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The PageFlip Firefly is a wireless foot pedal for hands-free page turning on any tablet or computer. Simply open a digital file and press the pedal to scroll or flip pages in either the forward or reverse directions for convenient hands-free reading. Musicians no longer have to take their hands, or their focus, off their musical instrument to turn pages. Works with select apps on iPads and Android tablets, as well as any software on Windows/Mac computers.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The PageFlip Firefly emulates a standard keyboard and works with any software that uses keyboard strokes to navigate through digital files. The Firefly allows the the user to select among five modes for the dual pedals: PageUp/PageDown, Left/Right arrow, Up/Down arrow, Left/Right mouse click, and Space/Enter. Changing modes is as simple as pressing a button.

 The Firefly now offers the user the option to reprogram the five preset modes so that each pedal can now transmit any desired key press or hotkey function. Simply download our free Windows/Mac software so that you can pair the pedal to a Windows or Mac computer for reassigning the pedal functions. Just press the Mode Reset button on the rear of the pedal to restore the factory settings anytime.

People with disabilities can easily connect their favorite external switch to the L/R auxiliary outlets on the PageFlip Firefly to trigger page turns. Sip-and-puff (breath-controlled) devices or Ablenet Jelly Bean pushbuttons are examples of popular switches available to people with disabilities. Musicians will, of course, prefer to tap the PageFlip Firefly, or a connected external pedal that can be plugged into the 1/8" mono outlets on the rear of the pedal.

COMPATIBLE APPS

The PageFlip Firefly works with iPads under select keyboard-compatible apps such as forScore, unrealBook, Deepdish GigBook, MusicReader, Music Podium, OnSong, NextPage, Avid Scorch, Sheet Music Direct, Scorecerer, Set List Maker, Steinway Etude, Virtual Sheet Music, Teleprompt+, and Online Planning Center. See www.pageflip.com for a complete list of compatible apps.

The PageFlip Firefly also works with any Android tablet under select apps such as MobileSheets, MusicNotes, Lyrics Flipper+, Moon+ Reader, and EBookDroid.

The PageFlip Firefly pedal also works with any Windows, Mac, or Linux computer. If your computer does not have Bluetooth, no problem. You can purchase a Bluetooth USB dongle from us that you can plug into your computer's USB port for instant Bluetooth support! Once you try the Bluetooth pedal you will be amazed by the convenience of hands-free reading.

POWER

The PageFlip Firefly is powered by 2 AA batteries or via an AC adapter. The batteries will last nearly a year with regular pedal usage. If you wish, you can plug the Firefly into a USB AC adapter, such as those included with cell phones and tablets. Just connect the pedal to the adapter using the included USB cable.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Dimensions: 6.8" (W) x 5.8" (H) x 1.4" (D)
  • Weight: 9.6 ounces (271 grams)
  • Battery Life: 200 hours of continuous turning or approximately 200,000 page turns
  • Connectivity: Wireless using Bluetooth 3.0, or wired operation using USB cable
  • Sleep mode: Entered after 30-minutes of inactivity. Awakens within 2 seconds of press. 
  • Modes: PageUp/Dn, Left/Right arrow, Up/Down arrow, Left/Right click, Space/Enter
  • Programming: Pedal modes can be reprogrammed using supplied Win/Mac software
  • USB: Supplied USB cable plugs into USB ports or any USB AC adapter 
  • Includes: Firefly pedal, USB power/data cable, Quickstart guide

PRODUCTION PLAN

We have created several prototypes for the purpose of refining the look and feel of the Firefly pedal. Furthermore, we have been working on software to make the pedal programmable. We are still in the process of generating a Windows and Mac version of the programming interface. Other software issues to be completed include setting the Bluetooth timeout period to 30 minutes and making the pedal compatible with the new iOS 7 switch control. Once our Kickstarter campaign is successfully completed, we will use the funds to make the tooling and production run. The chief milestones are:

  • the engineering prototype
  • the Windows/Mac software to program the pedals
  • the pedal firmware for controlling pedal functions
  • FCC/CE/IC certification for wireless operation

The engineering prototype will embody the material, texture, and function of the final pedal. The Windows/Mac software will help the pedal achieve its unique programming feature. The pedal firmware will be necessary for implementing pedal functionality, including the 30-minute timeout period and iOS 7 switch control. The FCC/CE/IC certification is necessary before wireless devices can be sold worldwide. We have made significant progress in all these areas, as is evident in the early prototype shown above. Furthermore, we our prior work in designing, manufacturing, and distributing the PageFlip Cicada will help us enormously in this endeavor as it provides valuable experience and demonstrates our capacity to achieve these milestones effectively and expeditiously. We work closely with our contract manufacturer to guarantee the highest quality of output from each production run.

Risks and challenges

The PageFlip team has tested the functionality of our PageFlip Firefly pedal and it works great! We've asked musicians to test our prototypes and they have been very enthusiastic about the pedal and the impact it will have on their playing.

We are now finalizing the software for reprogramming the pedal modes and we are in the midst of gaining approval for our FCC, CE, and IC certification. We don't anticipate any serious obstacles since we are already experienced in mass production and worldwide shipping due to our experience in mass producing the PageFlip Cicada pedal. We work with a contract manufacturer to handle large volumes, and each production run is scrupulously supervised by us to make sure that quality control is held at a premium. We've gone through this road before and we expect no surprises with this new product.

We will do our very best to deliver the product on time and we will endeavor to communicate with all of our backers throughout the certification, tooling, and production run. Please check out our rewards page and help spread the world!

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    PageFlip Cicada Bluetooth pedal for hands-free page turning. This pedal retails for $90. It comes with five preset functions: PageUp/PageDown, up/down arrow, left/right arrow, left/right mouse click, and Space/Enter. Operates wirelessly with keyboard-compatible software on any tablet or computer. See www.pageflip.com for compatible apps. Ships December 6, 2013. Makes a great holiday gift!

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    PageFlip Firefly Programmable Bluetooth/USB pedal for hands-free page turning. This pedal will retail for $110. We'll send you one as soon as they come off the assembly line. Comes with five programmable mode buttons to trigger keyboard-compatible software on any tablet or computer. A light switch enables the foot pedals to be illuminated for clear use in dim venues. Supports wireless or wired connectivity. Uses two AA batteries or AC adapter. Free Windows/Mac software will be made available to program the five mode buttons on the pedal.

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