Hi Seahawks fans!
My name is Jason. I'm an Electrical Engineer and a big fan of the Seattle Seahawks. Seahawks fans have the reputation of being the loudest in the NFL. We even caused a small earthquake! But I think we can do even better.
The "Shine 12" campaign will elevate us to the most visible fans in the NFL. We are producing high brightness "Light Badges" that can be worn on a wrist, belt, hat, necklace or any other highly visible location of your choice.
first prototypes use a simple white LED backlight with a blue and white 3D printed
case and face, but we are going to add more color and improve the resolution to
make them super vibrant and eye-catching!
The final production version will not only be visually stunning, but it will also be thinner and higher resolution.
It would be mesmerizing for the opponents to see thousands of Light Badges in the stands. But to add some extra punch, we're designing in a strobe mode to make them blink on and off faster as we get louder.And, after a long day of unhinging the competition, the Light Badges can be recharged using any standard microUSB cable.
The pictures above show the evolution of Light Badge design with some early 3D printed
cases, light diffusers, electronics, and LEDs. Different types, colors,
and configurations of LEDs such as side-mounted and direct projection
When you make a contribution, and are rewarded with one of the Light Badges, you'll not only solidify our status as the best fans in the NFL, you'll also be supporting our local economy. All Light Badges will be Made in Washington.
We're launching a campaign because we need your help acquiring thousands of high brightness LEDs, rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries, custom built circuit boards, high resolution cases, and the local labor to assemble them.
Next season, let's be both heard AND seen!
Thank you...and Go Hawks!
P.S. I've received some questions about whether or not these would be allowed at CenturyLink Field. The short answer is yes, we are within the policy guidelines posted on their website. If anything, these are actually encouraged by the NFL due to their new policies on video boards. Here's another news report from the LA Times.
More details on our capabilities, resources, schedule, and deliverables:
I'm an Electrical Engineer by trade and have a large network in both the design and manufacturing community to help complete this project.
In order to ramp to full production and ship these before the start of next season, the circuit design and layout must be completed by March, with printed circuit boards and circuit components delivered and assembled in April. The molds for the cases will also be completed for first assembled prototypes by early May. The first light badges will be fully assembled and tested in June to make sure final modifications are complete for production and shipment to supporters in late July.
Besides needing the funding to acquire all of the materials for the project, the largest obstacles will be as follows:
1. Finding a local manufacturer to produce and assemble the enclosures at a reasonable cost.
2. Acquiring battery packs that are both durable and safe for outdoors.
3. Ensuring we don't run into any licensing issues.