RGB CRITTER | The Futuristic Color Changing Flashlight
Feature-loaded with programmable color modes and 6 light up accessories.
RGB CRITTER | The Futuristic Color Changing Flashlight
Feature-loaded with programmable color modes and 6 light up accessories.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, October 31 2019 5:59 PM UTC +00:00.
RGB CRITTER is a lighting tool designed for everyone who likes to glow in the dark including performance artists, light painters, and high-tech fashion designers.
"The Critter is a great evolution from the last generation, especially for wearables. The battery life is much longer, and the interactive features are exciting additions."
-Natalie Walsh, Designer
"I'm really excited to explore the potential of the RGB CRITTER. The three button system allows you to have a massive amount of control over the sensitivities of the various functions like the audio response and accelerometer...Combined with all the color and pattern combinations I think it will be a game changer in having your props look great whether at a small jam with friends or on stage for a huge concert."
-Tyler Spades, Professional Performer
The RGB Critter is a color changing flashlight threaded at the lens allowing for a number of twist-on accessories that light up when connected to the RGB Critter.
Packed with exclusive and spectacular features and functions, the RGB Critter opens the door to a new world of possibility. This new creative device has a very fresh look and feel. We want you to let your creativity run wild!
- PRE-SET COLOR MODES: The RGB Critter comes with 8 pre-set color modes (solid color options, fade, strobe, and combinations).
- 24 COLOR SLOTS: Each pre-set color mode can be customized with up to 24 unique colors.
- CHOOSE YOUR COLORS: You can choose from a palette of 33 unique color options (including black).
- SELECT YOUR SPEED: Once you have your colors chosen, you can select your speed (1%-100%).
- SAVE YOUR CUSTOM MODE: When your speed is locked-in, the mode is saved and will remain until you delete it or execute a factory reset.
- FAVORITE MODE LIST: If you really like the customized mode, you can also send it to your list of 20 favorite customized modes.
- CUSTOMIZED MEMORY SLOTS: There are 52 memory slots available for your customized modes.
- RESUMES SAME COLOR MODE: The Critter will always turn on within the last mode it was turned off- The mode will pause, then resume in the exact spot you turned it off in.
- BRIGHTNESS CONTROL: Choose from 10 different brightness levels at any point the RGB Critter is turned on.
- BATTERY LIFE INDICATOR: When the RGB Critter is turned off, you can check the battery level by holding the top button for 3 seconds. The RGB LED will display different colors to indicate remaining battery life.
The following features (Sound Reactivity, Movement Reactivity, and Brightness Control), can be turned on at any point the RGB Critter is awake. These features can also be used at the same time. For example, you can adjust the brightness, then turn on sound reactivity, and then turn on movement reactivity (or in any other order).
First of it's kind, the RGB Critter features a sound reactivity system that allows you to adjust the sensitivity to match the sound intensity of your environment. Choose from 10 sensitivity levels.
MOVEMENT REACTIVE (accelerometer)
We went even further and added a movement sensor, making the Critter an extension of your body controlled by your movements. You will have the option to either change the brightness of the RGB LED depending on the speed of your movements, or to have the Critter show light when you move.
3 BUTTON TECHNOLOGY
Tired of navigating old lighting tools and toys with only 1 button? Us too! The RGB Critter has 3 illuminated buttons for you to easily navigate all features and functions.
Light Painters: There is also an option to turn the Critter on with the button lights off (phew!).
Hold the top and bottom buttons for 3 seconds to lock the RGB Critter when on or off.
The built-in 18650 battery is micro-USB rechargeable. When plugged into a power source, the RGB Critter's battery will fully charge then switch to direct power for continuous use.
LIGHT PAINTER'S DELIGHT
The RGB Critter's Momentary Function allows light painters to turn off the Critter by simply holding a button. When the button is released, the light turns on. When you hold the button (light off), the Critter will pause your current preset or customized mode and resume the mode once you release the button (light on). You can use the Momentary Function at any point the Critter is on (solid colors, color modes, any other special feature).
HOW BRIGHT IS THE RGB CRITTER?
With a max lumen output of 170, the RGB Critter is 3.5X as bright as our previous flashlight model (max 48 lumens)!
To add to these amazing features, we’ve designed a series of twist-on accessories that you can add to give the RGB Critter even more unique effects:
Perfect for performance art- Each of the fibers is cut into layered lengths of up to 5.5 ft. with sparkling tips at each end. The layering of the fibers makes for a dazzling light display, and the pre-lubrication of the fibers ensures that you can instantly perform with the Orbit.
- (140) .75mm end glow fiber optic cables
- Fiber length varies - Max length 5.5 feet
- Built-in bearing (rotating fibers)
With a low profile and a light weight, the Orbit BitWhip will feel like an extension of your body.
The next accessory (Fyber Kit) is similar to the Orbit BitWhip, but it has more fibers (360 vs 140). All of the Fyber Kit fibers are 6 feet in length, and there is no rotating bearing.
The Fyber Kit is perfect for customizing any costume, prop or creative project you desire. Our 360 end-glow fiber optic fibers are all uncut at a length of 6 ft. This amount of length gives you the flexibility to cut, layer, braid or modify the fibers however you choose.
- Fiber: End Glow (tips glow)
- Number of fibers: 360
- Length: 6 feet
- Can be cut to desired length.
The fibers optics are made of high-grade durable material, so they’ll hold up to all kinds of wear and tear. Whether inside or outside, the Fyber Kit is up for the challenge. If you’re a costumer or prop-maker, you’ll love the infinite possibilities of the Fyber Kit.
The Fyber Kit can be attached to any number of props or costumes to add a captivating design element to your show.
The Sol Saber 2.0 is an incredibly bright 24-inch long saber attachment that’s perfect for both light painting and combat. Lightweight and durable, the Sol Saber emits a smooth and evenly distributed light that will give you an epic look.
The Sol Saber 2.0 contains a full length diffusion film to ensure the optimum even spread of light and colors throughout its length.
We are happy to customize your to needs- Custom length, or weighted end cap, let us know and we’ll take care of it!
The Jupiter Rope is our 6-foot long side glow cable that emits light at an even distribution throughout its entire length. By directing the light out of the sides of the fiber rather than just through the end, you’ll get a rope that can be used for all sorts of purposes from bicycle lighting to light painting.
The Jupiter Rope is extremely durable, protected by a rubber sleeve resistant to scratching and water damage. It’s also very flexible to allow for a more versatile use.
No matter what your project, the Jupiter Rope is durable and flexible enough for the job.
Don’t be fooled by its small size, the Orb is an incredibly useful tool and prop for a variety of situations.
The Orb can be used to help you choose colors for your custom modes, as its diffused glow allows you to clearly view the differences between the color blends.
The Orb can also be used as a softly lit flashlight or to provide excellent mood lighting at any event.
Double up any of these effects with the Critter Connector, an attachment that allows you to connect two Critters back-to-back. It screws easily into the back end of the RGB Critter, giving you the ability to mix and match multiple accessories.
With the Critter Connector, you can turn your one Sol Saber attachment into a Sol Saber staff. You can even connect two Orbit BitWhips together for a dazzling light show that will be sure to blow away your audience. Any color combination you can imagine is possible with the Critter Connector.
Double Sided Sol Sabers and BitWhips are customer favorites, but feel free to mix-and-match any 2 accessories with Critters back-to-back!
The video below demonstrates some of the ways you can use the RGB Critter on your bike. The Critter has an IP54 rating, meaning it is dust and water resistant and you can safely use it on the Playa or in the rain.
Ready to pre-order? Back this project and choose your reward. Add any product below to the corresponding tier you are ordering from. We will contact you once the campaign is over to confirm your order.
If you want to add extra items to your pledge then simply increase your pledge by the amount displayed above for your reward tier. We will contact you once the campaign is over to verify which accessories you would like.
We teamed up with Natalie Walsh of Instructables to offer a one-of-a-kind custom leather wings that incorporate our RGB Critter and Fyber Kit Accessory.
The wings are laser cut genuine leather, handcrafted, and one-of-a-kind. See the FAQ section for more information.
If you miss out on this on-off item, don't worry, you can create your own using the online instructions (see FAQ).
We will make sure you have your RGB Critter and accessories before festival season hits!
The READY insignia is for teams that have taken steps to prepare for manufacturing and delivery. This insignia indicates the readiness of a creator to fulfill Kickstarter campaign commitments. These harder-to-obtain insignia are awarded prior to campaign launch, following a readiness assessment by the Connection team made up of experts from Avnet and Dragon Innovation. There are three levels of readiness indicated by the insignia, increasing from 1 to 3 as a project advances towards manufacturing.
What this means:
- Product is able to be manufactured at expected volumes and production plans are in place
- Funding via Kickstarter is needed to purchase production tools and materials, and to certify the product
- Product has undergone several design iterations based on feedback from user trials and demonstrates refined functionality
Master Toy Maker, Joel Pinkham, has hand-made thousands of color changing flashlights using copper pipe parts. Here are some examples of the first flashlights he made back in 2013.
Here's a closer look at how we chose the robotic octopus tentacle design for the Critter's permanent silicone sleeve.
Founded in 2012, we are Ants on a Melon, a Springfield, Oregon-based manufacturer of color changing flashlights and fiber optic accessories. We work with electronic music festival attendees and high-tech fashion designers looking to enhance user experience, visual appeal, and 3D artistic displays.
The RGB Critter is as powerful as it is durable. We gave it a plastic clam shell and a 2-millimeter thick aluminum housing to protect the electronics from the elements. The Critter is anything but fragile, as its shock-absorbent silicone sleeve can handle the stress from all sorts of impacts.
Weatherproof and impact-resistant, we built the RGB Critter to last a lifetime. The RGB Critter is backed by our limited lifetime warranty.
Special Thanks From Our Master Toy Maker
Jennifer Creighton, Pdon Pinkham, Jesse Long, Adam Spencer, Natalie Walsh, Tyler Spades, Daniel Mascarenhas, Lance Ghostkeeper, Lauren Houston, Zach Pyne, Matty "scuzzo" Evans, Curtise Broberg, Dylan Grytness, Jeremy RisingSun Johnson, Darius Dart, Reh Ana, and Andrew Shen.
Main Video Song | Producer: Mark System | Track: "Waiting for a Meaningful Title"
Big Thanks to the Funhouse Toronto (@thefunhousetoronto)
Paul Jackson (@pauljacksonlives), The Broad Bent Sisters (@thebroadbentsisters), Christopher Dela (@christoph.dc), Justin Pape (@jpjustinpape), Nicole Charles (@nicoledcharles), Ben Johnston (@benjohnstondesign), Casey Watson (@kiwi_up, (@raquelpalis), (@kylaincreation), and (@mondoforma).
Risks and challenges
Ants on a Melon was established in 2012, and we have been manufacturing and selling color changing flashlights through our website world-wide ever since. It has always been our top priority to deliver the highest quality product as quickly as possible.
Over four years of development have gone into the RGB Critter. There have been many versions of the product, and after thorough testing, we are very confident in the overall quality and durability of the RGB Critter.
Being that we have already selected our manufacturing partner and the product design is complete, we are now ready to start the tooling and final prototyping process. The money we hope to raise on this Kickstarter campaign, will help to cover these costs as well as costs associated with the initial production run.
Although we’re doing everything we can to make sure our campaign runs smooth, there are things that can go wrong that are beyond our control. Setbacks can always occur, but we will be sure to communicate to our Kickstarter backers every step of the way!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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