About this project
BlinkyTile: Build Your Own Dynamic Light Sculptures
When we received our first BlinkyTile prototypes, we were carried away by the visceral experience of creating both shape and light at the same time. We've made a lot of cool projects since we created BlinkyTape last year, but this is without a doubt our favorite.
Each BlinkyTile has one individually controllable, multi-color LED, and the solder pads form both the physical and electrical connections between the lights. They can be soldered together to form any shape you can imagine. Recreate example designs, like our dodecahedron lamp or ring light, or set out on your own to build something amazing and unique!
Each set of BlinkyTiles comes with a controller programmed with several special light animation modes to make your project look awesome. But it’s not a one-trick pony: this controller will also connect to pattern editor software that allows you to easily make your own animations in a simple drawing program. Our software will even let you create sound-reactive sculptures!
- Supports hundreds of individually-addressable tiles
- Single USB connector for power and control - just like BlinkyTape!
- Make patterns easily with the graphical pattern editor!
- Or program your own - powered by the same chips as Arduino™ boards
- Open Source Hardware - for total control and infinite possibilities.
- Did we mention ¡¡¡¡¡RGB LEDs!!!!! ????
About the Rewards
The basic includes everything you need to build the dodecahedron lamp or ring light: 14 tiles, the control board, and a USB cable for power. Just solder it together and power up, and you’re ready to go!
Use this pack to make one Dodecahedron or Ring Light:
Got an idea for a bigger sculpture? The Plus Pack includes everything from the basic pack, plus 28 more tiles.
Use this pack to make an excellent Free-Form Sculpture!
If even that expanded set of possibilities isn't enough, you might be interested in the Explorer's Pack. Only for the boldest digital creators, you can use this selection to turn your wildest light-sculpture visions into reality. It includes 126 tiles, and everything else you might need, including control boards and USB cables.
With this pack, the only limit is your imagination!!!
Risks and challenges
Managing a project of this size can be a challenge. We've applying everything we learned during the BlinkyTape Kickstarter to the BlinkyTile, and have brought in expert collaborators to help where we found deficiencies. We've designed the BlinkyTile from the beginning with manufacturability in mind.
The key areas of focus are:
Design: We've been rapidly iterating on designs over the past few months, starting with BlinkyTile's first appearance in Hong Kong and continuing to the big debut at the World Maker Faire in New York.
Manufacturing: We're producing the BlinkyTile with a manufacturer that we've been working closely with for the past year. We've already produced an Engineering Pilot (EP) run.
Fulfillment: Now that we've shipped thousands of BlinkyTapes to all corners of the world, we've had a chance to prove out a number of different shipping and fulfillment strategies. We've learned some hilarious things. For example: the German post office won't deliver packages if you don't address it to a proper name!
Support: Every Blinkinlabs product comes with full support, including instruction documentation and a community support forum. And we answer email!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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