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$1,175
pledged of $75,000pledged of $75,000 goal
44
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, March 6 2016 4:03 PM UTC +00:00

About

What is it?

LampChamp is a patent pending light bulb socket adapter with a 'utility' USB port.  This allows you to transform almost any lamp into a charging station.

Charging output is 2 amps which means it can charge almost every smart device - including tablets!

Why?

Charging devices has become the new normal in our lives and finding a convenient outlet is always the challenge.  Not to mention, the cables included with our devices are typically only one meter long.  LampChamp was born out of necessity: How do you continue to use electronic devices while charging and relaxing?  Extension cords, moving furniture and sitting next to outlets are some of the common workarounds.  But this is inconvenient and usually awkward.  We noticed that in most homes, a table lamp is near common relaxing locations.  Sofas, recliners and beds, to name a few.

Concept Development

LampChamp began with a simple sketch.

There have been many iterations of LampChamp to get to its current design.  We used our 3D printer to evaluate ergonomics and usability while evolving this product.  From sketch to working factory sample!  :)

Proof of concept factory prototype

The factory prototype helped us better understand the internal component layout.  There was plenty of room to safely house the electronics and possibly allow for future versions with new and exciting features.

Originally, we wanted a downward facing USB port but through our design evaluation process, we learned that this orientation only works well in the traditional wire frame lamp shade structures.  The USB port was relocated to the side which also worked our nicely from a PCB design standpoint leaving the product with clean simple look.

Testing the factory sample

LampChamp has a simple rocker switch to control power to the light bulb. This allows constant power to the USB port for night time charging.

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Industrial Design

Once we received a functional circuit board, we refined the final aesthetics for LampChamp.  There was a lot of internal space that was unused.  Making the LampChamp as small as possible was very important to making it versatile.  

The final industrial design is very sleek.

Technical

Timeline

Our manufacturing partner has provided at VERY conservative development schedule to complete tooling and production - shipped to the US.  

Risks and challenges

Our manufacturing partner has developed and manufactured Consumer Electronics for large corporations like Apple. They have planned a VERY conservative development schedule which should get product here before December 2016.

No product development cycle is without its hiccups and consumer electronics is no exception. We have had initial conversations with the UL offices in China and the US to get LampChamp aligned with safety specs. We had to do a lot of research to get these UL specs. However, once tooling and PCB design is completed, we have to get LampChamp into the hands of the UL testing facility to make sure they are safe for our supporters. We do not expect any significant issues as this project is very mature in its initial development.

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    Motel conversion pack of 100 LampChamps!
    Bring your motel rooms into the 21st century! We will include a flyer to let your guests know where to look for the LampChamp. Shipping to lower 48 only.

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    Hotel conversion pack of 500 LampChamps!
    Modernize your hotel rooms and let your guests take one home - just add it to their bill ;) We will include a flyer to let your guests know where to look for the LampChamp. Shipping to lower 48 only.

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    Distributor pack of 2,000 LampChamps in a custom plastic color of your choice. We will also include our retail packaging - a crystal clear tube with label bands and a hanger tab. Shipping to lower 48 states included.

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