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Aurora Bright Bikes

Together We Can Brighten the World... Art and Technology.

Aurora Bright Bikes

Together We Can Brighten the World... Art and Technology.

$9,879
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Funding Unsuccessful
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Last updated December 1, 2016

About

Aurora Bright Bikes, a Story of Art,Technology, and Culture.

Four years ago, W. Gerard Poole, Ph.D., an Ethnomusicologist and Flamenco singer/composer found himself sitting on a bench by the Potomac river along the Mount Vernon bike trail, not too far from the home of a certain late George Washington, watching the ducks and the bike riders fly by.

It was dusk. He noticed that the bike riders along the trail were barely visible and were all hunched over in odd looking clothes riding as though they were in a race. But there wasn't any race. They were just riding home from work.They were going fast and they were nearly invisible. Fast and virtually invisible, and when they were off the trail and onto the road sections, they dodged and weaved between vehicles, vehicles that could crush them in a split second with one wrong move. No wonder the statistics on bike rider injuries were so bad. The ducks on the other hand were strolling along doing just fine.

The scene made an impression on Gerard, and started him thinking. The more he thought about it, the more he was convinced that something needed to be done about bicycle culture. Why was bicycle culture so fixated on speed?

Shouldn't bicycles be more about fun, beauty, leisure, function, and creativity? Shouldn't a bicycle in the year 2016 be an integral platform for the internet of Things? And why shouldn't bicycles be customizable to fit individual taste and style?

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The Aurora Bright Bike Frame

 

Early prototype built in conjunction with David Wendt
Early prototype built in conjunction with David Wendt

He started researching the problem beginning with the safety issue, but always keeping in mind that the issue was not just about safety- it was about culture. Once he had a clear idea of what he wanted to build and how it needed to be done, he started contacting bicycle builders. One builder in particular that he contacted was the renowned Craig Calfee- innovator of the bamboo bike, and designer/builder of first class Tour du France road bikes. Gerard was in luck, Calfee liked the idea and agreed to build a bike along the conceptual lines that Gerard had been developing.

The "Raven" a modified version using the original frame built in cooperation with Craig Calfee.
The "Raven" a modified version using the original frame built in cooperation with Craig Calfee.

The Calfee bike was a marvel of engineering and creative ingenuity. And four years, three more bike builders, a 3D printer, and several electrical engineers later: the results were stunning.

Gerard Poole (Founder) and Steve Svoboda (electrical engineer) with the two latest Bright Bike functional prototypes built in cooperation with Gabriel Pommier, mechanical engineer student at UMDBC.
Gerard Poole (Founder) and Steve Svoboda (electrical engineer) with the two latest Bright Bike functional prototypes built in cooperation with Gabriel Pommier, mechanical engineer student at UMDBC.

But it wasn't enough to light up the night with these beautiful, elegant, bikes. Gerard wanted the bikes to be fully integrated into the IOT. It was essential that these bicycles be functional and creative on many different levels.

Enter Steve Svoboda from Fairfax, Virginia, and Ashish Pareek, from Jaipur, India. Thanks to them, and Gerard's vision of a potential new emergent bicycle culture, the functional programmability and the APP development for the bike's, are as impressive as the bicycle's visual impact; Eminent functionality manifested with beauty and elegance.

Stephen Svoboda at work in his electronics dungeon laboratory
Stephen Svoboda at work in his electronics dungeon laboratory

 

Ashish Pareek, electrical engineer/APP specialist
Ashish Pareek, electrical engineer/APP specialist

But to truly enter into the age of "mass customization" we needed to fully embrace 3D printing. Gerard became absolutely fascinated with the technology and dedicated to having 3D printing play a central role in Aurora Smart Technologies. He bought a printer and looked for people to work with.

After experimenting with  several 3D printing experts we welcomed Patrick Gallagher into the Aurora team. His work with robotics and machine designing, in addition to his love of bicycles, made him a natural fit.

Patrick Gallagher, intends to 3D print the second Frankenstein.
Patrick Gallagher, intends to 3D print the second Frankenstein.

Gabriel Pommier, bicycle builder and mechanical engineering student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus, worked on the later phases of the Alpha and Prometheus models. He also contributed to our pioneering work in 3D printing.

Gabriel Pommier (R) and fellow mechanical engineering student and Aurora Intern, Richard Janampa (L), stand with emerging "Frost Bike".
Gabriel Pommier (R) and fellow mechanical engineering student and Aurora Intern, Richard Janampa (L), stand with emerging "Frost Bike".

But we didn't forget the strictly mechanical aspects of the bikes either. Our latest addition to the team, David Watson makes sure the bikes are comfortable and sturdy. The unique building materials gives the Bright Bike a slight flexibility, less than a bamboo bike but more than a regular cruiser, and they serve to function like natural shock absorbers. David, is of course an avid cyclist, and he was fascinated by his first encounter with the Aurora Bright Bike. Now he loves working on them and designing new geometries.

Dave the "dazzler" working on a Bright Bike [Diffused Frame finish with gold brackets]
Dave the "dazzler" working on a Bright Bike [Diffused Frame finish with gold brackets]

 And finally, Aurora has a conviction, a conviction that humanity is on the verge of a new Global Renaissance of Art and Technology. Many high-tech companies are realizing just how much a humanities graduate can contribute to a company's vision and to its innovation processes. The simple truth is that human aspirations and visions are what drive technology, how technology functions, looks, and feels.

Aurora Smart Technologies, through  innovation and invention, would like to present to the world our vision of a "New Global Renaissance of Humanity: Art, Technology, and Culture". But in the end, art, technology, and the Internet of Things, are all really about people, about creating a community, and about making our world a better, more beautiful place to live in. The new emergent global renaissance will be, we hope, a renaissance for all humanity. We are making our first contribution, the Aurora Bright Bike, and we invite you all to be a part of it.

Risks and challenges

The team at Aurora Bright Bikes has overcome many engineering challenges, design challenges, and electronic challenges. Yet we have remained focused on our goal: To help create a new bicycle that is reliable, safe, and of course, beautiful, and one that will make a significant contribution to the growth of a more leisure bicycle culture. We are committed to the concepts of mass-customization and to the integration of our products and innovations into the Internet of Things.

To those ends we have completed by far most of our Research and Development. We have already built 6 fully functional prototypes and we have been testing their reliability over the past two years. We have created three functioning APPS (see video 2), and we have elected to open up our electronics to open source experimentation and modification. Our explorations in 3D printing have allowed us to customize many aspects of the bikes, and we are also making available to the community various electronic customization options through our open source platforms. In the near future these options will only expand.

BEFORE the end of our Kickstarter campaign, our team will have already begun constructing the bicycles on the limited number orders. We will then use the funds from the successful completion of the Kickstarter only to move out of our basement workshops and into a larger facility. We will buy tools, hire more talent, buy more 3D printers, and order in bulk the necessary components from our supply chain to meet the larger demand. We have excellent relationships with our suppliers, and we know how to build the bikes and integrate them into the IOT: we are ready to go. We feel very confident that we can meet the projected delivery times.

We are ready to bring these beautiful innovations to the world. The bicycles are sturdy, durable, fully programmable, and stunning to look at. We are very proud of our work, and we are confident that you will not only love the bikes, but the community we hope to create through our vlogs and bicycle tours.

Starting up a large scale production facility is where we need the community support most.

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    Friends of Aurora

    We will keep you updated on our continuing innovations.

    You will receive a free download of a Flamenco Fusion composition by Aurora founder, W. Gerard Poole (samples can be heard at www.wgerardpoole.com/flamenco)

    A big Thank You!

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    Aurora T-Shirt

    T-shirt, your choice of black or white, will have our full color logo on the front upper left.

    We will keep you updated on all of our newest innovations as we bring them out.

    Two Flamenco Fusion tracks by our Founder.

    And of course, a big, "Thank You!".

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    Aurora Bright Bike Frame

    • Aurora mobile app-integrated LED system (choose patterns from the defaults, download from our site, or create your own!)
    • Ready for assembly with standard bike parts (this reward is just the frame!).
    • Tube finish choice of Clear, Frosted, Diffused
    • Joint finish/color will be announced January 2017
    • Early Bird, Save 14%. Final price after Kickstarter: $700

    Note: this is the most updated description (November 10th) of the Aurora Bright Bike Frame reward. The $500 frame is identical to this reward, just at a super early bird price.

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    Aurora "Prometheus" Bright Bike

    • Complete Aurora Bright Bike Frame, fully assembled
    • Aurora mobile app-integrated LED system (choose patterns from the defaults, download from our site, or create your own!)
    • Tube finish choice of Clear, Frosted, Diffused
    • Joint finish/color will be announced January 2017
    • Super Early Bird! Save 33%. Final price after Kickstarter: $1200
    • Attach the front wheel and you’re ready to ride!

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    Aurora “Prometheus” Bright Bike

    • Complete Aurora Bright Bike Frame, fully assembled
    • Aurora mobile app-integrated LED system (choose patterns from the defaults, download from our site, or create your own!)
    • Tube finish choice of Clear, Frosted, Diffused
    • Joint finish/color will be announced January 2017
    • Early Bird 17% off! Final price after Kickstarter: $1200
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    Prometheus I Programmable Bright Bike

    Includes everything on the Alpha Bright Bike plus:

    • Fully programmable Aurora Micro Processor (see video 2- no coding required)

    • Downloadable Aurora Smart Phone APP with the following programs:
    o Pattern Selection
    o Image and Color Photo transfer (see video II)
    o Heart Rate Color Feedback (see video I)
    o Open source programming allows new programs to be created, installed, modified, etc (see video 3)

    (IOS and Android available)

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    Aurora “Helios” w/ Turn Signal System

    • Upgraded with the Turn Signal System and custom Grip-mounted LED controls.
    • Complete Aurora Bright Bike Frame, fully assembled (just pop in the front wheel)
    • Aurora mobile app-integrated LED system (choose patterns from the defaults, download from our site, or create your own!)
    • Tube finish choice of Clear, Frosted, Diffused
    • Joint finish/color will be announced January 2017
    • Super Early Bird 24% off! Final price after Kickstarter: $1700

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    Aurora “Helios” w/ Turn Signal System

    • Upgraded with the Turn Signal System and custom Grip-mounted LED controls
    • Complete Aurora Bright Bike Frame, fully assembled (just pop in the front wheel)
    • Aurora mobile app-integrated LED system (choose patterns from the defaults, download from our site, or create your own!)
    • Tube finish choice of Clear, Frosted, Diffused
    • Joint finish/color will be announced January 2017
    • Early Bird 12% off. Final price after Kickstarter: $1700

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    Aurora “Apollo” w/ Complete Dashboard

    • Upgraded with the Dashboard Control System for mounting your device, programmable "horn" stereo system, and a high-powered LED front light.
    • Upgraded with the Turn Signal System and custom grip-mounted button controls
    • Complete Aurora Bright Bike Frame, fully assembled (just pop in the front wheel)
    • Aurora mobile app-integrated LED system (choose patterns from the defaults, download from our site, or create your own!)
    • Tube finish choice of Clear, Frosted, Diffused
    • Joint finish/color will be announced January 2017
    • Super Early Bird 15% off! Final price after Kickstarter: $2000

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    Aurora “Apollo” w/ Complete Dashboard

    • Upgraded with the Dashboard Control System for mounting your device, programmable "horn" stereo system, and a high-powered LED front light.
    • Upgraded with the Turn Signal System and custom grip-mounted button controls
    • Complete Aurora Bright Bike Frame, fully assembled (just pop in the front wheel)
    • Aurora mobile app-integrated LED system (choose patterns from the defaults, download from our site, or create your own!)
    • Tube finish choice of Clear, Frosted, Diffused
    • Joint finish/color will be announced January 2017
    • Early Bird 10% off! Final price after Kickstarter: $2000

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    "Prometheus" Family Package

    Three "Prometheus" Bikes

    Please see the above "Prometheus" package for a description.

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    "Helios" Family Package

    A package of three Aurora "Helios" Bright Bikes.

    Please see the above "Helios" package for a description.

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    "Apollo 11" Duo package

    Two Limited Edition "Apollo 11"bikes.

    Each one uniquely customized, or identical if preferred, but with their own assigned Limited Edition numbers.

    [Save $1,000.00]

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    Aurora-Calfee "Vulcan" BMX

    The first clear BMX bike on the planet.
    20" 407 rim.
    Built by Craig Calfee (see "About this Project" )
    Aurora electronics and lighting system.
    Will feature our "Motion Painting" APP.
    This bike will be sleek, strong, and spectacular to watch in motion.

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    Aurora-Calfee "Firefly" Hybrid

    A unique hybrid design created by Craig Calfee especially for the Aurora Bright Bikes series (See "About this Project")
    Please send us a message of interest for further details.
    We guarantee this bike will be extraordinary.
    All electronics and APPs by Aurora.

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    Aurora Bright Bike Frame

    This is a great option if you are a DIY bike builder enthusiast! You have your own style, your own preferences, and you like to experiment with different possibilities.

    Includes:

    1 Bright Bike frame (standard geometry)

    Choice of finishes:

    Clear (clean transparency, pixels shine through)

    Frosted (looks almost like ice, semi-transparent. Pixels are somewhat discernible)

    Diffused (White and opaque. Pixels are not visible, the effect is more like a neon tube).

    Joints are Aluminum with polished chrome finish, or Frosted.

    1 Aurora controller and Remote (over 100 pre-set patterns including stationary color selections).

    NOTE: All frames, and all bikes will come in S,M, and L, with inseam guides to be provided through update at completion of Campaign.

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    Apollo XI Limited Edition

    This is Aurora's opening creation for what will be our "New Global Renaissance of Humanity Art and Technology Project"

    All the features of the Helios I plus:

    • Only 11 will be constructed

    • Personalized engraving along the top tube. Anything from “To Lilah from Dad, 8/2016” to a dragon design winding around the tube- you decide!
    • Each bike will come engraved on the Down Tube (front tube that connects to pedal bracket) with:
    “The New Global Renaissance of Art and Technology Project” [followed by a Roman numeral I,II,…. XI]

    • Choice of Bracket colors:

    o Clear
    o Translucent Gold
    o Translucent Red, or Pink
    o Translucent Lilac
    o Chrome

    • Choice of Dashboard and Tailpiece colors
    o All the above colors

    As a special offer, we will also customize your own designs for the tail piece, dashboard, and grips, as long as they are within certain feasible specifications. If you have your own designs in mind but you are not a CAD file designer (by far most people are not!) we will consult with you for only $50.00/hour and turn your designs into CAD files. If you do your own CAD files all you will need to do is upload the files to us - again they must fit within the specifications that we will publish on our website- and we will print your designs!

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Funding period

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