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Update #13 - For backers only

OK, guys - let's clarify.

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Update #12 - For backers only

Shipping is almost Complete

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Update #11

Shipping will start in a few days

Soundlazer boards waiting for the hand soldering of 39 piezo elements

As everyone now knows, manufacturing of the Soundlazers for Kickstarter is just about complete. I wanted to take this time to talk about Soundlazer and the future of this technology.

SOUNDLAZER IS FOR EXPERIMENTATION 

Soundlazer was created as an open source project with the intention of getting people involved with this experimental technology. As clearly stated throughout this project, Soundlazer was never intended to be a retail product and still has a long way to go before ever reaching that point. It is my hope that the online community will carry the "torch" further by experimenting and improving on the work I have already done.  Parametric speakers are an emerging technology with lots of physics involved in how the sound propagates through air and leads to the resulting information you hear. When you receive your Soundlazer, the first thing to note is that you can not overdrive the piezo elements and still expect to hear good quality audio. Ultrasonic wavelengths are very short and therefor are perceived as audio around the same level as speech. You will not be hearing audio that sounds as though it came from a rock concert when listened to the Soundlazer.


A WORD OF WARNING
I hope that the Kickstarter community is realistic in their approach to this technology and will use it as intended by me. Remember, ultrasonic energy can not be heard but the sound pressure will be felt by your inner ears. Prolonged exposure to the audio beam can result in earache and even hearing loss if precautions aren't taken. One of the features we added as a result of this project was a power level jumper which can be found inside on the circuit board. For long term experimentation and direct exposure to the beam, be sure to set the Soundlazer to the half power mode.

TO ALL THE BACKERS
Once again, thank you to everyone who supported Soundlazer. I look forward to seeing new websites and blogs on the internet dedicated to this technology.
Richard


Update #10

Soundlazer production has finally started.

I received the fully finished Soundlazer off of the assembly line today for evaluation and approval.  Everything works perfectly and I will be going into full production over the next few weeks.   

Please keep in mind that this is a small production run (IE: Kickstarter Project) which means that I will be personally programming and testing each unit individually before shipping.   While everything has gotten my final approval, the remaining cases are still at the anodizers and the boards are coming off the assembly line a bit slower than planned.  As batches become available, I will be sending out surveys at the various levels.  Be sure to fill out your shipping info as soon as it hits your email box.

Thank you once again for joining me on this fun project.  I hope you enjoy experimenting with your Soundlazer when you receive it.

Richard


Update #9 - For backers only

Schematic and BOM

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    For pledges of $25.00, we will send you a blank circuit board as a token of our appreciation. All schematics and a parts list will be provided along with setup and other instructions. It won't have any components on it but you can build one yourself the same way I did. This board will also make an attractive conversation piece to display proudly. Shipping to US addresses is included.

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    While we have done our best to get the cost of the Soundlazer down to the lowest amount possible, the ultrasonic transmitters and DSP are all expensive components. Pledges of $175.00 will receive a fully functional Soundlazer “kit”. Even though we are calling this a kit, it is actually a completely assembled and working Soundlazer without the aluminum case. All cables and power supply are also included. Shipping to US addresses is included.

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    Soundlazer Kit with International Shipping - While we have done our best to get the cost of the Soundlazer down to the lowest amount possible, the ultrasonic transmitters and DSP are all expensive components. Pledges of $195.00 will receive a fully functional Soundlazer “kit”. Even though we are calling this a kit, it is actually a completely assembled and working Soundlazer without the aluminum case. All cables and power supply are also included. Shipping to UK, Europe, Asia and most of parts of the world.

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    Pledges of $275.00 will receive a fully functional Soundlazer in its beautifully Red anodized aluminum case with black stand. Depending on the success of this project, other color choices may be available. All cables and power supply are also included. Shipping to US addresses is included.

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    Soundlazer with Aluminum case and International Shipping - Pledges of $300.00 will receive a fully functional Soundlazer in its beautifully Red anodized aluminum case with black stand. Depending on the success of this project, other color choices may be available. All cables and power supply are also included. Shipping to UK, Europe, Asia and most of parts of the world.

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    Pledges of $500.00 will receive a fully functional Soundlazer in its beautiful red anodized aluminum case with black stand. These backers will also receive fully licensed Analog Devices Sigma Studio software along with the USB programming cable. These developer tools will allow custom sound processing, waveform generation and other functions to be experimented with via the Soundlazer microprocessor. All cables and power supply are also included. Free shipping to US addresses.

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