Chance Stitcher and Alex Johnson have been working on projects together since high school (18 years ago). At some point Chance dove into Industrial Design with a focus on apparel at the Art Institute of Portland, and Alex stuck his head into Electrical Engineering at Oregon State University. These years involved many trips up and down the I-5 corridor to meet up, form ideas, and go backpacking in the Oregon woods. After working for a few years at Texas Instruments in Tucson, Alex returned to Portland and helped build up the electrical engineering departments of two startup companies, in solar energy and in aerospace. Chance meanwhile honed his skills as a product designer at Shwood, and before long the meeting and ideas resumed and projects came to life such as the HandleBar: a pedal powered bar with a dance floor, solar panels for the sound system, and of course lots of blinky sound reactive lighting.
Along the way Alex met Viviana Lopez, who he fell in love with not only for her impressive dance moves, but also for her mind. With a bachelors and masters in science and a dozen certifications, she has been an integral part of the project and has helped with everything from website design to tax returns, and loads of moral support.
As Chance and Alex's projects grew in scope each year, the focus remained the same: create things that are as interactive, inclusive, and exciting as possible. In 2016 the first prototypes of the Lumactive products were born in the form of a tie, a belt, and of course suspenders. Although these initial prototypes were extremely crude, the response they got was incredible. Fueled by the enthusiasm from the people around us, we pushed forward creating 5 different revisions of the garment, 4 revisions of the circuit board, 3 revisions of the enclosure, and endless revisions of the code, until finally we felt like we couldn't improve things any further.