“Remember when we were kids, and afraid of the dark, unable to fall asleep for fear of monsters under the bed or in the closet? We would hide under our blankets because we believed they had the power to protect us.”
That’s the memory of Terry Sachetti, a US artist, who has created a solution for today’s younger generation who may be afraid of the dark: Force Field Cloaks, which turn darkness into a kaleidoscope of colours. Fear into fun.
“Children experience that fear of the dark every night, and parents struggle for a solution,” Sachetti continues. “The Force Field Cloak visually reinforces that protective power children believe in already, only now with a glowing protective shield. It’s the best thing to come along since the nightlight!”
Minneapolis business The Glow Company has turned Sachetti’s Force Field Cloak into a reality, funding it through Kickstarter.com, where it surpassed its goal of US$25,000, by 967 per cent, resulting in $241,681 in pre-orders, all within the first month of sales.
“I wish we could ship orders sooner, but it’s going to take us a while to ramp up manufacturing to meet demand,” says Aaron Bible, The Glow Company’s CEO, somewhat apologetically.
“We will have Force Field products in the hands of our backers by Christmas and plan to begin national distribution early 2018.”
When testing the product, the first thing children said when the lights went out was “Wow!” quickly followed by “I want one!”. The Force Field Cloaks have glow-in-the-dark patterns that glow brighter than a nightlight.
“I created the Force Field Cloak so you can use it anyway you like,” continues Sachetti. “Put it on your bed, wear it as a cloak, or even place it on an object that you feel needs Force Field protection.”
Just imagine the comfort a child, afraid of the dark, would feel when using the protective cloak on their dreaded trip to the bathroom in the middle of the night, where they may fear seeing monsters along the way…
Force Field Cloaks come in five colors with five glow-in-the-dark designs and a variety of glow colours. The Force Field Cloak uses a high grade, proprietary-formulated glow-in-the-dark ink that is organic and nontoxic and 100 per cent child safe. Force Field Cloaks will glow for over eight hours and it only takes about 20 minutes to charge up under a bright light. The longer you charge it, the brighter it glows. It can be washed in cold water, air tumble dries and does not need ironing. It is made out of quality cotton-polyester blend material with fleece on the inside for comfort.
The recommended retail price of the Force Field is US$39.95.
To continue accepting pre-orders the company transitioned its campaign to Indiegogo InDemand.