Nick Sweeney and James Voshell from Santa Clarita, CA, USA, present their project StemLite – integrated bicycle light. The KickStarter project was launched on February 14, 2013 with a goal to raise $45,000 but by March 16, 2013 only $3,207 was pledged, so the funding was unsuccessful. The authors
Two young riders Nick Sweeney and James Voshell founded StemLite LLC to bring innovative products to the cycling industry. Nick is 23 years old and he is an avid cyclist as his partner James who is the author of the idea of the special bicycle headlight. Being avid mountain bikers there have been a lot of times when their rides went longer than expected, leaving them trapped and visually limited in the dark night. The lighting accessories that were available at that time were bulky and could be easily forgotten in preparation for long rides. That’s why Nick and James decided to create an integrated light. The project Bicycling is the second largest mode of transportation in the world. More and more people prefer bicycles. Taking this into consideration, the developers from StemLite LLC created an integrated bicycle “headlight” that is simple, hassle-free and highly efficient. Their goal is not only to create an aftermarket product that will increase the capability and safety of cyclists, but to set the design and manufacture standards for every bicycle type. No more will avid cyclists be taken unawares at night. The first stem is available in one size and tailored to fit most all bikes. It is a 100 mm stem with shim adapters to maximize its applications. The steer tube clamp is 1 1/8″ (25.5 mm) and the handle bar clamp is sized for 31.8 mm bars. StemLite’s have many benefits and features. First of all, it is high powered LED lighting system built into the stems, making 500 lumen rated light (in high mode) and 300 lumen rated light (in low mode) always accessible on your bicycle. The light runs on 3 AA batteries which are easy to replace. The light puts out a stunning 500 lumens and lasts 12 hrs on high mode and 21 hrs on low mode. There is also flashing, which runs 50+ hours. StemLite LLC’s goal is to provide cyclists with a high output, high efficiency head light while eliminating cables, battery packs, and straps. Now you will not forget to bring your light when you are out for a day ride and the night approaches much sooner than expected.
There are two switches on each StemLite. The first one, which sits on the top, controls on/off/flash and the second switch controls high/low. Switches are set in a groove and have custom made key caps as to keep them water resistant.
The developers are presently in the process of obtaining their first patent. They are ready for production of their first model, Electron. This model is a commuter/mountain/fixie/ stem with 3 settings: high-12 hrs, low-21 hrs, flashing50+hrs. The products will be built and developed in house at the StemLite shop in Southern California, USA.
Risks and challenges Nick and James have been working on this product for a few years now and have developed prototype. They have fine-tuned materials for both the battery pack and stem itself. They have tuned the electronics, added more LED’s and have updated the design several times, based on extensive field testing. Potential future challenges may be getting orders from suppliers on time. But the developers are ready for any unexpected challenges and they are confident in their team. There is also a risk of unsuccessful funding at KickStarter but they don’t believe in failure, only learning from their experiences. Source: http://bit.ly/16X41J5
Startup Tank team has participated in helping and developing the new creative project StemLite, which has been published on KickStarter.
StemLite is an integrated bicycle light of the new generation that can save your life when you are bicycling at night.