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ORBneXt is an always-on Wi-Fi connected, desktop data display device. It connects you to all of your data and devices at a glance. Read more

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ORBneXt is an always-on Wi-Fi connected, desktop data display device. It connects you to all of your data and devices at a glance.

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What is ORBneXt?

ORBneXt is an always on, Wi-Fi connected, engaging LED data display device that can be placed anywhere in your home or office. It allows you to visualize any piece of information you find important using colors at a glance that can be controlled from anywhere in the world via our iOS or Android App or even from the Web application.

For example, if you set the ORBneXt to monitor your outdoor temperature or UV index, it will glow different colors based on this information, such as red for warm weather or purple for extreme UV or blue for cooler weather or green for low UV index, and all the ranges in between. Glancing at the ORBneXt will give you a heads up whether to grab a jacket or apply sunscreen when heading out the door.

Set the ORBneXt to track the Dow or a particular stock and it will react by displaying green for a stock that is up or red for a stock that is down at any given moment during the day. If you want the actual incremental stock price change the App will display this information at a glance. 

ORBneXt in Action
ORBneXt in Action

We've built some popular presets into our iOS, Android and Web apps (Temperature, UV index, Dow, Lamp Mode or Color Mixer); but using the power of services such as IFTTT, you can literally make the ORBneXt become an indicator for any type of information or event you wish. For example, if you are at the office and want to know whether your UPS package was delivered at the house, you can use IFTTT and your ORBneXt will flash upon delivery.

The ORBneXt also happens to be a very attractive device to place anywhere at home or work. We have given it the ability to display any color you want for ambience, a great night-light, or to cycle through colors, just for fun.

How Does ORBneXt Work?

ORBneXt is powered by a Mini-USB connection and can be used while connected to your computer or plugged into the wall with a USB wall adapter. Once powered up, it connects to your home or work Wi-Fi via its built in Wi-Fi radio. No gateways are needed and setup is super simple. We like to call it Blink'NPlay.

Once connected, you can use our iPhone, Android or Web application to set the ORBneXt to track a specific piece of data as well as receive alerts on information that is important to you. All this happens at a glance and allows you to focus on your work without distraction.  
 

What's Inside?

While the ORBneXt may look simple and elegant from the outside, inside we've built an advanced platform that's also hacker-friendly.

 

Our mainboard is populated by the Electric Imp - a powerful module containing WiFi and a Cortex M3 processor - that acts as a gateway to connect the ORBneXt to the internet and provides its brain in the cloud. In essence the ORBneXt is a self-contained computer.

We then added 10 powerful CREE multicolor LEDs to provide brilliant colors in any light.
 
For hackers and makers, we've exposed several pins on the mainboard to allow complete flexibility to hack and build unique variations of ORBneXt.

Retrofitting Original Ambient ORB Devices

We worked with Ambient, makers of the original ORB device from the early 2000's, to ensure that our circuitry would be physically compatible with all existing Ambient ORB devices. By swapping out your old circuitry for that provided in our retrofit kit, you gain all the benefits of ORBneXt while still maintaining the look of your original ORB device.

Installation is quite easy and can be performed in minutes.

Who Is Behind ORBneXt?

ORBneXt was developed by Advanced Lumonics Labs, a division of Advanced Lumonics, LLC.  Advanced Lumonics, LLC was formed in 2007 with the goal of bringing LED lighting to the world. Our first project, EarthLED.com became one of the fastest growing private companies in the USA in 2012 and we are now one of the premier distributors of LED lighting on the web. 

We've always had a talented team working on new products, behind the scenes, and in 2013 we formed Advanced Lumonics Labs to bring these products to the world. ORBneXt is the first project to make it out of our lab, and soon - with your help - into your hands.

Current Status

We've been working on ORBneXt for a year now and and have already gone through several hardware revisions:


We are at a point where we feel the two circuit boards have been vigorously tested and are ready for production. The final pieces needed are to finish up sourcing and producing the plastic base plate and sourcing a supplier for the accessories (mini-USB cables and wall adapters).

First Production ORBneXt Glass
First Production ORBneXt Glass

The ORBneXt glass is sourced from a 125 year old factory in Osaka, Japan and we have completed the tooling to build ORBneXt glass in volume. The glass is an extremely specialized product that took several revisions to perfect. It produces a magical glow, is always soft and elegant and also looks amazing anywhere you put it.

We have prototype iOS and Android Apps and a Web application all running now and we simply need to finish up graphics work on all of them to make them look polished and ready for final release. We are also hoping to finish up a few new awesome presets for the apps to make them even more useful. We are currently working with a contract manufacturing partner in Florida, USA who has built all of our prototype units. They are fully up to speed and ready to produce as many ORBneXt units as we need.

As we also run a large e-commerce site already, we have two fulfillment centers open in the USA (Nevada & Pennsylvania) primed to help get the ORBNeXt shipped as quickly as possible.

Below is a video demonstrating our current hardware and software prototypes. 

We need your help

Here’s where you join our story. So far we have been able to get to the working prototype phase and we have workable mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. We at Advanced Lumonics Labs all have the ORBneXt prototype devices and have loved using them every day during our development cycle. We want to share our positive ORBneXt experience with all of you however, we need funding help to increase the scale of production to drive the price of the ORBneXt components, (glass, base and circuitry) down as well as funds to help finish up our mobile applications. We've poured over the numbers and feel our goal of $12,000 is what we need to successfully bring the ORBneXt to market. With your help we can bring the ORBneXt experience to the world.

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Risks and challenges

We've worked hard over the course of the development of ORBneXt to avoid any future issues but, as is the case with all new technology, there is always the risk of a delay. We've been promised by our suppliers that, should our Kickstarter campaign be successful, our timeline of an August 2014 delivery should be obtainable.

Although our integration with IFTTT should be seamless, we can't complete our pending application to form a partnership with them until our product is available for sale to the general public according to IFTTT's guidelines. After the completion of our campaign, we will complete our pending application to partner with IFTTT in order to add ORBneXt to the IFTTT collection of supported channels.

We have crossed a few hurdles over the past year and we are confident that this is the perfect time to launch our Kickstarter campaign. With your funding support we will finally reach the finish line this summer!

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FAQ

  • Yes, you certainly can. While we aren't able to allow multiple quantities of the same item we can offer you different rewards in the same pledge. For example if you want an ORBneXt & a Retrofit kit, just add up the total amount for the available pledge levels and send us a message and we'll notate your pledge.

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    Pledge $1 or more

    15 backers

    Thank you for getting us closer! Pledge $1 and stay updated on ORBneXt with exclusive updates and offers.

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    3 backers

    ORBneXt Sticker. We appreciate your contribution to our goal - here's something to show off your support!

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    2 backers

    ORBneXt T-shirt & Sticker. We appreciate your contribution to our goal - here's something to show off your support!

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    Pledge $49 or more

    10 backers All gone!

    ORB Retrofit Kit Special Early Bird Pricing. The first 10 to show their support of $49 or more will receive an Ambient Devices ORB Retrofit Kit:

    For original Ambient ORB devices, a complete upgrade to ORBneXt internal circuitry. We include the following in the retrofit kit: ORBneXt Mainboard Mini-USB Cable and Wall adaptor; New ORBneXt Baseplate; Machine screw

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    Pledge $59 or more

    10 backers All gone!

    ORBneXt Special Early Bird Pricing. The first 10 to show their support of $59 or more will receive an ORBneXt including glass housing complete with Mini-USB cable and power supply

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    Pledge $69 or more

    16 backers Limited (134 left of 150)

    Ambient Devices ORB Retrofit Kit:

    For original Ambient ORB devices, a complete upgrade to ORBneXt internal circuitry

    We include the following in the retrofit kit:
    ORBneXt Mainboard
    Mini-USB Cable and Wall adaptor;
    New ORBneXt Baseplate;
    Machine screw

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    Pledge $79 or more

    150 backers All gone!

    ORBneXt including glass housing complete with Mini-USB cable and power supply

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    Pledge $99 or more

    53 backers Limited (97 left of 150)

    ORBneXt including glass housing complete with Mini-USB cable and power supply + ORBneXt Sticker.

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    Pledge $500 or more

    1 backer Limited (3 left of 4)

    Prototype ORBneXt delivered at the end of our successful Kickstarter Campaign. Be the first to have an ORBneXt.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    For your much appreciated extra assistance, we'll send you a personalized version of the ORBneXt - etched with a message of your choosing. You will also receive special credit as one of our premium funders.

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Funding period

- (30 days)