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What music brings to your ears, Sisyphus brings to your eyes. Kinetic art, technology and design merged in stunning meditative beauty.
What music brings to your ears, Sisyphus brings to your eyes. Kinetic art, technology and design merged in stunning meditative beauty.
1,992 backers pledged $1,924,018 to help bring this project to life.

Happy New Year!

Posted by Bruce Shapiro (Creator)
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As we enter the new year, it is a great time to pause and reflect on where we started, where we are, and what we plan for 2019:

Sisyphus Industries was born shortly after we launched this campaign back on September 24, 2016. It was an amazing experience to reach our funding goal of $50,000 within the first 24 hours, and still amazing that over two years later, it remains the most funded art project in Kickstarter history

This is my 30th update, chronicling the 2+ year adventure all of us have shared together - you, our backers; Micah, Bev, and I; and now our fantastic and growing team of 12 dedicated employees. We've been through a few ups and downs, learning as we go, but the bedrock has always been the bond between your trust in us and our commitment to you to deliver a beautiful and reliable kinetic art piece for your home / office.  We still have some wood tables to ship (all should be out by end of February), and a handful of our metal table backers still need to complete surveys and/or pay invoices for international customs and duties - but based upon shipping more than 2000 tables, and the hundreds of testimonials we've received both here, on our social media sites, and on our support desk - we believe we have delivered on our promise for nearly all of you (and we intend to make that ALL of you very soon).

With complete fulfillment of our this Kickstarter project drawing close, where to now for Sisyphus Industries? 

First off - we're not "going" anywhere! Over the two years since the campaign, we have moved and expanded twice within the old, brownstone industrial building where Nordeast Makers makerspace is located, in Northeast Minneapolis. Micah and I met at a makerspace, and it is telling that four other members of our staff are also people we met at the makerspace. The combined focus on both "making" and "community" that embodies the "maker ethic" infuses every aspect of Sisyphus Industries - and we intend to grow that focus. We now have 10,000 square feet of production space, located right off the loading dock. While we import some parts from offshore sources (electronics and glass), the vast majority of Sisyphus is fabricated and assembled either here in our shop or within 60 miles of it. The decision to "keep things close" is driven mostly by our desire to stay "nimble". Though two years old, motion control art for the home is still something very new and in many ways unexplored. We pride ourselves on being able to respond to new information / development on both hardware and software fronts, and make rapid changes to our process if needed. Keeping as many systems "in-house" is key. Going forward, here are some things we plan for 2019 and beyond:

  • Continue to provide excellent support for all Sisyphus owners 
  • Continue to develop our app - in particular, our web-based track repository, making it easy to browse and download new tracks 
  • Build on the early community-based development of tools that make it easier for people to create their own tracks and share with others 
  • Offer new options for lighting - in particular RGBW (color + white)
  • Develop support for 2-ball option on all tables 
  • Develop smaller, more affordable versions of Sisyphus
  • Explore other motion control art pieces for the home and office
"Sandify" - new community-based tool for making algorithmic tracks
"Sandify" - new community-based tool for making algorithmic tracks

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prototype RGBW lighting system
prototype RGBW lighting system

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2-ball play prototype on end table
2-ball play prototype on end table

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Table top prototype on coffee table
Table top prototype on coffee table

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* As always, in closing, your moment of Zen:

setting up our prototyping space, one week after the campaign ended...
setting up our prototyping space, one week after the campaign ended...
...and now. Looking forward to what's next...
...and now. Looking forward to what's next...

 Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2019!

Bruce

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    1. Taylor Hammond on

      Happy New Year to all. Great to hear all is going well. Looking forward to one day being able to create my own tracks. Have been showing off my table over the festive season as we had many visitors passing through. 🙏🏼

    2. Patient 0 on

      Happy New Year!

      Looking forward to the chance to make some new shapes, not that we are bored with the old ones yet.

      Particularly hoping that there is a "Spirograph Emulator" on the horizon, I could never get them to work with pens, hopefully the Sisyphus has a steadier hand.

      All the best and looking forward to your next projects

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      Glenn Menein
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      WOW! Happy New Year to all of you as well.

    4. Bruce Shapiro Creator on

      And Happy New Year to you, @Ernest, @weregrrl, @Jon, and @Paul! And yes, Ernest, at times we do feel a bit like Sisyphus - but let's not forget Camus' famous words: "One must imagine Sisyphus happy." :)

    5. Bruce Shapiro Creator on

      @Mark and @Jon,

      All our plans for new stuff, like colored lights and 2-ball play, include making sure there is a "retrofit" for tables already out in the wild. It will take a little while before we have things standardized with our production and support processes, but it's coming!

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      Mark Nevelow
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      Also interested to find out if the color led and 2 ball enhancements can be retrofit on an existing table or whether they represent entirely new products.

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      Ernest Wu on

      Happy New Year! So excited to hear all tables will be finished and shipped soon! Congratulations on all the growth and change you've managed on this journey. You must have felt like Sisyphus at times.

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      weregrrl
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      Happy New Year! We *love* our table--and when friends visit, they always come over to check out what beautiful patterns are on our Sisyphus end table. Looking forward to seeing what you guys do next!

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      Jon on

      Happy New Year Bruce, Micah, Bev and the rest of the team.
      Patricia and I love our table, and we are really excited about how you see this project expanding and growing in the future.
      Will the physical enhancements / changes be possible with my current table and a bit of elbow grease? Or will they be part of a version 2?
      Thank you so much, and have a great 2019

    10. Paul Philippov on

      Happy New Year, guys! Thank you for the wonderful table!