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      Creator Daniel on January 2, 2013

      Thanks for this brilliant product and campaign, the best I've backed so far.

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      Creator Richard Haberkern on December 4, 2012

      No, you do not need an oscilloscope. You can use it as-is without damage.

      If you are looking for the case measurements, the CAD files can be found here:

      http://www.soundlazer.com/…

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      Creator Yukihisa on December 4, 2012

      Hello Richard,

      The other day, I received the Soundlazer. Thank you. I contacted you by survey and an email.

      But you never give an answer to me. Is it because it is meaningless question? Maybe, this will be a problem to be solved in individuals. It is hard to measure it by my personal circumstances now. It is the same ten years later.

      I asked you the size of the Soundlazer case. I may have to solve the problem in individuals. Therefore the measurement is difficult to me. It is difficult for me to measure it by personal circumstances now. It is the ten years later, too.

      Possibly I should have bought a case of the aluminum. However, I liked the beauty of the print circuit board of Soundlazer. And so like aluminum, I wanted to make a Soundlazer with transparent acrylic case.

      If you do not mind, please help me, please.... I apologize, I'm not good at English.

      Thanks again,
      Yukihisa

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      Creator antimix on December 4, 2012

      Hi Richard,

      I received the board one week ago, but it is still on box, since I did not have time to play with it.
      In the meantime I was worried about a post regarding the need to use an oscilloscope in soundlazer.com to fine tune the board as one of the first things to do.

      I do not have an oscilloscope...

      - Can I just use it as it is (because the circuit it is already tuned) or it is mandatory to tune it again following the post instructions ?
      - Are there any risk do damage it by using it "as it is" ?

      Best Regards

      Regards

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      Creator Andrew Mackie on December 2, 2012

      One available here if anybody interested:

      http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/271112184907…

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      Creator Richard Haberkern on November 8, 2012

      This was a helpful post since people now know what power supply to use. For all other issues, please email me directly through the Kickstarter email system or at: richard(at)soundlazer(dot)com

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      Creator Richard Haberkern on November 8, 2012

      The Soundlazer uses the most popular DC jack which is found on 75% of all electronic devices. For this ethat want a direct European version, it can be found here:

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/AC-Power-Adapter-12-Volt-1-Amp-12V-1A-DC-Supply-110V-240V-/150941021953…

      Thierry, If you email me directly via the Kickstarter email system, I will be happy to send you a replacement US model as soon as they arrive here or you can buy the Euro model above.

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      Creator Thierry Zoller on November 8, 2012

      Please disregard my last post - I found one with the dimensions given. I hope I am not abusing the comment section as a sort of support forum, but believe others may at one point in time also value the information given.

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      Creator Thierry Zoller on November 8, 2012

      Thanks Richard,
      The one I bought has the following plugs :
      0,75x2,35/1,0x3,0/1,3x3,5/1,6x4,0/2,1x5,0/2,5x5,5 mm

      - might it be that 5,5*2,1 is rather rare in Europe ? I can't seem to find an adapter

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      Creator Richard Haberkern on November 7, 2012

      The adapters are 120/240 volt so it must have been defective. I am completely out of extras but here are the specs:

      Input: AC 100-240V 50/60Hz
      Output: DC 12V 1A
      DC size: 5.5 x 2.1mm (+ positive center pin)

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      Creator Thierry Zoller on November 7, 2012

      Hello,
      The power adaptor that came with the soundlazer got fried within 5 minutes of using it (I am on 220V). I am shopping for a replacement but I don't know the Type and size of the power plug that goes into the lazer. Bought an adaptor (12V - 1A) but all the plugs that came with it don't fit. Any help?

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      Creator Vishnu Aggarwal on November 7, 2012

      anyone interested in my red anodized sound lazer?

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      Creator mike smith on November 7, 2012

      It's just arrived (Australia) - ran some sound thru it from iTunes, and just installed SigmaStudio. Oh, I'm going to have fun with this!

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      Creator Richard Haberkern on November 5, 2012

      The "ringing" is the audio tone you may or may not hear coming from the transducers. The procedure for elimination any harmonic tones is here: http://www.soundlazer.com/…

      If you put paper in front of the transducers or any other object, you eliminate the parametric effect and basically make a low-fi speaker. If you want less power, use the internal jumper to set the output to 50% but you still need to be a few feet away. You will know if there is a danger because your eardrums will hurt long before you go deaf!

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      Creator Yi Chuen on November 5, 2012

      It has arrived! :D Sounding great so far, as for the ringing issue, I have a question. I realise that placing a paper directly over the transducers would cut down the ringing by almost 90%. Does that affect them in any detrimental way? (I'm definitely don't want to make them blow within the first day of use.. haha)

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      Creator Miranda on November 1, 2012

      I got my replacement case just now. It's very nice, thanks!

      Now I just need to show it off at work :)

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      Creator Richard Haberkern on November 1, 2012

      Like a plumber that never fixes his own sink, I rarely use my own inventions. Tonight was the exception!

      I had a great time watching people spin their heads around when they walked up to my door in their Halloween costumes. The ghost noises were pretty cool when beamed through the Soundlazer mounted above their heads.

      I have to thank the Kickstarter community for giving me the idea.

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      Creator derek jacoby on November 1, 2012

      Thanks, Richard. After a couple of days of playing with this I can totally understand what has you so fascinated. Glad everything about the project came out so well and thanks for all the work you've put into it!

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      Creator Richard Haberkern on October 31, 2012

      Your welcome. Have fun with it.

      A little update here that I won't bother people with through emails. All backer's orders who filled out their surveys or contacted me directly have shipped. Many of the last shipments to go out were headed to Europe and a few may not have made it out before the storm. Please be patient and give it a few more days if you are on the east coast of the USA or in any area that required an east coast shipping route (IE: Europe). Australia, Asia and other west bound destinations should be receiving everything as I write this.

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      Creator Luke on October 31, 2012

      I love it! Amazing! Than-you

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      Creator Emmanuel WEBER on October 30, 2012

      Just got mine today (Australia)! Excellent job, assembly looks great and it's great to show around. Everyone in my office is gobsmacked how the beam of sound is so concentrated.

      This being said, my ears are quickly very sore even if not pointing directly to me. I'll reduce the power to half. and see if that's the issue. I suspect the ultrasounds are what is causing me pain.

      To anyone who had more chance to play with it:
      Is the soundlazer dangerous as well, if you make a quick bounce in front of you (for instance bouncing sound off the keyboard)? Basically is it like a laser bouncing off a mirror and the beam is still dangerous or does it become a normal soundwave after the bounce?
      I had in mind to use it listen to music without headphones in my open space by bouncing it off a surface. Just worried that ultrasounds would limit my listening sessions! Need to get rid of the headache to try some more

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      Creator R.K. Pasqualetti on October 29, 2012

      The SoundLazer arrived Saturday. The case is clean and finish is professional looking.
      I have already used it at work, much to the alarm of my co-workers when spooky sounds started coming from the ceiling above their cubicles. I heard a few, "what the h#%% is that" emanating from startled co-workers.

      I really need to make the modifications for a speech jammer for the many meetings that run over time.

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      Creator James Bailey on October 28, 2012

      Just got mine in the mail, and it is fantastic, every bit as directional and well built as I had hoped (although my dog now hates me, and even pointing it away, 10 minutes is my maximum listening time at full power before I need a few hours break). Congrats on the best executed KS project I've signed on to so far (28 and counting)!

      On a minor note, I too had an issue with the case (my fault, I pledged at the $200 level while contributing $300), and so mine arrived this morning without case - messaged Richard, he replied within 2 minutes and is sending another and just absorbing the extra shipping fees. I certainly would be among the first to back any of his new projects!

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      Creator Daniel on October 26, 2012

      I agree with matt... wish all Kickstarter projects were as well run as this one... Buy the way, I received my Soundlazer yesterday and just can say WOW!!
      Thanks for taking the time and effort to bring this product to people that would never have has a chance to experience, experiment and play with otherwise

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      Creator Richard Haberkern on October 26, 2012

      Well said Matt. I tried my best to deliver a valuable and unique product.

      Glad you like it. If you want to know my next project, email me directly and I will give you the link.

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      Creator Matthew Drooker on October 26, 2012

      This project is what Kickstarter is all about. Great idea, needs a little kick in way of $'s, and a kick butt product is delivered. Everyone wins.

      Sure, there are times when things take longer...but that happens. Being a software developer, I know things pop up along the way in the creative process.

      I have shown(let them experience) my Soundlazer to 15-20 people and EVERYONE is blown away by it. With questions around "WTF" and "How is it doing that?". Technology getting out of the way and a new experience is delivered.

      Richard has created a great product. I for one am looking forward to his next project.

      MJD

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      Creator Richard Haberkern on October 26, 2012

      Miranda, As I have said from the very beginning, If you send it back to me I will exchange it, no questions asked. I have provided you the mailing address and all you need to do is stick it in the mail.

      Although Kickstarter is not a store, returning the item first is the normal solution in this situation and simply common sense. I am not sure where anyone would get the idea that it works another way. I only have a limited number of replacement parts so I am not able to give extras away for free.

      These posts are supposed to be nice community discussion about Soundlazer where I can help explain the technology. As always, please contact me directly regarding any specific issues you may have.

      Once again, thank you to the Kickstarter community for proving to me that, for the most part, people have reasonable expectations and are willing to work together.

      I will wait the arrival of your Soundlazer and exchange it right away. I hope this matter is now closed.

      Richard

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      Creator Billy Carlisle on October 26, 2012

      Whatever, flamer. Mine's awesome.

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      Creator Miranda on October 26, 2012

      Amazon is one of many. Many small online boutique stores do the same thing without holding credit card information as they use third parties to process CC. That being said, the reason I would like it that way, is because of his comment. If he hadn't made it, my Soundlazer would already be in the mail heading off his way.

      I've looked at it from his point of view, in all occurrences he is being unreasonable. How can anyone look at the entry number 4 of this picture:

      http://i.imgur.com/e9vqg.png

      And think it would be a good idea to send it to him after he made such a comment?

      He's already shown to mess with peoples orders because of his temper tantrums. I'll quote from his 13th update:

      "Do not post comments about your shipment. I will not answer questions there and will likely move any people who do to the back of the pile."

      What's stopping him from getting angry again and messing with my return, putting it indefinitely in the "back of the pile" ?

      Based on his comments, I'm just not willing to send it to him.
      He's also unwilling to send it to me, so at least I can show people what happened to me so they learn from my situation and don't run into the same issues with him.

      So everyone, if your Soundlazer is faulty, please do not show or tell anyone. Instead keep it a secret and just tell the creator, he may bless you with his kindness and "bend over backwards" to give you what you paid for in the first place.

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      Creator Billy Carlisle on October 26, 2012

      Amazon has your credit card and will charge you for it if you don't return the original.
      I'm sorry, but you really need to calm down and take another look at the situation.
      The case is attractive, solid, and well-made. If that's robotic, then -whizz- -whrrr- -bleep-.
      Mr. Haberkern and I have never met, but if the opportunity arose, I think we'd have some interesting conversations.

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      Creator Bryan Kilian on October 26, 2012

      Got mine, excellent job! (My case appears fine, in case you're wondering, Miranda). One thing to note, do not use this thing near your pets. My cats fled in terror as soon as I applied power, and the dog panicked and hid behind my wife. A quick search revealed 40khz is well within both dog and cat hearing limits, and it appears the high power carrier wave must sound like some sort of siren to them.

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      Creator Miranda on October 25, 2012

      How does it not make sense when it's Amazon's standard procedure, among many other places? I'm not saying that he is a store front, but it is standard procedure now-a-days. Also how about the sense I had in trusting him with $270 for months to begin with? How is this different?

      What doesn't make sense is him saying he's being nice by changing it, as if he was doing me a favor, when it's the standard thing to do when something's faulty. And saying I have to have my comment deleted for him to change it, instead of being professional and taking the comment to improve his QC, and standing by the product he shipped. How does it make sense for me to trust him when he himself said "you will need to contact Kickstarter and get your comment removed if I am going through this trouble and being nice to you."

      What if my comment doesn't get removed and he goes through a mood swing again and decides to not return it once he gets it? Based on what he's said, would it make sense for me to send it? No.

      What also doesn't make sense is you praising the case in a robotic way, sounding like an advertisement after I posted pictures of my faulty one, and you only having backed this project. Sounds like a certain Soundlazer creator is telling his friends and family to damage control for him. ;)

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      Creator Billy Carlisle on October 25, 2012

      Just got my SoundLazer and it TOTALLY ROCKS! Halloween is going to be so much fun. The case was better than the pictures: that thing is going to last forever.

      Umm... Send the replacement first? That doesn't make sense, unless he charges you for the additional case, then credits you back, but I mean, you waited this long, what's another week? You're only stuck because you want to be.

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      Creator Miranda on October 25, 2012

      As a contrast to Anthony, I've had a bad experience with this project:

      http://i.imgur.com/e9vqg.png

      After this image, Richard said he would exchange it when I send it back.

      I said based on his reply that asked that I would have to have my comment removed from kickstarter for him to replace it, I wasn't sure he would return it if the comment didn't get removed, and to please send the replacement first. He refused. So now I'm stuck with a scuffed up case.

      I will not be backing any future project from him.

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      Creator Anthony Johnston on October 25, 2012

      Rich, thank you for doing a great job in this project. My Soundlazer came out beautiful. You supplied the board and the case, I soldered the rest. You have been so helpful during this process when I was looking for parts and learning how to solder those small components under a microscope.

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      Creator Miranda on October 25, 2012

      Sorry. I didn't know you had extras I just wanted to see if it was normal, I guess not and mine is an exception. I'll email you though kickstarter.

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      Creator Richard Haberkern on October 25, 2012

      And don't forget to join the Soundlazer Group that Joel was kind enough to start

      http://www.facebook.com/groups/272925362825112/…

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      Creator Richard Haberkern on October 25, 2012

      Now that people have starting playing with their Soundlazers, I wanted to take a minute to explain how to properly adjust the oscillator and PWM modulator.

      First, you will obviously need access to the Soundlazer board and also an Oscilloscope.

      Switch in middle position, no audio cable attached, power on.

      Attach the oscilloscope ground (-) to the GND test point on the Soundlazer board
      Attach the signal lead of the oscilloscope to the PWM test point on the Soundlazer Board
      Adjust the PWM trimpot (R20) so that the PWM shifts at 180 degrees as shown in the photo (equal positive and negative square waves)
      Adjust the Freq (R21) trimpot for 39.4 -39.6 kHz output signal. This frequency was chosen to have the best output with least distortion. Feel free to experiment with other frequencies and you may want to offset the PWM slightly to see what happens.*
      * Some people have noticed a low volume tone produced by the ultrasonic array. This is a result of the ultrasonic transducers “ringing” when they are in perfect tune. The resulting tone is simply a subharmonic frequency of the 40KHz signal (20kHz, 10kHz, 5kHz, 2.5kHz, etc). To eliminate this tone, simply adjust the Freq (R21) trimpot to a slightly higher or lower frequency. The tone will disappear but the transducers may not oscillate at the optimal frequency. You will need to experiment with this adjustment to find the best spot for your application.

      The current Sigma Studio program has three settings on the switch:

      Left) Audio Beam Off

      Middle) Normal Audio Output (leave here for most cases)

      Right) Test Tone

      For those of you who have purchased a Sigma Studio Developers Kit, feel free to change the software to make the switch do different things. One Soundlazer firmware upgrade that I haven’t had the time to make would be an audio signal detector that shuts all ultrasonic audio off if no voice/music is present. This is a great way to conserver power and your ears!

      If you look at the schematic, you will see that the switch and the ultrasonic oscilator are wired directly into the DSP which gives you the ability to customize the Soundlazer in many ways.

      As usual, have fun experimenting and let me know what you come up with.

      Richard

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      Creator Richard Haberkern on October 25, 2012

      Miranda, we shipped hunders of these and I was careful to check each one. Rather than posting a bad comment for an oversight, all you had to do was email me and I would be happy to replace your case. You will need to email through Kickstarter directly.

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      Creator Miranda on October 25, 2012

      Just got mine. It really is powerful, I got a headache after a minute and never even pointed it directly at myself, just bounced it off a wall. I was confused at first as the tone the transducers produce when they are calibrated is so loud I thought it was in test tone mode.

      Also, Is anyone else's case all banged up? Mine has a lot of chips and a weird oil colored stain on the front that I tried to remove with a microfiber cloth and ethyl alcohol but it won't come out. I'm disappointed it was $80 more for that. :(

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      Creator Vishnu Aggarwal on October 23, 2012

      If anyone is interested in buying my soundlazer (I got the red one for $275) please contact me. I received it today and after playing with it for 5 minutes realized that its a serious device, not a simple speaker I can use at my whim! I feel like someone with more interest in it will get better use of it than me.

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      Creator Richard Haberkern on October 21, 2012

      yes, James. That is the other issue. I was shocked at all the tech magazines talking about using it as a desktop speaker. Even after warning people and posting it all over the place, I think a few still don't understand the complexity of this technology. We added a power jumper to cut the output in half for people that will still try it. Hopefully, their ears will hurt too much before causing any real damage!

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      Creator James Bailey on October 21, 2012

      Really I thought the obvious answer was: Just like a real lazer, this device produces something that if let loose on the general population, can cause long-term damage to people's senses through misuse. It's likely that most people on this kickstarter project are familiar with the technology (or at least willing to learn), able to know and mitigate the risk factors.

      Like leaving an invisible-beam high-powered infrared laser on your table for any kid to grab and point at their friend / in their own eye, a mass-produced soundlazer would be a lawsuit waiting to happen (sigh).

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      Creator Richard Haberkern on October 17, 2012

      Miranda, good question. The main issue is the cost / availability of the Nicera transducers. People who have order blank boards discovered quickly that they aren't easy or cheap to get in small quantities. As I have said in many posts, this device is experimental and still has some technology improvements that could be made in order for it to become "commercial". I guess I could continue production but Nicera would need to change their policies when dealing with potential customers. Until a better solution is found for the transducers, I am finding it hard to continue manufacturing them,

      Shipping is done in bulk so I have a hard time knowing what went out and when at this point.

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      Creator Miranda on October 17, 2012

      Could I ask why you decided to do a limited run on this instead of establishing it as a product? I know it's expensive but there's a market for expensive office desk gadgets like this.

      Also it's nice to hear all of 'em are ready to ship. Have you shipped most of the CONUS ones? I've been obsessively checking the mail since people started posting they got theirs :)

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      Creator Richard Haberkern on October 17, 2012

      That's a good one. I could keep making crazy, interesting projects as long as Kickstarter lets me do it again. You guys would not believe this but all the Soundlazers are done and ready to ship but we ran out of boxes! My mistake. More will be here tomorrow and shipping will resume. I was so busy making sure everything else was ready that I forgot to count the boxes! So much for "richardhaberkernrocks"... let's change it to "richard haberkernscrewsup"

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      Creator James Bailey on October 17, 2012

      www.richardhaberkernrocks.com would be narcissistic, but you have left it up to the people to decide!

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      Creator Richard Haberkern on October 16, 2012

      There are likely many way to improve the sound via the DSP and even design improvements. That is why I made this open source. So that people can improve things.

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      Creator Kenneth on October 16, 2012

      Is there any way to improve the base? Would modifying the DSP algorithms help?

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      Creator Richard Haberkern on October 16, 2012

      I do all my updates on the appropriately named website: www.richardhaberkern.com Sure its a bit narcissistic but I couldn't think of a better name!

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