£525
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11
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, December 1 2014 2:14 PM UTC +00:00
£525
pledged of £5,000pledged of £5,000 goal
11
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, December 1 2014 2:14 PM UTC +00:00

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HI, THANKS FOR CHECKING OUT ARDUINO FAIRY LIGHTS!

Sorry for shouting, we're just excited.

STORY: As two guys that work in tech, Graham and Ben are always tinkering. One day, Ben built fairy lights that blinked when he got visitors. Graham thought this was awesome, and tried to build it, but failed. He then bought a set off Ben, and thought others might like to do the same. So he got Ben to teach him how to build them, and now they're selling them, to you!

SPECIFICS: The fairy lights are built with a string of LEDs, an Arduino and some magic dust. It plugs directly into your USB port, and just goes from there. 

To set up your website to blink on visits, you just need to place some extremely simple Javascript on your page. We also include example code in Ruby, Python, PHP and a Wordpress plugin, all of which come with simple instructions so it's easy to setup for coders and non-coders alike.

If that wasn't enough they're also compatible with both Zapier and If This Then That, so you really can connect them to almost anything!

If you want to monitor your Twitter account, you simply authorise with Twitter when you first plug the fairy lights into your computer and then choose the search term to blink on.

This Kickstarter will enable us to move from our fully working prototypes to a properly and robustly packaged end product. It will also allow us to provide a simple and reliable software interface for running them for Windows and OSX.

LOGISTICS: We're fairly  confident that we can get everything shipped by Christmas, but just in case, we have limited orders that we guarantee will be shipped to arrive before Christmas.

Once built, orders will be shipped immediately. You should allow about 1 week for international shipping.

HACKABILITY: Every reward includes everything you need to get started, including an Arduino module. This means as well as the functionality we're providing, you can hack on it using the standard Arduino toolchain! We're also open sourcing both the backend web API and the local client so you're completely free to customise it and hack on it as you wish.

Risks and challenges

BUILDING ARDUINO FAIRY LIGHTS EN-MASSE

Ben has hacking on electronics for over ten years and been involved in shipping a medical device based around the Arduino for the last three. He has access to a fully equipped workshop that these will be built from. We've already assembled multiple prototype units to ensure we're comfortable with the process.

GETTING SHIPPED IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS

Our main obstacle will be getting these out to everyone by Christmas, which is our aim. We're confident in our assembly and shipping process (it's fairly low-key), but supply of parts is a concern.

The biggest risk here is that if any one component is delayed, this could push back the shipping date. For each component we've already sourced a supplier and a backup supplier which are both confident they can deliver the quantity required in time for us to complete assembly before Christmas.

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    Pledge £30 or more About US$ 38

    EARLY BIRD - You early adopter, you. You get your Arduino Fairy Lights at a special price.

    Guaranteed to arrive for Christmas.

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    Pledge £45 or more About US$ 57

    GUARANTEED FOR CHRISTMAS - Arduino Fairy Lights make a great Non-denomination Winter Festival gift, and we guarantee to make a limited amount that will be shipped by 8th December, so you can regift them.

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    Pledge £45 or more About US$ 57

    WEB & TWITTER FAIRY LIGHT - Fairy lights that flash whenever you have a visitor to your site or someone tweets a particular hashtag or account. Requires an extremely simple piece of code to be pasted onto your website.

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Funding period

- (30 days)