iDecoLamp - iPhone, iPod Touch transformed into Art
iDecoLamp - iPhone, iPod Touch transformed into Art
Transform your iPhone or iPod Touch into nightlight art. We've combined 3D Printing and iOS App development and it's mesmerizing!
Transform your iPhone or iPod Touch into nightlight art. We've combined 3D Printing and iOS App development and it's mesmerizing! Read more
About this project
The iDecoLamp is one step away from being produced for everyone!
Your iPhone or iPod Touch doesn't have to sit idle with a blank screen while charging! With the iDecoLamp physical cradle combined with the iOS app, your iPhone or iPod Touch can be transformed into a work of art! Now, you can sit back and enjoy the beautiful ambience created by the iDecoLamp.
We have completed the 3D CAD design, iOS software application testing, and prototypes with our 3D-printers. We will be using the Kickstarter funds to create 2 injection molds for producing our lamp cradle and shade. The injection molds will allow us to produce product quickly and at a low cost. Our iOS App has already been accepted by Apple (tm).
This product will be produced in the USA.
The lamp stand (cradle) will be available in the following colors:
The iDecoLamp iOS App features many different animated effects to choose from. The possibilities for creating new animated effects is limitless! If you have ideas for a new effect, either pass it our way, or guarantee it's created by choosing that backing option. The cradle and app combo currently works for iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and iPod Touch (5th gen only).
The iDecoLamp prototypes were created using a 3D printer. The final lamps will be created using an injection mold, and the body will be plastic.
iDecoLamps can be used for mood lighting, a night light, or an art piece in any room with dim lighting. Great for parties, or simply to leave out on a counter while the iPhone is charging, or the iPod Touch is playing music.
The iOS App has a number of different options. Below are a few screenshots.
Audio Integration is critical for the iDecoLamp, especially if the iPod Touch or iPhone is your music source or alarm clock! The iOS app integrates audio seamlessly, so you can turn it on/off, and go to the music player through the app itself.
Upon receipt of our campaign funds, we will use a local, Montana-based injection molding manufacturer to create the molds and produce the iDecoLamps (tooling costs approx. $33,000, plus labor/material costs for each lamp). We are fortunate to have a sizable and very experienced injection molding company right here in Missoula. Our process will involve finalizing the CAD files for injection molding, machining the injection molds, involving EDM (electrical discharge machining) for the lamp "shade" due to its light diffusing texture, a highly specialized process which is responsible for much of the tooling cost, and finally production and bulk packaging of the parts. We anticipate the entire process to take somewhere in the vicinity of six weeks for the first 3,000.
After quality control is complete, we will send the iDecoLamps to a fulfillment center for processing, packaging, and shipping. We have budgeted two weeks for this process.
What this means is we will need somewhere in the vicinity of 8 weeks from receiving funds to shipment of products.
Costs: Our financial analysis shows that we will break even at a $75,000 goal. We are looking to raise $75,000 in order to cover the costs of the tooling for injection molds, plus the costs of materials for printing the lamps. These costs will require us to sell somewhere in the vicinity of 3,000 lamps in order to make the project worthwhile.
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The Outtakes. Watch the bloopers we made creating our video, for a little chuckle. Enjoy!
Risks and challenges
Our primary challenge was producing the lamp hardware at a low cost. We can accomplish this by using injection molds, provided we have funding enough to cover the costs associated with making the molds. Fortunately, we have established a relationship with a local injection molding company so we will be able to keep production in the USA.
While having a local manufacturer certainly will help us keep a handle on production scheduling and quality, we are not their only customer. It is possible that our project will end up falling behind something else in their schedule, thus extending our expected lead times. In that event, we will first of all keep our backers informed, and secondly, work diligently to either get our order pushed through or make arrangements with an alternate manufacturer.
We will need to test-run the new materials on the lampshade effect, which was tricky to get perfect in the 3D-printed prototype stage. Our relationship with our local manufacturer keeps us confident we can produce a lampshade (top section) of the lamp that is effective, artful, and up to our standards.
Our team is experienced with bringing products to fulfillment, and will work to overcome any obstacles. Glenn has been creating software companies for 32 years. Ephie has been a product manager and helped develop/improve failing products, successfully reintroducing them to the market. Ben is a managing partner at a local product design/engineering and 3D printing company. Further, Ben and Glenn have created other injection mold designs successfully with another company.
Clarifications. The iDecoLamp prototype is a 3D-printed working model. The final product will be made of injection-mold plastic, slightly different from the images depicted above. Also, the stand does NOT include a built-in charger. It is designed to support plugging the phone into a charging cable while it is in use.
We are excited to introduce iDecoLamp to the world. We have enjoyed this product, and hope to share it with many others who will appreciate it as well.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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