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Jamie Hyneman's Virtual Reality Electric Shoes
Help Jamie create the 7th generation of his prototype electric shoes for enhancing the VR experience
Jamie Hyneman
San Francisco, United States
$9,620 USD raised by 0 backers
19% of $50,000 
fixed goal
No time left
Overview
We want to create electric shoes for VR gaming.  It's not easy, that's why we need your help.

Microcomputers in the shoes control the mini-treadmills and coordinate their movement with the game's avatar.

 

Our vision of the 7th prototype:

There were 6 prototype iterations built.  The 7th prototype will be designed to address all of the issues found during prior testing.

 

 

Early prototype – Too unstable and

back to the drawing board.

 

Early prototype test:  Obstacle sensors, forward/reverse motion, and speed control.

 

Early prototype test:  Communications and coordination between the shoes.

 

 

 

Introductions:

Jamie:  You probably recognize him from Mythbusters and is known for his creativity in mechanical engineering - the "get out of my way, no gimmicks or games, super inventor" guy.

Edmond:  Artificial intelligence specialist and inventor of 13 patents. One of his designs you see during NFL games – the Academy and Emmy Award winning overhead Skycam.  

George:  Prototype developer,  Emmy award winner and Villanova University engineering professor.  Helped build the WaveCam.

John: Fortune 20 background in global manufacturing and supply chain.

Cody: Gaming interface and crowdfunding expert.  Design guru.

Liesl:  Graduated college at 16.  Web, graphics, and search engine optimization (SEO) wizard.

EJ:  VR systems engineer and project manager with extensive fortune 500 experience.

Patsy:  Computer engineer and user interface expert.  The only person to have worn and used all shoe generations.

Ed:  Media expert with over 20 years experience and a serial entrepreneur.

 

You can help the shoes become a reality by backing our project and receiving a unique survival kit.

We are grateful for your help and willingness to contribute to our project and we're excited for the Vortrex Shoes to become a reality. In the meantime, Jamie wanted to guarantee that you got something cool for your contribution. While traditional swag items such as bumper stickers and t-shirts were an option, Jamie was quick to say “Frankly, that’s just not me...” So, he has put together some of his favorite stuff to form “The Hyneman Survival Kit.” This kit features a mix of items that he uses every day, as well as things he would grab in the case of an emergency. Some of our favorites are listed below.

 

Pick Your Kit

 

The Nuts and Bolts

Perks
$25
USD
+ Shipping
Thank You
Remember all that Jamie has done with duct tape?! Get his preferred tape, a printed "Thank You" certificate from the team for helping the project, and your name printed on each survival kit guide that's included with all kits purchased.
Items included:
  • Duct Tape
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$75
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$84 (10% Off)
The Cheaper Hyneman Surv. Kit
The Cheaper Hyneman Survival Kit has the essentials that you need on the go: •Branded Grab Bag •First Aid Kit •Engraved 12-Function Stainless Multitool •Single AA Flashlight •"The Hyneman" Duct Tape •Space Blanket •Cannon Fuse •Bailing Wire •Wire Saw •Money Bag
Items included:
  • Cheaper Hyneman Survival Kit
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$100
USD
$120 (16% Off)
Big Help & Risk
Added by request, this reward is the highest risk because the shoes may never become a viable, public product. If you choose this option, your money will go to helping us build the prototype we envision. If the prototype leads to the shoe being produced and introduced to the market, you’ll receive a $120 credit and first opportunity for purchase.
Items included:
  • Printed Thank You Certificate
  • $120 Vortrex Gift Certificate
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Estimated April 2018
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$150
USD
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$175 (14% Off)
The Cheap Hyneman Survival Kit
The Cheap Hyneman Survival kit with engraved signature and branding, featuring the basics Jamie would take to survive. The kit includes: •Branded Backpack •12-Function Stainless Multitool •First Aid Kit •Single AA Flashlight •"The Hyneman" Duct Tape •Space Blanket •Cannon Fuse •Bailing Wire •Wire Saw •Money Bag •Flask
Items included:
  • Cheap Hyneman Survival Kit
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Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
$200
USD
$250 (20% Off)
Bigger Help & Bigger Risk
Added by request, this reward is the highest risk because the shoes may never become a viable, public product. If you choose this option, your money will go to helping us build the prototype we envision. If the prototype leads to the shoe being produced and introduced to the market, you’ll receive a $250 credit and first opportunity for purchase.
Items included:
  • Printed Thank You Certificate
  • $250 Vortrex Gift Card
0 claimed
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
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$500
USD
+ Shipping
$699 (28% Off)
The Prem. Hyneman Survival Kit
Jamie's preferred items; many of which get regular use and include: •Solid Aluminum Case •Victorinox Spirit Swiss Army Multitool •Complete First Aid Kit •Single AA Flashlight x2 •"Hyneman" Duct Tape •Space Blanket x2 •Cannon Fuse x2 •Bailing Wire x2 •Wire Saw x2 •Money Bag •Flask •Water Filter Straw •"The Hyneman" Engraved Hatchet •Pocket Ref
Items included:
  • Prem. Hyneman Survival Kit
0 claimed
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Estimated April 2018
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$600
USD
+ Shipping
Signed Premium Survival Kit
In addition to all survival kits being uniquely from Jamie, 50 special kits will also get the Hyneman's signature.
Items included:
  • Signed Premium Survival Kit
0 out of 50 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
Overview
We want to create electric shoes for VR gaming.  It's not easy, that's why we need your help.
Perks
$25
USD
+ Shipping
Thank You
Remember all that Jamie has done with duct tape?! Get his preferred tape, a printed "Thank You" certificate from the team for helping the project, and your name printed on each survival kit guide that's included with all kits purchased.
Items included:
  • Duct Tape
0 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
$75
USD
+ Shipping
$84 (10% Off)
The Cheaper Hyneman Surv. Kit
The Cheaper Hyneman Survival Kit has the essentials that you need on the go: •Branded Grab Bag •First Aid Kit •Engraved 12-Function Stainless Multitool •Single AA Flashlight •"The Hyneman" Duct Tape •Space Blanket •Cannon Fuse •Bailing Wire •Wire Saw •Money Bag
Items included:
  • Cheaper Hyneman Survival Kit
0 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
$100
USD
$120 (16% Off)
Big Help & Risk
Added by request, this reward is the highest risk because the shoes may never become a viable, public product. If you choose this option, your money will go to helping us build the prototype we envision. If the prototype leads to the shoe being produced and introduced to the market, you’ll receive a $120 credit and first opportunity for purchase.
Items included:
  • Printed Thank You Certificate
  • $120 Vortrex Gift Certificate
0 claimed
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
$150
USD
+ Shipping
$175 (14% Off)
The Cheap Hyneman Survival Kit
The Cheap Hyneman Survival kit with engraved signature and branding, featuring the basics Jamie would take to survive. The kit includes: •Branded Backpack •12-Function Stainless Multitool •First Aid Kit •Single AA Flashlight •"The Hyneman" Duct Tape •Space Blanket •Cannon Fuse •Bailing Wire •Wire Saw •Money Bag •Flask
Items included:
  • Cheap Hyneman Survival Kit
0 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
$200
USD
$250 (20% Off)
Bigger Help & Bigger Risk
Added by request, this reward is the highest risk because the shoes may never become a viable, public product. If you choose this option, your money will go to helping us build the prototype we envision. If the prototype leads to the shoe being produced and introduced to the market, you’ll receive a $250 credit and first opportunity for purchase.
Items included:
  • Printed Thank You Certificate
  • $250 Vortrex Gift Card
0 claimed
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
$500
USD
+ Shipping
$699 (28% Off)
The Prem. Hyneman Survival Kit
Jamie's preferred items; many of which get regular use and include: •Solid Aluminum Case •Victorinox Spirit Swiss Army Multitool •Complete First Aid Kit •Single AA Flashlight x2 •"Hyneman" Duct Tape •Space Blanket x2 •Cannon Fuse x2 •Bailing Wire x2 •Wire Saw x2 •Money Bag •Flask •Water Filter Straw •"The Hyneman" Engraved Hatchet •Pocket Ref
Items included:
  • Prem. Hyneman Survival Kit
0 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
Get this perk
$600
USD
+ Shipping
Signed Premium Survival Kit
In addition to all survival kits being uniquely from Jamie, 50 special kits will also get the Hyneman's signature.
Items included:
  • Signed Premium Survival Kit
0 out of 50 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated April 2018
Estimated April 2018
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