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After-market ceiling fan attachment that indicates any fan’s current speed setting by a simple tug. Installs quickly. Works instantly. Read more

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After-market ceiling fan attachment that indicates any fan’s current speed setting by a simple tug. Installs quickly. Works instantly.

About this project

Why Every Fan Needs an Acorn

I can see you're getting frustrated just thinking about this. We were too, but you can relax now; there is finally an answer: The Acorn. We couldn't find anything out there that was simple to install and easy to use, so we made our own device to fix these issues forever. And now, we want to share the science with you.

What's this Acorn Device Anyway?

To put it simply, The Acorn keeps track of your fan speed so you don’t have to. It’s a professionally designed, after-market attachment for your ceiling fan that instantly indicates your fan’s current speed setting with a simple tug. The Acorn displays this information to the user through an entirely self-contained LED indicator, so there are no extra wires to connect to the fan. And the installation, a less than 30-second process of clipping the device onto the pull chain of any fan, is the easiest and fastest home improvement project you'll ever complete.

A bunch of acorns ripe for the pickin'! (Available in white, black, gray, brown, and a forthcoming Kickstarter-voted color.)
A bunch of acorns ripe for the pickin'! (Available in white, black, gray, brown, and a forthcoming Kickstarter-voted color.)

 What We've Done Already

  • Designed, created, and improved upon several iterations of body prototypes until we crafted the most elegant design possible for our device -- the one we're now presenting to the public.
  • Assembled, integrated, programmed and repeatedly tested the device's electronic hardware to ensure maximum efficiency, reliability, and durability.
  • Coordinated with and obtained hard price quotes from several plastics, circuit board, and assembly manufacturers ready, willing, and able to make the Acorn when we give them the signal.
  • Showed our prototypes to over 100 people and received an overwhelmingly positive response to the device and its capabilities.

Why We Need You

With the help of the Kickstarter community, we'll be able to accomplish our goals of:

  • Funding our first-ever production run of 2,500 Acorns.
  • Increasing awareness of our product with the ultimate goal of having The Acorn stocked in every major home improvement and home decor store around the nation.
  • Stopping fan abuse while drastically diminishing fan annoyance, hatred, and disobedience.
  • Distributing our product across the country and around the world to our community of supporters.
  • Getting our device and ideas vetted by the general public with this campaign as a proving ground.
  • Garnering a sound reputation from this campaign to support other, really cool projects we have in the works.

Our Production Plan and Timeline

The bigger picture:

Because 237 million ceiling fans in America are in desperate need of some Acorn love.
Because 237 million ceiling fans in America are in desperate need of some Acorn love.

Once our Kickstarter campaign comes to a close in December, we'll immediately send in our orders to the manufacturers to begin the creation process. We've got everything already lined up; we just need the initial capital to give them the green light.

It will take manufacturers approximately 2 months to create, assemble, package, and ship our large order of Acorns to us. Assuming some time of a few weeks for us to process your orders and then redistribute them to you all (as per your donation and color requests), we predict that you should have your donation rewards in hand by April 2014.

How to Operate The Acorn

What's Inside The Acorn

The Acorn measures 1.5" in diameter by 2" tall, not including any length of chain. It weighs approximately 1 ounce (less than an average egg) and can withstand over 57 lbs of force. The Acorn is made of the following:   

  • Injection-molded ABS plastic shell selected for finish, color choice, impact resistance, and toughness. 
  • Custom-drawn exterior shape optimized to visually integrate with a wide variety of ceiling fan styles.  
  • Three high-intensity, green LED lights with a pleasing diffused lens and a wide, easy-to-see 90-degree viewing angle.  
  • Two high-capacity lithium coin cell batteries, pre-installed in every Acorn for a long service life. The batteries are simple to replace, taking about thirty seconds of your time every five years.
  • Expertly-designed circuit board that fits the most functionality into the smallest space possible.
Young Acorns, as seen here in the wild exhibiting their innate behavior of bunching.
Young Acorns, as seen here in the wild exhibiting their innate behavior of bunching.

Who We Are

Team Acorn

The Acorn was completely designed and engineered in house by Chris, Ross, and Matthew – three enterprising guys from the Georgia Institute of Technology. These fellas have been friends and classmates for nearly two years, and now they’re looking to become business partners as well.

They’d grown so frustrated with the shortcomings of ceiling fan designs that, as entrepreneurially-minded techies, they’d set out to create a device that would make every single ceiling fan easier for the consumer to enjoy. As naturally inquisitive and talented as they are, they have each dabbled in every facet of the engineering process, so nothing about the device can be claimed by any one of them alone. Except for the initial idea, which came out of Chris' sheer annoyance and impatience with a life’s worth of disobedient and deceitful ceiling fans. 

And one more Acorn, just to take with you in case you get hungry on the road, because...

Risks and challenges

We've spent many, many hours prototyping and carefully tweaking our final Acorn design and hardware. We already have final samples of all our components in hand and use the demo models regularly in our own homes. The hard part is mostly over, but we can’t guarantee that everything will go as smoothly as we've planned from here onward.

Our project’s specific risks include mold creation, component availability, shipping, and customs delays. The biggest hurdle is the fulfillment process – better known as getting the Acorns in your hands. Because our shipments will come from overseas, we do not know how the freight will be impacted due to weather and regular shipping demands. Our goal of delivering your rewards by the end of April 2014 is both optimistic and realistic. While timelines are often a concern for other Kickstarter projects, we are confident that we have carefully prepared for any potential delays. We have laid out a reasonable manufacturing timeline and included extra time to allow for any fulfillment, assembly, and delivery issues that may potentially arise along the way.

Most importantly, we are committed to open communication. Our team is dedicated to being honest and transparent, and our backers will be the first to know if anything comes along that may affect this fulfillment schedule. We are fully prepared to make sure this project happens in the stated timeline. We're all in this together, and we want you to enjoy the Acorn as much as we do.

Much love, and we thank you endlessly for all your support.
-- Team Acorn

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FAQ

  • This solution is really simple. Before installing the Acorn, make sure that your fan chain has been pulled enough times so that the fan is actually off. (This’ll be the last time you’ll have to verify this in your life.) Also, pull the Acorn’s chain until all three lights blink together three times. This means that it has been reset. Now, when you install The Acorn and pull it for the first time, you’ll pull it (and change the indicator lights) in sync with your fan’s speed, and all will be glorious in the world.

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  • Quite so! The Acorn can be used with any electrical ceiling fan that operates by a pull chain. You can adjust the length of the chain to hang however long you prefer, or need, as based upon the height of your ceilings.

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  • We designed The Acorn with the residential consumer in mind, and nearly every ceiling fan made for the home has three speeds. If there is enough demand, then we will design a new Acorn for a higher number of speeds (so please let us know if you want that). But for right now, those types of fans will not work properly with The Acorn.

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  • The color options are Kickstarter green, firetruck red, navy blue, khaki, and clear. Once the Kickstarter campaign concludes, we’ll send out a brief survey asking for you to vote for your favorite color from the choices we’ve provided. The color with the most votes wins, gets manufactured with our first-edition run of Acorns, and receives love from all of its multi-colored, fellow Acorn brethren.

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  • Well, you’re in luck! We can custom-fit the brains of The Acorn to your fan housing so that you can still enjoy the benefits of both your fan and our device. Email us about it (before donating), and we’ll be glad to see if we can arrange a way to install it for you.

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Rewards

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    9 backers

    THE COLOR OF ACORN:
    While the standard Acorn colors we're offering are white, black, gray, and brown, we know that everybody has a favorite color. So, for a buck, you get some sway in deciding which hue we add to our color catalog and the chance to forever leave your imprint on our device and company.

    (Also included: project updates, public thank you's, and personal pride.)

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    6 backers

    THE OAKEN STICK(ERS):
    Maybe you love the mighty strength of old, majestic oak trees. Maybe you have an inexplicable fascination with ceiling fans. Maybe you just really like covering every surface you own with stickers. Whatever your goal, for 10 buckaroos, we'll give you a personalized, signed thank you note; a fan sticker that indicates the hot/cold fan direction setting (so you know which way to switch it in the summer and winter); as well as 2 Acorn logo stickers so you can make your wildest oak-fan-sticker dreams come true. With the logo stickers, place one or both of them somewhere unique, take a snapshot, and enter them into our photo competition for a chance to win an Acorn of your very own! (Also included: everything from the $1 reward tier.)

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    22 backers Limited (228 left of 250)

    FIRST SPRING CROP:
    For being the early bird that you are, you get the discounted worm. This reward includes 2 first-edition Acorns (white color only) and the warm feeling of economical winning. [Expected retail value = $40 per pair of Acorns]

    (Also included: everything from the $1 reward tier.)

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    14 backers Limited (486 left of 500)

    SECOND SPRING CROP:
    For your patience, you've been given the bounty of glorious options. This reward includes 2 first-edition Acorns in the colors of your choice (white, black, gray, brown, or Kickstarter-voted) and the cool feeling of color palette mastery. [Expected retail value = $40 per pair of Acorns]

    (Also included: everything from the $1 reward tier.)

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    0 backers

    HEIGHT OF THE SEASON CROP:
    The acorns are in full bloom now. Grab as many as you can while they're so ripe. This reward includes 2 first-edition Acorns in the colors of your choice (white, black, gray, brown, or Kickstarter-voted) and the satisfaction of a full belly. [Expected retail value = $40 per pair of Acorns]

    (Also included: everything from the $1 reward tier.)

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    5 backers

    HONEY BUNCHES OF ACORNS:
    Out in the wild, acorns naturally grow in bunches. Who are we to disrespect mother nature? Get a bunch here and head home happy with all the greenbacks you smartly saved.

    This reward includes 3 first-edition Acorns in the colors of your choice (white, black, gray, brown, or Kickstarter-voted) and a sense of having freshly communed with nature. [Expected retail value = $60 per trio of Acorns]

    (Also included: everything from the $1 reward tier.)

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    2 backers

    CROSS-POLLINATED ACORNS:
    Since our Acorns are both hardy and prolific, they've already managed the hybridization process all by their little selves (They're quite the crafty bunch.) This reward includes 2 of these cross-bred Acorns, and they come painted in any color of your choice, with the LED-light color of your choice (blue, green, red, or yellow), and the promise of having the prettiest plants at the garden show this year. [Kickstarter-exclusive item.] (Also included: everything from the $1 reward tier.)

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    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    AN ACORN LIKE NO OTHER:
    We get it -- you have your own sense of style. You want to stand out from the crowd and announce your uniqueness to the world. And you remain loyal to that commitment, even in your own home.

    This reward includes 1 custom-order, 3-D printed Acorn with the shape, plastic-body color, and LED-light color of your choice (with pre-approval by our Acorn designers, of course). We'll work with you on the specs and design to help bring you that rare feeling of truly being one of a kind. [Expected retail value = priceless] (Also included: everything from the $1 reward tier.)

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    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    HOME-MADE, FIRE-ROASTED ACORNS:
    Though trained and practiced as engineers, we also like to fancy ourselves as budding chefs. (We think it's the challenge that attracts us.) So, as a thanks for your immense support, we'll be hosting a home-cooked dinner for 4, made fresh by the hands of your truly, at your convenience in the home of one of our founders in Atlanta. We'll be challenging ourselves to incorporate edible acorns into the meal in as many ways as possible, as well as bringing enough Acorns to outfit every fan in your home. (Also included: the chance to pick our brains about The Acorn and what's next for us, as well as multiple courses of inventive deliciousness.)

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    0 backers Limited (7 left of 7)

    THE ACORN GIVING TREE:
    The coolest thing about trees is that they're so unselfish. In exchange for a place to call their own, they give us fresh air, fruit, wood, and solid ground in return. To honor that generosity (and yours), we will personally contact every one of our exceptional supporters at this level to make you into a designated “first mover” of the Acorn. We’ll work alongside you to create and stock a unique display for your store, to help you market the device to your customers, and to promote you repeatedly as one of our preferred vendors. This is a great option for fan distributors, warehouses, and storefronts looking to distinguish themselves from their competition. (Also included: the satisfaction of having funded dreams.)

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    THE GOLDEN ACORN:
    This fabled item was once thought to be nothing more than a myth, a lost remnant once touched by the hand of King Midas himself.

    While the expedition may be costly, you'll return with a hefty reward: the only 24-Karat, golden-plated Acorn ever to be fashioned by man. This will be hand-delivered to you by one of our founders as an expression of our extreme gratitude. (Also included: the ability to boast and show off its glory to anyone for ever and always.)

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Funding period

- (30 days)