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We are building an Audio Modulated Solid State Tesla Coil along with High Voltage Sculptures made out of Glass, Metal, and electronics.
We are building an Audio Modulated Solid State Tesla Coil along with High Voltage Sculptures made out of Glass, Metal, and electronics.
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Though we've reached our initial goal of $300, we hope to raise a total of $500 through Kickstarter for sculptures and add-ons.

Hi, I'm Cameron.  In 2010, I went to Maker Faire Bay Area and saw Arc Attack.  The experience inspired me to create something with high voltage electricity.  In 2011, I got a Spark Gap Tesla Coil kit for my birthday and Christmas present.  I have always loved art and sculpture, and recently I became inspired by light painting.  I built my tesla coil and I started making sculptures.  Most of them were fused glass pieces or wire sculptures I was experimenting with to see what effects the coil would produce in and around the pieces.  When the young makers program for Maker Faire came around, I decided to do something like Arc Attack, and make an audio modulated tesla coil.  I shared this idea with my fellow club members at BATEC and they offered to help.  We make up a team of musicians, electrical designers, software designers, and aesthetics designers.  My mom, Carla Mira is the Club Manager and we have five parents involved total in making our club run.

The Project:

Our project goal is to build an Audio Modulated Full-Bridge Solid State Tesla Coil (SSTC) for research in High Voltage Sculpture and music.  Our mediums for these sculptures are glass, metal, & electronics.  The songs that we intend to play include Angry Birds, Super Mario, Doctor Who, Axel F, For Elise, Smoke on the Water, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, among others.

What is BATEC?

BATEC stands for Bay Area Teen Electro Club.  We are a teen electronics club in Concord, CA.  Our mission is to provide members with the knowledge to work with todays technology from the DIY point of view.  To show how to Design, build, & mod technology from today and the past.  Also to provide an encouraging, inspiring, & cool atmosphere.

Where is the funding going?

We have had some funding from a friend, which we used to order some of the parts and tools.  However, we need your help!  If we get $300 it will all go to the coils construction.  If we get $400 we can add features like a count down timer, $500 and up we will have money to buy more tools and materials for High Voltage sculptures, add more features like a safety siren, instruments, and tools to make more music, as well as the coil.

Funding hope:

We are hoping to be funded more than $500 and if funded, we will be displaying this coil at the Bay Area Maker Faire 2012 along with sculptures, and music for it.  This community is in control of how cool of an experience the coil and artwork is!

For information on our project go to CamDAX.com/My-Projects.php

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    See us in action! When you donate and our project is funded we will send you our special tesla coil desktop background, plus a video of our coil at Maker Faire 2012. There will also be a special thanks to you on our website for funding our project.

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    Pick your favorite song! At this level, we will make a special video of our coil playing a song from our song list of your choice. We will send you the desktop background, plus a video of our coil at Maker Faire 2012. There will also be a special thanks to you on our website.

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    Take a piece of the action! We will send you a 3"X3" fused glass and metal light art piece that we used on the coil, as well as a video of your art piece in action. We will also send you an mp3 of your song playing on our tesla coil. You get the desktop background, a special video of our coil at the Maker Faire, and of course a special thanks to you on our website for funding our project. Please add $10 extra for S&H.

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    Display your inner geek! At this level, we will send you a special "Don't Mess With Geeks, We Have Tesla Coils" T Shirt signed by the BATEC crew. We will also send you the video of our coil at Maker Faire, an mp3 and video of your favorite song from our song list playing on the tesla coil, and we will also post a special thanks to you on our website. Please add $10 extra for S&H.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Electrifying! Your very own hand-held audio modulated "tesla coil" (spark/arc generator). We can send you the kit, or we can construct it for you. You will also get the "Don't Mess With Geeks We Have Tesla Coils" T Shirt. We will personally call you and say thank you. Also, you get the desktop photo, the video of our coil at Maker Faire 2012, plus a video and an mp3 of your favorite song from our song list playing on our tesla coil. We will also post a special thanks to you on our website. This is a high voltage device which can burn you, light things on fire, and shock you, you are responsible for your actions. Please add $15 extra for S&H.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Meet and Greet! We will send you a ticket to Bay Area Maker Faire 2012. Come hang out with the BATEC team at Maker Faire and see us in action! Plus you will go home with a cool art sculpture we use on the tesla coil and a "Don't Mess With Geeks We Have Tesla Coils" T Shirt signed by the BATEC team. You get the desktop photo, the video of our coil at Maker Faire 2012, plus a video and an mp3 of your favorite song from our song list playing on our tesla coil.

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    We are eternally grateful to you for your funding! You must be Nikola Tesla reincarnated! or maybe JP Morgan! We will send you all of our designs, schematics, plus technical support! (parts are not included, but our expertise is!) We will also send you a signed T Shirt and the hand held audio modulated spark generator. This is a high voltage device that can burn you, shock you, or light things on fire. You are responsible for your own actions! Join us at Maker Faire 2012 for our Meet and Greet! We will send you the ticket! Also, you get the desktop photo, the video of our coil at Maker Faire 2012, plus a video and an mp3 of your favorite song from our song list playing on our tesla coil.

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