A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Helios is a modular touch screen wall
light. This design allows the user to effectively swipe where they want or need
light, turning the walls into a canvas for illumination using their hand as the
brush. The combination of modularity and the lighting controls equals a product
that can be completely tailored by the user. This product provides the
opportunity for a lighting solution that is specific to each and every
This product consists of multiple plastic
hexagons that can be connected together via magnets and interlocking patterns
to form a touch screen wall light. The magnets that form the physical
connection between components also allow the electricity to pass through from
one piece to another.
With the power running through the
product, each individual component is turned on and off via a capacitive touch
sensor incorporated into each piece. The underlying idea for the product is to
give the user the ability to turn the interior architecture of a space into the
light source. It gives potential for the user to just swipe the surface of the
wall and it will illuminate the path of their touch. Turning the interior
architecture into a canvas for illumination with the users hand as the brush.
The individual components can be
easily pieced together via the magnets that are located around the edges of the
product. The hexagonal shape allows the pieces to tessellate together and gives
the opportunity for a variety of multiple different structures. This process
allows the user to create a light that suits the needs they have. The customer
can purchase as many units as they need.
Swipe On /
The wall lamp is turned on and off
through the physical touch from the user. Using capacitive sensors as the
switch, when the user's body comes into contact with the surface it will toggle
each component on or off. This design allows the user to effectively swipe
where they want or need light. Turning the interior architecture into a canvas
for illumination with the users hand as the brush.
Currently up to 105 tiles can be joined on the same power circuit. Further testing and development will be done to increase this. Larger displays can be made by isolating the contacts between groups of tiles.
Only the central units need to be
rigidly connected, allowing the user to move around the other units to make
different shapes. We tested various methods and the best solution was a choice
of either nails or just sticky pads running around the perimeter of the rear
Nails are the most secure attachment
and a template for their placement would be provided with the product. The
sticky tabs provide an alternative or a back up to the nail connection if
mounting onto surfaces where nails cannot be used, for example glass or tiles.
The combination of the modularity and
the lighting control equals a product that can be completely tailored by the
user. This product provides an opportunity for a lighting solution that is
specific to each and every environment.
Helios Touch is powered from a mains power supply supplied with the packs with the correct plug will be supplied for your location. The 120 / 220 v to 24v 2A adapter will power up to 35 panels. For larger displays additional power supplies can be plugged in to increase the capacity to up to 105 panels.
Supplied with International Plugs
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IMPORTANT: Kickstarter will only
allow ONE pledge per person, you can not add expansion packs separately. Please choose the reward with the number of light panels required.
The two external parts for the
product will be injection molded. Ribs have been added to all bosses in order
to reduce sink marks and improve quality. The wall thickness has been kept
uniform and consistent at l.5mm throughout the piece to ensure the quality and
even cooling during the injection moulding process. The l.5mm thickness was
chosen because it is within the optimal thickness range for the material and
thin enough to allow for some of the intricate details.
Mold Flow Analysis
Autodesk Moldflow was used to
improve upon the existing design and create a more suitable part for injection
moulding. Reducing sink marks was an important area to address as the model was
initially prone to the defects in a visible area. The sink marks have been
reduced by reducing material in certain areas and also ribbing necessary
The materials used for the outer
shell will be a key factor in optimizing manufacturing and functionality of the
product. The outer shell will also need to meet industry standards for
electronic device housing.
Requirements of the material:
Strong enough to protect the internal components from some of the stresses the
product may be exposed. These stresses may include the product being dropped on
the floor and accidentally being stepped on.
Materials and Recycling
These magnets have been chosen
because neodymium magnets are the strongest type of permanent magnet
The substrate most commonly used in
printed circuit boards is a glass fibre reinforced (fibreglass) epoxy resin
with a copper foil bonded on to one or both sides. This has been chosen as it
is less expensive and most commonly used.
LED'S have been chosen for the
product because of their current cost and energy efficiency, however as
technology progresses, OLED's may be a more suitable option.
All components within the product
have a long life span (5+ years). The part to most likely fail first are the
internal components mounted onto the PCB. The integration of the PCB has been
designed so it can easily be replaced if this does occur.
The ambition of the product is to
reduce the energy consumption for lighting in commercial buildings with a more
tailored and customized light fixture, thus reducing energy wastage with an
attitude of 'as much as you need'.
ABS is not a biodegradable material,
therefore in order to keep the environmental impact minimal all parts have been
designed so they can be taken apart. The two ABS parts can detach from one
another and be recycled into ABS pellets to be reused for other products.
Another advantage to the product being designed to be easily taken apart is
that the internal parts can be replaced if they fail or can be updated if new
technological advancements are made, thus saving some parts from being thrown
Materials and parts will be sourced
as close to the manufacturing as possible. This is to reduce the total amount
of shipping for the product and thus reducing the environmental impact of the
The intention is to offer Helios
lights in a 5 module starter pack with mains adapter, or 10 module expansion
pack. This will allow the same packaging to be used for both. Circular or
hexagon tubes will be used to pack the modules securely.
Story of Two Jameses
James Vanderpant is an extremely
ambitious product designer who has just graduated from Brighton University. He
already had 4 years experience in architecture and lighting prior to studying
and has had the opportunity of working with some high end clients on a number
of bespoke projects.
James has a great attention to detail
and is destined to become a successful designer after already receiving awards
for his work on Helios lighting, including New Designers Associate Prize in
2016. He co-created and manages the Brighton Design Exhibition to create an
event that brought important and exciting design projects to the surface and
acting as a major curator for up and coming creative talent within the Sussex
James Glover is an experienced
Chartered Mechanical Engineer & Naval Architect, with extensive technical
design experience in the automotive and marine industries prior to starting his
own design company, Dyena.
His original specialty was suspension
design for race car producing designs for Formula One, World Rally and Touring
Cars. After motorsport world, James moved into the maritime sector, working
first on a new marine propulsion technology, then as Head of Engineering Design
for high performance powerboat company and as a technical design consultant within the maritime military industry.
How it all
Currently spending most of his time
on a new engine concept which is due to be launched at the end of 2016, James
Glover happened to meet James Vanderpant at the Brighton Design Exhibition
where he was demonstrating the Helios Lighting system. Instantly convinced by
the concept, he offered his experience and contacts to develop the final design
and release Helios Lighting to a wider market.
Risks and challenges
This project is already mature with a fully working prototype and agreed manufacturing plan. Any project could encounter unexpected obstacles but we are confident that, if successful, we can deliver without delay. Potential risks to achieving this include:
1. Lead time of PCB assembly. Lead time is the time between placement of an order and delivery of the product. We have already secured supply of the components for 10,000 units. If we need more units to match the demand of our backers, we will place orders for more parts during the Kickstarter campaign to ensure punctual delivery.
2. A second potential problem is preparing for the injection moulding manufacturing process. Injection moulding is the fastest and most reliable way to manufacture cases for the hex modules. We have already designs for each part and have existing relationships with two trusted manufacturing companies. During the campaign we will be working on prototype moulds to get everything ready.
We are fully aware that unexpected bumps in the road may arise, but our team is dedicated to doing whatever it takes to keep our promises. We will update you on our progress and can’t wait to hear feedback from our backers in order to deliver the best product possible.
Unfortunately Kickstarter only allows one pledge per person.
To add extra expansion packs (10 panels) or power supplies, increase you pledge by the amount below and message us with the extra requirements and we will add it to your reward:
Expansion pack (10 tiles) = £65.00
Power supply = £15
In the original campaign we had various early bird offers that were all taking up by the original backers. In our updates to the backers we had said there would be more early bird offers to ensure that they did not lose out. However, when we came to relaunch we decided to offer the original backers a free gift instead to ensure that they didn't lose out to new backers. I apologise if anyone feels cheated, but with the free shipping and the gift I hope original backers will feel suitably rewarded.
And we have the details of the original backers, so no cheating!!!
During the down time we went through our pricing structure again and came up with a new strategy. We are now including shipping to anywhere in the world free of charge, and this also helps us with the taxes in European areas.
Some people who pledged in US dollars last time may be feeling the effect of the volatile financial market at the moment. We have had fluctuations of 20% with some suppliers in the last 2 months.
This initial project is for white only panels with no microprocessor or connectivity chips. The next logical development will be to use multicolour LEDs and an Android or IOS app to control the display. This will open up lots of possibilities but it is a major development. We think we have the mathematics tackled to allow the app to automatically know the shape of the assembled display, so we can do some groovy things with it.