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Update #9

Update 9: Delivering on the Promise of Openness

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Hello and thank you to all 1,671 of our backers! You’ve helped us raise over $195,000 to bring the Light to life. Still a long way to go, but we have high hopes - and a few tricks left up our sleeve.

In today’s update, we’d like to share what we’ve been up to: sharing. Moore’sCloud is more than just a project to launch a product; we're an organization dedicated to sharing all of our intellectual property as freely and as widely as possible. When we launched our Kickstarter campaign, we promised to share all of our hardware, software and industrial designs.

Today we deliver on that promise.

Over the weekend, hardware engineer Kean Maizels prettied up our schematics and layout drawings for our current-generation PCBs, and posted them to our dev blog

All of these designs are open hardware. That mean they can be used by you in any way you choose, for any project that comes to mind. Take our work and adapt it, build upon it, or modify it as suits your needs best. The Light is a platform for many possible devices - so have a play with what we’ve shared - and let us know what you do with it!

Early on we released the source code for several our Breton Slivka’s outstanding animations. Visit GitHub to grab his code if you’d like to learn how to use his WuVoxel animation platform to create beautiful and detailed procedural animations.

We’ve been very hard at work on a suite of demonstration apps that are easy-to-use and accessible to the general public. We’ll be rolling out videos of those apps over the next week (you’ll find the first of them - a rather arty vision of Breton’s Flame app - at the bottom of this update), but we’ve gone well beyond that. In our GitHub repository you can find all the code - HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and images - for the demonstration web app. In this code base you’ll find the first release of light.js, a Javascript object library which makes it easy to talk to the Light by Moore’sCloud from within any HTML5 web app.

If you’re of a mind to DIY, we’ve already given you all the tools you need, both hardware and software, to create your own Light. We appreciate your backing, and we want you to know that you can always do it yourself, if you have the desire. That's how we roll at Moore'sCloud.

Finally, we’re seeking your input to name our three new battery-powered prototypes. We’ve taken a lot of input and winnowed it down to a top three. Pop over to the blog and vote for your favorite!

That’s it for now. Until later this week - when we’ll be back with more demo videos - we invite you to keep up with daily developments on our blog.

Thanks!

The Moore’sCloud Team

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      Creator Trent Ellis on December 3, 2012

      Looks fantastic! And I love that you had it sitting on top of a Matthew Reilly book!

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      Creator Moore’sCloud on December 3, 2012

      @pclabtech I guess so. ;)

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      Creator pclabtech on December 3, 2012

      I guess my question will go unanswered.

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      Creator Moore’sCloud on December 3, 2012

      @Justin - Right there with you. We'll be shooting a 'Dinner Party' video tomorrow and hopefully have that edited and up over the weekend. Shows a typical use case for an evening of entertaining, with some nice apps (Photograbber, Colorwheel, Candle).

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      Creator Moore’sCloud on December 3, 2012

      @Karin - we will be doing a holiday video later this week. And I have been forbidden to score it to NIN. ;)

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      Creator Justin Kregear on December 3, 2012

      This looks great. I don't think your going to make funding unless you can get atleast a couple other videos to show people what this can do. I'm really surprised this hasn't taken off faster, but I think people just really need to see these things in action. Looking at the current "apps" your working on I like where this is going though.

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      Creator Karin Haberlin on December 3, 2012

      Do you have any videos in the works that have "gentler" music than NIN? :) I want to share these videos, but I think the music might be too abrasive for many.

      You could still keep it interesting. How about something more ambient, like: http://www.youtube.com/watch…

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      Creator pclabtech on December 3, 2012

      I love open! It allows for creativity.

      Can I ask a question?
      How cool would it look if you put a mirror in the back of the cube and a one way mirror for that tesserack effect of looking through the front glass to see the two mirrors and the inside lights of the cube going into infinity.

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