Kickstarter: otherworldly glowing "jellyfish" for the sky

Two years ago at the Treasure Island Music Festival, I was dazzled by the sight of glowing, otherworldly jellyfish floating above the crowd during the evening performances. I recently learned that those beautiful jellyfish are an art project called OMG Jellyfish by Patti Lord, Rob Lord (of Winamp fame), and their collaborators. The inflatable jellyfish are made from ripstop nylon, Tyvec, high-power white LEDs, and custom electronics. They fold up into a small travel bag and can be flying in less than 5 minutes. (To clarify, they don't "fly" like a kite but rather are hoisted aloft on collapsible poles.) Now, the creators are hoping to turn OMG Jellyfish into a product. They've launched a Kickstarter to fund further development. A pledge of $125 gets you one of the first OMG Jellyfish delivered to your door before summer's end. OMG Jellyfish


  1. “…I was dazzled by the sight of glowing, otherworldly jellyfish floating above the crowd…”

    Just seconds into the video, and I am HUGELY disappointed to learn that these do not, in fact, float nor fly at all.

    1. I am terribly sorry to have disappointed you so. I hope you recover. I have clarified in my post so as not to emotionally destroy anyone else.

      1.  It was past midnight when the posse
        rode back into Kinsey. In a voice dry and unforgiving as last winter Marshal Pescovitz
        addressed the gathered townsfolk. “We caught up with Earle Suffolk and his gang
        at Epitaph Gulch – didn’t put up much of a fight, all told. Fetch the rope – we’re gonna
        have ourselves a floatin’!”

    2. They’re still just astounding, and it’s so much fun to have a bunch of them around.  I’ve seen them in San Francisco at Burning Man related events, and the people carrying them have clearly been having a lot of fun with them.  (And all the initial $125 early production batch are spoken for :-)

  2. Flying? not so much. Weak and misleading verbiage.  $125.00? I could get a remote control helicopter with LED lights for less. (And it would fly!)

        1. Me too, with a lot of creativity and hard work! Why don’t you and SSGGeezer make one and email me a video of it?

      1. One eye is brown,
        The other is brown.
        I am a fish,
        I swim around.
        You say I’m lost,
        I disagree.
        The map has changed,
        And with it, me.

    1. There does seem to be a large markup going somewhere for an LED, battery, nylon, and a stick.  I love the art, but this is too rich for my blood without a kite or helium element to get it up there on its own.

    1. Nylon, with aluminum poles.  It’s pretty big, and a lot more durable than paper.

    1. They’re approximately the size of a golf umbrella with an 8′ pole, so you probably need about 12-15′ of clearance depending on how much you want to wave them around, or a bit less if you’re hanging them from a tree.

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