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The Open Source, Hackable Parametric Speaker.  Focus a beam of sound at objects or into your head!
The Open Source, Hackable Parametric Speaker. Focus a beam of sound at objects or into your head!
612 backers pledged $126,473 to help bring this project to life.

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GPS Cookie project ready to launch

Hey Soundlazer backers,

I wanted to give you a sneak peak at my latest Kickstarter project. The Cookie is a Arduino compatible GPS data logger that records location histories directly to an SD card. As with all my Kickstart projects, it is open source making its uses only limited by your imagination.

Get a sneak peak before this project launches by visiting my GPS Cookie preview page

I am grateful for all the compliments I received from you guys from both the Lumapad and Soundlazer projects. I hope see see you all as backers on the GPS Cookie.

Until next time,


Join me in my Kickstarter Class

Hello again Kickstarter Backers,

As a way of saying "thank you" to all my Kickstarter backers from my various projects, I have created what I think is a great Kickstarter Course. These online classes will help you create your own successful projects here on Kickstarter.

Be sure to sign up for my Kickstarter Course: Reaching your funding Goal!

I look forward to seeing you in my new Udemy Class!


New Project Launch

Hello Backers.

I hope you enjoyed my last project, the Soundlazer.  Thanks the success from all of your support, I have launched a new project.

Lumapad - An open source, WiFI enabled ultra bright LED light pad

If you enjoyed experimenting with Soundlazer, please be sure to check out my new project

I hope to see you all as backers again!


Technical Update Regarding Soundlazer

Shipping Status

Now that many of you have received your reward levels, I wanted to give you some important information regarding setting up your Soundlazer.  If you haven't received yours yet, keep an eye out in the mail for it because they are on the way. Obviously, International backers will have a longer wait as they travel further, clear customs, etc.  99% of all packages have shipped.  Believe it or not, I still have a few people that didn't fill out their surveys or give me their address. If you are one of those remaining few, you only have a couple of more days until this project is officially closed.  

Using Soundlazer for the first time

When you first open the box, with the switch set to middle position, connect your iPhone / iPod, etc and power plugged in, you may think the Soundlazer works like a regular speaker.  If you move your head away from the beam, suddenly you will notice that the sound almost completely disappears.  The effect is one of the most interesting aspects of parametric speakers and one I hope you guys will experiment with the most.  Beam forming, horns and other tricks should produce some interesting results.

Try pointing the Soundlazer at a hard surface across the room and suddenly you hear the unique properties of ultrasonic waves.

Remember, if you don't have an audio source handy, just change the switch to the right position (test tone).

Firmware, case design files and other technical information can be found HERE

Note: 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. This tone is simply a subharmonic frequency of the 40KHz signal (20kHz, 10kHz, 5kHz, 2.5kHz, etc). To eliminate this tone follow the instructions on this Soundlazer Adjustment Post

Comments, Ideas, etc

Many of you have already contacted me and complimented the work I have done on this project. I appreciate all the kind remarks and I am leaving this post as the official publicly viewable one so that you guys can express your excitement, share ideas and simply leave a nice comment about Soundlazer.  Please note, that I am asking for nice comments here.  If you have any issues with shipments, etc, please email me directly using the Kickstart email contact system.

It has been very rewarding hearing all the nice compliments.  Once again, thank you to everyone for supporting me.

I hope to see you guys again for my next project.

Richard Haberkern

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