The Bandicoot Headlamp

Created by Knog

A silicone headlamp without the bulk, the endless batteries, and the “boring”.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Colourful Characters
almost 2 years ago – Thu, Jul 12, 2018 at 01:57:42 AM

Hi All,

Survey is out. The colours are in there but some have identified, fairly, that the images are a little hidden in the process of selecting. So, here they are. Different screens will represent these slightly differently, but hope this gives a good idea.

Black | Indigo | Red | Khaki | Orange
Black | Indigo | Red | Khaki | Orange

Cheers

Sam from Knog.

The Right Fit (and survey update)
almost 2 years ago – Sat, Jun 30, 2018 at 01:39:34 AM

Hi Backers, 

We have some good and, well, neither good or bad, news.

(Neither good or bad news): a small number of you received the survey last week. We are just ironing out a little niggle in our survey set up before sending out to the rest of you. It will be with you mid next week.

Good news: not sure whether any of you noticed from the photos and video, but the fit of the Bandicoot, whilst perfect for most, was a little "roomy" around the corner of the forehead for some of our slimmer-craniumed friends! 

So we've adjusted it to be slimmer, but with greater flex and comfort. What does this mean? It means it will fit everyone better, not just the skinny-heads. And it also makes it better for kids to wear. 

Have a look here at the shape - we've tested this and it's much more comfortable on everyone who's tried it on, from the big heads (in marketing, obvs!), to the little heads (tested on a Knog toddler)! 

Thanks for patience on the survey. All is going well in production planning too. Will send updates on other factory and design news in following updates.

Bye for now,

Knog.

You did it!
almost 2 years ago – Sat, Jun 09, 2018 at 04:48:42 PM

Bandicoot backers, 

You did it. Every one of you 5589 backers have helped make the Bandicoot dream a reality. Thank you.

In order for us to start producing these Bandicoot headlamps a few things need to happen.  

  • First, Kickstarter needs to transfer over the funds so we have the money to make the rewards (this can take up to two weeks from the completion date of June 9th). 
  • Second, we have to find out your choice of colour for your Bandicoot (Black, Blue, Khaki or Red) and where we need to ship them. We’ll send out a BackerKit survey to collect this information in about 10-14 days time. 
  • Third, You will be able to add on additional Bandicoot headlamps to your order through this Backerkit survey.

We’ll give you a heads-up before we send the survey so that you can watch for it. You don’t need to create a BackerKit account to answer your survey. The invitation email contains a link to your personal survey. It is important to submit your responses as quickly as you can since we need this information to process your rewards. 

If you need to change your survey responses, purchase add-on items, or update your shipping information, you can click the link in your survey email again or request your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page. (This page will only start working after we send the surveys out.) 

BackerKit helps us save lots of time by streamlining the survey process, automating data organization, and providing us with pledge management software to make it easy to process your pledge reward shipments. 

If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey link is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account. 

Again, thanks for all your support. We can’t wait to send you your new Bandicoot headlamp. 

Love,

Knog

Modemaker is ON!
almost 2 years ago – Thu, Jun 07, 2018 at 01:04:03 AM

Here in Australia we just woke up to incredible news...from you.

We have hit our stretch goal of 4500 backers and therefore confirm that the Modemaker app WILL be a feature of this light. 

As a reminder of what on earth that is, check out our previous update, or to dig a little deeper, you can learn more, here on our website. As you'll see the Modemaker has already been launched in our PWR light products.

Thanks again. We're genuinely blown away by your support as we grow the brand into the outdoor world.

Love, Knog

You are the ModeMaker
about 2 years ago – Fri, Jun 01, 2018 at 11:34:37 PM

Hi Backers, 

We have been holding back some info about modes and runtimes because we have been exploring different opportunities, and also listening to your comments here and elsewhere online to help us better design them. 

So, below you will see the "out of the box" modes. But we have a bigger announcement…a stretch goal, called ModeMaker. If we can hit 4500 backers we will add a chip to the Bandicoot’s electronics, which allows us to make it ModeMaker compatible.

What, pray tell, is the ModeMaker?

For anyone familiar with our PWR bike lights, the ModeMaker is an existing app that allows you to program your light’s modes. By the time you get your Bandicoot, there will be an additional Bandicoot module in the app that will allow you to select from 1 to 8 modes. And in each mode, you can use sliders to increase brightness (on constant modes) or frequency (on flash modes). So if you like life simple or sophisticated, you’re covered.

So how does that work in practice?

Once you get your Bandicoot, visit knog.com.au/modemaker to download the desktop app. (There is not a mobile app since it requires the unit to be plugged in via USB A). Plug in your Bandicoot, register, then drag modes from the library into the 8 allocated mode spaces. Once you’ve dragged a mode in you can then tailor it. Then once you’re happy, select upload and you’re good to go! 

Why is this a good thing? 

Maybe you know you’re never going to use the red light. Maybe you want the absolute maximum runtime on Wide (ambient) beam for the campsite. Maybe you want a crazy flash that makes little sense but is just fun. Maybe you don’t want more than the two modes you use all the time. Maybe there really can be too many sentences starting with Maybe. 

What if I can’t be bothered to download an app and do all that? 

No drama. The light comes with a great range of 8 modes out of the box. Simply turn on using the large button, and cycle through modes with small button. [This is an update to the animation on the Kickstarter page]. 

Why is this a stretch goal and not included from the start?

Simply, because it’s expensive! Since you guys have helped this Kickstarter be such a great success, we can invest some more into making this happen. 

How does this feature compare to other headlamps?

There is one other major brand we know of that has an app to program modes. That costs about $100. Ours is $29. (And for a bonus, doesn't need a cable to charge - you can just plug the Bandicoot straight into wall charger or computer).

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