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World's coolest way to shine your night rides, easiest way to find where you're parked, and safest way to enhance the brake signal.
World's coolest way to shine your night rides, easiest way to find where you're parked, and safest way to enhance the brake signal.
World's coolest way to shine your night rides, easiest way to find where you're parked, and safest way to enhance the brake signal.
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XKchrome: Reinventing Automotive Lighting

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XKchrome is a revolutionary product that pushes automotive LED lighting into a new era. It shines your beloved motorcycle or car with millions of vivid colors and animated patterns. Using the visually stunning, easy-to-use mobile app, you can control the lights remotely, and customize everything at your fingertips.   

XKchrome utilizes various sensors in your phone to bring dynamics to the light. The Real-time Chameleon feature instantly changes your vehicle to whatever color you see. The Music Sync feature makes the light dance with whatever rhythm you hear. With XKchrome, the vehicle essentially becomes part of you and extends your self-expression into whole new dimensions.

In addition to lighting, XKchrome improves night driving safety and brings you convenience. The Smart Brake sensor automatically switches all lights to full-on red during brake for maximum visibility. XKchrome even remembers your parking spot whenever you leave the vehicle so that you don't have to. We integrate all these powerful features into an ultra-slim, waterproof controller, which talks to your phone using the most advanced Bluetooth Smart and iBeacon Technology. 

See what people have done with XKchrome. Support us to shine your vehicles!

XKchrome on world's first road ready 3D printed car

Maybe you have heard of Local Motors world's first 3D printed car in 2014 SEMA. This year at 2015 SEMA, Local Motors is unveiling a whole version designed to be mass produced (or we should say printed) in microfactories around the US and globally in near future. We are glad to announce that XKchrome is being used in one of the first concept car. Together with IBM cloud and other IoT (Internet of Things) technology, the lights can do a lot more than just decoration. For example, the underglow can strobe in amber when an accident has happened, or the interior ambient light can slightly glow red to remind you are over speed limit. We are very excited to see what people can do with XKchrome technology. And we would love to see what you will do with XKchrome in the coming months. 

Capture A Color, Paint With Light.

With XKchrome's realtime "chameleon" feature, you can paint your ride with any color you see.  Whether it's a stunning new shirt or a beautiful sunflower, just point your phone's camera to it.  XKchrome instantly turns your vehicle into the very same eye-catching color, without even a finger tap.  Be prepared to be in AWE!

Sync Lights With Music

Music is the essence of life; and we make it the essence of light. XKchrome's Music Sync feature enables lights to dance with the rhythm of any song in your phone, or with any sound picked up by the microphone. To maximize visual effect, our adaptive algorithm dynamically adjusts the volume sensitivity. No matter if it's a country music or a hard rock, just lay back and enjoy the full spectrum you defined for your favorite song.

16 Million Colors at Your Fingertip & Dual-zone Control

Built with 16 bit gamma correction, XKchrome provides over 16 million vibrant colors, allowing the user to choose any color with a single tap. Each controller has two zones that can simultaneously run different colors and patterns, allowing more room for creativity and uniqueness. Up to 4 controllers (8 zones) can be connected at the same time.

Holiday Themes & Simple DIY Theme-creator

Our color designer hand-picked over 15 themes for special occasions throughout the year. In addition, users can fully customize their own themes with various pattern, speed, and up to 10 color combinations.

Brake light visibility is the top concern for motorcycle safety at night. Now with the integrated Smart Brake sensor, XKchrome can turn the entire motorcycle body into a brake light! As soon as you apply the brake, XKchrome immediately switches all LED lights on in red. This significantly increases the bike's visibility, and promotes faster reaction of the vehicle behind.

**The Smart Break feature comes in EVERY XKchrome kit. All you need to do is simply attaching a wire to the positive line of break light or break fuse. 

XKchrome can do more than lighting. Thanks to its built-in Bluetooth Smart Beacon, XKchrome helps locate your parked vehicle. When you walk away after parking, XKchrome app will automatically pin down your location. So that you can easily look it up in the app when you need to find the way back. Once you get close enough, you can also turn on the lights to single your vehicle out from the endless parking row.

Gamma Color Correction

To make XKchrome worth its name, color accuracy is among our top goals. XKchrome is the first lighting kit that features 16-bit high precision gamma correction, a technology previously only used in studio-level LED monitors. Compared to most other LED lighting products in the market, our industry-leading technology delivers much more vivid color and smoother color transitions.

Waterproof

As designers we never compromise on quality. It is our job, not yours, to prepare XKchrome for the toughest days. That is why we've designed XKchrome to be completely waterproof. The controller is sealed in an ultra-slim, elegant-looking enclosure. The innovative touch sensing button on the top of the enclosure ensures a seamless response. We rigorously test our final products to make sure that no moisture can go inside even when the entire controller is soaked in the water.

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Prices for individual extra components

If you want to add the following upgrade components to your pledged kit, please increase the pledged value and message us about what you want to add. We will add the notes into your order:

  • 1pc XKchrome controller: $49
  • 1pc 72w power adapter for home use (100-240V AC with US plug): $25
  • 1pc 3ft car flexible strip + 1pc 6ft ext wire: $20
  • 2pc 12" car tube: $20
  • 2pc motorcycle pods: $20
  • 2pc motorcycle strips: $20
  • Extension wire kit: $24 [Includes: 2x24"+2x36"+2x48"wires, 6xSplitters & mounting accessories.]

All lights come with mounting accessories. As a special thanks to our backers, we decided not to charge additional shipping fee for the upgrade components.

As designer and maker, Eric and Dan started the LED automobile lighting company called XK GLOW in 2009 (during the peak of financial crisis) from a small dorm room at the University of Illinois. In 2010, when we first saw a smartphone controlled drone on the internet, we knew a new era of app-enabled hardware was coming. Despite the little resources we had, two generations of app controlled automobile led lights have been born since 2011. In 2014, with two passionate makers Haogang (PhD in Computer Science) and Richard (creator of OSEMO) joining the team, we set out to develop XKchrome, the world's coolest lights for automobiles.

We pumped all the experience and feedback gathered from the previous models into XKchrome, and integrated them with the most advanced BLE and iBeacon technology to make it meet our highest standards. After many sleepless nights and a couple factory visits, all hardware and app development have been completed and we are currently preparing for the first batch of production by working closely with the manufacturer, which has produced many products for the world's top 500 companies.

Special thanks to:

  • Andy & Scott. We wouldn't have gotten this far without your dedication.
  • Our dearest family and friends.  
  • Casey, Robert, and John. Thank you for making a great video.

Risks and challenges

With years of experience in product design and manufacturing management, we know that the mass production and quality control is a complex undertaking. That’s why we come prepared and have already finished 80% of the led light production work of the initial 500 sets of XKchrome. This allows us to focus on the controller production and quality control to make sure it meets the highest standard.

In addition to the hardware, we are working tirelessly on testing the app to make sure it works flawlessly on iOS and Android platforms. We are testing the app across every iPhone version from iPhone 4S to 6 Plus, and over 5 major Android phone brands. The goal is not only to embed the coolest and robust light effect with your beloved vehicle, but also ensure a smooth and enjoyable app user experience.

With your support, we are confident XKchrome can be produced with high quality and delivered to you on time.

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    A Big THANK YOU with Vinyl Sticker

    A big thank-you with 1 Kickstarter Edition weather-proof XKchrome vinyl sticker will be mailed to you. Show your love of this concept and proud support to make it happen!

    Free shipping worldwide.

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    19"x27" XKchrome Poster

    You will receive a high quality poster featuring one of the best photos from our video shoot. Poster printed in United States.

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    Waterproof XKchrome Controller

    Want to use this awesome controller to replace your existing color changing LED lights? Get this $90 retail value controller for $49 as a special thanks. Kit includes:

    -1 waterproof XKchrome controller with tech specs & wire instructions.
    -Input & output wiring harness.

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    XKchrome Mini Kit for Car/Truck Interior

    Kit includes:
    -4pc 12" led tubes to be easily mounted for car interior.
    -1 XKChrome waterproof controller.
    -Complete accessories & wires.

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    XKchrome Mini Kit for Motorcycle

    Kit includes:
    -4pc led strips + 4pc led pods.
    -1 XKchrome waterproof controller.
    -Complete accessories & wires.

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    XKchrome Standard Kit for Car

    Kit includes:
    -16pc 12" led tubes to perfectly contour your vehicle.
    -1 XKchrome waterproof controller.
    -Complete accessories & wires.

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    XKchrome Standard Kit for Motorcycle

    Kit includes:
    -6pc slim led strips + 6pc compact led pods.
    -1 XKchrome waterproof controller.
    -Complete accessories & wires.

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    XKchrome ADVANCED Kit for Car

    Kit includes:
    -16pc 12" led tubes to perfectly contour your vehicle.
    -4pc extra 12" led tubes for interior lighting.
    -1 XKchrome waterproof controller.
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    XKchrome ADVANCED Kit for Motorcycle

    Kit includes:
    -10pc slim led strips + 10pc compact led pods.
    -1 XKchrome waterproof controller.
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    XKchrome PROFESSIONAL Kit for Car

    Kit includes:
    -16pc 12" led tubes to perfectly contour your vehicle.
    -4pc extra 12" led tubes for interior lighting.
    -4pc 3ft flexible strips for wheel well lighting.
    -1 XKchrome waterproof controller.
    -Complete accessories & wires.

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    XKchrome PROFESSIONAL Kit for Motorcycle

    Kit includes:
    -15pc slim led strips + 15pc compact led pods.
    -1 XKchrome waterproof controller.
    -Complete accessories & wires.

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