the light onto your spokes. You can't forget your lights when you leave home or work, and you can't lose them. The USB-battery capsule pops out for indoor charging, and should last for months between charges.
You may only need to charge your light 4-6 times per year. (A10 and A15 models)
Confidence on the Road
We've talked to thousands of our customers around the world. They tell us how much they love our lights, and how confident they feel when they ride. No matter where you ride, it really helps to know that you'll be visible from every direction.
Durable and Affordable
The best bike lights shouldn't just be for an elite few. Our products feature a solid rubber molding that lasts for years in the worst conditions. We give you a 3-year warranty. Our new Monkey Lights fit nearly any type of bike and are more affordable than ever. (Check minimum wheel size in the specification chart. Bicycle wheels with spokes are required).
Sleek and Functional Design
Our new models are thinner than ever. Our solid rubber molding lets us make our lights thinner than any type of plastic shell. The lights last for years and won't crack or scratch.
A10 & A15: Smaller than a typical wheel reflector, these lights put out 25 - 40 lumens of light.
Patented Hub-Mount Battery: Our hub-mount battery offsets the (small) weight of the light and minimizes rotating weight. This keeps your wheels balanced and responsive when you ride.
A30: The A30 is less than half the size of its predecessor, yet it packs all the functionality and more. A30 introduces a new molding method that lets us create a more rounded, aerodynamic profile.
Colors & Themes
A10 Combo: Set of 2 lights with a classic look: White on your front wheel and Red on your back wheel.
A15: Full color: includes 8 colors and 5 simple themes that you can change anytime with the press of a button. Themes include solid colors, stripes, and blends.
A30: More light, more color and more fun. The A30 includes over 40 amazing patterns that display as you ride. Use the buttons to change anytime - or leave the light in shuffle mode. The A30 is bright & visible at any speed, and the patterns are visible from 10 to 40 mph (15 to 65 km/h).
What our testers are saying
We've rolled out prototypes for riders to test in real conditions. They loved what they experienced. Now we're ready to reach out to the Kickstarter community to get these lights out onto the market. And we're offering them an affordable price so they can be accessible for any rider.
How do I use it?
1) Install your light: Mount your light and battery to your bike wheel and secure with our anti-theft strap.
2) Ride your bike.
With the A15 or A30, you can change colors or patterns if you like, or just leave your light in shuffle mode.
How does it work?
Each light contains a row of ultra-bright LEDs. The light is bright and visible at any speed. Once you start rolling, colorful effects and patterns are created within your wheel.
The light attaches to your spokes, and the battery pack secures to your hub. The light turns on automatically when your wheel starts to spin in low light conditions. The battery is USB-rechargeable.
Specifications and Details
Which light is right for me?
Pledges and Rewards
We need your support to bring these new products to life. We're offering a discount off of retail price and a special message on the light itself for our Kickstarter backers - Thanks!!
We plan to start shipping these lights in June or July 2017. See our timeline below:
Stay tuned! We'll update this section with stretch goals when we're ready.
We've been making Monkey Lights since 2007. We design, test and manufacture at our facility near San Francisco, California. We're real people and we all use our bikes to get around town. We're dedicated to making your bike ride safer and more fun.
We joined the Kickstarter community in 2011 when we funded our M210 Monkey Light. We followed that up with our Monkey Light Pro in 2013. We sell our products around the world, and we've been blown away by the positive feedback that we've received. Our M232 now has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon, with 277 five-star reviews.
Help support our vision by sharing this project with your friends!
Not everything goes perfectly. We have experienced a couple of road bumps along our journey so far, and faced our own set of challenges like many other crowdfunded projects out there. We've delivered 2 Kickstarter projects so far and look forward to applying lessons we've learned as we bring our new 3rd generation of products to life. We'll share our story with you as we go.
There are a number of potential risks:
* Reliability risk - We know our lights will be solid, but we are making significant changes to our battery pack. We plan to offer a 3-year warranty and want to make our lights bombproof enough to live up to that. If we discover any problems in testing, we will continue to iterate our designs until our thorough standards are met. This may manifest itself as a delay in schedule.
* Appearance - In testing, we may decide to redesign parts of the lights. This may result in a product that may look slightly different than the prototypes we're presenting in this campaign.
* Supply chain - Making these lights isn't possible without a global network of component suppliers. We'll be working with companies that we already have a relationship with to minimize the risk of supply disruptions.
* Manufacturing - We already operate a manufacturing line and we've tested our new prototype designs on the line. Even so, the new designs are not finalized and there is a chance of unforeseen challenges in manufacturing the lights.
We've planned our timeline knowing that these risks exist. We are approaching this project with humility, but with confidence in knowing that we have successfully brought 2 previous generations of lights to market.