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By John Lee
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About this project

Endless fun and entertainment for all ages in an attractive package.

LUXPONG combines modern technology with the spirit and aesthetics of toys from a classic era.

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 While LUXPONG was designed with simple elegance in mind, the opportunities for customization are endless. At one end of LUXPONG you'll find headers for a programming interface.

By connecting a common USB-to-UART breakout board or any UART programmer to these headers, you can flash custom game modes to the on-board micro-controller.

The micro-controller inside LUXPONG is an Arduino compatible device which means that writing and flashing new games to LUXPONG is very easy.

Arduino compatibility also means that LUXPONG is a great way for children and aspiring programmers to learn how to control hardware through code.

The code that ships installed on LUXPONG shows player scores on the play field between plays, has 5 levels of play speed and sound that can be turned on/off.

Technical specs

  • Dimensions: 48" x 2.5" x 2" (122cm x 6.2cm x 5.1cm) and 28" x 2.5" x 2" (71cm x 6.2cm x 5.1cm)
  • LED strip: 1.0m with 30 RGB LED's
  • Control board: 5VDC Arduino compatible
  • Power supply: 9V battery
  • Buttons: Illuminated arcade style with spdt micro-switch
  • Enclosure: Select pine in various finishes

Rewards

LUXPONG is almost ready for manufacturing. The design has been finalized and material costs have been solidified with suppliers. We've also performed preliminary product certification (EMC for FCC) testing. When you pledge the following amounts, you will be pre-ordering LUXPONG and providing the funds needed to complete the last leg of our tremendous journey.

0.5 meter kit (no wood enclosure). Includes: 1-0.5 meter Individually addressable LED strip, 2 player buttons, 1 Arduino compatible micro-controller board, 1 power switch, 1 battery holder, 1 ribbon cable.
0.5 meter kit (no wood enclosure). Includes: 1-0.5 meter Individually addressable LED strip, 2 player buttons, 1 Arduino compatible micro-controller board, 1 power switch, 1 battery holder, 1 ribbon cable.
1.0 meter kit (no wood enclosure). Includes: 1-1.0 meter Individually addressable LED strip, 2 player buttons, 1 Arduino compatible micro-controller board, 1 power switch, 1 battery holder, 1 ribbon cable.
1.0 meter kit (no wood enclosure). Includes: 1-1.0 meter Individually addressable LED strip, 2 player buttons, 1 Arduino compatible micro-controller board, 1 power switch, 1 battery holder, 1 ribbon cable.
Complete, assembled 0.5 meter LUXPONG. Includes: 1-0.5 meter Individually addressable LED strip, 2 player buttons, 1 Arduino compatible micro-controller board, 1 power switch, 1 battery holder, 1 ribbon cable, 1 28” wood enclosure.
Complete, assembled 0.5 meter LUXPONG. Includes: 1-0.5 meter Individually addressable LED strip, 2 player buttons, 1 Arduino compatible micro-controller board, 1 power switch, 1 battery holder, 1 ribbon cable, 1 28” wood enclosure.
All parts necessary to build a 1.0 meter LUXPONG. Includes: 1-1.0 meter Individually addressable LED strip, 2 illuminated buttons, 1 Arduino compatible micro-controller board, 1 power switch, 1 battery holder, 1 ribbon cable, 1 48” wood enclosure.
All parts necessary to build a 1.0 meter LUXPONG. Includes: 1-1.0 meter Individually addressable LED strip, 2 illuminated buttons, 1 Arduino compatible micro-controller board, 1 power switch, 1 battery holder, 1 ribbon cable, 1 48” wood enclosure.
Complete, assembled 1.0 meter LUXPONG. Includes: 1–1.0 meter Individually addressable LED strip, 2 player buttons, 1 Arduino compatible micro-controller board, 1 power switch, 1 battery holder, 1 ribbon cable, 1 48”wood enclosure.
Complete, assembled 1.0 meter LUXPONG. Includes: 1–1.0 meter Individually addressable LED strip, 2 player buttons, 1 Arduino compatible micro-controller board, 1 power switch, 1 battery holder, 1 ribbon cable, 1 48”wood enclosure.
Complete, assembled 1.0 meter LUXPONG and a small board that can be used to upload custom games (not pictured)
Complete, assembled 1.0 meter LUXPONG and a small board that can be used to upload custom games (not pictured)

What your pledges will help us accomplish

  • Complete product compliance testing (EMC and UL)
  • Place bulk materials orders
  • Produce product literature and packaging
  • Pay our manufacturer for the first production run

Our timeline

Materials for LUXPONG will be sourced from China, Singapore and Minnesota. Manufacturing will occur locally in Minnesota.

It's been a long, exciting journey so far but it's just beginning. We hope you will join us as we bring LUXPONG to life! Thank you!

Risks and challenges

Materials and shipping/packaging costs have been determinate since we began producing and shipping sample units in September 2013. Our biggest challenge is manufacturing and assembly logistics.

We've received three mill-work bids that fit within our budget. This takes care of a large portion of LUXPONG's manufacturing logistics.

We've taken care to assure that LUXPONG is composed of as many modular components as possible, so that upon reception of these components, we can perform the final assembly ourselves if necessary.

We've characterized assembly time and determined that we would be able to assemble approximately 2,500 units before our deadline if we're doing this assembly ourselves. If we receive more than 2,500 orders (let's hope so!), we will use outsourced assembly.

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    Thank you! We will show our appreciation for your support by posting your name on our website.

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    You will receive a large sticker with the LUXPONG logo that shows your support of LUXPONG.

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    The 0.5 meter maker package! Receive all of the electronics required to build a functioning 0.5 meter version of LUXPONG . Wood enclosure not included.

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    The 1.0 meter maker package! Receive all of the electronics required to build a functioning 1.0 meter version of LUXPONG . Wood enclosure not included. Note: "1.0 meter" refers to the length of the LED strip.

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    One complete, 0.5 meter, assembled LUXPONG game with wood enclosure and clear polyurethane finish. Note: "0.5 meter" refers to the length of the LED strip. the enclosure is 122 cm long

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    Pledge $55 or more About $55

    One non-assembled, 1.0 meter, LUXPONG kit (including raw wood enclosure). Just solder, stain, assemble and play. Note: "1.0 meter" refers to the length of the LED strip. the enclosure is 122 cm long.

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    One complete, 1.0 meter, assembled LUXPONG game with wood enclosure and clear polyurethane finish.

    Note: "1.0 meter" refers to the length of the LED strip. the enclosure is 122 cm long

    Note: "1.0 meter" and "0.5 meter" refer to the length of the LED strip. The enclosures are 122 cm and 71 cm long, respectively.

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    One 1.0 meter LUXPONG assembled and one FTDI USB-to-UART breakout board for programming LUXPONG. Note: "1.0 meter" refers to the length of the LED strip. the enclosure is 122 cm long.

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