We made our first stretch goal! We are super excited to offer clear acrylic endcaps for the Rayger control box to offer a more modern look that has a great glowing effect and gives a look into the sleek analog electronics of the Rayger.
Using either the included auxiliary cable or the built-in microphone, the Rayger splits your music into six channels based on the different audio frequencies present in the song. Audio frequency is simply a technical term for a musical note or pitch, so each of the channels will only respond to a certain group of pitches, such as the low bass notes. These channels control the different strands of LEDs, so each strand will only light up when its corresponding notes are present in the song. This way, one strand will flash with the bass, another with the treble, and the other strands divided among the pitches in between. Using audio filtering technologies, the Rayger responds immediately to music so that the audio and visual experiences are completely in sync.
Using the Rayger couldn’t be easier. Whether you prefer wired or wireless operation, we’ve got you covered. Easily connect the unit between your music source and speaker system using the Rayger’s conveniently labeled aux jacks and included aux cable or simply place the Rayger in the same room as your music and let the internal mic do the rest. It’s that simple! The Rayger integrates seamlessly with all types of stereos, including Bluetooth systems, so compatibility will never be a problem.
To connect the lights, simply plug the LED strands into the power jacks on the back of the Rayger. Each jack is conveniently labeled by its frequency, so you can choose which colored strand will correspond to which frequencies. The front of the Rayger contains a sensitivity dial that allows you to adjust the visual response for any song. You can easily tune this response to find the “sweet spot” for whatever atmosphere you want to create.
With a sleek anodized aluminum control box about the size of an iPhone, you can set up the Rayger anywhere music is playing, whether it's your car, room, bar, event center, or frat house. All of our ultra bright LED strips are flexible, durable and waterproof, giving you the versatility you need to bring your most creative applications to life. The 3M adhesive backing on the strips lets you peel and stick the lights wherever you choose: on walls, floors, ceilings, balconies, columns, bars, even outdoors. The possibilities are endless!
Or, have the ultimate combination of portability and features with the Rayger Tower. It is an entirely plug and play unit that you can transport with ease. All 6 colors of lights are incorporated inside the tube, and its sturdy base keeps the 24" tower upright, diffusing the light evenly across the room.
Before venturing into the world of start-ups and Kickstarter, we first became friends as randomly assigned freshman roommates at Harvard. We came from very different backgrounds, Jason from a cattle ranch in Montana and Trevor from the suburbs of Atlanta, GA, but we soon found common ground in our interest in engineering. During the spring of our freshman year, we both enrolled in an introductory electrical engineering course and came up with the idea to use some of the skills and concepts we’d learned in class to make a frequency responsive light show as our final project. After countless hours in the lab working with our professor and a few more late nights than we would’ve liked, our first prototype was born. With wires running everywhere and too many ridiculous looking knobs and switches, it was certainly not a model of industrial design, but it worked.
After finishing the class, we kept the project and began using it at our own dorm parties. Whenever we pulled it out, people were blown away by the unique music experience and would ask if we planned to make more for purchase. Finally, after we realized its popularity we began to devise plans for improving our project and spreading our light show to other college campuses and anywhere else people might like it.
Balancing our coursework and extracurricular commitments with working on the project, we ended up lugging breadboards and toolboxes full of electronic parts around the country with us, from school to summer internships and jobs, making the best of whatever workspaces we could find. We worked to improve the original design and functionality while adding features and reducing costs.
We worked and reworked our ideas, contacted supply companies, acquired samples, and evaluated our top suppliers. After creating our last prototype, we soon realized that our greatest hurdle was getting enough money to buy the components in bulk to make the price affordable for anyone on a high school or college budget. That is where we need your help. By supporting our project at any level you will not only help us raise the funding to bring our vision of a revolutionary new music lightshow to fruition, but you will also receive one of our many exciting reward packages.
We are now seniors at Harvard and have come a long way since developing our first prototype three years ago. As engineering majors and teaching assistants for engineering courses, we have both gained significant electrical and mechanical engineering experience that has been invaluable throughout our work developing the Rayger. We have already secured some sources of limited funding through Harvard and have been able to produce a short run of 20 prototypes using these funds, assuring us that the assembly and production process we have in place is prepared to fulfill all of our backers’ reward packages with a quality product within a few short months. If you chose to support our campaign, you can rest assured that we have the skills and experience necessary to put a Rayger in your hands!
Risks and challenges
Since we have already produced a short run of 20 prototypes using our own funds, we believe that we have the processes in place to put a Rayger in your hands by the start of the summer. Even with the preparation, however, we know that things can go wrong, and it is inevitable that everything won't unfold as planned.
Although we don't anticipate any issues, potential delays could occur if there are any mistakes in the production of our custom components. Once we realize there is a mistake, it could take up to a month to re-manufacture and deliver the updated parts to us.
Further delays could occur if our campaign becomes wildly successful! We would certainly welcome an overwhelming amount of support, but are aware that if we have to produce many more Raygers than expected it could take some extra time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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