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BRIGHT SAFETY LIGHTS for wheelchairs, strollers, bicycles, and more!
BRIGHT SAFETY LIGHTS for wheelchairs, strollers, bicycles, and more!
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TetraGear - Innovative Safety Lights for Wheeled Commuters

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Multi-Use Safety Lights for All Commuters

TetraGear is excited to introduce a series of universal LED safety lights for people who use mobility devices. TetraGear lights offer an effective, robust, and personalized solution to dramatically increase visibility while riding outdoors. 

TetraGear lights were designed out of necessity after one of our employees, Eric Molendyk, was hit by a car crossing the street in his wheelchair. Since then, we have worked diligently to overcome the limitations of conventional safety options, such as bike lights and flags. Through close consultation with many wheelchair and scooter users, we have developed lights that meet a variety of needs: durability, usability, and maximum visibility, amongst others.

We are very involved in the community and have started the "Pledge-a-Light" program with Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. For every $125 pledge we get for the program, we provide a light to a deserving child in British Columbia free of charge in your name.

With over 60 prototype clients throughout Vancouver, we also started getting requests from people who use recumbent bikes, strollers, and bike trailers, so we made the lights multi-use. Now everyone on the road will be brightly seen!

And last but not least, these versatile lights can be easily mounted to any bicycle frame for unparalleled visibility while riding at night.

The bicycle safety squad at PNE/Playland rely on TetraGear lights to boost their visibility while on patrol in the fairgrounds and surrounding neighbourhoods.

People have a variety of expectations for how safety lights should look and function, so we developed two versions of the lights: the strip version and the aerial version. The strip version is lightweight and low-profile, while the aerial version sits on a raised, flexible antenna for 360 degrees of visibility. We also offer the option to combine both versions for maximum visibility and customizable fun.

Easy-to-use Controller

The controller was designed so that anybody can operate it. It features large, touch-sensitive pads for selecting colour and flash settings. The sensitivity of the switches can be adjusted by the user, if needed.

The robust controller lasts through long days and all sorts of weather, and features a rechargeable battery protected by a weatherproof housing.

Long Lasting Rechargeable Battery

The lights are powered by an internal rechargeable battery. Many beta clients told us they get up to two weeks on a single charge, even with daily use. 

Customizable Colours and Modes

Who says beauty and safety are incompatible? Not us, so we made sure the lights are fashionable and personalized: both versions come with 6 colour modes and 6 flashing modes, which can be combined to suit any mood or setting.

With the built-in colour customizer, users can further choose from an almost limitless colour array. These vibrant options ensure that you won’t just be seen—you’ll be talked about too.

Easy to Mount

We made sure the lights could be mounted to virtually any wheeled device. The aerial light uses a custom-designed universal clamp that can be secured to any round or square frame. 

The strip lights use industrial-strength velcro that can be adhered to any surface, including curves, making them easily removable. 

The controller is mounted to round frames using the mounting adapter included with each mounting kit, or to flat surfaces using industrial strength, self-adhesive velcro.

Each light strip offers virtually 180 degrees of visibility and can be installed in any orientation.

All required mounting accessories are included with each package.

The system is light weight and tailored for use on any mobility aid.

Built to Last

It goes without saying that safety devices have to be reliable, so the lights and accessories were designed to withstand the wear and tear of daily use. They’re also weather resistant, which is a must in rainy places like Vancouver!

Eric’s Story

One morning in November 2008, Eric Molendyk was commuting to work at the Tetra Society in his electric wheelchair when he was hit by a vehicle. Even though he was wearing reflective gear and had the right of way, the driver just didn't see him.

After months of recovery, Eric sat down with Tetra’s volunteer engineers to brainstorm how he and other wheeled commuters could always be visible while riding outdoors. Inspired to create a superior safety light, the team began to develop what would eventually become TetraGear lights. Today Eric and everyone at TetraGear are thrilled to finally offer this innovative solution to the public!

About TetraGear

TetraGear was founded by the Tetra Society of North America—a non-profit organization that recruits volunteers to design and build custom devices for people with disabilities.

In the years following Eric’s accident, our volunteer team developed, refined, tested, and installed over 60 safety light prototypes around Vancouver, BC. In February 2015, the Tetra Society incorporated TetraGear with a vision to turn these prototypes into a robust product that can be made available for everybody, while creating a sustainable source of revenue for other non-profit community initiatives.

Our mission is to turn TetraGear into a leader in innovative assistive devices that increase safety, access, and independence for people with disabilities. Now that our lights are ready to launch, we couldn’t be more proud of how well they increase visibility and safety for everybody. We have an array of other products up our sleeves and can’t wait to make those a reality as well!

Meet our Team

We are a team of dreamers with a vision to apply our skills and knowledge for good!

Our co-founder, Radu Postole, has over six years of experience with technology startups in engineering and business roles, and has been volunteering with the Tetra Society since 2010. The Tetra Society has built two successful social ventures in the past, selling outdoor TrailRiders for people with disabilities, and marketing adapted sailing boats. 

Our dedicated engineers have backgrounds in electronics, manufacturing, and mechanical design. Our industrial and graphic designers have years of experience in ergonomics and user-centered design.

We also have a team of advisors with academic backgrounds in disability studies, design and branding, and market research.

Timeline

Our Supporters

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation 
J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
Neil Squire Society 
Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation (SSDF)
Tetra Society of North America
British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC) 
National Research Council (NRC IRAP) 
Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) 
Wheelin' Mobility
Blusson Spinal Cord Centre (ICORD)
Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children
Stantec
Investors Group
Pacific National Exhibition (PNE/Playland)
Ktech Manufacturing

Risks and challenges

As with any hardware product, there are always risks that component suppliers may not deliver quality parts on time. Over the last five years, we’ve refined numerous prototype versions of the lights, and have built more than 20 Beta units that are being constantly put to the test by our users. Many of these units have been in-field for over 6 months without any issues. This process has allowed us to validate suppliers and the quality of our parts.

We have identified the most critical base components that have to arrive at our assembly facility in Vancouver, and will be ordering those first to ensure we stay on schedule with product deliveries. One challenge may be managing more pledges than we anticipated, so we have recently expanded our facility and have room to bring more people on board as needed. We also plan to hire people with disabilities to help assemble the lights through our various community employment partners.

Another challenge backers may face is installing the lights on their mobility device, so we are working on various installation videos, instruction manuals, and support materials that will be widely available before rewards are shipped.

Note that specifications outlined in this Kickstarter project are subject to change given the component sourcing and assembly refinement process associated with the development of electronic products.

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    SUPER SUPPORTER

    Includes: TetraGear reflector bands and personalized thank-you card

    Two reflector bands emblazoned with the TetraGear logo, handy for nighttime excursions. Plus, you’ll get a personalized thank-you from the TetraGear team! (Shipping included)

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    Awesome TetraGear T-shirt, reflector bands, and personalized thank-you card

    Let your support for TetraGear shine with our cool, branded T-shirt and reflector bands! The team will also send you a personalized thank-you. (Shipping included)

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    Pledge CA$ 125 or more About US$ 95

    PLEDGE-A-LIGHT

    Want to make a pledge but don’t need a light yourself? If you pledge $125 (no shipping added), TetraGear will assemble and provide a light to a child in British Columbia in your name!

    To help with this and ensure kids get the light they want, we have partnered with the Sunny Hill Health Center for Children, a branch of BC Children’s Hospital that provides specialized development and rehabilitation services to BC children and youth and their families.

    Once pledged lights are installed on your behalf, you’ll receive a personalized thank-you from TetraGear and Sunny Hill!

    (Note: pledges made go to TetraGear to assemble the lights. Though TetraGear will provide these lights to kids through Sunny Hill for free, there are no tax receipts associated with this pledge).

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    STRIPS DUO
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    Includes: Strip lights (2), light controller, charger, and all mounting accessories

    Be the first in your neighbourhood to show off your beautiful TetraGear Strips Duo!

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    STRIPS TRIO
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    Includes: Strip lights (3), light controller, charger, and all mounting accessories

    Why stop at two when you can have three? TetraGear Strips Trio offers one more angle of dynamic visibility. Get them first at this amazing early-bird pledge level!

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    Includes: Strip lights (2), light controller, charger, and all mounting accessories

    You can still get your TetraGear Strips Duo without breaking the bank!

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    AERIAL
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    Includes: Aerial light, light controller, charger, and all mounting accessories

    Be among the first to raise the TetraGear flag with the fantastic, flexible Aerial light! Set the colours to suit your mood and off you go!

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    Includes: Strip lights (3), light controller, charger, and all mounting accessories

    Still a great deal. TetraGear Strips Trio will let you light up the ground—and the night.

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    AERIAL PLUS
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    Includes: Aerial light, Strip lights (2), light controller, charger, and all mounting accessories

    Bright and colourful from top to bottom, you’ll be sure to stand out with the Aerial Plus, featuring the Aerial and Strips all in one.

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    Includes: Aerial light, light controller, charger, and all mounting accessories

    Pledge now, and soon you too can raise a colourful beacon in the night!

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    Includes: Aerial light, Strips lights (2), light controller, charger, and all mounting accessories

    Here’s a chance to secure the magnificent combination of the Aerial and Strips, all in one!

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    BRONZE SPONSOR

    - Option to receive a Strips Duo/Trio or Pledge-a-Light with Sunny Hill!
    - T-shirt (1) + reflector bands (2)
    - Personalized thank-you

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    GLOBAL SILVER SPONSOR

    - Option to receive a TetraGear light of your choice or Pledge-a-Light with Sunny Hill!
    - T-shirt (1) + reflector bands (2)
    - Personalized thank-you
    - Shout-out on social media

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    GLOBAL GOLD SPONSOR

    - Receive a TetraGear Light of your choice or Pledge-a-Light with Sunny Hill!
    - T-shirt (2) + reflector bands (4)
    - Personalized thank-you
    - Name on website as Gold Sponsor
    - An invitation to come by our shop in Vancouver for a tour, some 3D printing fun, and a chance to meet Eric and the team!

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    GLOBAL PLATINUM SPONSOR

    - Receive five (5) TetraGear Lights of your choice or pledge them to Sunny Hill kids!
    - T-shirts (5) + reflector bands (10)
    - Name on website and print material as Platinum Sponsor
    - A flight to Vancouver (if applicable - up to a max of $1000) to have lunch with the team, an outing at night to see the lights in action, and a hands-on tour of our R&D shop!
    - Plus an opportunity to participate in one of our wheelchair lights installation events in Vancouver

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