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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 18 2017
$1,895
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
6
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 18 2017

About

Introduction

As a long time fan of science fiction and fantasy, I wanted to realize that imagination in the physical space around us. I set out to create a lights and sound controller with numerous improvements over those available today. Initially, following suit of those controllers, opting for a traditional closed source product, soon I realized an open source solution is much more ideal, and can provide tremendous flexibility and extensibility.

Since the advent of high quality DIY sabers, an open source lights and sounds solution have yet to be embraced by the saber community. Such a solution can utilize the numerous open source tools available, bringing new updates and features to the user at a much faster rate. The result is a always up to date product that meets the demands of saber enthusiasts, cosplayers, and prop makers alike to more closely realize one's vision.

A Teensy 3.5 was selected as a base microcontroller board, due to its compact form factor and Arduino compatibility. The compact form factor of Teensy by PJRC, combined with our original extension board, can provide a product more powerful, extensible, and at the same price point of those prop lights and sound controllers available today.  

ENCHANT, our original lights and sound controller, will come pre programmed for plug and play use. For the hacker and electronics enthusiast, schematics for Teensy are provided by PJRC, and schematics for our extension board will be provided as the product ships. The source code, written to be modular and easily extensible, will be released sometime in 2018. A stretch goal is set to make the source code available immediately on shipment of the product.

Lightsabers

Lightsabers! The primary motivation for this project. Arguably the most iconic science fiction prop of all time! 

Note: The sabers shipped will feature a higher density LED strip than the one shown in this video. A more up to date video explaining the various features will be uploaded shortly.

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Graflex Hilt Option - 

 

Arguably the most sought after Lightsaber hilt ever! The Graflex hilt was the first Lightsaber seen to ignite on screen in Episode IV. It is seen again passed to Rey and Finn in Episode VII. More information on this coveted hilt can be found on The Graflex Bank. (Direct Link to Image Gallery

High quality hilt construction with metal exterior and injection molder inner chassis.

Crossguard Hilt Option - 

Kylo Ren style. This hilt option will be assembled using the Crossguard kit from Parks Sabers 

Blade Specs 

  • High density RGB LED strip blade 
  • Switch between any saber color
  • True blade scroll effect + animations 
  • High brightness, no zebra stripe effect. 
  • Duel ready - polycarbonate tube blade, 1in diameter, ¼in wall thickness 
  • Removable blade - blade plug compatible (future/stretch goal release) 

Electronics and Software 

  • Our original ENCHANT Lights and Sound Controller
  • Customizable sounds - easily change sounds via .wav files stored on a SD card 
  • Clash effect, swing effect, blaster effect, + more to come! 
  • Intuitive navigation menu - easily change between modes and blade color effects. 
  • Music visualizer mode 
  • USB Charger - Charges using most USB power banks and phone chargers. 
  • Open Source - Teensy Powered, Arduino compatible
  • Continuous improvements
Choose any color
Choose any color

 

Easily map sound files
Easily map sound files

Wearables 

A battery powered box assembly is great for wearables and cosplay! 

Portable Test Bench

Use it in a wearable or not. The battery powered box assembly is a convenient way to test portable Teensy/Arduino projects. Includes 2 lithium-ion 18650 batteries, a power switch, a 5-way directional switch, and a auxiliary/menu switch. 

ENCHANT Lights and Sound Controller - Summary of Features 

 

Images represent a visual preview. Final product appearance may vary. 
Dimension are : 2.4 in (length) x .7 in (width) x approximately .35 in (depth)

Introduction 

ENCHANT is a lights and sound controller (or sound board), designed to have all the features necessary for high quality Lightsaber props in particular, and generalized for any prop demanding lights and sound. ENCHANT is built on the premise of taking advantage of RGB LED strips and an intuitive, fun, and powerful Menu system. 

Light FX 

  • RGB LED strip support - Set to any one color, or all of them! 
  • Preprogrammed Light FX - featuring RGB rainbow, and extend and retract patterns 
  • Interactive patterns - Make changes on the fly; change color, adjust speed, etc 
  • Music visualizer mode 

Sound FX 

  • High quality sound playback clear and loud
  • 2 watt speaker support 
  • WAV file playback 44.1kHz
  • Customizable sounds via mapped folders/directories
  • SD card reader interface for large storage capacities

Interaction 

  • Motion detection, for whirl, impact and other motion activated FX 
  • Supports 2-4 buttons for custom FX mapping, controlling interactions, and switching between modes 
  • Supports 1 Power button and 1 Auxiliary/Menu button 
  • Button interactive Light FX 
  • Button mapped sound group playback 

Charge Fast, Charge Anywhere 

  • Micro USB interface battery charger allows charging using an external battery or wall outlet USB adapter 
  • Charge rate up to 1.6 amps 

Easy and Intuitive Navigation Between FX Functions

  • Navigate between FX function using a Menu system and directional buttons

 Continuous Improvements 

  • New features to come in future software updates from The Firebrand Forge. May include new modes and/or LightFX patterns. 
  • Open source software and hardware

Hardware Details  

ENCHANT, at its core is an assembly of a Teensy 3.5 and an extension board. The extension board will consist of the following hardware.  

  • 5V boost converter  
  • USB battery charger  
  • 2-3 watt speaker amplifier  
  • Accelerometer + Gyroscope

Credits and Acknowledgements

Fire animation algorithm by Mark Kriegsman via FastLED library
Music visualizer algorithm by Michael Bartlett   

Stretch Goals

$100,000 - Immediate release of source code, as the product ships!
$150,000 - An included blade plug on all Lightsaber rewards!
$200,000 - ?????  

FAQs

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Risks and challenges

The prototype is proven. The sabers shipped will perform all functions as seen. Arduino compatibility allows for convenient software updates. The Firebrand Forge will maintain software updates to provide additional features in the future. This includes new animations, possibly new modes, and possibly bluetooth connectivity for mobile app connectivity.

We have several manufacturing partners in both the United States and China ready for production. Bare PCB and LED Blade will be manufactured in China. PCB assembly and hilt assembly will be done in Southern California.

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    ENCHANT Board

    Complete ENCHANT lights and sound controller board, ready for plug and play prop installation.

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    ENCHANT Box - Portable Test Bench Box

    ENCHANT box assembly. Including 2 18650 Batteries. Great for wearables. A simple way to test portable project software.

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    ENCHANT Wearable Skirt

    Box assembly with a light up skirt!

    This item will vary pending quantity requested. At the minimal, it will be a waist harness including 2 loops of LED strip. Upgrading to a custom LED embedded skirt is possible at high quantities.

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    Lightsaber - Graflex

    A Graflex hilt Lightsaber. Arguably the most sought after hilt! As seen on screen, wielded by, Rey, Finn, Luke, Anakin.

    This Lightsaber features a RGB strip blade for a real extend/retract scroll, 1 inch polycarbonate duel ready blade, a real see through glass eye, and 4 buttons. These feature are often unavailable at this price point!

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    Lightsaber - Crossguard

    A Kylo Ren Crossguard style Lightsaber.

    This Lightsaber features a RGB strip blade for a real extend/retract scroll,1 inch polycarbonate duel ready blade for its central blade.

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    Both Graflex and Crossguard style Lightsabers!

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