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Nagle Industries, LLCBy Nagle Industries, LLC
First created
Nagle Industries, LLCBy Nagle Industries, LLC
First created
$1,577
pledged of $88,000pledged of $88,000 goal
8
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, September 27 2015 2:04 AM UTC +00:00

About

GlowTie : A light up Bow-tie

The Glow-Tie is a self-contained electronic bow-Tie.  The only limiting factors of what you can do with it are LED placement and your imagination.

Mesmerizing Displays of random "Games of Life"
Mesmerizing Displays of random "Games of Life"

Specifications  

  • 67 RGB LEDs 
  •  ATMEGA32U4 MicroController 
  • ReProgramable over USB 
  • Recharges Over Micro-USB at 1 amp 
  • 1000+ mAh Li-ion Cell 
  • Up to 10 hours continuous use 
  • Cell protection and Low voltage auto-shutdown 
  • Open Hardware (TAPR) and Open Software!
Glow-Tie is Open Hardware.
Glow-Tie is Open Hardware.

Manufacturing 

The design is ready to move into production now. A production-ready hardware design and feature rich firmware have been completed. Enclosure mold design will still need to go through a final approval once a manufacturer is finalized and a particular injection machine selected.  

All funds raised will go into facilitating the Glow-Tie manufacturing; costs include pay for tooling, parts, and operator / machine time. Tooling costs cover molds for the enclosure and the NRE (non-recurring engineering) expenses incurred with PCB manufacturing run and PCB assembly.

I Know Glow Fu.
I Know Glow Fu.
Total to Build 750 GlowTies = $88,252
Total to Build 750 GlowTies = $88,252
Your choice of a solid color will make a classic match to that ivory dinner jacket.
Your choice of a solid color will make a classic match to that ivory dinner jacket.
Gary with the Best Boys
Gary with the Best Boys
A Glow-Tie Looks Quite Dashing With Formal Attire.
A Glow-Tie Looks Quite Dashing With Formal Attire.
Glow-Tie Lets one pull off any look... and look Smashing!
Glow-Tie Lets one pull off any look... and look Smashing!

Risks and challenges

The design for the Glow-Tie is stable and finished. Designed for manufacture, the project has gone through multiple PBC revisions and many tests. A lot of product development went into removing small idiosyncrasies and negative design aspects. All of that was finished before this campaign started. Changes should only be made to refinements in the manufacturing processes.

The biggest worries associated with the project are the scale-up of the supply chain to manufacturing, and the performance of assembly contract manufacturers. Some of the assembly manufacturing may be able to be kept in-house in the funding goes well.

Over $7,500 has already been spent buying critical parts; the 1 amp Li-ion IC and the ATMEGA32U4, for example, have already been purchased in anticipation to avoid long lead times or shortages. Component availability will not slow down making the first 1000 GlowTies.

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    Yogurt: Its nutritious, delicious, and provides a good protein base to help you keep going all day long (and sometimes, all night). Buy Gary or one of the helping hands one, because he is gonna need a lot of it.(No one drinks coffee). You get access to the comments and backer-only updates.

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    Home-Made art, not available in stores!: I'll hand draw a personalized picture of a dog wearing a Glow-Tie. or a cat. or a hippopotamus in space, or whatever you want. It'll sure be "art" alright, but I can't promise I'd put it on MY fridge. Would wait to ship with a Glow-tie (if you order one) AND actually want it to be shipped to you. Otherwise, I would email you a PDF scan and the original will be destroyed.

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    Early Bird get the last worm: One regular production Glow-Tie, shipped after all the others are fulfilled.

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    Regular Production: One Glow-Tie. 'Nuff said?

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    FIRST PRODUCTION Batch:
    One Glow-Tie, Ready to Rock.
    You will get one of the first production run units using the already acquired critical parts.

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    Eve of Production: Get one of the First 24 Finalized Glow-Ties. Guaranteed to ship before Dec 24th 2015, even if they have to be hand assembled.

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    Prototype Glow-Tie: You get one of the prototype Glow-Ties (as seen in the video) shipped right after the campaign ends.

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Funding period

- (32 days)