Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 14, 2012.

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      Creator Vigor on September 30, 2013

      Am I the only one who did NOT receive the solar pocket kit? Since July I contacted this guys several times per email and here, but aparently even after giving them my adress (again), they didn't bother to send it.
      Since you are so totaly incompetent, would you be so kind and give me back my money? Oh yeah and I am also reporting this project to kickstarter staff.

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      Creator Alex Hornstein on July 25, 2013

      Hi @carnivalius: We've posted some more instructables here: -- and if you've any specific questions shoot us an email or message and we'll get you setup. Thanks!

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      Creator Carnivalius on July 23, 2013

      I wondered if there was a link to a manual (if there is one) for how to use the parts in the experimenters kit. My kit only came with the manual on how to assemble the panels.

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      Creator Lois Dirkes on June 26, 2013

      I don't know whether to wait or check and see if mine was sent.
      Soooo I'm checking.

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      Creator Linda McEnerny on May 23, 2013

      Yay! Got my kit yesterday - 5 hour bus trip to ransom it from customs (Costa Rica) - now to decide what to make . . .

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      Creator Michael Indyk on May 13, 2013

      mine just arrived today in hamburg germany Woob woob. Ty and keep up the great work!

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      Creator Woody on May 8, 2013

      I was going to send an email asking if my address was missed, but seeing that Jacob just received his yesterday, I guess I'll hold out until the end of the week.
      -Western New York

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      Creator Jacob Cord on May 7, 2013

      Mine just arrived today in Northern Idaho.

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      Creator Evaristo Ramos on May 2, 2013

      WOOT !!! Received today in Houston, but no time to play :( leaving in two days and I just got my own laser cutter yesterday so that has precedence sorry :P but your on my shortlist of projects to play with.


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      Creator Linda McEnerny on April 28, 2013

      Thanks for the response - looking forward to getting my new toy!

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      Creator Alex Hornstein on April 27, 2013

      @Raymond Hebert -- yep, we got your info just fine, and your package mailed your last week

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      Creator Alex Hornstein on April 27, 2013

      @thomas fisher-york -- yep, we got your info, and your package shipped out last week

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      Creator Alex Hornstein on April 27, 2013

      @Jessica -- your kit shipped out last week and is in transit

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      Creator Alex Hornstein on April 27, 2013

      @ Linda -- your kit shipped out last week, and it's in transit now

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      Creator Linda McEnerny on April 26, 2013

      April and still no pocket factory! Has Anyone gotten one???

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      Creator Jessica Harpole on April 26, 2013

      I'm with Ray and Thomas. I remember filling out the survey but I haven't received my pocket factory so I'm concerned I never pressed submit or lost connection. Will there be any follow up for people who didn't get their gifts?

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      Creator Raymond Hebert II on April 24, 2013

      Love all the stories and updates. You both are truly amazing and I look forward to the kit to experiment. By the way when I complete the address survey for receiving my pocket factory my computer may have lost it internet connection. Any chance you can verify that Ray Hebert put in his address or if I can complete it again I will.


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      Creator thomas fisher-york on April 24, 2013

      I got the email requesting I fill out the questionnaire with the shipping address.
      Maybe I already filled it out and forgot, but now clicking the link
      in the email takes me to
      Do I still need to provide a shipping address? Thanks.

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      Creator Arnold A Sitorus on February 16, 2013

      Any news?
      It's past mid February now.

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      Creator Alex Hornstein on January 21, 2013

      @Nicholas -- thanks for asking. We're running production right now, and we'll send out a questionnaire for people's latest addresses in mid-february, right as we're preparing to ship. Stay tuned.

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      Creator Nicholas Perry on January 21, 2013

      I moved recently, and I want to make sure that you had the right shipping address for the sunlover's package. Where should I update my address?

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      Creator Li Wang on November 5, 2012

      any update??

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      Creator Brad Dancer on October 29, 2012

      Just curious how its going!

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      Creator Alex Hornstein on September 30, 2012

      Good call, man--I saw that article, and it's neat. Light on details, though--I haven't figured out what he's doing that boosts the efficiency of the cells. I want to learn more!

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      Creator Alex K on September 19, 2012

      bummed I missed you when you were in NYC.... let us know if you come back!.

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      Creator Alex Hornstein on September 16, 2012

      @kfcito Claro!

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      Creator kfcito on September 16, 2012

      I love your idea. Congratz Alex and Shawn.

      PS. I was just wondering if I can change my Solar Pocket Kit to the Shield.

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      Creator Marcin on September 15, 2012

      Hey guys congratulations! I'm looking forward to outcome.

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      Creator Alex Hornstein on September 15, 2012

      @Truls Thanks! We'll definitely keep updating as we keep working!
      @Rob Thanks!
      @Richard Stinky tofu, here we come!

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      Creator Truls Bjørvik on September 14, 2012

      I've had fun reading about you guys! The idea is "too good to be true", but I would be delighted to see you prove me wrong.

      If you make progress, I see the potential for further projects. Remember to inform your backers if you do! Cheers!

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      Creator Rob B. on September 14, 2012

      Grats guys!

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      Creator Richard Cohen on September 14, 2012

      So I guess we're having lunch in HK some time :) Not entirely sure what this whole thing is - but it's an impressively bonkers pitch...

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      Creator Alex Hornstein on September 14, 2012

      @Zack Bo-selecta! Gotcha down. Thanks!

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      Creator Zack on September 14, 2012

      Hey guys, I love the your ideas. Keep up the good work. I added an extra $35 to my pledge to get the solar arduino shield. Can't wait to use it.

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      Creator Alex Hornstein on September 14, 2012

      @Carl-Niclas Marked you down, Thanks!

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      Creator Carl-Niclas on September 14, 2012

      I have added $60 for a Solar Experimenter's Kit in addition to my Solar Phone Charge Kit pledge :)

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      Creator Alex Hornstein on September 14, 2012

      @Jean and @Erica: Noted, with huge thanks!

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      Creator Jean Hunter on September 14, 2012

      Hey Alex, I added the extra $35 for the solar arduino shield with battery. Great idea, looking forward to seeing you guys invent and adapt more creative new stuff.

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      Creator Erica Stevenson on September 13, 2012

      Little extra scratch at the last minute; getting the solar kit & book, plus an extra 35 to get a solar pocket kit if that's alright.

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      Creator Alex Hornstein on September 13, 2012

      @Chuck: Sweet!

      Thanks everyone for pushing this into orbit -- 14 hours to go...!

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      Creator Chuck Marshall on September 13, 2012

      Have you guys seen this: It seem to pair well with your pocket factory and general ethos.

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      Creator m9365428 on September 13, 2012

      Well i finally backed this one. Too bad I only have $30 (just lost job) would love to see this go open-source.
      @jakob on August 26
      Unfortunately I think this system is designed around the use of per-manufactured components. However, I love the idea about creating your own doped silicon and I wish I could help you do it but I can't find the info on doing it myself.

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      Creator Regil Golez on September 13, 2012

      Hi Alex, I added $30 for the extra sollete pack on top of $100 for the smartphone solar charger kit.
      Thanks and more power to you (solar power of course)!

      Best Regards,

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      Creator Gottfried Jäger on September 13, 2012

      hi guys,
      pledged $35 today. feels good! now I will have to wait a whole year for the book. that feels not so good ;-)
      All the best,

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      Creator Andrew Butler on September 13, 2012

      Hi Shawn: Totally cool! Glad to be a backer and would love to catch up sometime - Andy Butler

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      Creator Alex on September 13, 2012

      Hi guys,
      I am currently pledged for the solar pocket kit, but I want to change it to the solar kit. So will change it up to $100. Thought I would let you know :) bring on the 100,000 target!!!

      Cant wait to get hold of it :)


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      Creator Alex Hornstein on September 13, 2012

      @David -- marked you down. Thanks, and happy hacking!

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      Creator David Fabric Pickett on September 13, 2012

      Added $35 for the shield. I'm really excited for you guys! :)

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      Creator Alex Hornstein on September 13, 2012

      @Joseph Our appetite for kwek-kwek is legendary!

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    Solar Experimenter's Kit--This is everything you need to make your own solar panels from scratch and explore the potential of the power they produce. Each pack includes a Solar Pocket kit with everything you need to make your own solar panels, as well as an assortment of stuff to power off solar--high-powered LEDs, a transistor radio, a DC motor, assorted phone charge cables (not for smart phones--if you're interested, check out our solar phone charging kit below), and a nickel metal-hydride battery pack. The kit also comes with a manual with step-by-step instructions showing how to build your panels and run experiments. Perfect for classroom activities, science fairs, and just experimenting with solar on your own. Every kit comes with trace amounts of our DNA! The free shipping fairy will bring these kits to your doorstep.

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    Solar Phone Charge Kit--Keep your phone charged with solar you built from scratch! This is a bundle of our Solar Pocket kit, a high-capacity Lithium-ion battery and a Seeed Studios' LiPo Rider Pro circuit. The Solar Pocket kit has everything you need to make your own solar panel, and the LiPo Rider circuit board comes pre-assembled and takes care of charging up a lithium battery and providing a regulated power output that can power most iPhones, Galaxy, Blackberry, and other Smartphones . The LiPo Rider outputs to a female USB port that can accept any USB charge cable--you supply your own cable and phone. And you just _know that shipping is gonna be free, anywhere in the world.

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    The "I love what you're doing and want all of it!" reward -- You get the Solar Phone Charge Kit and a copy of our book, fresh off the presses. Additionally, we will send you an eight by ten color glossy photograph of the machine you help create, signed robotically by the Pocket Factory. The Phone Charge Kit ships in February '13, and the book ships in September 2013. As always, free international shipping!

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    Friend Of The Sun!--You get the solar charge kit, the book, AND we will write a song in your honor and program the pocket factory's stepper motors to play a digital solo. You can choose from the following premises for the song: (a) what your life would be like if you were a viking, (b) if you were an astronaut, how you would deal with loneliness, or (c) an instrumental electronica piece based on mapping the frequencies from a 2D fourier transform of your facebook profile photo to different scales, played entirely by the Pocket Factory Actuator Orchestra. We include a youtube video of the Pocket Factory playing the song and a printed poster of the algorithmically generated source code that creates the music.

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    World's Best Solar Pocket Party!! We will bring the Solar Pocket Factory to any city, village, or pastureland on this wonderful planet of ours. And we're gonna rent out that pastureland, apartment, industrial building, or airplane hanger (depends on location). And we're gonna throw a two-day solar energy party unheard of since Helios drank so many photons he had to change his name to Apollo. But this isn't just about glorious solar bacchanal. We're gonna have a fully operational Solar Pocket Factory as a centerpiece after all, and that means we are making some solar panels. One hundred solar smartphone chargers to be exact. Made of old bottles of whiskey, 3D printed cases, coasters, potted plants -- solar craft in one giant make, with the Solar Pocket Factory. Oh, and one more thing--Here's where it will take a true visionary, a true humanitarian, and true lover of the sun to grab this reward: All the party goers are gonna paint the town solar. That means we are going to take those 100 solar chargers made in the party and peel-and-stick them around your city. Think solar charging utility, rising from the crowd! Bike racks, lamp posts, friendly coffeeshops -- wherever we can add a solar charger, we will in one glorious night of solar sharing. The idea is these chargers will be geotagged so that people in your town can find them whenever they need a charge. It's a giant experiment in solar power, flashmob-style. Invite up to a fifty of your closest friends -- you have to provide your own transportation and we will provide the rest. We'll be your hosts and help ensure everyone makes a functioning charger and gets them into town for all to benefit from -- and has a weekend to tell their kids about. And we'll provide all the accoutrements that come with a party of this magnitude. + some surprises. We may be geeky, but we know how to throw invention parties. Search "TacoCopter Party" for reference. This reward can be fulfilled anytime between June - Dec 2013; we will do our best to match your schedule request, but message us if you have a very specific date in mind right now so we can confirm it will work

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