NextFab Blog

SPORE Takes Life at NextFab

Posted by Tracy McCarthy

Dec 23, 2013 5:03:55 PM

Jason Browne -- a Drexel senior, entrepreneur, and NextFab member -- has teamed up with staff to prototype Spore, a solar-powered battery charger.


Prototype 3D printed and assembled at NextFab

With the help of NextFab's resident experts, Jason has built a 1.0 version of Spore after feeling inspired to power his devices without an outlet but also without solely relying on a battery.  Creating a solar-powered charging device is not a completely new idea, but the inventiveness of Spore lies in it's scalability.  "The primary feature of Spore is that each unit can be daisy-chained to others via USB port so that it speeds up the charging capacity.  You can even charge Spore with Spore."


Browne co-founded the budding business with fellow Drexel undergrad David Hunt, and pitched the idea to classmates and soon-to-be teammates Mark Brandon and Dylan Kenny.  Back in February 2013, the team won the third local Lean Startup Machine, a national network of paid conferences that aim to teach efficient early-stage principles while building a business idea over a weekend.  Later in October, using a fully-functional prototype created at NextFab, the team took first-place at Drexel's Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship annual competition.  The coveted title won them workspace inside the Institute's incubator, exposure to experts and mentors, and $10,000 of startup money.


Now, Browne says he is meeting with investors and potential manufacturing partners, and is focusing on launching a Kickstarter fundraiser to procure additional capital for his business.  Future iterations of the product include wind turbine accessories as an alternative energy source, furthering its potential for worldwide use.




About this blog

Welcome to the NextFab Blog, where we discuss the ideas changing the world as we know it. Step inside the revolutionary world of 3D Printing technology, traditional and Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machinery, innovation and imagination.



Subscribe to Email Updates

Posts by Topic

see all