An electronic module designed to light your drums as you play! Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on January 27, 2013.
About this project
TheLumenEffect Jamming with the DrumLight!
New update! we have a video of the battery operated DrumLight, ready for marching bands!
Our friends (Zo-zongo Company members) playing with Drumlight!!
Professional drummer (Javier Area) playing with drumlight!!
What is it?
There is no other way to say it, it's an electronic module that you put inside your drum, and illuminates it as you play.
Watch us install a DrumLight inside one of Iker's drums.
Cool simple and easy
Cool: How cool is that your drum illuminates as you play!?
Simple: Stick it to the inside of your drum, adhere the piezo sensor with the double-sided tape to the patch and you are good to go!
Easy: We've managed to make the DrumLight self-adjusting, so it will adjust as you play to the tension in your patch and the way you hit it.
What motivated us to bring this project to the crowd?
We, the people of TheLumenEffect do crazy projects in our spare time, most of them related to LED lighting but not exactly flaslights. When someone around us needs to shed some colored light, we're there to help.
A few months ago, some friends that do percussion shows in the street, came to us seeking help. They wanted to do shows at night, and of course they thought that the coolest thing would be to have the drums illuminated from the inside as they played.
We searched for a commercial solution to their idea and as we didn't find anything that they could use, we made our own. Now it has been developed, tested in the most harsh conditions in the hands of a few very good drumers, and improved with their input.
And now what?
As you can imagine that's a lot of work to be stored in a box and never be seen again, so we want to jump to the next level and release a comercial version of the DrumLight. With each of the DrumLights with which you back us, you will help us get closer.
Why do we need your help?
To have a commercial version of the drumlight at a reasonable price we need to make large batches of circuit boards. That way we will be able to dramatically reduce the tooling and production costs applied to each board. Also buying the components in large quantities will help a lot.
Your project is very cool but I don't have a drumset!
If you give it a moment's thought you can already imagine that this not only works with drumsets. If it vibrates, you can stick a DrumLight to it, you can even stick it to your speakers and the light will go with the beats!
What will you get
Each DrumLight comes with an AC adapter, (US and EURO plugs) a fully assembled and ready to install DrumLight circuit board and a piezo sensor with double-sided sticky tape.
Our approach has been to make it as affordable as possible, so our boards can mount White, Red, Blue and Green LEDs. You choose the color with the reward.
Are we up to the task?
We have been doing projects like this since 2009, and our respective jobs are closely related to this field. Amongst us we have a prototyping specialist (Ivan), a designer (Urko), a software developer (Iker), and a human interface researcher (Anton). And those are only our main skills, as we have learned a lot through our time in TheLumenEffect.
With those skills we have made some amazing projects like the lighting of a Jetty in the Zurriola Beach in San Sebastian, portable SpotLights for town hall parades. You can also check out what we have made for the percussion group ZoZongo, who have in their drums the system that inspired this project, in their Youtube channel. We are also planning on lighting the Kursaal Palace in the city.
How are we going to make it
Most of the components in the board are through-hole, and those which aren't are easily soldered by hand. Our current retailer is Farnell, where we can get all the components. If the final batch is large enough all the components are available as SMD parts and the assembly could be automatized.
The design of the board has been tested and very similar boards are already being used on a daily basis by professional drummers.
The circuit boards will be made by Eurocircuits, an experienced PCB manufacturing company in Belgium, then shipped to San Sebastian, Spain, to be assembled.
The board has been designed to be easily built and the testing is very simple and can be done at the end of the production chain. Once the boards are assembled and tested they are going to be sent to Chesterfield, where the boards with the AC adapters bought in bulk from a mass manufacturer in Shenzen are going to be individually packed and shipped to our happy backers!
Thanks for your attention!!
Main video music: Tell somebody by Alex Beroza
Risks and challenges
The risks in this project are few but we know that when something can go wrong it will go wrong.
Trying to prepare for the worst our boards have been tested in the most harsh conditions, but we know we are not infallible. Our production boards will come from the same sources that have been extensively tested, we have very reliable providers and we've made the assembly process as foolproof as posible.
The design has been reduced to the simplest form, and one of our members designs electronic circuits for a living. So with your help, we know that we will be able to do all that is possible to make it happen!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes, the board comes with a socket for a voltage regulator, and if you let us know, we can even swap the DC adapter for the voltage regulator and send your ready to work with any battery capable of delivering between 6,5 and 18 volts.
No, the DrumLight comes with a potentiometer that will let you adjust the sensitivity so it only picks the hits in the patch. You can check it out in the video on the 3rd update.
Yes, in fact we have had to look for a less strong tape for the sensor because it was too hard to remove.
Yes, once the project is successful our backers will be asked for details and that is one of them.
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