Thanks for your support
I would like to thank everyone of you for putting your support behind this project. While the funding goal did not get there, it is clear that there is significant interest in the creation of a development platform to enable the amazing applications the Luminance platform was designed for. I had hoped to build a fundamentally new platform, with close attention to electrical, sensing, mechanical and optical design ensuring a complete system for reactive lighting that would complement the range of existing Arduino devices. I did this as a Kickstarter project to ensure that the core ecosystem of sensing, power regulation and output/control components would enable the Luminance Platform to step up to the wide range of new challenges from day one.
Taking a step back and looking at the different ways of achieving this goal I have come to the conclusion the best option will be to create something that is an addition to or iterative improvement on an existing Arduino platform.The core features of the Luminance Platform are an extremely power conscientious micro, tight integration with sensors and seamless interfacing between low voltage micro controller and the higher voltage LED components with the longer term goals of supporting a range of interesting sensing modalities and the addition of wireless control.
I have decided to build upon the Arduino Fio platform since it can (with some hacking) support a range of sensors and easily enables wireless interfacing. Since the Fio is tailored towards the longer term goals of Luminance, I will be focusing on adding the core Luminance functionality in the form of a shield.
The shield will include:
- Voltage regulation from LED levels (5-24V) down to microcontroller levels (3.3V)
- An ultra low power accelerometer for wakeup and sensing
- Power FET drivers to interface with higher voltage outputs and LEDs
The shield combined with a Fio will enable much of the motion reactive Luminance capabilities with a tradeoff of larger size and a fixed sensor that cannot be easily swapped for another. While it will be larger and have a rectangular form factor, a Fio combined with the Luminance Shield, will still fit well in a range of embedded and wearable projects.
Kickstarter is an amazing resource to support the transition of a design to "the next step". I am not going to start a Kickstarter just to back the development of the Arduino shield. Kickstarter is for when the next step is big enough that is is blocking the creation of an amazing new thing. I will be working on the Luminance Shield and expect to be back here on Kickstarter when it is time to add in the components that I just cant make available without ordering by the thousands or that have prohibitive upfront cost. Things like custom built Velcro backed addressable LED strips, machined metal enclosures (water and dust proof) to ensure functioning in any type of environment and FCC certification for the wireless components of the system. I want to be able to ensure that what I am creating is "done right", applying best practices across the entire system and most importantly that it is something I am proud of. Kickstarter a perfect match to that with an all or nothing funding model and I certainly expect that when the time comes a new Kickstarter project will be created. The backers of Luminance will be the first to know when that does happen.
Thanks again for all of your support.
Yet another example of what can be done with Luminance. A wizards cloak with motion reactive spell casting. While the "Technomancer Digital Wizard Hoodie" was only an April fools, add in the Luminance development components and a (real) motion reactive wizardry can be easily created.
Here is a video showing what I have done with it and Matt's improvements on my first pass. Want to see it in person? This weekend at the Bay Area Maker Faire it will be on the center stage as part of Wearable Computing: Adaptive Tech to Blink and Bling.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on May 25, 2012.
Apr 2, 2012 - May 25, 2012
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MORAL SUPPORT: Receive a personalized thank you card and be able to see the progress of the project. You will receive updates through kickstarter following successful funding but they are only available to the backers of the project. Thanks for supporting open source hardware and this project.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $54 or more
CORE SUPPORT: Congratulations! You will be receiving the core Luminance development system. Including an Arduino compatible main board, your choice of an accelerometer sensor shield or spectrum analyzer shield, your choice of the FET driver shield or the RGB output shield and two prototyping shields. All the parts you need to build your motion or sound reactive lighting project. (Add $10 to ship to Canada, $15 for international shipping.)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $81 or more
FULL SPECTRUM SUPPORT: Be one of the first to receive a full Luminance system from the first run of production and save. Support at this level will be rewarded with sound reactive Luminance development kit. This includes the Arduino compatible main board, the spectrum shield, RGB LED shield coupled into a 15-20cm fiber optic plume built into an aluminum enclosure that can be used freestanding or held in ones hand and moved around. Only avaliable as part of the kickstarter, the first 50 backers at this level also get a Makerbot printed base to hold the entire system upright and stable. (Add $10 to ship to Canada, $15 for international shipping.)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $104 or more
TRULY MOVING SUPPORT: Receive the motion reactive Luminance development system. The Arduino compatible main board, the accelerometer sensor shield, the FET driver shield and a pigtail for an addressable LED strip all housed in a sealed aluminum cylinder. The reactive motion controller will connect to a one meter individually addressable LED led strip that I will look to source mounted on Velcro backing to make the development of reactive clothing trivially easy. In addition the first 50 backers at this level will receive a Makerbot printed holding clip (like what is used to hold a bike pump) to easily integrate the controller with your project. (Add $10 to ship to Canada, $15 for international shipping.)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $156 or more
COMPLETE SUPPORT: Thank you for supporting all aspects of the Luminance project. In return for your support you will receive all produced components of the development platform. You will receive the main board, the accelerometer shield, the spectrum shield, the RGB LED shield, the FET power driver shield, two prototyping shields, the aluminum housing, fiber optic plume and one meter Velcro backed addressable LED strip. Mixing and matching from these parts enable exploration of all the possible applications of combinations of the Luminance development system. Available only during the kickstarter project, the first 50 supporters at this level will also get a choice of a Makerbot printed base for the sound reactive system or a mounting clip for use with the motion reactive one. Mixing in your own components will realize the goal of this project to provide the base system to be extended by your imagination into an amazing reactive lighting system.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $198 or more
SPINNING SUPPORT: Receive TWO motion reactive Luminance development kits. These will be similar to the reward for FULL SPECTRUM SUPPORT but the sound reactive boards will be replaced with motion sensing. In addition this reward adds padding for the aluminum case, a harness to hold it and poi cords for spinning it.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012