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.
How do you like the sound of a new, solidly built advanced smart hoop?
What if that hoop was gapless with high brightness LEDs capible of producing 16.8 million colors?
What if it was also Bluetooth compatible and could be controlled using an app on your phone?
What if it sensed motion and reacted to your performance?
What if that hoop was less than $200?
Your support will allow us to not only release the Orion to everyone in the community but also to enhance the existing technology that our customers already love while making additional upgrades where it really counts. Together we can make the Orion everything we ever dreamed a smart hoop would be.
As a company, Proteus has established a solid, and growing foundation providing Flow Artists with premium quality LED smart props they can count on to outlast, and outshine the competition; in any weather.
The newest edition to the Proteus Family, The Orion SmartHoop has been in BETA for some time where it has been tested by a number of forward thinking, amazing individuals through pre-launch sales. Through extensive feedback from our early adopters and communication with the community at large, we've honed our Smart Hoop into the device that Hoopers, like you, have been waiting for.
The Orion Beta was the only advanced smart LED hoop on the market that is available for under ~$350-$400. It brought a huge list of high end, high priced features in a hoop that costs half the price of it's competitors.
360º of High Brightness LEDs with Zero LED gap.
Replaceable Li-Ion Batteries
Two Hour Battery Life at High Brightness
Bluetooth Remote via the Orion Remote App
A Huge and Growing Library of Patterns
Tactile Buttons which.. -Adjust Brightness -Change Refresh Rate -Change Patterns -Toggle Color Shift Mode -Toggle and Set AutoChange/Shuffle Mode
2 Year Warranty
The full release of the Orion will see even more features added with a substantial increase in build quality and speed all while remaining $199.
At Proteus, we had some pretty strict goals when designing the full production version of the Orion. It had to be durable, more powerful than the beta, have much more storage, have better wireless compatibility, iOS compatibility, and most of all it had to still be under $200.
What You and Kickstarter can help us with:
It's almost ready, but first we're going to need your help. The Orion Kickstarter will provide Proteus Designs with the capital to put the Orion into full-scale production and the means to finish the iOS app.
Multi-Prop Remote Synchronization
Motion Reactive Effects
Injection Molded Connector
This Kickstarter project will directly fund the parts and materials required to kick-start production of the Orion. We will be able to order components/ raw materials in bulk and acquire custom molds, etc. which will allow us to rapidly complete and ship each order using high quality, reliable parts both now and in the future.
We have already built a great reputation within the community by not only providing fantastic smart LED props but also by performing and demonstrating our tech at events and festivals, while making genuine personal connections with all our supporters and customers. With that said, the enhanced brand recognition and credibility that will come after the success of this campaign will also allow us to confidently invest in expanding our Service Department so that we can not only offer better service for our customers but also repair LED props purchased from other companies. (We have found LED prop repair to be one of the biggest needs of our community.) Note:We will not use money raised in this Kickstarter to fund the expansion of our service department. We will leverage the success of this campaign to draw further investment to that end.
After our Kickstarter is fully backed, the Orion will not only incorporate the features listed above but will continue to have a growing feature set after release, bringing features like stage lighting integration through compatibility with ArtNet4 and W-DMX, music beat detection and full spectrum color control for light painting and special performances.
A Note from the Design Team:
At Proteus, we have always designed our devices with the knowledge that we would never be done improving our props. Because of this, we have always over-engineered our electronics so they could scale with our team and our customer's imaginations. Our most recent hardware design for the Orion, the FBLS Rev3, perfectly embodies this design philosophy. This means, our backers and customers can expect the capabilities of their smart hoop to expand over time while remaining intuitive and easy to use. We want the people who use our props to be comfortable using them, but never to feel bored.
The Orion Reward levels are LIMITED!
Pledge today to get yours while you can!
Risks and challenges
One of the biggest challenges we have faced has been activating our online reputation and showing the community that there’s a missing category that falls between a $70 static-led hoop and a $400, high-end, advanced smart LED hoop. Whether you’re beginner, or a professional performer, we want to give you an option that can keep up with your growing hoop needs while affordable enough to go as hard as you need to.
It has been a major challenge for us to change the perception that the community that a sub-$200, fully featured smart hoop is not possible. We've fought upstream against an established norm that says that you have to pay $350, $400 to get a real smart hoop. A norm that has been established and advocated by the makers and owners of $350-$400 hoops. We at Proteus believe that you should have options.
We recognize that this concept is not entirely new and we have had the benefit of learning from the mistakes of others. We have had the foresight to keep the features and promises made about the Orion realistic. As a company we believe that Integrity is not just a buzzword but is a concept critical to maintaining a sustainable business. Proteus Designs has a history of delivering on the promises that we have made and we have created this campaign with the knowledge that our future as a company depends on our ability to deliver and maintain the trust of our friends and customers in the community.
We would like our potential backers and the community to be aware that we have taken steps to ensure that we are not making promises that we can't keep or selling hoops that we can't deliver. We have limited the hoops on offer in the campaign to 120. (25 Early Bird, 75 Standard Orions, 10 Orion Doubles) While we believe that we could potentially sell out and disappoint potential backers, we would rather satisfy the people who are counting on us, rather than making an extra buck. We've been very careful to plan our campaign around being able to promptly deliver our devices to our backers and not repeat mistakes made by others in the past.
At Proteus, we have found a way to make Smart LED Technology accessible at a price under $200. Through iterative design and dozens if not hundreds of hours of real-world testing, we can confidently make a highly durable and fully featured smart hoop. Innovative design and customer oriented pricing are two of ways that Proteus distinguishes itself..
Proteus pride ourselves on our rapid 2-week build policy. This means, if you order a prop from ProteusLED.com, you can count on it being on its way to your address within 2 weeks from the time you click the "Place Order" button.
Before any product is shipped, the Lab team performs thorough quality assurance testing to ensure each component is secure, and that every prop functions properly. Additionally, Proteus provides a 2-Year Manufacturer Warranty on all Proteus LED props, limited only by misuse, abuse, or user negligence. Proteus stands behind their work 100%.
On-schedule fulfillment, obsessive quality control and exceptional customer support is something that we will bring to our Kickstarter campaign to make sure that everyone who backs us is satisfied.
Early bird backers will receive the Orion earlier than expected, and all orders to be shipped in time for the 2018 festival season..
Who doesn't love stickers?? Nobody, that's who!
Show us your support and as a way of saying thank you, we'll send you out your choice of a pack of "Save the Flowmies", "Hoop Grab", or Proteus Stickers.
Really show your love for Proteus with this gear pack. Included in this pack: A Limited Edition Proteus T-shirt, A full printed graphic T- shirt, multiple Sticker packs, and a special edition Proteus Drawstring Gear Bag with zipper pockets to carry your accessories.
Maintain, adapt and have extra Power for your Hoop while on the go. In this pack you will receive 4 additional batteries with a battery case, a portable power bank for charging, a roll of water proofing tape, alcohol surface cleaning wipes, and a special edition Proteus drawstring gear bag with zipper enclosures.
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The Proteus™ Titan SmartStaff is the flagship of Proteus Designs, rendering the most complex patterns among our selection of SmartProps. Our full-sized 60" contact staff option is lightweight and rattle free, while offering the brightest LEDs on the market today. Remarkably resilient, the Titan uses an industry-unique, clear outer shell that maintains the highest clarity even with scratches or gouges.