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The Glowtie is a light-up bowtie you control over Wifi!
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The Glowtie - Making the Bowtie Cool Again!

Meet the Glowtie: a light-up bowtie that you control with your phone! Connect to the Glowtie's wifi network, then change its colors and patterns from our website!

The Glowtie has a slot in the back that lets it slide onto the top button of any dress shirt. With two high-performance drone batteries on-board, you'll get a solid 8 hours of glow time off a single charge. The Glowtie comes with a removable fabric cover and a micro USB cable for recharging.

I've made dozens of units, spent months prototyping, and tested out the Glowtie at two weddings with an amazing response! 

I made a video that explains a bit more about how the Glowtie works:


Story

I started designing the Glowtie for my grandpa after I made him a 3D printed bowtie like these:  

My uncles, grandpa, and dad wearing 3D printed bowties
My uncles, grandpa, and dad wearing 3D printed bowties

His reaction was priceless. After seeing what a kick he got out of it, I decided to take it a step further and make one that lights up! Thus began weeks of prototyping and iterating.

Proto 1
Proto 1
Assembling an early prototype
Assembling an early prototype

After months of work, I had a beautiful, bright bowtie that really stands out. Needless to say, my grandpa was beyond ecstatic about his new gizmo!

You can read more about the prototyping process here

About

I'm Stephen, a hacker at heart and lover of a good bowtie. I spent my early years building a bunch of wrist-mounted flamethrowers (and making some unlikely friends at the New York Fire Department):

In college I raised over $15,000 for a project where I developed a prosthetic hand that reacts to muscle movements. 

After school I worked at Deeplocal, an incredible place where I flew all over the world building and supporting machines for Google, Spotify, Lyft, among many others. 

A Google Assistant controlled poster drawing machine
A Google Assistant controlled poster drawing machine

With all that I've learned about engineering, design, user experience, and logistics, I'm ready to share the Glowtie with the world!

Risks and challenges

Manufacturing a new product always comes with risk. We've already started researching suppliers and manufacturers to create backup plans and safeguards that reduce risk.

The first risk we're addressing is component sourcing. The bill of materials for the Glowtie is long, and the process of procuring all of the necessary ingredients will be a large task. We are currently defining the main distribution channels for each component of the Glowtie. We're also creating a list of plan B distributors in case our main channels run into any issues.

The second risk is manufacturing. We are preparing to manufacture the Glowtie at quantity, from a barely funded project up to millions of units. Currently, we are in communication with several manufacturing facilities capable of injection molding all the necessary plastic pieces, fabricating and populating the circuit board, assembling the fabric cover, and packaging the final product. Manufacturing one or one million, we'll be able to meet the demands of our backers.

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    Get the coolest bowtie money can buy! This reward includes a brand spankin' new Glowtie, fabric cover, and charging cable.

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    Grab a Glowtie for you and a pal at a discounted price! This reward includes two brand spankin' new Glowties, fabric covers, and charging cables.

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    Pick up six Glowties at a killer price and your wedding party will be as cool as they come. This reward includes six brand spankin' new Glowties, fabric covers, and charging cables.

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    Hackathon (Pack of 10 + Build Lesson)

    Get all the materials needed for 10 Glowties, plus I'll fly out to you and teach you or your group how to build them! We'll do it all: solder up the circuit boards, edit the code, flash the firmware, and build the case!

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    Get a Glowtie at the special Kickstarter price, and by April 2019! This reward includes a brand spankin' new Glowtie, fabric cover, and charging cable.

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