About this project
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"Tangeez are wonderful building blocks of light. The magnetic click and the translucent colors are incredibly satisfying. They're continually offering new combinations, and they're impossible to put down. I want a whole wall of them."
-Tom Igoe, Arduino Co-Founder
PLAYING WITH LIGHT.
Hi Kickstarters! Have you ever wanted to play with light?
These “physical pixels” create a tactile, interactive and social experience that allows you to hold and control light. Tangeez combine red, green and blue light to create a spectrum of colors that change depending on how you stack them.
The more you change and rearrange, the more colors you will see. You can create seven different colors with a single Tangee.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH TANGEEZ?
From spaceships to skyscrapers, Christmas trees to robots, Tangeez can be combined and stacked infinitely to build glowing structures of any shape and size.
Fun for both young and old alike, Tangeez can be used as ambient lights, educational toys, interactive building blocks, therapeutic tools, camping lights, emergency beacons and much more!
Tangeez brighten up any space and are as portable and mobile as you are.
HOW DO TANGEEZ WORK?
Each Tangee has three prongs on the top, three holes on the bottom, and one three-color LED inside.
Connect one prong and you’ll see one color, either red, green, or blue. Two prongs mixes two colors…three prongs, three colors. One Tangee can’t work on its own. It needs another Tangee – or a base plate – to illuminate.
Each Tangeez kit contains 2 different parts, shown in the picture above. Your kit will include a combination of Light Modules and Base Plates that you can rearrange to your heart's content. The Light Modules are the Tangeez themselves, and the Base Plates are used to activate the bottom layer of your structure.
The more Tangeez you have, the more fun and colorful your sculpture will become.
TANGEEZ KIT SIZES:
WHY DO WE NEED YOUR HELP?
We started to develop Tangeez two years ago in our studio with prototyped circuits and laser cut casings. That same year, Tangeez were a great hit at Maker Faire where we saw interest from artists, kids and makers of all sorts.
Today, we’ve landed on our final prototype, BUT we need your help to get build our injection mold and do the first production run.
To make Tangeez, we’re using an industrial manufacturing process called injection molding. The process requires an aluminum mold that shapes the casing. To get started we have some large initial setup costs. We’ve selected our partners who will be producing the casing who are located here in the US. We’ll be working with them to perfect Tangeez and make sure the design is up to your high standards.
To make Tangeez high quality and user friendly we have prototyped and researched many different form factors and manufacturing processes. We've had countless conversations with Tangeez testers, toy and product designers and manufacturing partners to make sure we're getting it right.
We have all our plans and partners in place. We will be manufacturing the casing with our production partner here in the US. We hope to deliver Tangeez before June, but we're giving June as the delivery date to make sure we're accounting for any miscellaneous hurdles that may arise during the manufacturing process.
In the last 2 years we've had great support from the NY Maker Community who have helped us get Tangeez where they are today. We've received Editor's Choice Awards at Maker Faire 2 years in a row and we were selected as finalists for New York’s Next Top Maker competition, which is organized by the NYEDC and Mayor Bloomberg.
Check out our Prototype Timeline below:
Through the Next Top Maker incubator, we've received great support from our mentors, Limor Fried and Phil Torrone, Founders of Adafruit Industries.
TANGEEZ FUTURE PLANS
We are not done evolving our idea for Tangeez even though we're launching this campaign today. We plan to create additional shapes, sizes, colors and functionalities for Tangeez that will give you more tools to create new physical light paintings.
We would like to get your feedback. Please keep in touch! Your opinions are very important to us!
WHO WE ARE
Emily Webster is an Architect by training, an Audio-Visual-Media Designer by profession, and has had a previous career as a Fountain Designer. Her work has taken her from Dubai to China and she’s worked with the veteran Electronic Artist, Jim Campbell, and renowned photographer, David LaChapelle.
Mustafa Bagdatli is a Creative Technologist and Experience Designer whose work has been shown all over the world from festivals like the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) to events for Hermes. His research has been referenced in Tom Igoe’s “Making Things Talk,” and his Design For Humanities concept “RapidFTR” has been deployed by UNICEF throughout Uganda.
Risks and challenges
Manufacturing inherently has some risks and challenges. When you're working to bring a product to life, there are bound to be some hurdles that you'll have to overcome. Thankfully we've had some great support along the a way to help us make sure we're anticipating any curve balls that might arise.
Limor Fried and Phil Torrone, Founders of Adafruit Industries have lent us their expertise in dealing with Hardware Startups and manufacturing hurdles.
Tom Igoe, Arduino Co-Founder & Professor at NYU, has advised us on the ins & outs of developing an electronic-focused product and has helped to ensure that this product is robust and ready for market.
Jim Campbell, veteran LED Artist, has lent his artistic eye to the design of the units and his MIT engineering mind to the circuitry. He's also helped us make sure we're designing and sourcing our parts as economically and efficiently as possible.
We've worked hard to get our manufacturing, distribution and sourcing plan in place. We've had many conversations with our manufacturing partners, successful Kickstarter campaign runners and user testers. Our biggest challenge will be spreading out the word and get enough backers to support our project. Our manufacturing, supply and design partners are very excited and ready to do our first manufacturing run.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
You may ask, how are these things powered? That's a question we get often. Well, they're powered with a coin-cell battery, the same type that's in a watch. The battery is accessed by removing the base and inserting a new one.
Having a battery in each Tangee means there's no limit to how tall or how wide you can stack. You could fill a room with Tangeez!
We plan to use HDPE, which is the same plastic used to make milk-jugs. This plastic is soft to the touch yet rigid, durable and easy to clean. We will be confirming this during production.
Of course it all depends on how much you play with them! The batteries provided in your set of Tangeez are typical coin-cell batteries. Since it depends on how many of the LEDs are turned on and off at any given moment, it's hard to calculate each unit.
We've had a set of Tangeez, which we've been playing with since last year at Maker Faire, and they're running on the same battery.
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