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Crowdsourcing Mornings: BioLite HeadLamp: Wildly Capable, Simply Comfortable


This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

We’ve gone from phonographs to wireless earbuds, pilgirm shoes to flyknits, pocketwatches to fitness trackers; so why have headlamps – a wearable we all know – stayed so dang unwearable?  You know what we’re talking about: the doorknob sticking out of your forehead. It’s bulky, it’s uncomfortable, and it constantly reminds you of its presence. So many other categories (sound, footwear, eyewear) have evolved into modern, lighter, smarter designs yet headlamps have remained largely the same – so we set out to change that.

With 330 lumens and 4 lighting modes, the BioLite HeadLamp provides top-tier performance with a fit unlike any headlamp you’ve experienced thanks to our proprietary 3D SlimFit Construction.  By integrating our electronics into the fabric with a custom molded housing, we pack all your lighting into an ultra-thin facing that is designed to fit as seamlessly as a contact lens: moves with you as a single unit and you soon forget it’s even there.

By relocating the power source to the back, our fit solves the classic slippage problem. Headlamps are generally worn at a slight angle, with the light in the upper position. If you put all the weight where the light is, it’s going to seek equilibrium which means a slow and constant slip downward (annoying). By keeping the front super light and minimal and moving those grams to the back of your head, BioLite HeadLamp embraces a gravity-friendly design that feels nearly weightless when you put it on.

We did a LOT of fabric testing. A lot. We ended up going with a high-quality moisture-wicking band that keeps your forehead comfortable and dry during activity with easy-adjust clips that take the guess work out of right-sizing your band.  This HeadLamp has got a lot to offer in that ultrathin front: using advanced LED electronics, HeadLamp puts out an impressive 330 lumens along with full brightness control, spot/flood, strobe, and red night vision.  And, thanks to its rechargeability, you can ditch the alkalines and fill up using powerbanks, solar panels, or any other micro-USB source.

As of September 18th, this project has raised $65,000 of their $40,000 goal. This project has 32 days left to raise as much as it can. For a pledge of $49, you will get one headlamp.  For a pledge of $185, you will get four headlamps.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/biolite/biolite-headlamp-wildly-capable-simply-comfortable?

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