Novalia Switchboard & Drum Poster
Novalia Switchboard & Drum Poster
Print that connects to and controls your digital world and a printed paper poster that's an interactive drumkit, obviously !
Print that connects to and controls your digital world and a printed paper poster that's an interactive drumkit, obviously ! Read more
About this project
Now Available. A new reward.
Introducing the Switchboard
We’ve created the Switchboard Developers Kit to allow the more creative backers to explore some applications for our printed technology.
Basically Switchboard is an A5 sized piece of print, which has eight capacitive touch ‘buttons’ on it. The Switchboard connects to an app running on an iOS device through Bluetooth, in the same way the Bluetooth Drum Poster does.
The app can be programmed to
• Control your iTunes folder on your iPhone or iPad and play, pause, skip or adjust volume
• Select specific tracks from your playlists
• Send a tweet from your Twitter account
• Interact with your Facebook account
• Run ‘If This Then That’ (IFTTT) commands
And importantly we’ve created it so that it can be adapted and hacked to be a controller for millions of other applications – such as a controller for your lights as demonstrated here - http://www.instructables.com/id/Control-Home-Appliances-from-a-Wireless-Poster/
We ship it with some printed overlays with icons for common commands, just like in the video, and some blanks so that you can create your own. We’re dying to see some of your ideas !
The Drum Poster - what is it & what does it do ?
It's a poster, with smart-phone-like capacitive touch. Touch the poster and hear the drums; it's that simple.
By touching or tapping the poster you can play along with your favourite tunes and add beats and rolls to any of your existing songs. Using printed touch technology you can play a 7 piece kit anywhere with just your fingertips.
The fun thing is seeing the look on people's faces when they realise this beautifully designed drum poster actually makes a lot of sound !
We've Created Two Different Versions Of The Drum Poster
The posters are A2 sized - which is around 594 x 420 mm/23.4 x 16.5 inches.
The first connects to your iPhone or iPad & plays the drums wirelessly through your iOS device.
The second is a standalone version that plays the sounds straight out of the poster. Working with some innovative sound technology we have turned the whole surface of the poster into a speaker. Not only do you hear the beats, but you feel them as you touch.
Our work has been generating a lot of media interest from around the world ! Check out some of our favourite articles:
How It Works
We print the graphics on the face of the paper substrate, on the reverse we print the touch sensors using electrically conductive ink. To this we electrically attach our small, simple circuit board. The circuit board monitors the capacitance of each of the drum sensors and recognises when the graphics are touched, in much the same way as the touchscreen on a smart device recognises your touch.
When a drum is touched the software running on our circuit board recognises which drum has been touched and, depending on which version you have, either plays the sounds directly out of the poster, or sends a wireless signal via bluetooth to the iOS device to play the corresponding drum sound.
Anyone, anywhere, can show off their drumming skills on a piece of interactive print.
Conductive ink, capacitive touch and Bluetooth technology have all been around for a few years already and we’ve been working to refine our own capabilities, adopting new approaches as they become commercially or technically viable. This Kickstarter project will allow us to deliver a cost-efficient, volume production run, mass-produced in a factory environment here in the UK; rather than the individual hand assembled demonstrators we have produced up to now.
If You Need To Know More Then Read On...
Who We Are
We’re a small team from Cambridge, England. Our experienced team come from a diverse range of backgrounds; we’re scientists, programmers, dreamers and designers and we’ve been working hard to develop the impossible and bring together all of this knowledge and creativity to write ‘apps’ for print.
Paper has been the universal medium for the last couple of thousand years or so, but over the last thirty years the staggering growth of the digital world has found us interacting with screens and keyboards.
Now imagine connecting and interacting with the digital and online worlds through touching paper, plain-old lovely paper.
Kate, our founder & CEO, made a TED presentation recently about what we're doing.
Magically the technology disappears…
Burning bright on caffeine and enthusiasm we’ve found an incredible way to make things using paper and inks that would normally be produced using lots of wires, plastic and electronics.
We use the same printing processes that make newspapers, magazines, cereal packets, shampoo bottle labels and biscuit packets; to make things that are thin, flexible and interactive – oh so interactive. To this print we attach a small PCB with some components on.
We made some of these as demonstrators and showed them to people in order to show off our printed technology; we told our story and they simply loved it. They loved that it was made of sustainable materials, that it was printed, that it had some personality and the upshot was that they really wanted one for themselves.
We knew this needed to happen…
To date we’ve made some working prototypes, developed the designs, written the initial apps and most of the materials and production details have been finalized; oh that and Kate, our CEO, has accidentally shown them off a little bit in her TED 2013 presentation - http://blog.ted.com/2013/02/27/manipulating-electrons-playing-with-paper-kate-stone-at-ted2013/
The Drum Poster and the technology that supports it is ready for full production. It’s only a fingertip away from being a reality. Your Kickstarter pledges will pay for the setup and production of this first Kickstarter print run. Each one will be made to order using sustainable materials and we reckon they make an awesome gift…
Thank you for your interest, we hope we’ve caught your imagination a little. This is only the first step but we’re really excited and are bursting to have the Drum Poster zooming across the world to you all really soon.
What If I Have No Idea How Kickstarter Works?
If you're not familiar with Kickstarter or how it will work, here's a brief overview (or you can read the official one, here). For the next 42 days, you'll be able to make pledges to help support this project, ranging from £1 to whatever you can afford without your partner or parent or bank manager complaining.
For your pledge, you can select one of the reward packages—listed to the right—of equal or lesser value to your pledge. You can always pledge more than the minimum to get a reward if you want (and for some packages, you'll need to do so if it's to be shipped internationally). You won’t actually be charged at the time you make your pledge, and you can change your mind right up to the final deadline.
If the final deadline comes and we've reached our goal, then everyone gets charged the amount they pledged at once and we get to work with production, ordering the electronic modules, printing the poster ready for mailing. However, if for some reason we don't meet our goal, then the whole thing is called off. No one gets charged, no fees are applied, everyone just keeps their money. So there's no risk of putting up money and then the project never getting off the ground. Of course, if we fail to meet the goal, then no one gets any rewards, either, and the rewards are pretty cool, in our slightly biased opinion.
The Worlds First Graphene Printed Poster.....?
We have a very special limited edition reward in our opinion. We've been developing this technology for a while now and we're constantly looking for new materials that may have an application within the products we develop.
Graphene has been hailed by scientists as a "miracle material"; a novel substance composed of a single layer of carbon atoms, extracted from graphite, with astonishing properties. The stuff is stronger than diamond, more flexible than rubber and, of particular interest to us here at Novalia it's more conductive than copper.
The UK has announced significant government investment over the last couple of years to commercialise graphene and research a host of applications - from telecomms through to energy technology. Over here at Novalia we believe we have our finger on the pulse, and we've been working with colleagues at Cambridge University and our valued ink suppliers........
......and we've been 'accidentally' trialling an ink system based on graphene that we just happened to get working great on the posters !!!!
We don't have much of this material to play with at this stage, but we thought it might be awesome to make available a very limited edition reward of a poster printed with inks based on this 'miracle' material.
So here you go........ A select number of backers can be amongst the first people in the world to own a product manufactured using this incredible 2013 zeitgeist material.
Novalia Printed Interactivity & The Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a huge concept where the physical world can become one big information system; almost anything can be connected and communicate data in an intelligent fashion. The bluetooth version of the Drums Poster, is a fully functioning paper interface, using printed sensors to communicate with the digital world. In this instance we’re using it to trigger the drum sounds however, the same technologies are able to communicate and log data, events and information with the wider internet. The possibilities for this simple technology are really exciting, and this is only the first step..
Manufacturing & Fulfillment
We have already produced fully functional prototypes of the posters, working with a number of our suppliers. This has allowed us to determine the manufacturing steps required to produce each of the components and integrate them together into the finished poster.
All printing will take place locally within the UK; the printers we are working with are able to work to our stringent, and unorthodox, quality requirements. Our electronics suppliers have worked with us through our prototyping and development stages and are now poised to supply in greater volumes.
Once the funding goal is reached, we are ready to begin the print production in a series of volume batches. We’ll be carrying out some pre-release updates on the app and intend uploading it to the App Store in October 2013. We will await the end of the funding period before ordering the electronic components to ensure we are ordering the correct quantities of each of the versions.
We believe it will take around 60 days for the electronics to be delivered to us for the integration to the print. After the posters are manufactured, they will be lovingly packed into envelopes for shipping to the fulfillment company.
We expect to begin the integration process, here within the UK, from the end of October and to be shipping the finished posters from November. Perfect for an incredibly well-organised gift.
Within the team we have many years of experience working with print production on much larger projects and are totally confident that the posters will be manufactured successfully and delivered on time. Of course, we will provide lots more details and the very latest information as we progress through our big production adventure to all our backers.
Risks and challenges
We've been developing printed touch posters for the last six years and we've been working with our production partners to mitigate any risks. We will always be transparent with the community about challenges we run into - the exact shipping date will depend on how many posters are ordered, but we hope to be to press very fast after the project is funded !
The poster will work with Apple's iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, the iPad 3rd & 4th generation, iPad Mini and the iPod touch 5th generation onwards - unfortunately at this stage we're not able to run it on Android, Blackberry or Windows operating systems or on any earlier Apple devices, we're working on this, but in the meantime that's where the standalone poster would be perfect !
We always appreciate feedback and would love to hear what you think of the project !Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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