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Navigation goggles for ANY swimmer who swims in open water for recreation, endurance or competition. USAT Approved for competition.
Navigation goggles for ANY swimmer who swims in open water for recreation, endurance or competition. USAT Approved for competition.
Navigation goggles for ANY swimmer who swims in open water for recreation, endurance or competition. USAT Approved for competition.
231 backers pledged $62,317 to help bring this project to life.

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OnCourse goggles utilize the magnetic field of our beautiful Earth and are for ANY swimmer who swims in open water for recreation, endurance or competition and will guide you straight. USAT has approved them for use in sanctioned competition. Our electronic shell wraps around our goggles that are of the highest quality for comfort and fit and have polarized lenses with anti-fog coating. They fit great and you'll swim straight.

Your support and feedback has helped us reach the point that we are at today and we are almost ready for production.

You don't need to purchase our goggles or be a swimmer to help us realize our funding goal. Any contribution will be appreciated.

We need your help backing this project so that we can bring OnCourse Goggles to more athletes worldwide. We are creating an opportunity for the triathlete community to support our vision and get early, exclusive access to our product. 

When we first began developing OnCourse Goggles, it was very important that we address the human geometry and not only provide an amazing navigation product, but also high quality goggles that were very comfortable for the athlete to wear. As a result, a decision was made to release two models (sizes) rather than one; a Mid-Orbit fit and and Inner-Orbit fit. With your help and contribution, we can bring two models of OnCourse goggles to more swimmers, in more countries, on more continents this year.

The proceeds from our campaign will be used for molding, tooling, component purchases and other costs associated with building inventory of both models of OnCourse goggles so that we will have adequate supply to meet Customer demand. If our crowdfunding campaign surpasses our goal, we will offer additional colors and try to introduce yet a third model of OnCourse Goggles.

In developing OnCourse Goggles, we listened to swimmers throughout the world as they related their needs.  Many of these swimmers compete only with themselves, not in sanctioned competitions. Most open water swimmers struggle with swimming in a straight line towards a buoy or other target while practicing or during competition. In the absence of swimming lanes, swimmers tend to "zig-zag" through the water, wasting precious energy and slowing their performance. Many swimmers suffer from anxiety because there is no swimming lane and of course, there is no line visible at the bottom of the lake. We have a solution that we ask you to be a part of.

Prototypes from PCB to Assembly
Prototypes from PCB to Assembly

OnCourse Goggles contain an embedded high-precision electronic compass, accelerometer with tilt compensation, microprocessor (and we mean micro), rechargeable battery and our software. There's more to our incredible technology and it is all part of our flexible electronic circuit board that is embedded in the goggle shell. It's complicated on the inside, but incredibly simple on the outside. We achieved our goal of creating a product that is simple, beautiful and so easy to use that it does not require an instruction manual.

Our patent pending point-and-click design will allow the athlete to store a heading with a single button press. This simple yet elegant design will provide real time feedback during a swim directly to the goggles through a small LED array in each eyepiece. This feedback is immediate and will  assist the open water swimmer achieve the most efficient swim possible and improve their personal record. OnCourse Goggles will analyze the direction you are swimming and as you veer off course, the LEDs will notify you what direction you need to swim as well as the severity of deviation. Our technology also compensates for lateral currents of water and wind.

Reached the first buoy? Simply face the next buoy and set your heading with a single button press to stay on course. It's really that simple. (We are developing a feature that allows you to set the next heading with defined head movements).

The soft silicone gaskets in our goggles provide extended comfort over longer periods of time. OnCourse goggles feature polarized lenses, anti-fog coating, UV protection, good field of vision, a comfortable strap and soft protective case.

OnCourse goggles will be supplied with a USB cable which can be connected to a computer with USB Port, an iPhone wall adapter or the supplied automotive adapter to charge the goggles via the waterproof USB port. The lithium polymer battery in the goggles will recharge completely on your way to the swim in 45 minutes or less using the automotive adapter.

Circuit Boards Undergoing Microscopic Inspection
Circuit Boards Undergoing Microscopic Inspection

With OnCourse Goggles, no computer or clunky external GPS is required to lug around or set your course. There are no external parts or annoying cables to attach to your  head-strap; all of the components are integrated into the goggle shell.

Early on, the decision was made to strip out every unnecessary component until the device just stopped functioning, then add that one component back in that would restore the necessary function. This decision opened the door to production of the simplest navigation device possible for swimmers; navigation goggles that  would be so intuitive that  no instruction manual would be required.

We have carried this same philosophy to our marketing, website and fundraising efforts on Kickstarter; simple, direct and on point.

It starts with a button click.

The user presses the soft goggle skin near the temple to store a heading.

The goggles then provide feedback in the form of colored LEDs to keep the swimmer on a straight line of navigation. The electronics detect lateral forces from currents of water or wind.

The goggle simulation below is depicted above the water for reference and clarity, else the video would not be very appealing with a camera pointed at the bottom of the lake. This allows you to see how the prototypes work, as seen though a pair of goggles.

We've also posted a video below, demonstrating the assembly and our working product.

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Durante las puebas en el cenote "Dos Ojos", Quintana Roo, México
Durante las puebas en el cenote "Dos Ojos", Quintana Roo, México
Tilt Compensation for Pitch and Roll
Tilt Compensation for Pitch and Roll
Inside View of Functioning Goggles
Inside View of Functioning Goggles

Here's where we are at in development:

☑︎ Our patent application has been filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office
☑︎ Our circuit boards have been designed and are ready for production
☑︎ Functioning pre-production prototypes have been built and are being tested in Atlanta
☑︎ Our goggle designs are complete
☑︎ We have two models: Inner Orbit Fit and Mid-Orbit fit to reach the widest audience
☑︎ We have finalized the 3D files necessary for making the molds to send to production
☑︎ We are interviewing contract manufacturers and traveling to tour their facilities
☑︎ The design of our retail packaging is complete
☑︎ Closed beta testing of the functioning prototypes is continuing.

3D Scans of Our Goggles
3D Scans of Our Goggles

Here's where we are at with marketing:

☑︎ We are establishing distribution agreements with Tri-Shops and retailers
☑︎ We have purchase commitments from multiple distributors
☑︎ We are scheduling summer roads trips to meet with clubs to demo the Goggles
☑︎ We have secured  booths at major competitions in the fall
☑︎ Our retail store is complete online and ready to go live with one mouse click
☑︎ We are targeting MSRP of $199.00 for the goggles, USB Car charger and cable
☑︎ Our social networking Facebook page achieved over 12,000 organic "likes" in the first five week period it is now well over 16,000
☑︎ There is worldwide interest and demand for the product

Here's where we are at with compliance:

USAT Review On Course Goggles
USAT Review On Course Goggles

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Special thank you to Chrissi, Christophe, Javier, Jeff, Kailey, Gaby, Kyle, Luis, Nora, Rocio, Ryan, Susana and Susanne. Your commitment, dedication and undying support means the world to us and we appreciate you far more than words can ever say. Thank you to Matt and Sol from Del Sol Photography for some amazing images of our goggles in action.

Risks and challenges

DEMAND

Our sincere belief is that demand will exceed supply in the early phases of production. That is the main reason that we are raising funds through Kickstarter. Our product is revolutionary yet intuitive and desirable for any beginner or serious competitor. We intend to start production with our own capital in advance of Kickstarter funding.

MANUFACTURING DELAYS

Our embedded circuit board is a no brainer. All components have multiple sources. The outer shell of our goggles is part of our patent pending design that uses two sections to seal the electronics between two layers. The shell has been designed to very tight tolerances to create a proper seal. Unfortunately, there is no way of evaluating or testing the seal without first creating a mold and beginning the injection molding process. Of course we cannot tolerate any leaks, so this may require adjustments to the molds, or the specific silicone rubbers that are used during molding. This may cause unwanted delays if the molds need any redesign. Same thing for our supply chain; we've done our best to anticipate, but there are many variables associated with production that can alter our schedule.

INTERNATIONAL BACKERS

We've had interest in OnCourse Goggles from over 30 countries. We will ship OnCourse Goggles worldwide, with the exception of Argentina, Belarus, Cuba, and Asia. Backers will be responsible for duties, fees and taxes applicable to your country.

ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL

Proper fit for each athlete is extremely important. We realize that one size does not fit all. To address this, we have several designs completed for Mid-Orbit, and Inner Orbit fit. Once we understand the demand, we can adjust production of the goggles to meet the demand.

MARKET COMPETITION

There is a GPS only solution that is currently shipping. It has a bulky electronic-battery pack that attaches to the goggle strap and an adhesive LED array that glues on to the user's goggle lens. This concept is one that we considered, but rejected years ago as being too big, too bulky and too complicated. It's really just an idea; not an invention. We believe that this other device will help attract attention to our more elegant and simpler solution and when given a choice, athletes will select our product.

USE IN COMPETITION

This issue was addressed early on in our development when we were considering manufacturing the goggles.

On July 10, 2014, USAT has affirmed and approved the use of On Course Goggles in any of their sanctioned events:

"Upon review of the literature you sent, I find that your product, the On Course Goggles, are fully compliant with USAT Competitive Rules and are legal to use in any of our sanctioned events" - Charlie Crawford Commissioner of Officials USA Triathlon

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    We appreciate all contributions; no amount is too small.

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    • ALL backers will have their name optionally listed eternally on our website hall of fame.

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    Twenty five bucks helps and we appreciate that you chose to back our project.

    • Extreme gratitude and heartfelt thanks. Your name optionally listed eternally on our website hall of fame.

    • We'll mail you a cool OnCourse vinyl decal for your car or bike showing your support for our project.

    • Of course we'll keep you updated on our progress by email.

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    Fifty Dollars can do a lot to help us reach our goal, especially if you help by telling all of your friends.

    • You'll have our extreme gratitude and heartfelt thanks. Your name optionally listed eternally on our website hall of fame.

    • We will mail you an OnCourse nylon flyer for tossing around before or after your swim or at the park.

    • We promise to provide project updates via email.

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    LANDLUBBER SUPPORTER:

    Thanks for the hundo. You're not a swimmer but want to help in a big way. You gave up a dinner for two so that you could back our project. We'll put it to really good use building a quality product.

    • The Goggle Master will ship you an OnCourse insulated water bottle for your bike and a nylon flyer for tossing around at the park.

    • To show our appreciation, we'll send you a shout-out on our Facebook page and provide you with project updates via email.

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    THE SUPER EARLY-BIRD REWARD (Quantities Limited):

    Thank you so much for supporting our project.

    • One pair of OnCourse Goggles for less, before they are available in Tri-Shops and Retail Stores for $199.00. By selecting this reward, you'll save $50.00 and help us reach our goal.

    • Gratitude is an action, so we will send you a shout-out on Facebook page and provide you with project updates via email.

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    PARA NUESTROS CONTRIBUYENTES DE AMÉRICA LATINA

    Contribuye $149 Dólares o más
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    Recompensa para los primeros

    • Un par de OnCourse Goggles a precio rebajado antes de que estén disponibles en cualquier tienda deportiva o de triatlón. El precio después de Kickstarter será de $199.00 dólares. Al seleccionar esta opción estarás ahorrando $50 dólares, además de ayudarnos a alcanzar nuestra meta.

    • Te enviaremos constantemente nuestras actualizaciones por correo electrónico

    ¡Muchas gracias por apoyar nuestro proyecto!

    Fecha aproximada de envío Febrero 2016

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    THE EARLY-BIRD REWARD (Quantities Limited):

    Thank you so much for supporting our project.

    • One pair of OnCourse Goggles for less, before they are available in Tri-Shops and Retail Stores for $199.00. By selecting this reward, you'll save $25.00 and help us reach our goal.

    • Gratitude is an action, so we will send you a shout-out on Facebook page and provide you with project updates via email.

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    THE PRE-SALE BACKER REWARD A:

    Thank you for believing in us and for your generosity. Two-Fifty sends a powerful message of support.

    If you missed out on one of the Early Bird Rewards and you want a pair of goggles before they arrive in stores, this is your best bet and helps us a lot.

    • We will ship you one pair of final production OnCourse Goggles before they are in Tri-Shops and Retail Stores.

    • As an added bonus, our fashionistas will mail you an OnCourse Tri-Blend Tee Shirt and a nylon flyer.

    • Gratitude is an action, so we will send you a shout-out on Facebook page and provide you with project updates via email.

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    THE PRE-SALE BACKER REWARD B:

    Thank you for believing in us and for your generosity. Two-Fifty sends a powerful message of support.

    If you missed out on one of the Early Bird Rewards and you want a pair of goggles before they arrive in stores, this is your best bet and helps us a lot.

    • We will ship you one pair of final production OnCourse Goggles before they are in Tri-Shops and Retail Stores.

    • As an added bonus, our rewards team will mail you an OnCourse branded wall rack for your medals and a nylon flyer.

    • Gratitude is an action, so we will send you a shout-out on Facebook page and provide you with project updates via email.

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    THE TWOFER REWARD:

    Five Benjamins is an amazing contribution and show of support for our project. You didn't have to, but we are so glad that you did.

    • Two pair of final production On Course Goggles first run with case, autographed by the inventors, before they are in Tri-Shops and Retail Stores.

    • As an added bonus, our reward team will mail you two OnCourse branded wall racks to hang all of your medals and two Tri-Blend Tee Shirts.

    • A personalized shout out and thank you from the inventors, posted on our Facebook page and made available to you for download.

    • Extreme gratitude and heartfelt thanks. Your name optionally listed eternally on our website hall of fame. Project updates via email.

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    THE TRI-CLUB BUNDLE:

    It's great to have the support of your club behind us for our project.

    • We will ship you ten pair of OnCourse Goggles in OEM packaging (not for resale).

    • If you are able to travel to one of our test locations, your club will be invited to participate in an open water swim and then share a meal with the inventors and other swimmers on the team.

    As always you have our extreme gratitude and heartfelt thanks. Your name optionally listed eternally on our website hall of fame. Project updates via email.

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    THE EARLY ADOPTER & TESTER:

    As an early adopter, you want to help and see us succeed and you'd like to be part of something cool.

    •We will ship you one pair of OnCourse Goggles "Kickstarter Beta Test Edition" and invite you behind the scenes to provide feedback on refining the product prior to final manufacturing.

    • If you are able to travel to one of our test locations, you will be invited to participate in an open water swim and then share a meal with the inventors and other swimmers on the team. Unfortunately we are not permitted to offer travel as a reward option.

    • The Goggle Master will ship you a pair of OnCourse goggle from the final production run before they are available in Tri-Shops.

    • You will receive an invitation to our launch party, but travel is not included.

    As always you have our extreme gratitude and heartfelt thanks. Your name optionally listed eternally on our website hall of fame. Project updates via email.

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    THE ANGEL BACKER:

    You've been a believer since we drew our designs on a napkin. You just want to help and see us succeed.

    For the first year of production, we will print your name or logo on our website and retail packaging, stating: "This product was made possible with contributions from: [Your Name] or [Logo]." This reward limited to five backers so as to not diminish the value of your ad.

    You’ll receive an invitation to our launch party and have a seat at the head table with the inventors and our development team. Unfortunately we are not permitted to offer travel as a reward option.

    We'd be remiss if we didn't state that you will have our extreme gratitude and heartfelt thanks.

    You'll be one of the first to receive Project updates via email.

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