LifeDisc started with the goal of having a compact fishing kit on hand whenever you need it, but has evolved into much more.
Measuring just 37mm in height and 200mm in diameter, LifeDisc builds into a personal life sustaining toolkit that can be neatly stowed in your backpack, glove box or bug-out bag so it's always within easy reach.
LifeDisc features a tough signalling mirror that's built to withstand the outdoors and usable without needing to open the disc. If you find yourself in need of rescue, being able to draw the attention of rescuers quickly is key to survival.
A simple twist reveals a watertight storage unit with 240 cubic centimetre capacity. The contents of the storage unit have very deliberately been left to your own personal choice. Whilst we would expect that most survival kits would include an emergency water filter, fire starter, compass, etc., opinions vary widely when selecting personal survival items. So whether your preference is for GPS locators or insulin, the best thing that we feel we can offer with LifeDisc is freedom of choice.
That said, we plan to offer you the option of purchasing the following ready-made kit of the basics we feel you would need in a survivalist situation. And yes, all of these items fit within the LifeDisc storage unit :
** The Following Optional Items Are Not Included In The Indiegogo Perks **
- Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter System
- Virogard Personal Protective Mask
- SOL Fire Lite With Tinder Quik
- Multi-Tool (Can Opener, etc.)
- Fox 40 Micro Safety Whistle
- CRKT RSK Mk5 Knife
- 20mm AA Grade Compass
- Needle and Thread
- Survival Snare
The retail value of this ready-made kit is $90, however we hope to have enough customer interest to qualify for volume discounts (see how you can help below).
The signalling mirror and storage unit can be detached, which then allows the outer covers to be removed. Inside you'll find a rope spool wound with 12 metres of 550 Paracord which can also be removed and used separately. The central reel, wound with 100 metres of Platypus 30lb fishing line, is enclosed behind the rope spool ensuring that it remains tangle free and ready for use. The two outer covers turn over and bayonet back onto the central reel forming a full size hand reel ready to catch your next meal.LifeDisc is manufactured in Australia from an ultra-tough plastic alloy that is chemical and UV resistant, making it virtually indestructible. LifeDisc also includes a drawstring net carry bag which doubles as a holding net for your catch. "Safety Orange" is the default LifeDisc color, but you also have the option of White, Black or Military Green if you would prefer.
So whether you're looking for a compact fishing kit for your next outdoor adventure, or a personal life sustaining tool for emergency preparedness, LifeDisc is up to the task.
Ready For Production
We have been quietly perfecting the LifeDisc design for over a year now and have created working prototypes to ensure the final design works flawlessly (see photos). Now that the design is safely covered by patent, it's time to release it to the world.
To take LifeDisc into full production, we need to raise $48,000 to cover the injection mould tooling. Our funding goal has been calculated to cover this initial up-front tooling cost, plus the cost of producing the LifeDiscs that you, our backer (read savior) will be receiving as part of your perk.
We have chosen a fixed funding model for our Indiegogo campaign. This means that all of your contributions are refunded by Indiegogo if this campaign doesn't raise at least enough to fund the production of the LifeDiscs promised to you in your perks.
The most time consuming process in getting production up and running is the creation of the injection mould tooling which will take around 12 weeks to complete 5 moulds. We will be using that time to ensure that the other components (Paracord, fishing line, etc.) are ready for assembly when production starts in February, 2014. Below is our expected timeline and we will ensure that every backer is kept up to date by email as things progress :
- Nov, 2013 - Commence Injection Mould Tooling
- Feb, 2014 - Start Production and Assembly
- Mar, 2014 - Begin Shipping LifeDiscs to Indiegogo Backers
After selecting your perk, you will need to add the value of one of the following shipping options to your contribution :
- Add $10 to your contribution to cover domestic shipping within Australia.
- Add $20 to your contribution to cover international shipping outside Australia.
If you forget to add shipping at the time that you grab your perk, all is not lost. You can use the "Forgotten Shipping" perks to look after it and we will marry up your shipping contribution with your LifeDisc perk.
Just To Say Thanks
Every Indiegogo backer will also receive at least one 580ml Folding Water Bottle as shown below. These bottles take up very little space when not in use and feature an active carbon water filter to produce safe drinking water from a multitude of sources. Whilst we would like to personally shake each of your hands for the part you're playing in bringing our new product to market, we hope that this gift expresses our appreciation in some small way.
From the moment you select your LifeDisc perk, you're not just a customer, you're a member of the LifeDisc launch team - Welcome aboard!!
What To Expect As A LifeDisc Backer
Whilst the campaign is underway we will be focusing all efforts on reaching our funding goal. You will receive email updates on how the campaign is progressing and how you can help spread the word to other potential backers.
When our 45 day campaign ends on 15th Nov, we go straight into production mode (
We will be asking for your views on matters ranging from the optional "ready-made kit" (listed above), to what default Paracord color is chosen. Your opinion will be vital in ensuring that we get things right for all future LifeDisc owners.
Every backer will receive an email in early December with a link to an online form to get your thoughts. If your perk includes a choice of colors ($37 or above), then this is where you pick your color(s). You will also have the option of confirming your delivery address details on this form.
We will have some milestones on the way to production, so please also expect to see some photos to keep you in the loop.
Thanks for your support!!
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