While researching the local real estate market, I realized that having a relaxing outdoor entertainment area was a very important feature of the home. Whether you have a deck, patio, boat, or hot tub, you want to relax and enjoy the “Great Outdoors” with your family, friends and neighbors. The area has to be stylish yet relaxing. The addition of an outdoor audio visual entertainment system would make the area more enjoyable and versatile for everyone. It must coordinate with the surrounding environment and be stylish, secure, and able to stay out in the weather. This was the focus for the design of Rain Case, an outdoor 32" flat-panel television enclosure.
After using the prototype at the patio setting, another less permanent use for Rain Case was realized. It needed to be PORTABLE and PROTECT the flat-panel television while being used when tailgating, camping, in an RV, or any setting with available power. This hybrid design makes the Rain Case suitable for all outdoor activities.
The Rain Case has an inventive combination of artistic form while providing a safe and enjoyable function; a precision designed and visually appealing outdoor electronics entertainment enclosure. It is fun, simple, sustainable, fully customizable, and portable while being able to adapt to any environment and accommodate a variety of flat-panel televisions. The enclosure is the perfect combination of protection and style. It is adaptable to most 32” LCD or LED flat-panel television models or manufacturers with no modifications and equipped with a lockable latch to provide security for the valuable electronics. With the cover on, the enclosure is a work of art that enhances the outdoor setting while being weather, dust, and insect resistant. It is also portable and protects the television when being moved.
Rain Case transforms outdoor areas that used to be only for dining or conversation into functional places with enhanced electronic features that everyone can enjoy. An imaginative design process by the Rain Case team created an appealing, affordable, and weather resistant enclosure for flat-panel televisions without interfering with your high definition video and sound quality.
When designing the form for the enclosure, a premium was placed on being sustainable, blending with a natural outdoor setting, and using durable materials. To make the Rain Case cover be chic and customizable, we are offering several earth friendly options in natural powder coat colors with an aluminum body: These coatings are made of 70% recycled materials, produce virtually no VOC emissions and
require less energy to cure than standard powder coatings. In addition, the coating:
• Meets the requirements of the U.S. Green Building Council
• Ideal for exterior applications
• Textured finish hides surface imperfections caused by wear
Rain Case can be ordered in these colors and treatments. If you choose the wrapped case, the cover will display your own personal work of art much like a wrapped car that you see on the road.
Rain Case is weather-tight, but still allows easy viewing. When installed, the removable cover protects the television. It also blocks UV rays that will break down the TV display surface over time; it never distorts the image, causes glare, or obscures TV with dust film, scratches, or cracks. In addition, insects are not able to enter the enclosure and build dangerous nests. Removing the cover to watch TV allows the full high definition sound and video quality to be enjoyed.
Rain Case is a rugged and versatile enclosure. It is designed to protect the electronics from yard debris. Activities, such as mowing the lawn or playing catch, can result in flying objects. This also makes it perfect for being used while tailgating, camping, or on your deck or patio. With the cover installed, the Rain Case can withstand this type of punishment.
It is equipped with a water and bug resistant grommet that individually seals cords for power, cable television, satellite, console gaming systems, digital recorders and players, and other support equipment. The cover is sealed to the body when closed by using a bulb seal similar to the design for a car door. It is equipped with a lockable latch to provide security for your valuable electronics. The latch can be secured with any lock of your choice.
The Rain Case mounts just like a TV in your living room. It can be used with any properly sized universal tilting mount, extension articulating arms, portable mounts, or other mounting styles. The case is light enough to keep the combined weight of the television assembly below the maximum weight capabilities of most universal mounts. It is easy to bring indoors during months with snow or frigid temperatures or move to another outdoor location.
Most people will automatically assume that you need to get a 32” television for a 32” Rain Case. Although some people truly believe that “bigger is better”, in this instance, all sizes are equal. The size of the case is the maximum flat-panel television size that can be mounted but any smaller size with the proper mounting patterns can also be safely enclosed in the case via our universal mounting plate. It is the EASIEST, SAFEST, and MOST FUN way to use you flat-panel television in an outdoor setting.
All of the manufacturing partners for this product are located in Michigan!
Accepted TV Mounting Patterns: VESA 50x100, 100x100, 50x200, 100x200, 200x200
Universal Mount Pattern: VESA 200x200
So Where Do you Come In?
So why do we need your support? The Rain Case is designed to meet the feature requirements but still be simple and economical. The problem is the materials and production batches must be large enough to offset the machine setup costs.
Your support will help fund the first production runs of Rain Case. So many of the design improvements have come from great feedback from friends and colleagues and we are ready to share the Rain Case with you. Our $20,000 funding goal will cover the setup costs for production, materials and hardware, and labor for assembly.
The design is complete, the product has been tested and used, and now we need your help to make it a successful project! LET’S GO!
RAIN CASE KOOZIE: When you are chilling out and watching your outdoor television, everyone needs a Rain Case koozie to keep your drinks cold!
RAIN CASE T-SHIRT: The T-shirt is a cotton blend so it stays soft and doesn’t shrink or get damaged when it gets wet, just like the Rain Case!
The production process for Rain Case uses the capabilities of local businesses which allow control of the manufacturing procedures and tolerances. All of the businesses used are located in Michigan and support our local community.
The manufacturing of the Rain Case is a manual operation. After the assembly is completed, the Rain Case, along with the Installation Instructions, will be packaged and sent to our customers. This method is time consuming but it ensures that each case will be verified for quality.
We are thrilled to be able to bring you this new system for outdoor entertainment. We encourage all of our supporters to let their friends and family know about this Kickstarter.com project. Whether you use social networking posts, blog input, or even “old fashioned” e-mail, we appreciate you helping us spread the word!
We’re offering free shipping to the lower 48, but we can’t do this for those in Alaska, Hawaii, or abroad. International backers will be responsible for applicable tariffs and customs fees, as well as discounted shipping. Please email us to get shipping prices to your address.
1. Rain Case does NOT INCLUDE the television, universal mount, or cabling, unless specified in the rewards.
2. 110V power would need to be installed near the installation location, preferably in an area that would be hidden by the case. The use of an extension cord in an outdoor setting is not recommended.
3. Check the universal mount manufacturer specifications to make sure the weight of the combined assembly does NOT exceed the manufacturer's limits.
4 Shipping will be performed by Ground Transportation and is FREE for deliveries within the continental United States. Please contact us for rates applied to expedited or international shipping.
5. Rain Cases purchased through Kickstarter.com are warranted against defects in material and workmanship for 90 days. This warranty applies only to the original owner and is void if the case is structurally altered or subjected to stress beyond the physical limits of the materials used in the body or components or is damaged as a result of abnormal use. Normal wear and tear is NOT covered by the warranty. We want you to enjoy our product and customer service is our goal. Please feel free to contact us with any issues and we will be glad to help get them resolved
Risks and challenges
The Rain Case team is made up of members with experience in product design, development, manufacturing, and quality. Precautions have been taken at all levels to make Rain Case a quality product that lives up to our customer's expectations. For these reasons, the risks and challenges for the first production runs of Rain Case are minimal but not underestimated.
- The Rain Case was designed to use standard off the shelf parts and proven manufacturing methods.
- An initial alpha model of Rain Case was fabricated over a year ago and has seen full use without any issues.
- A larger group of Rain Cases was produced using production tolerances and methods to ensure manufacturability and repeatability. These cases have been subjected to water, heat, and dust testing to confirm claims.
The Rain Case is made in the USA and held to tight tolerances. A manufacturing location has already been identified that is easily scalable. We have the proper tools and machines necessary to produce Rain Case in volume without sacrificing quality.
We know our backers will be excited to get a Rain Case and don't want to let them down on timing! For this reason, we developed our timeline with realistic manufacturing schedules. Part of this scheduling involved breaking up our orders into two batches. This will allow us to properly manage our manufacturing quality and verify that every part is just as perfect as the previous!
So What Is Our Risk!?
Our largest risk is the event that we receive a ton of orders and have difficulty meeting the timing for the second production batch. Our current facility can produce up to 100 units per month but can easily be increased to 200 units per month. If an order greater than these volumes occurs, we have already discussed the product with contract manufacturing facilities that have the ability to help us increase our manufacturing volume without sacrificing quality. Depending on the total volume, under the worst case scenario, we would have to slip the September timing and work our butts off!
The latches have holes made to insert a lock of your choice. We use stainless steel rivets in the assembly of the Rain Case so that the case cannot be taken apart and stolen. The screws for mounting the Rain Case to the universal mount are supplied as both phillips and a tamper resistant heads.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Your support in our endeavor to provide a safe and secure enclosure for outdoor entertainment is greatly appreciated. Your name will be included on our website “Thank You“ page as one of the initial supporters of our company. Every supporter COUNTS!!!
RAIN CASE KOOZIE: When you are chilling out and watching your outdoor television, everyone needs a Rain Case koozie to keep your drinks cold. In addition, your name will be included on our website “Thank You“ page as one of the initial supporters of our company.
RAIN CASE T-SHIRT: Help get the word out and wear this T-shirt, featuring our logo. The T-shirt is a cotton blend so it stays soft and doesn’t shrink or get damaged when it gets wet, just like the Rain Case! In addition, your name will be included on our website “Thank You“ page as one of the initial supporters of our company.
FIRST PRODUCTION RUN: You will be a proud owner of a Rain Case in your choice of one of our three available colors from the first batch. (International Shippers: Please refer to the shipping section of the text)
SECOND PRODUCTION RUN: If you weren’t able to get one of our first Rain Case orders, have no fear. For the same amount, you can still pre-order a Rain Case in your choice of one of our three available colors. It will take approx 60 days longer for the delivery but it will be worth the wait!!! (International Shippers: Please refer to the shipping section of the text)
Do you need custom graphics on your Rain Case? The body of the case will be BLACK but the cover will display your submitted graphics. This can be your “work of art” for your deck or the logo of your choice!!!! (International Shippers: Please refer to the shipping section of the text)
COMBO DEAL: If you don’t want to have to go shopping for your own flat-panel television to use on your deck, the Rain Case Combo is for you. It comes with the Rain Case in your choice of one of our three available colors and a LG 32” LED Television, already installed in the case. Once it arrives, all you have to do is install it on your universal mount. (International Shippers: Please refer to the shipping section of the text)
Bigger is Better, RIGHT? If the 32” Rain Case is not large enough for your location, we would love to design a case for larger flat-panel televisions. You can be the first to have a case for a flat-panel television up to 50”. We would expect that the design and manufacturing process would allow delivery by September. (International Shippers: Please refer to the shipping section of the text)