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Hello and thanks for checking out our project! We are Xero Degree Industries, a small group
of close friends living in Las Vegas who hope to create new and unique snowboards.
The project was founded by longtime friends and snowboarders Eric Pohto and
Tyler Sherman and has been entirely funded through the contributions of friends
and family. The concept was originally developed in Eric’s free time in the basement
of his house in Cleveland, Ohio. Eric’s passion for his original design led him
to seek Tyler as a partner and to relocate to Nevada. There, they felt the
climate would be more conducive to manufacturing. Also, they would be closer to
large snowboarding communities and local trade shows where they could showcase
their design. The two have since been living and working in their shop while designing
and prototyping these amazing boards.
What we have designed is a snowboard that features LEDs which
illuminate through the base layer and light up the snow under and around the
board. Unlike other attempts at a similar product our board is not retro-fitted
with the lights, but instead integrates them as part of the manufacturing
process to prevent them from ruining the aesthetics of the designs or hindering
the function of the boards. This makes for a more natural looking effect with
more LEDs designed to work with, rather than against the graphics. We feel this
also makes the electronic components of the boards more durable and less likely
to fail than a board with exposed wires.
We studied the process of creating snowboards with one of the
industry’s most respected craftsmen, but feel it is our creative energy and
passion for innovation that truly sets us apart. We see our snowboards as a
combination of art and technology, the ultimate fusion of form and function. One
of the key goals of this project is to make our illuminated boards perform as
well as their non-illuminated counterparts being produced by other manufacturers.
Our focus is to create the most visually striking snowboard possible without
adversely affecting the performance; art in motion.
We feel that our hard work and dedication to this project is
what is going to make it a success. We are not a giant company. We are not
doing this for money. We have designed what we believe is an innovative product
which people will enjoy and which could potentially help expand the snow sports
community. We care so deeply about developing this project that for the past
year, we have devoted all of our time, money, and effort to it. We have even turned
our building into a shop/living space/office where we design and build all of
our prototype boards by hand.
What we are looking to do at this
point is take the project out of the designing and prototyping stage and into
the manufacturing phase. To do that we need to finalize graphics, purchase
molds, and purchase materials and components, all of which have overhead costs.
With the support of KS users, we will be able to see our dream of making
snowboards realized. We will also be able to offer Kickstarter users a special
opportunity to secure for themselves some of the first LED illuminated snowboards
ever manufactured and at a huge discount to the anticipated retail price. So,
we have decided to enlist the help of a Kickstarter campaign to bring our
project to life.
We are very pleased to be able to offer some cool rewards to our backers! Here are some pictures of what they will probably look like:
And, of course, we also will have plenty of LED snowboards available. We haven't finalized the designs for the boards that will be manufactured yet. So, let us know if you like the designs above, or if you have any suggestions for other designs, light patterns, effects, or anything else you can think of. We really look forward to hearing from you! You can catch us on Facebook, Wordpress, and Twitter.