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By CODLIGHT Inc.
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Lighting is present all around us and yet the way we utilize is basically to turn-on and turn-off our light. We believe lighting can be far more. Have you ever imagine interacting with lighting in a personal way?

We control LED lighting via Apps and have invented cPulse, the world's fist smart LED lighting case for Android 4.4 smartphones, to provide a completely new dimension for your smartphone to create, share and experience lighting.

cPulse consists of an edge-to-edge case and a 128 LED panel equipped with an ambilight sensor, which brings you a high intensity and colorful lighting experience.

cPulse comes with innovative technologies:  

  • A new lighting file format enabling you to create, share and play a lighting track the same way as we do today with digital music (MP3)
  • An articulated hinge enabling you to position the LED panel wherever you want 
  • Touch buttons on the LED panel enabling you to quickly interact with cPulse applications without the need to access to the screen of your smartphone

cPulse has been beautifully crafted to protect both the screen and the body of your smartphone. It follows the curves of smartphones and minimize the add-on thickness. The extra material for the case just add mere 5.5mm to your smartphone thickness. Not only is cPulse amazingly thin but as well extremely light: 85g

The inductive touch buttons enables you to quickly interact with our Apps. The design of cPulse gives full access to all the existing functions of smartphones. 

Touch buttons/Full access to all the existing functions of smartphones
Touch buttons/Full access to all the existing functions of smartphones

We have developed a hinge similar to the one found in some camcorders and digital cameras to rotate the display. The idea behind it is to enable you to position and maintain the LED panel to suit your needs but as well to quickly access the screen.

Rotational degrees of the LED panel
Rotational degrees of the LED panel

We have added an external micro-USB port to ensure that you don’t need to remove your smartphone from the edge case in order to charge and synchronize data. Don’t change your habits: it just works as usual.

External Micro-USB to charge and synchronize data as usual
External Micro-USB to charge and synchronize data as usual

We offer an unparalleled potential for you to download, customize, adapt cPulse 3D rendering to your 4.4 Kitkat Smartphone, and further 3D print your creation. The cPulse 3D file for the case will be available on Sketchfab.com. You will be able to 3D print with our partner, Sculpteo.com, your adapted cPulse at an incredible rate. All the mechanical and electronic components will be delivered to your door including the PCB that will be already mounted. With all of the materials needed and the assembly instructions on hand, you will be able to assemble all the pieces together and create a unique cPulse case.

FOR MAKERS' KIT, lists of cPulse 3D native files we support as of today:

  • LG G2 
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 
  • Google Nexus 5 

cPulse APPs allows you to control and activate the LED panel. It currently works with any Android 4.4 smartphones and will soon be free to download from Google Play.

cPulse brings lighting to the beat to augment the music experience through our Apps.

[Lighting Creation]

Lighting is an art form. cPulse opens the possibilities for artists to unleash creativities and design, play and share “Lighting Tracks” based on your favourite songs. Watch the demo below showing how to create your own "Lighting Track"

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[Lightshow Sharing]

cPulse brings a party, concert, dance floor to a new era. It allows you to broadcast and play simultaneously your lighting creations to multiple cPulses. You can also let the automatic mode help you create a "Lighting Track" with the beat of music.

Enhance your quality of life through colorful and creative lighting via cPulse Apps.

[Smart Lighting Sleep Cycles]

With slowly changing the brightness and color of light and soothing sounds, you can get a good night’s sleep and boost your energy through the day. cPulse reads your sleeping patterns and wake you up align with your sleep cycles: your body has a chance to complete a full sleep cycle and wake up refreshed.

[Personal Lighting Ambiance]

When it comes to setting a mood and creating an amazing atmosphere with lighting effects, cPulse enables you to control the lighting of your scene.

 Be unique by personalizing the lighting with our Apps.

[Lighting Clock/Timer]

cPulse is a modern LED clock which allows you to change the color combinations to fit personal taste. Summer time is set automatically in sync on the internet.

[Lighting Notification]

cPulse is a powerful alternative that gives a glimpse of where the notification comes from and customizes which ones you want to interact with on cPulse. It works with:

  • Incoming call
  • Reminders for calendar
  • Gmail
  • SMS
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

[Lighting Messaging]

Got a new message? Can’t read because your hands are occupied? Lighting App enables you to determine whose messages you’re going to display your important messages on cPulse. The App supports the following Messaging systems:

  • SMS 
  • Gmail 
  • Facebook 
  • Twitter

Communication and power feeding is done through the micro-USB port between smartphones and cPulse. We are using the battery of smartphones to power the LED panel therefore we have taken extra-care in the system design and in the electronic component selection.The surface of cPulse is made of 16x8 low power multi-color RGB LEDs. This long lifetime and small size LEDs performs the best luminous efficiency and the flexibility of mixing different colors. 1 hour of colorful LED lighting accounts for merely 7% of your smartphone's total battery capacity

To this day, we support the following devices:  

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 & S5 
  • HTC One M8 
  • LG G3

We do love iOS as for Android but unfortunately, cPulse does not support iPhone/iOS at this stage. We praise our real time control and our power efficiency on the system design. But in order to achieve these we need far more access to Apple data than currently available on the existing developer’s program.

You have an opportunity to take control of the cPulse Hardware via our Apps Library and Cloud API. You want cPulse to be a super powerful torch? You want to combine your camera apps with amazing LED lighting effects on low light scenes? You want to broadcast multiple cPulses in a sport stadium? You want light painting by using cPulse? Take control of lighting, explore endless possibilities and discuss further what we can integrate together. We are eager about what you wanna bring to cPulse!

Pledges for Makers’ Kit

Hardware: Hinge / USB connector / Mounted PCB / Protective glass / Filter / 3D native file / Glue / Screws / Online assembly manuals and video

Pledges for cPulse

Hardware: Retail version of cPulse

All pledges will have access to the following software:

Lighting Makers (Lighting creations) / Lighting Players (Lightshow sharing, Personal lighting ambiances) / Lighting Time (Lighting Timer / Clock) /  CODLIGHT Center (Lighting Notifications / Messaging) / Application SDK / Cloud API

Early designs and sketches
Early designs and sketches
 
Evolution of electronics (From left to right)
Evolution of electronics (From left to right)
Evolution of design case (From left to right)
Evolution of design case (From left to right)

We've come a long way in the development of cPulse. Over the past 12 months, we spent countless hours on industrial design, electronic components comparison, mechanical and software developments. We have tested different phases of prototypes in order to define the best lighting experience for smartphone users. What you see in the video is a real, working prototype and therefore it was very difficult to shoot. (See more backstage pictures.)

Special helmet for video shooting
Special helmet for video shooting
Video Shooting
Video Shooting

The money raised from this campaign will move cPulse to the next level. Your support will help us fund:

  • Production tooling
  • First production run
  • Electronic components and metallic hinges
  • Finalize Android applications 
Our team is made up of a group of complementary experienced professionals in mobile system, hardware/software engineering, marketing and product management. If you're interested in our team members' profiles, please visit here.  


 

Risks and challenges

The team members have supported the development and production activities of major smartphone makers on the planet, such as Samsung, LG, Google Nexus, HTC, Sony, Nokia, Huawei, Motorola. We have applied such experience to the development of cPulse.

We have been working hand in hand since the inception of cPulse with a proven industrial design firm and a production partner. By doing this, we are able to remove much of initial manufacturing risks.

We’ve provided all backers with a conservative estimate of delivery dates and we’re confident to make it on time. If any unexpected issues arise in the delivery schedule, we are committed to keep you updated continuously on the progress.

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    SUPPORTER: Big thank you for your support to make cPulse happen. Your name will be listed on our blog. We will send you cPulse project updates and news from CODLIGHT.

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    PRODUCT BUILDER: We will provide you with a user access to our forum to get involved in discussions with supported / non-supported models, features of our upcoming apps along with a personal message from our founders. Your name will be listed on our blog. We will send you cPulse project updates and news from CODLIGHT

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    MAKERS' KIT: Download, personalize, modify, adapt the 3D native cPulse file to your 4.4 Kitkat Smartphone, and 3D print your creation. We will deliver the mechanical and electronic components (the PCB will be already mounted) with the assembly instructions. You will be able to assemble all the pieces together and create a very unique cPulse case. The native cPulse 3D file for the case will be available on Sketchfab.com. You will be able to 3D print with our partner, Sculpteo.com, your creation at an incredible rate (estimated price of $40 after 50% discount => payement to be done directly with Sculpteo) ! All our Apps will be available in alpha version to test and provide us feedbacks. US shipping included. EU residents, please add your local VAT.

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    VERY EARLY BIRD: Be the first one to get a cPulse in your choice of color: black or white! Get cPulse for almost half of the planned retail price ($179). US shipping included. EU residents, please add your local VAT.

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    EARLY BIRDS: Be the first one to get a cPulse in your choice of color: black or white! Save $60 from cPulse planned retail price ($179). US shipping included. EU residents, please add your local VAT.

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    GET CPULSE: Wanna have cPulse in your hand before it hits the shelve of the retail store? Now you can get one cPulse in your choice of color: black or white! Save $40 from the estimated retail price ($179). US shipping included. EU residents, please add your local VAT.

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    KICKSTARTER SPECIAL EDITION (Gold or Aluminium): You get a very special & personal cPulse with a unique engraved unit number, Kickstarter logo, your name and Kickstarter splash screen. This cPulse product variant will never be manufactured again after this campaign. Your name and your unique cPulse unit number will be published on our V.I.P Wall. US shipping included. EU residents, please add your local VAT.

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    DISTRIBUTOR PACK: Ten cPulse in your choice of color: black or white! US shipping included. EU residents, please add your local VAT.

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    PARTNER WITH US: Let’s talk and see how we can work together! You will be invited to have one-day close conversation with the founders in our headquarter. Topics to be discussed: distribution strategy, artist ecosystem and tools, product/technology roadmap. We will organize all the travel itineraries in advance to make a memorable experience for you! Meals and two nights in a single room at a 4 Star Hotel are included as well as transportations. Flights are not included.

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