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The Firefly Pick is a guitar pick that creates a rhythmic light show synchronized to music as it is being played. Read more

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The Firefly Pick is a guitar pick that creates a rhythmic light show synchronized to music as it is being played.

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An adaptive portable light show

The Firefly Pick is simultaneously the simplest and most mesmerizing visual effect in a guitarists arsenal.  Play it as you would any other pick and let our carefully tuned algorithms perform a synchronized light show alongside you, pulsing the embedded lights perfectly in time with the music.  The Firefly Pick accommodates fast and slow action as well as rapid changes in tempo.

What is the Firefly Pick?

The Firefly Pick is the most intelligent pick you have ever played with. The high brightness LED's are driven by a high speed sensor system that can detect playing styles of all kinds. This is all powered by an ultra-thin lithium-ion battery and is rechargeable via micro USB. With high quality components, this pick will last many years.

Indiscriminate displays of brilliance

Whether you are playing on an electric or acoustic guitar, bass, or ukulele, the Firefly Pick doesn't discriminate. The analog sensor system intelligently detects even the quietest picking action, while simultaneously ignoring the unrelated motions of your environment.

Painstakingly crafted

We have experimented with every aspect of the Firefly Pick. From the choice of the most energy dense battery to the energy efficient LEDs to the diffusion of light throughout the plastic. No rock was left unturned in our quest for the optimal solution.

Playability and profile have always been the highest priority with the Firefly Pick.  Fortunately, modern rapid prototyping technology via 3D printing has allowed us to iterate the shape and feel along with professional musicians, to converge on the perfect shape.

Rechargeable and efficient

Each component of the Firefly Pick has been carefully chosen and configured for efficient power usage. The Firefly Pick is rechargeable using a standard micro USB cable (included to backers receiving a Firefly Pick).

The Firefly Pick's battery is rechargeable using standard a micro-USB cable
The Firefly Pick's battery is rechargeable using standard a micro-USB cable

Available LED colors

The Firefly Pick is always white when resting, and the black logo is opaque.  However, we can produce Firefly Picks with almost any color of LED.   Backers who are receiving a Firefly Pick can choose from any of the 9 colors shown below.  After the Kickstarter campaign we will restrict options to the 3 most popular colors, for practical reasons.

Note that the images shown below are a real (but crude) light diffusing prototype backlit by the corresponding Firefly Pick LED lights.  The images show the resulting diffused light color of the final prototype.  The plastic is still white for all of these colors

The 9 LED light colors available to Kickstarter backers
The 9 LED light colors available to Kickstarter backers

The perfect Firefly

Although it is labor intensive to program a unique color into a Firefly Pick, it is possible, so we are making the option open to our strongest backers, who pledge $99 or more. This Firefly Pick can be chosen from any location on an RGB color wheel with 8-bit accuracy, and will be one of a kind in the world.  Experiment with color options using our color wheel and selector page here.

The Firefly Pick is always smooth white when unlit with internal LEDs, like the prototype in the middle.
The Firefly Pick is always smooth white when unlit with internal LEDs, like the prototype in the middle.

We need your support

We designed the Firefly Pick, added features, added some more features, and then refined and simplified everything over the past year. We have already put countless hours into the project. However, hard work and design expertise can only take us this far.  To mass produce Firefly Picks, we need support from people like you.

Help spread the word!

Once we make this first batch of Firefly Picks we will have the momentum to keep going, but to get there we need people to back our Kickstarter campaign.

If you're already a backer, you can help out a lot more by just sharing a link to our project with your friends on Twitter and Facebook. 

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Risks and challenges

The Firefly Pick has already been successfully prototyped using multiple pick shapes, assembly styles, and circuit board enclosures.

The primary risk in manufacturing the Firefly Pick is achieving the extremely thin walls that are needed to create a low profile guitar pick. We have discussed this challenge with many manufacturing partners and vendors, and our funding goal reflects the quotes needed to achieve this resolution with high quality in mass production.

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FAQ

  • We have a working prototype which uses a cheaper version of the final board. The final prototype will use a professional manufactured 10 mil PCB which matches the size of the white plastic prototype image.

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  • The Firefly Pick looks and feels like a 3mm Big Stubby pick.

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  • This is more than just a guitar pick. The Firefly Pick has more complexity than most >$100 pedals and is smaller than a hearing aid that also costs >$100.

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    Pledge $5 or more
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    10 backers

    Help bring the Firefly Pick to life and receive a personal thank you from Peter and Brandon.

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    Pledge $29 or more
    About $29 USD

    20 backers All gone!

    Our first 20 backers will receive a Firefly Pick at a fraction of the normal cost! We're basically giving these away for free! See description and stretch goals for color options.

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    Pledge $39 or more
    About $39 USD

    100 backers All gone!

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! You'll receive a Firefly Pick for $39 (normal cost is $59)! See description and stretch goals for color options.

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    Pledge $49 or more
    About $49 USD

    4 backers All gone!

    KICKSTARTER SPECIAL! You'll receive a Firefly Pick for $49 (retail value is $59). See description and stretch goals for color options.

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    Pledge $49 or more
    About $49 USD

    32 backers Limited (968 left of 1000)

    KICKSTARTER SPECIAL! This is a special deal for people who back us on kickstarter. Its's the same as the other $49, we just added the international shipping option.

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    Pledge $59 or more
    About $59 USD

    4 backers

    Be one of the first in the world to own a Firefly Pick. See description and stretch goals for color options.

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    Pledge $89 or more
    About $89 USD

    8 backers

    DYNAMIC DUO! Receive 2 Firefly Picks with any combination of available color options at a special price.

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    Pledge $99 or more
    About $99 USD

    2 backers

    CUSTOM COLOR! Personalize an exclusive Firefly Pick with a color chosen from a digital color wheel (http://bit.ly/18lVJdv) and we will custom program a Firefly Pick unlike any in the world (choose from 16 million options with an 8-bit color code).

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    Pledge $129 or more
    About $129 USD

    7 backers

    HOLY TRINITY! Receive 3 Firefly Picks with any combination of available color options at a special price. Perfect for the whole band.

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    Pledge $299 or more
    About $299 USD

    2 backers All gone!

    CUSTOM COLOR! Personalize an exclusive Firefly Pick with a color chosen from a digital color wheel - we will custom program a Firefly Pick unlike any in the world (choose from 16 million options with an 8-bit color code). Magenta? You got it! Orange! You got it! Black? What? No.

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    Pledge $399 or more
    About $399 USD

    1 backer

    GIVE ME ALL THE PICKS! Receive 9 Firefly Picks with any combination of available color options at a special price AND get 1 custom color of your choice.

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Funding period

- (30 days)