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The amBX TeamBy The amBX Team
First created
The amBX TeamBy The amBX Team
First created
£835
pledged of £23,000pledged of £23,000 goal
27
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, December 14 2013 1:47 PM UTC +00:00

About

What we plan to do!

Create engaging and delightful combinations of storytelling and light.

By developing an ebook-reader App for storytelling enhanced by dynamic scripted lighting effects created by our expert lighting designers, your backing will let us engage with talented illustrators and story-tellers to beautifully capture a series of rich tales, for you to enjoy as part of your reward package.

We will support talented visual artists in producing a range of childrens stories available to download through the Luminous Tales App, and over time will provide a whole library of content and indeed the means for others to add to the available books.

Initially the App will be aimed at supporting graphic storytelling and active play. At launch there will be at least five story books and a number of immersive lighting scenes to inspire active imaginations, for example a lush jungle, erupting volcano, or rolling seascape.

The title page from our prototype tale.
The title page from our prototype tale.

We have built a prototype already, with a simple interface for testing. It's a re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood, and you'll see parts of it in the video. We now need to improve both the e-book application itself and the range and style of content. We will use the Little Red Riding Hood material for some test versions along the way, and our backers will get the chance to try things out as we go and let us know what you think.

In addition to the promised rewards all our backers will be able to download the special Kickstarter amBX lighting controller package for their PC and smart devices. This comes with fabulous applications for controlling mood lighting and even making it work with other media such as games, films and music.

Timescale.

We aim to have the App complete and the lighting control software available for download by June 2014 for iOS and PC, other platforms will follow.

For launch we are commissioning five 'Luminous Tales' and will release sketches and teasers as these are developed by the authors and illustrators. Each will have it's own carefully scripted light-scene for each page as well as extra features and effects.

The Lights

We will support as many commercially available lighting solutions as we can. These are for LED colour controllable bulbs and fixtures that you can connect to over your home WiFi. Where possible we will work closely with the manufacturers to get the best results.

At launch the plan is to support:

You will be able to include anywhere from just one to as many of, and any of, these lights as you like - our software will involve them all in creating the effects with a simple intuitive interface to set them up..... and at any point add more in moments for a richer more immersive experience.

To add lights into your experience just follow the manufactures instructions for connecting them to your home network. Then use our software which includes a 'device configuration' tool, letting you describe where the lights are in the room using a simple compass point model. Once you've done that we do the rest.

This is an image of our current tool. As part of the project we will be producing a new and improved version of this for smart devices and including support for the range of products indicated above as they become available.

In some cases eg. Hue, we already have implemented the control into the amBX system and they work with the prototype, for other products we have to wait until their interfaces are published in coming months and that is part of the technical timeline described below. We will keep backers up-to-date with progress in our blog.

We also expect many more similar products to follow in coming months and years and we will add them to our supported list. If there is something you think should be included just get in touch and we'll try and add it to the plans.

As part of the package for our backers you will be able to download our lighting control software in a special Kickstarter edition with extra content and controls for managing your lights as well as the storybook application.

This software also works with all kinds of other fun stuff like automatically adding immersive effects to computer games or creating disco effects with your favourite music.

How we will use your pledges:

Pledges will be used in three main ways,

  • Commissioning graphic and luminous content from great creative minds.
  • Developing the Story Book and Mood lighting Apps
  • Delivering quality rewards
Planned allocation of pledges
Planned allocation of pledges

Time-line:

We will run parallel technical and creative workpackages over the next 6 months to be ready to launch in April with the App being available for download soon after.

There will be at least five tales to download at that point with more to follow.

Our own 'Luminous Tale'.

Once upon a time many years ago.... the idea behind amBX was born at a rather scruffy research lab just off the A23 in leafy Surrey, England. It was another life, but we had this idea of creating immersive experiences using the devices around you to augment entertainment anytime and anywhere. And for a while we worked away at how to make it happen and trying to explain what we were on about....we were proper mad scientists, we made smoking circuitboards (that mostly weren't supposed to be smoking) and painted lightbulbs we'd bought at Ikea! Then we were ready to show off our idea and we did this using the story of Little Red Riding Hood.....as you read the book (a real book), and turned the pages the room around you changed - the now painted bulbs glowed and everything in the room changed from scene to scene - from visiting Granny's house to ending up in the wolf's stomach.

Little Red Riding Hood - after the wolf eats her!
Little Red Riding Hood - after the wolf eats her!

People got it, people liked it!

But then we had to turn this into something a big company wanted, to develop the software for worthy purposes, we grew up and time passed....fairy stories faded.

The big bad wolf blew down our research lab and we struck out on our own, forming amBX and subsequently have had many exciting adventures - building cool lighting control applications around the world and acting all grown up and professional.

Meanwhile the world grew up too....and lots of other clever people invented lots of ingredients that electronic dreams are made of. LED lighting that can illuminate the Empire State Building, E-Books you can pop in your handbag, Smartphones like supercomputers, Facebook connecting the planet and Kickstarter uniting the creative minds of the world......the universe is an exciting place to be.....

...and we remembered our fairytale....maybe now is the time for a luminous tale or two to be told....and just maybe we can all live happily ever after.

 Key people behind amBX.

Richard Cole and David Eves.

With nearly years 50 years of research experience and over 100 patents filed in their names these are the guys behind the ideas. R&D have worked in a wide range of cutting edge technologies - when they were still cutting edge - from mobile communications to computer gaming, DVD to web portals and interactive narratives to Wearable Electronics.

amBX was the best idea they ever had and has been their passion ever since.

Neil MacDonald

The boss and business brains, his job to make sure the ideas don't stay as just that and that they end up getting built on time and in budget. Neil has a long track record with companies large and small in innovations at the forefront of technology including pioneering the first internet services and online gaming platforms.

He saw amBX and knew he had to make it happen.

Risks and challenges

We have tried to be as realistic as possible about the timescales both for developing the product and getting rewards and releases out. We will be keeping everyone informed of our progress and intend to have regular 'test' releases for those of you who like to try things early on the PC before the real App goes live on the Appstores.

Please be aware that content and effects can be very subjective, it is our intent to release family friendly stories with engaging immersive lighting but please do take a look at this before using it with small children as only you will know whether your child will be entranced, bored stiff or terrified. We always welcome, indeed love, feedback, so please let us know what you and your child thinks - we'd hate to think we'd kept them awake at night!

In the future we may well include a much wider range of types of stories for all ages. We will aim to make any such additions as clear as possible and certainly do not intend to include divisive or controversial content, we'll leave that sort of thing to others. If you are ever offended or surprised by anything you see in Luminous Tales we need to know as this is not our intent.

You will need to already own or acquire LED lights, many of you may have backed projects like LiFX and Ilumi here on Kickstarter and be getting your lights soon. We've designed things so that you can start small and grow the effect and we'll support as many types of lights as we can now and as new ones come to the market. We think this is something that will change your life (not just your bedtime stories) so is worth the investment, we hope you agree.

Where our rewards offer creative items that do not exist yet, we can't of course show you exactly what you are getting. As part of our project we will employ some great new creative talents from our network, we will look for exciting and interesting styles and skills and hope that the results will delight you, we will encourage feedback and where possible will try to offer some choice and personal preference in rewards provided. All artwork included in rewards will be only available to Kickstarter backers. If you have any concerns, suggestions or requests do get in touch.

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    Pledge £2 or more About $2.55

    We'll send you a collectable postcard featuring exclusive images for Kickstarter backers from the luminous tales characters with our thanks for your support. All our backers will be included (if you wish) on the Luminous Tales newsletter circulation with news of the product and new releases and features.

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    A Luminous Tale - download any one of the stories from the 'Luminous Tales' library, all backers who join the 'Luminous Tales' library also have access to the special Kickstarter release of the reader App and other great amBX software to control your LED lights from smart devices and your PC.

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    The Two Tales Pack.
    As you might guess this will let you download two Luminous Tales for iOS or PC and all the other software for double the fun.

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    A T-Shirt featuring characters from the tales, and one tale to download too. The exclusive T-Shirt design is only available to our Kickstarter backers

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    'Early Bird' Story-Pack.

    A special offer for our first 100 story-pack backers - Five story downloads from the 'Luminous Tales' library. Try all the launch titles, or save some up for future releases.

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    Pledge £22 or more About $28

    Five story downloads from the 'Luminous Tales' library. Try all the launch titles, or save some up for future releases.

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    Limited Edition Print – Own a high quality limited edition print of one of the illustrations from the book. And one tale to download.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $127

    The bumper pack of Luminous Tales. Five stories, two limited edition prints, a T-Shirt and of course the software.

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    Pledge £200 or more About $255

    Original Art Work – Own a one-off original of one of the illustration from the book, signed by the artist. Comes with five Luminous Tales and a T-Shirt. As these are the original works we cannot guarantee any specific image, but will do our best to offer some choice where possible once the tales are announced.

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    Pledge £400 or more About $510

    VIP Invite (for 2) to the 'Book Launch' Meet the illustrators and the amBX team at a exclusive reception in a Central London venue with a unique amBX enabled exploration of the tales. You will also receive the five story package and a goodie-bag.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,275

    Be a fairytale character - your chance to be in our stories. Our illustrators will include you as a significant character in one of our tales. We will require a photo or two to capture your likeness

    as well as appearing in the story (which you will be able own as one of your five downloads) you will receive original signed artwork of your character.
    Note: You may request this on behalf of another person but please make sure you have the permission of the person you want the likeness of if it is not you!
    Includes an invite to the launch event where you can receive your picture and other goodies if you wish, or we will send them to you.

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    Pledge £5,000 or more About $6,373

    See your own fairy story brought to life with amBX lighting. We will take your original tale, add a lightscape experience and publish it on Luminous Tales. Please contact us before making this pledge as we need to check that the content is suitable for the lighting effects and publication on our site. You must own the copyright of all content and the story should be roughly 10-15 scenes long. Anyone published on Luminous Tales will get the five pack of stories and lots of goodies from the list - of course including a VIP invite to the launch party!

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Funding period

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