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Retroreflective vest embedded with waterproof custom-color LEDs for runners, bicyclists, and ANYONE wanting to be bright. Read more

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Retroreflective vest embedded with waterproof custom-color LEDs for runners, bicyclists, and ANYONE wanting to be bright.

About this project

You Saw Me

Introducing the Verve by You Saw Me:  the fun, functional way that aims to change the way we perceive visibility safety. The patented product is the first in its industry to feature an ANSI certified retroreflective outer layer embedded with 60 custom color waterproof LEDs. Each fully waterproof and machine washable vest has on-off-dimming-blinking capabilities, and our premiere RGB product has 20 steady-state color options and 19 color-changing functions. The Verve is a one-size-fits-all safety vest that has a front and back visibility of over one-mile away. It is powered by a 9V battery for over 30 hours of continued use. 

The Verve

The Verve is the patented solution for visibility safety. The vest has a retroreflective outer layer and embedded with 60 custom-color waterproof LEDs. The lightweight and versatile design and customizable safety product is a perfect fit for walkers, runners, cyclists, kids, ANYONE craving noticeability or desiring increased roadside visibility.

Seth, our co-founder, sporting the Verve
Seth, our co-founder, sporting the Verve

Features (See Technical Specifications for additional information):

  • ANSI certified retroreflective outer layer 
  • Embedded custom-color waterproof LEDs
  • Front/Back pockets for cell phones, keys, money, and ID cards
  • 10 incremented dimming settings
  • 8 blinking modes with variable speed functions

The RGB Verve

The RGB Verve is everything The Verve offers with the added element of color-changing functions. We are bringing the fashion, the fun, and the frenzy to visibility safety. Whether you want to match your vest with your athletic gear or simply want to stand out at a concert, club, or anywhere, this is the product for you.

Features (See Technical Specifications for additional information):

  • ANSI certified retroreflective outer layer
  • Embedded custom-color waterproof LEDs
  • Front/Back pockets for cell phones, keys, money, and ID cards
  • 20 steady-state colors with 5 incremented dimming settings
  • 19 dynamic color-changing functions with variable speeds 

Our Story

Think about your typical commute and recall those roadside pedestrians that are merely an afterthought:  a runner wearing a lime green tank top and silver reflectors on her shoes; a bicyclist with a blinking red light mounted on the back of his seat; a construction worker wearing the all-too-familiar orange mesh vest.  Despite these solutions to increase visibility, there are over 270,000 pedestrian fatalities along the road every year across the world [World Health Organization].  

We are a team of engineers that noticed runners, bicyclists, and motorcyclists wearing ratty construction vests in order to be more visible. This presented an opportunity to bring visibility safety to the next level.  We began designing a slimmer and athletic-feeling vest in 2009, reaching out to end users for valuable feedback.  

Up until today, we have been hitting the pavement to test and improve our design, focusing on what people would actually wear to make them more visible. And we hope you find our final product the epitome of making safety cool. Over the years we have perfected the concept of integrating passive visibility (reflectivity) and active visibility (light sources). and now, for the first time, we are offering our customized Verve to the public via Kickstarter so that we can order our electronic components at a more economical quantity. Below is a timeline leading up to the product that you see today.

Kevin Winzer, our cofounder, manning the sewing machine
Kevin Winzer, our cofounder, manning the sewing machine
  • 2009: Idea inception and initial patent filing.
  • 2010: Implementation of custom color reflective vests.
  • 2011: Integration of active visibility (LEDs) into our product.
  • 2012: Implementation of retroreflective outer layer embedded with custom color waterproof LEDs.
  • 2013: Granted US and international utility patents and secured manufacturing for producing our final design.
  • 2014: Kickstarter unveiling of the Verve.
Prototypes 2009-2013
Prototypes 2009-2013
Early Stage Schematics and Granted Utility Patent
Early Stage Schematics and Granted Utility Patent

Risks and challenges

This is our first Kickstarter project and the first time we are unveiling our customizable and patented product. We have secured a supplier to provide us with waterproof sub-assemblies, a process that takes 3 weeks from ordering parts. We have several contract textile manufacturers in the United States to integrate the sub-assembly to create the final product, which will be done in 2-4 weeks. We will be doing packaging and distribution in-house, which we are motivated and excited to confidently deliver as quickly as we can. Our hope is to deliver products within 60 days from the campaign end date. Since it is our first project and major launch, we do expect some unforeseen challenges involving a flawless logistical system. We have surrounded ourselves with an expansive team and have obtained initial funding just for this campaign to ensure our Kickstater first adopters can strap into their vest as quickly as possible and experience the 'noticeability' we proudly are bringing to the public.

Our aim is to make visibility safety fun, cool, and versatile so that our 'brighter is better' philosophy can change the way we share the road with motor vehicles and save lives doing it. Thanks for your checking out the Verve and remember... you saw me.

Seth McBee & Kevin Winzer (Founders)
www.yousawme.com
www.facebook.com/yousawmevest
www.twitter.com/yousawmevest

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  • You selected
    $3 reward

    5 backers

    You Back Me: Receive a personalized thank you from us. But we don't use a boring index card or even a postcard. Your message will be on retroreflective film!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $20 reward

    11 backers

    You Support Me: Receive our custom t-shirts to show your support. We obviously used reflective ink on 100% polyester so that you stay noticed. Sizes XS-XXL.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $50 reward

    11 backers

    You Appreciate Me: Receive a single-color Verve with alkaline battery. 60 embedded single-color waterproof LEDs with 10 solid-color brightnesses, 8 flashing functions with variable speed for each. Color options: red, blue, green, magenta, yellow.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $60 reward

    20 backers

    You Like Me: Receive an RGB Verve with alkaline battery. 60 embedded color-changing LEDs, 20 solid-state colors with 5 brightness settings, 19 color-changing modes with variable speeds.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $75 reward

    1 backer

    You Fancy Me: single-color Verve with rechargeable Li-ion battery with charger. Color options: red, blue, green, magenta, yellow.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $85 reward

    14 backers

    You Adore Me: RGB Verve with rechargeable Li-ion battery with charger.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $100 reward

    10 backers Limited (40 left of 50)

    You Treasure Me: custom logo or your name on the back pocket of your single-color Verve with Li-ion battery with charger and t-shirt.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $500 reward

    3 backers Limited (22 left of 25)

    You Idolize Me: personally customize fabric color and custom logo or name on the back pocket of your RGB Verve with rechargeable Li-ion battery with charger and t-shirt.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $500 reward

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    You Rave Me: the raVerve - the RGB Verve equipped with a microcontroller and microphone to "beat" to the sound and frequency of music.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $500 reward

    0 backers Limited (20 left of 20)

    You Accelerate Me: the motoVerve - integration of wearable waterproof LEDs that connect to a motorcycle's electrical system to respond to the running, brake, and signal lights on the wearer in a strategic, street legal manner.

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    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

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