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battery-powered solutions for art, armageddon or burning man, whichever comes first

Over the years for burning man, festivals and campouts, I’ve spent a huge amount of time and resources experimenting with battery-powered solutions for lighting, camp-charging, and bike/small vehicle power. 

I’m here to share some tips and tricks that I’ve learned. Whether you’re planning to power an art installation, a bike, a festy wagon, or all your camp’s charging and lighting needs, I hope these tips can help you take your projects to the next level!

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podpoi durability :: the story

Monday, November 23, 2015 9:48 AM

podpoi durability :: the story

Podpoi are known to be extremely durable. During beta-testing, we tried repeatedly to destroy them and found it quite difficult. A roomful of beefy boys took about 45 minutes of repeated smashing before it finally stopped working. We were quite excited and wanted to release a durability video shortly after the product launch. But it was not to be. Systemic issues arose that would have made the release of a durability video untimely. Although podpoi were designed to be extremely durable, a significant percentage have suffered various manufacturing defects that make them appear much less in the early batches.

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flowtoys reinvents the lightbulb

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 9:01 AM

flowtoys reinvents the lightbulb

Flowtoys Special Event: 31 March 2015, Emeryville, CA
(Crowd murmurings and then applause as Sean appears on stage)

Sean von Stade:  Hey thanks for being here. 
(Loud applause)

It’s great to see y’all today.

Sean: A quick update. We’ve sold our 500,000,000th podpoi last week. Half a billion podpoi. That’s a lot of poi. 

We beat Google, Exxon-Mobil, and Wal-Mart.

When you think about it, these other companies have complicated ways of making money – selling ad space, drilling oil, distributing cheap goods that are bound for landfill.

We do something really simple:  We create delightful products that do something amazing.

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