About this project
The idea behind MIRA was inspired by a candle. We were fascinated how a candle can set the mood for any environment. There are some dangers in using a traditional candle. From burning yourself to accidentally catching something on fire, we knew we could make it better.
After successfully creating our first prototype, we were not satisfied by replicating the look and feel of a candle. There was room for improvement.
Our main inspirations was the aurora and the stars in the night sky. The aurora is what inspired MIRA's color changing function and its color palette.
Next, the scale and beauty of the night sky was awe inspiring to us that we implemented its idea of scale into MIRA. We named it MIRA after one of the most unique stars in our galaxy.
MIRA works off a single RGB LED that can display colors of an aurora.
With a motion sensor, a simple tilt will change its color.
We have incorporated RFIDs into each unit so one MIRA can change the color of multiple MIRAs with a chain reaction. Theoretically, there is no limit on how many MIRAs can be controlled at once.
The on-board microphone detects its surroundings for changes in sound levels and reacts by pulsing with the beat of the music. We feel that this will add a dramatic effect to how MIRA reacts to its environment.
The MIRA will run on two AA batteries. By using MIRA for about 2 to 3 hours a day, the batteries will last for about a month.
MIRA is our second generation of our "Emotional Candle" product. We simply do not have the funds to get MIRA into production. The funds that we receive will go towards the first run production of MIRA.
What are we going to use the funding for?
- Molds & Materials. (Acrylic sleeve & ABS Housings)
- Motion Sensors
- Various electronics components
- Laser cutting
MIRA will be created and assembled in Taiwan. We will be using injection molding and extrusion for the housing and sleeve of MIRA. We found a company specializing in PCB creation and worked with them to create a prototype. They were impressed with our idea of MIRA that they wanted to work on this project with us to make it possible.
This will be our first production run of MIRA. If we reach our Kickstarter goal, then we would be able to meet the minimum order quantity that our manufacturers require.
Only with your help, we can make MIRA possible!
We are passionate about taking unique ideas and making them possible. We have a lot of interesting ideas on the drawing board that we can't wait to share with you.
Risks and challenges
The biggest hurdle that we faced on this project was figuring out how to get each MIRA to communicate with each other to change colors. We tried everything from daisy chaining USB cables to infrared LEDs & sensors. We discovered that the use of RFIDs work the best for MIRA.
Another major challenge that we faced was how to intuitively change the color of MIRA. At first we utilized a push button. It was simple, but we felt that using a button was a bit bland. Looking to other solutions we discovered cost effective motion sensors that made the experience of changing colors fun.
We chose a fairly straight foward project for our first Kickstarter campaign. We are extremely excited about getting MIRA to all of you! If our first endeavor succeeds, we have plenty of unique ideas to share with you in the near future. Thank you for taking the time to check out our project!
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