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$17,044
pledged of 25.000 $pledged of 25.000 $ goal
129
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, April 27 2016 3:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

How to get a ViVi controller now?

The Kickstarter missed the funding goal, but ViVi's development will still continue.  Updates will be sent to backers, sent out in the email newsletter from the Visual Vibes website, and posted on social media.

A new campaign may be launched in 2 - 3 months or ViVi may go directly into retail sales if it receives private investment.  Follow to stay updated:

ViVi Music LED Controller will not be available for purchase until it's in production and passed FCC/CE certification.  No prototypes will be sold.  I thank all my backers for their support, but I cannot put the future of Visual Vibes at risk by selling non-certified units.  I'm working to make ViVi available as soon as possible, but I'm also making sure I can continue to develop more great products in the future and grow Visual Vibes into an innovative company that is around for years to come.

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ViVi is the only music reactive LED controller that offers these stunning visuals with no programming required and with easy plug-in connectors.

ViVi is changing the future of live lighting control.  Complex lightshows are instantly created from any music, setup is quick with easy plug-in connectors, and its tiny size and self-contained processing allow ViVi to be used anywhere, by anyone.

ViVi can liven up any party, impress your friends, or wow a crowd all for a fraction of the cost of existing products and without the endless hours of setup and programming.

You have to see it to believe it.  A single ViVi controller created the entire light show in this video.  You'll look like a lighting professional and all you have to do is plug in a few connectors.

ViVi has 3 separate outputs for bass, mids, and treble which plug into any WS2812B lights. Audio is input to a 3.5mm jack using an aux connection or microphone. Add 5 Volt power and let the show begin. Set up in less than 30 seconds! Connect via Bluetooth and adjust the show with the app.

Hand-cut Production Prototype
Hand-cut Production Prototype
Demo board with ViVi controlling three small light strips
Demo board with ViVi controlling three small light strips

ViVi brings LED Controllers into the Age of Automation

Autonomous cars can drive safely through traffic, but LED controllers still blink erratically to music.  ViVi takes a revolutionary step forward from existing automatic controllers by using a custom algorithm to think about the music and produce coordinated lightshows.  Enjoy elaborate shows as great as those that are human controlled or pre-programmed.

ViVi's visuals grab attention as much as a car with no driver.  If you want to stand out from the crowd or put on a memorable performance ViVi will do it.  Blinking lights get people to look, but a complex coordinated light show perfectly synced with music draws people in, literally; at ViVi's public demos everyone was coming up for a closer look.

ViVi is for Everyone

Automation doesn't only make for great lightshows, it also makes ViVi easy to use.  With zero programming and plugs for all electrical connections, anyone can setup ViVi.  By using a static lighting mode ViVi can replace any existing lighting installation and only bring the fun out when it's appropriate.  ViVi's compact size and 5V (USB power) operation allow it to be used anywhere; you can make an LED outfit, control lights in your car, install it in your house, strap it to your bike, add excitement to your bar, or include it in your DJ light setup.

              

NEW OPTION:

Increase the pledge amount by $50 on any ViVi Controller Unit reward to add 5 meters (16.4 feet) of lights (30 LEDs/m) and a 5V 5A power supply. An easy way to ensure you will have everything you need to get a lightshow started as soon as your ViVi arrives. You can always add more later.

This new option and the existing BUNDLE Rewards also include mounting brackets, extra extension cables, and splitters as needed to make sure you get everything you need to install and run the lights.

Feature Details:

Autonomous Music Lightshow Creation

ViVi uses a custom made algorithm that has been developed over the past 5 years to interpret the audio it receives and output that interpretation as various lighting effects.

Automatic Volume Tracking

ViVi constantly adjusts for volume changes to optimize the show, no need to manually turn a knob.  You can change songs or change the volume and ViVi will keep up.  This is very useful if your wearing ViVi and using a mic so you don't need to keep adjusting as you move closer to stage.

Portable and Wearable

ViVi is compact and lightweight so it can go anywhere.  All the connectors are on one side to allow ViVi to easily fit in a pocket to control an LED outfit.  ViVi weighs 2.1oz (61grams) and measures 3.1" x 2.2" x 0.8" (78.5 x 57.3 x 21.6 mm)

No Soldering or Wire Stripping required

All connections for ViVi are plug in.  Most WS2812B LED lights come with a JST-SM 3-pin connector, which ViVi plugs right into.  No need to deal with bare wires or a soldering iron to get an awesome light show!

5 Volt Power

ViVi has a standard DC Barrel Jack for 5V power input and comes with a USB adapter cable.  This makes it easy to power ViVi anywhere using wall adapters, USB battery packs, or a USB car charger adapter.

App Control

So many LED controllers come with little plastic remotes, but not ViVi.  ViVi has a custom controller app to make it quick and easy to adjust your lights.  The app connects via Bluetooth.

Persistent Memory

After disconnecting power ViVi still remembers all of its settings and will continue whenever it is powered back on.  If your battery dies just plug in another one to keep the party going without missing a beat.

Non-Proprietary Lights

ViVi's output works with any WS2812B LED lights.  These lights are available in a wide variety of styles from many suppliers.  Control up to 450 unique LEDs and split the outputs to duplicate the same animations on 1000's of LEDs.

Optional PWM Output

Any of the outputs can be switched to a 5V PWM signal that can be used to control your custom creations whether they are mechanical or light based.  DanceBot demo video using ViVi PWM.

Static Lighting

ViVi can settle down and handle your standard lighting needs. With the "Constant On" mode you can set the color and brightness and it will never change. There are other constant modes that offer fixed animations that are great for decorations.

Independent Operation

ViVi does all of it's processing internally.  You don't have to play music through an app on your phone or run a program on a computer.  Just feed ViVi power and music and it does the rest.

Specifications

Dimensions:  3.1" x 2.2" x 0.8" (78.5 x 57.3 x 21.6 mm)

Weight: 2.1 oz (61 grams)

Voltage: 5 Volts (input and output)

Power Draw: 0.15 – 5.0 Amps (depends on # of LEDs)

Audio Input: 3.5mm jack; mic-level, instrument-level, or line-level

# of LEDs: control up to 450 unique; 1000's if output is split

Supported LED Types: WS2811, WS2812, WS2812B

The Lights

ViVi can control any WS2812B LED lights.  ViVi can also control WS2812 and WS2811 lights, but I recommend using WS2812B because they are more reliable with the fewest soldered connections per LED; all connect to ViVi with the same 3 wire plug.

WS2812B lights are widely available from multiple retailers online.  The lights come in so many different styles that it would be difficult to offer rewards tailored to every persons desires, so for this Kickstarter I'm focusing on the controller and suggest purchasing the lights separately.  Visual Vibes will eventually start selling lights and other accessories through a webstore during the summer of 2016, so you could wait until then.

WS2812B lights come in form factors such as LED strip lighting, string lights, and loose individual LEDs; with multiple varieties of each.

Example LED Strip Lights on Amazon.

Example LED String Lights on Amazon.

Various WS2812B LED Lights
Various WS2812B LED Lights

Setup and Connections

All connections easily plug in and you can instantly get a lightshow started.  You can then use the app to make adjustments or put ViVi into a static mode for ambient lighting.  The prototype and app used in this video are not the most recent, but the steps are still the same.  I'll be making an updated in-depth "app and setup" video soon.

There are various way to setup ViVi.  You can use a battery, wall adapter, or any USB port to provide 5V power.  For audio input you can use the provided microphone or a 3.5mm jack directly from the source.  You can connect one string of lights or all three, you can even split the output of one to have multiple strips show the same animations.

For long runs of lights (over 100 LEDs) you may notice discoloration at the far end of the strip; this is because the voltage drops as it powers all the LEDs and eventually gets too low to properly power the LEDs at the far end of a connection.  To fix this you need to attach power to the far end of the strip, the data signal will make it there just fine.  This is more of a concern for static lighting uses because all the LEDs are lit, with most animations not all LEDs are lit and longer runs will work before the voltage drop starts to show.

App and Options

Easily adjust the color, animation, max brightness, and more with the free ViVi Controller app. There are millions of possible configurations to fine tune the lights to match your tastes, or choose dynamic modes and let ViVi continually change the show for you.

Bass Light Settings    /    Color Options Menu
Bass Light Settings / Color Options Menu
Animation Options Menu (scrolls)    /    Strip Size Adjustment Buttons
Animation Options Menu (scrolls) / Strip Size Adjustment Buttons

Development Process

The pictures of ViVi from breadboarding to production prototype .

First Breadboard Setup
First Breadboard Setup
Breadboarded with MSGEQ7 Chip
Breadboarded with MSGEQ7 Chip
Final Breadboard Setup
Final Breadboard Setup
First Protoboard Prototype
First Protoboard Prototype
Second Protoboard Prototype
Second Protoboard Prototype
First Custom PCB
First Custom PCB
Populated PCB on the Enclosure
Populated PCB on the Enclosure
Production Prototype
Production Prototype

How Your Support Helps

Going from prototype to production product is an expensive step.  Your support on Kickstarter will allow ViVi to get the necessary certifications and have the order quantity needed to start using mass production manufacturing techniques.

  • FCC Certification
  • CE Marking
  • Bulk order custom enclosure to reduce cost
  • Bulk order assembled PCB to reduce cost
  • iOS app development

Timeline

Budget

You might be wondering how it's possible to pay for extra costs (FCC and app development) while delivering a product for less than its expected retail value; The answer is low overhead costs.  Currently Visual Vibes is just me, working from home, living off savings, so the overhead cost is $0.  I can fulfill a couple hundred orders like this, but eventually I'll need to hire employees and pay them, start paying myself, and rent office space; This will significantly increase overhead costs and result in a final retail price of $199-$299 for ViVi.

Additionally, I'll be completing the first ~200 ViVi's by hand, placing the PCBs in the enclosures, testing each one, and placing it and the additional cables and accessories into the packaging.  Eventually these steps will need to be done at the factory (or by even more employees), so the per unit cost will actually be increasing after Kickstarter even if quantity increases.

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Risks and challenges

Production - All of the components for ViVi have been sourced from suppliers who have more than enough parts in stock to fulfill all early delivery needs and who have additional order lead times short enough to meet the longer delivery windows. A through-hole production model has already been made using all of these components and all the components have SMD equivalents for which the stock and lead times have been checked, so there is very little risk that any problems will arise in this area.

If ViVi far exceeds it's goal then a more complete manufacturing process would be implemented for units beyond the first 100. Since the new process would need to be quality checked it could add a one month delay to non-early-bird orders, though the test batch would allow some of the orders to be delivered on time. This new method will begin being developed as soon as orders get high enough and be worked on simultaneously during production of the first 100 units; this will help to reduce or eliminate any delay.

FCC Certification - ViVi will use a pre-certified Bluetooth module to avoid the more extensive and more costly intentional radiator FCC testing. Because ViVi operates above 9 kHz it still has to undergo unintentional radiator testing. ViVi is designed to reduce EMI, but has not been tested. The time needed for testing is included in the estimated delivery schedule. There is a small risk that ViVi could fail FCC testing and need to be modified to pass the test. This could cause a delay of about one month.

CE Marking - The CE Marking requires minimal testing in addition to what is required for FCC certification (in the case of ViVi). However, there are many requirements that ViVi must be verified to meet and lots of paperwork to read, fill out, and sign. ViVi's final production version is being designed with all these requirements in mind and there are no expected difficulties in meeting them.

If any unforeseen challenges arise I'm confident I will be able to overcome them because of my broad technical experience, my education as a Mechanical Engineer, my work experience in emergency management, and my determination to see ViVi succeed.

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    LIGHT LOVER SUPPORTER

    If you love lights, especially when they are synced with music, but you aren't ready for ViVi yet, then this pledge is for you. Here's to hoping the next glowing festival goer, rockin' bar, lit-up car, or house party you see displays a majestic light show worthy of your love.

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD: ViVi - Controller Unit
    A very limited reward for the earliest backers.

    ADD $129 for an additional unit (max: 1 additional)

    Includes:
    + ViVi
    + External Microphone
    + 3.5mm Audio Splitter Cable
    + USB-to-5V DC Power Cable
    + USB Mini-B Cable
    + 3 x WS2812B Adapter Cables

    Estimated retail price: $199

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    Includes:
    + ViVi
    + External Microphone
    + 3.5mm Audio Splitter Cable
    + USB-to-5V DC Power Cable
    + USB Mini-B Cable
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    ViVi - Portable Bundle
    Great for costumes, in a car, camping, or anywhere.

    Includes:
    + ViVi
    + 4m of 60 LED/m WS2812 LED Strips with connectors (2 x 2m)
    + 5000mAh USB Battery Pack
    + USB-to-5V DC Power Cable
    + External Microphone
    + 3.5mm Audio Splitter Cable
    + USB Mini-B Cable
    + 3 x WS2812B Adapter Cables

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    ViVi - Big Setup Bundle
    Great for DJs, home accent lighting, bars, and clubs.

    Includes:
    + ViVi
    + 15m of 30 LED/m WS2812 LED Strips with connectors (3 x 5m)
    + 3 x 5V 8A DC Power Adapter (120V AC or as applicable)
    + 5V DC Splitter Cable
    + USB-to-5V DC Power Cable
    + External Microphone
    + 3.5mm Audio Splitter Cable
    + USB Mini-B Cable
    + 3 x WS2812B Adapter Cables

    Estimated retail price: $379

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    ViVi - Installer Package

    The perfect package for electricians doing custom lighting installations. Offer an option your competitors can't, fully automated lightshows to any song.

    Includes:
    + 10 x ViVi
    + 10 x USB-to-5V DC Power Cable
    + 10 x External Microphone
    + 10 x 3.5mm Audio Splitter Cable
    + 10 x USB Mini-B Cable
    + 30 x WS2812B Adapter Cables
    + Priority Technical Support

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    ViVi - Reseller Package

    If you want to resell ViVi at festivals, a retail store, or web store, this is the package for you. Offer ViVi before anyone else can and lock-in special treatment for life with Diamond Reseller Status.

    Includes:
    + 30 x ViVi
    + 30 x External Microphone
    + 30 x 3.5mm Audio Splitter Cable
    + 30 x USB-to-5V DC Power Cable
    + 30 x USB Mini-B Cable
    + 90 x WS2812B Adapter Cables
    + Priority Technical Support
    + Official Reseller Agreement
    + Diamond Reseller Status for Life (only available to backers)

    Packaged for individual sale.

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