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These products are easy to carry and they capture energy as you move normally, storing that energy in their on-board battery. If you’re in a hurry, they are also optimized for fast charging when shaken, multiplying the charging rate by 20 or more.
Different from spinning generators or solar generators, the Genneo charges from natural human movement, so it quietly charges up as you walk or run. You don’t need to set it up in the sun, or turn a crank, or even think about it.
As full featured auxiliary batteries, they can also be pre-charged using the same wall charger that comes with your mobile phone, but with the added advantage of keeping themselves topped-off as they are carried.
With your help, Genneo will soon launch the G4000 and G3000 Mobile Generators. Both offer standard USB-A output and a micro-USB charging input so they can be used with the most common cell-phone cables.
Because every device is different and has distinct battery sizes it is difficult to exactly predict how many times a Genneo will fully charge your device but with the large capacity of our built in batteries and with the power of your movement you can be sure you’ll get many additional hours of use from your device.
A Genneo is an ideal backup. Since you are already using it you’ll have it with you when disaster strikes, and because no matter what the weather it will work for you. Even when completely discharged, Genneo products quickly deliver your movement energy to what you’re charging so you’re never more than a few moments from putting some power into your phone.
After several rounds of development and prototyping with our own money and some seed investment we are ready to take the big step of raising funds to manufacture and deliver our first two Genneo models – G3000 and G4000. We’ll use the money to buy the parts and production tooling, to manufacture and test, and to deliver products to our Kickstarter supporters.
It seemed there had to be a way to put some of our own energy into our phones. We researched different kinds of generators and read dozens of patents. Most generators have parts that spin. But we humans don’t have wheels. We have arms and legs. To work well with a person as the energy source, a generator’s moving parts ought to move as we do – back and forth, up and down.
The solution, then, would have to be a linear generator, not a rotating one. But linear generators are historically inefficient and don’t generate much power. We’ve all seen shaker flashlights. These contain simple linear generators. They’re novel, some of them even useful, but they don’t produce enough power to make a real contribution to what a mobile phone needs.
The next step was to work out why linear generators were inefficient. Once Blake understood this, he then came up with a combination of solutions. These became both patent claims and the basis for products. He tried out a huge number of combinations and approaches to test and improve the solutions. It is now possible to capture enough energy from movement to make a significant power contribution to the demands of the energy thirsty mobile devices we use.
Once we had the physics and electrical engineering worked out it was time to begin creating a user friendly and marketable product line. Good product design is as important as the physics so it was time to get serious about human factors engineering and design to bring Genneo to life as a product and as a brand. That’s when Blake called Daniel Veiga.
So Daniel got started on the form factor, ergonomics and usability guidelines. He defined materials and finishes that gave the Genneo character and complemented its functionality. In collaboration with mechanical engineers, we then refined the product experience and we built more refined prototypes.
We have added an operations expert to the team in the last few weeks and we are partnering with two Kansas City area electronics manufacturers. Digittron Technologies (digittron.com), an ISO9001 certified circuit board assembly service provider will be building our circuit board assemblies. Hisonic (hisonic.com), both ISO9001 and AS9100 certified and winner of multiple quality awards, is expert at custom magnetic assemblies including transformers, inductors, and filters for aviation and other industries and will build our custom coil assembles as well as final assembly and logistics. Digittron has done a perfect job building several of our prototype boards. Hisonic is working now on production tooling, incoming inspection documents, and assembly and test procedures. These two partnerships will be key to ensuring product quality and timely delivery. Partnering with Digittron and Hisonic keeps our manufacturing costs variable while giving us quality and scalability from the start. Both companies will be able to support our Kickstarter project no matter how successful.
Achieving our Kickstarter goal will enable us to both buy tooling (approximately $40,000) and the parts and packaging for Kickstarter units. All materials will be delivered directly to the respective partners for incoming inspection and assembly. Products will be shipped from the Hisonic factory in Olathe, KS.
Our Kickstarter goal is meant to be a comfortable minimum needed to fufill our reward commitments, but we cannot completely eliminate the risk of delay due to unforseen supply chain or operations issues. We have good cost and lead time estimates for tooling with an associated program plan, but there is some risk that things will be delayed or extra costs incurred.
To mitigate these risks we have multiple suppliers lined up for each custom part in the products, and we have multiple capable manufacturing partners ready to go. Production tooling is designed but not yet ordered. We will order it as soon as our Kickstarter total exceeds the goal, so if we start well we will be able to expedite tooling and minimize the lead time risk. There are six parts in each Genneo that require tooling. Though we are confident we cannot be sure that none of these tools will require revision after we receive first article for inspection.
Finally, we have provided performance estimates based on our testing, but keep in mind that since these products generate power from your movements, the amount of power they capture will be directly related to how much you move and how energetic your movements are. The more spring you have in you step the better the performance will be. Similarly, the more vigorously you shake them the better the performance. As you’ve heard before, “individual results may vary”.