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.
Lights. Jackets. Action.
LitJackets are smartphone-controlled interactive light-up Jackets. You get a high quality, well tailored jacket, 16 million colors on the LEDs that are waterproof, so they'll survive spills, and full smartphone control via Bluetooth. The colors even change to the beat of music around you! Multiple LitJackets can be paired together, so you and your friends can stay in sync!PartyWear's been the same old boring for decades - now,hand someone your phone and watch them interact with your clothes!
We all get together with our friends and family to have fun and create those everlasting special memories. Introducing, LitJackets to add that extra magic to make those times even more memorable!
Be Awesome. Be Unique. Be Yourself.
Our motto is 'Do. You.', encouraging you to just be who you are and have fun!
Controlled by your phone.
You'll have the ability to change millions of colors and create custom patterns - right at your fingertips! The whole squad's going out? All your LitJackets can be paired to stay in sync!
Beat to the music - Be the Party!
LitJackets have multiple modes to react to the beat of the music around you, or playing from your phone.
LitJackets create a cool glow around you, using ultrathin, ip65 waterproof RGB LED strips (5050 double density, for even more lighting!) LitJackets don't have any of those tacky in-your-face lights or cheap EL wire.
With good party, comes great spills. No problemo.
Men's, Women's, and Kids':
Since this is Kickstarter, I'm trying to support all sizes - for all ages! In case you feel a size may fall out of the XS - XXXL range, please let me know in the post-Kickstarter survey (when you pick your color preference as well), and I can work that in with my manufacturer!
Stylized Women's Design and Traditional Men's Design
Initially offered in Black or White, with more colors and patterns added as stretch goals.
Premium quality fabric and stitching, that feels great when you wear it
Made of 100% polyester, so it's durable and doesn't wrinkle too much
The current design has the LEDs as removable, so it is machine washable. We may work to refine the design after Kickstarter though, but will try to ensure that it stays machine washable.
Remember, when shopping on Kickstarter - just choose your reward level for now. You'll get to choose your color and size preferences after we're funded - so, you have all the stretch goal options to choose from as well.
Wear your LitJacket Anywhere.
LitJackets are very versatile and can be worn anytime you're looking to make a splash! We suggest:
Nights out with friends
Proms / Graduations
Bachelor / Bachelorette Parties
Crazy Wedding Parties / Birthday Parties
Where will you wear yours?
Excellent Holiday Present!
LitJackets make for perfect unique, never-seen-before, thoughtful out-of-the box presents!
We're including our super cute print-at-home Holiday greeting cards with every purchase, so you can let that special someone know their present is on the way! (Includes both color, as well as black & white versions, if you'd like to color them in yourself!)
My wife and I got married in Dec, 2015 and I was looking for something crazy to wear to match my personality and the magnitude of the occasion for me. Not finding anything spectacular (that I would/could wear), I came up with the idea of the LitJackets (talk about not being traditional!) for what my brothers and I were going to wear to the pre-party (wife wasn’t super thrilled - at the time :P). I bought all sorts of components, flew to India (for the wedding) and sitting in a tiny '1-cow' town, created the first versions of what are now LitJackets! They were the talk of the party and I thought, "Hey, maybe more people will think these are cool too?" So, here we are. Hope you like them!
The app in action:
Sync multiple LitJackets, choose any color, control brightness
Choose from a multitude of pre-set patterns (we will make this fully customizable in our post-Kickstarter app)
The LEDs are waterproof - so don't worry about spills or the rain!
What's next after Kickstarter, before shipping the first LitJacket?
With our minimum funding goal, we're going to:
Create a proprietary app with more features and customizations
Work on refining our prototype's design, ensure any currently visible connections are concealed
Add some hidden pockets and our squid logo
We will add more Jacket color options
We will add a super slim rechargeable battery pack that can charge your phone
SUPER stretch goal: We plan to add Arduino support and addressable LEDs as a $500k stretch goal (this will make the LitJacket really awesome - think rainbows!)
Risks and challenges
We've already vetted multiple manufacturers and have found those with the latest innovations in process technology (eg. ultrathin spray-on waterproofing for LEDs) and impeccable quality.
In terms of schedule, we are bound to our manufacturer's workflow. While we have planned for unpredictable demand and holidays, should extreme circumstances arise, there may be a chance of unforeseen delays.
Thank you to Tribe Media House for helping put together our awesome videos and content!