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Feature-loaded with programmable color modes and 6 light up accessories
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RGB CRITTER | The Futuristic Color Changing Flashlight

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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 (or torch) 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! 

PROGRAMMING FEATURES

  •  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. 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

  •  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.
  •  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 RGB Critter comes packed with 33 unique color choices.

SOUND REACTIVITY

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. 

Sound Reactivity Feature can be turned on at any point, including on top of other features.

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!).

LOCK BUTTONS

Hold the top and bottom buttons for 3 seconds to lock the RGB Critter when on or off.

CONVENIENT RE-CHARGING

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).

An example of the slow fade color mode in a light painting.

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, the Orbit BitWhip accessory is a 5.5-foot long fiber optic whip with incredible flow and durability. With a low profile and a light weight, the Orbit BitWhip will feel like an extension of your body. Each of the fibers is cut into layered lengths of up to 5.5 ft. with sparkling tips at each end.

  • End glow fiber optics (tips glow)
  • 140 fibers
  • Fiber length varies - Max length 5.5 feet
  • Built-in bearing for 360 degree rotation

 The layering of the fibers makes for a dazzling light display, and the built-in bearing allows the Orbit BitWhip to flow around your body as you dance.

 We recently caught up with one of the top Light Whippers, Firecat (@firecat_flow), at Quasar Festival. Check out the video below to see her performing with the RGB Critter and Orbit BitWhip accessory.

 Dave Lopes (@ropedartist) is an insanely talented Rope Dart Performance Artist. We put the RGB Critter and Orbit BitWhip accessory in his hands to see how he would interpret the product. The video below showcases some of his incredible performance moves.

The Fyber Kit is a fiber optic kit that is perfect for any DIY costume or creative project. It's made up of 360 end-glow fiber optic fibers that are all 6 feet long. You can cut the fibers to your desired length and they will have the same lighting effect where cut.

Plug the Critter into a wall outlet for continuous use.
  • End glow fibers (tips glow)
  • 360 fibers
  • All fibers 6 feet long
  • Can be cut to desired length

 The Fyber Kit is similar to the Orbit BitWhip, but it has more fibers (360 vs 140), all of the fibers are 6 feet in length, and the fibers do not rotate.

The fiber optics are made of high-grade durable material, so they’ll hold up to all kinds of wear and tear. If you’re a costumer or prop-maker, you’ll love the infinite possibilities of the Fyber Kit. 

The Sol Saber 2.0 is an incredibly bright 24-inch long saber attachment that’s perfect for both light painting and light saber battles. Lightweight and durable, the Sol Saber emits a smooth and evenly distributed light that will give you an epic look.

  • 24 inches long 
  • Light weight at 5 ounces
  • Super durable and designed for full contact
  • Contact us for any custom length

The Sol Saber is made of an impact resistant polycarbonate tube. They are designed for combat and can be hit hard. We have been making light sabers for over 6 years and have gotten wonderful feedback on the durability.

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 a 6-foot long side glow cable housed within a rotating bearing. 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.

  • Side glow cable
  • 6 feet long
  • Flexible rubber protective coating
  • Built-in bearing for 360 degree rotation
  • Can be cut to desired length

 The Jupiter Rope is extremely durable, protected by a rubber sleeve resistant to scratching and water damage. It’s also very flexible and can be used as a performance prop.


The Orb is an incredibly useful tool and prop for a variety of situations, including mood lighting and light painting.  Its made up of a diffused plastic ball that evenly emits light when attached to the RGB Critter.

 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. 

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.

ACRYLIC WRITERS ADD-ON ITEM

New Light Painting Tools! We are offering our brand new Acrylic Writers for a discounted $13/each price during the Kickstarter campaign. Choose from the following dimensions (inches): 

  • Length: 1/2", 2"
  • Diameter: 1/4", 1/2", 5/8" 
Shown here are 5/8th inch Acrylic Writers.

MAKE YOUR OWN ACCESSORY

Create your own DIY light painting tool or DIY costuming accessory with our threaded aluminum housing. Add $8 to your pledge for every housing you would like to order. This pricing is only available during our Kickstarter campaign.



 Stretch Goal: Light Painting Plexiglass Blades

Now available to order are 4 new Plexiglass Blades for light painting, including Diamond, Circle, Rectangle, and Feather. The blades are all 3/8th inch thick and are twist-on accessories for our RGB Critter Flashlight. Add $25 to your pledge total for each Blade you would like to order. This limited promotion will expire at the end of our funding deadline on Oct. 31.

Above: 3D renderings of our Acrylic Blades (from left): Diamond, Circle, Rectangle, Feather

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. 

Over 100 hours went into the development of these wings.

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.

Hand-made color changing flashlights made with copper pipe parts.

Here's a closer look at how we chose the robotic octopus tentacle design for the Critter's permanent silicone sleeve.

Original hand drawn octopus tentacle (left) design by Zach Pyne. Silicone sleeve design (right).

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. 

This project is promoted by Jellop, the ad tech power behind the best Kickstarters with 850+ successful Kickstarter projects with over $370M raised between them.

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 (see FAQ section for more information).

 Special Thanks From Our Master Toy Maker 

Special Thanks 

Jennifer Creighton, Pdon Pinkham, Jesse Long, Adam Spencer, Natalie Walsh, Tyler Spades, Daniel Mascarenhas, Lance Ghostkeeper, Lauren Houston, Zach Pyne, Darius Dart, Matty Evans, Curtise Broberg, Dylan Grytness, and Jeremy RisingSun Johnson.

Main Video Song | Producer: Mark System | Track: "Waiting for a Meaningful Title"

Big Thanks to 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!

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