This project's funding goal was not reached on December 28, 2012.
About this project
What is iGloLED?
iGloLED is phone controlled lighting. We are part of the most significant change in lighting since the 'ON' switch. We offer complete control of a full color strip of LED lights. iGloLED is easy to use.
How Far Along Are We?
We have a high cost 5 volt product available now along with easy to use iPhone and Android control apps. Everyone loves it!
"Is that a light show in your pocket?" - MacLife
"Makes Any Room a Hundred Times More Fun." - Gizmodo.
The goal of this project is to produce a new low cost 12 volt product based on our prototype and create new versions of our control software. We'll also create a SDK for third parties to access the kit. Opening up the controller platform SDK to you will enable an endless range of uses above and beyond lighting control.
What Can You Do With It?
- Program & Save Patterns
- Interact with Lights in Real Time
- Individually Address Each LED in the Strip
- Select from a Full Color Palette
- Create Dynamic Effects
- Environmentally Friendly LED Technology
- Energy Efficient: Rated for 50,000 Hours
- SDK access control multiple PWM signals enabling you to design and build software to control your own creations.
- Works Right Out of the Box!
Who's Using It?
- People with Love for Lighting and Technology
- Home Automation
- Bars & Restaurant Environments
- Under Cabinet & Accent Lighting
- Cars, Motorcycles & Boats
- Retail Window Design
- New Construction
- Halloween & Christmas Holiday Lights
- Event Organizers
- Lighting Designers
How is This Different to Other Lighting Projects?
iGloLED is LED lights controlled by WiFi via mobile devices, and we're making life very easy for developers to cheaply design and develop their own lighting project. Unlike other AC power based products that you might have seen on Kickstarter, which plug into light sockets, iGloLED is low voltage, DC based and has a power supply. A 5 volt version of the iGloLEDset has been available in small volumes since 2010. We're developing the next iteration of the technology. We heart the other lighting projects. This is a very very big space with room for many innovations and organizations.
What Are the Advantages?
Since iGloLED operates with low voltages, we can use standard power supplies which already have UL approval. This means we can sell our new products in the short term and don't have to undergo time intensive approval processes. This also means our strips can sell world-wide operating from both 110 and 220 power sockets. (or batteries) Opening up the communication protocol via the SDK will also open a world of potential applications to be developed by creative users world-wide.
Tell Me About the Team
iGloLED was created by MEA Mobile, a team of tech creatives offering contract software development firm with offices in Auckland and Hamilton, New Zealand and New Haven, Connecticut. We are best known for advanced image processing algorithms, highlighted in our iSupr8, CineBleach and Speed Machine apps. When we're not doing paid gigs, we work on projects we love like iGloLED, indie films and time travel experiments. Our team has a broad range of experience across the entire technology stack which makes up iGloLED.
We Need Your Help
It is time. We need dedicated staff to work on the iGloLED software and hardware project. We will increase production volumes to achieve reduced per unit costs, so we can offer a low price point. We will develop retail and environmentally friendly packaging. We will create new software for the iPhone, and iPad as well as for Android phones and tablet devices.
iGloLED is a proven product. At a high price point we've achieved consistent interest and sales levels including coverage in Gizmodo, Engadget, MacLife and more. At a lower price point with an open development environment we're confident we will deliver.
This project is based on proven technology developed by an experienced team. We have working prototypes of our new 12 volt controller and exciting new roadmaps for our software development.
Specifications & Technology
- WiFi Based Control
- Connect to Your Home Network or Use On Its Own
- Internet Connection Not Required
- Link & Synchronize Multiple Controllers
- HTTP Based String Interface
- Secure WEP and WPA encryption options
- Energy Efficient
- Individually accessible digital/PWM outputs for controlling lights or your own special project.
As part of this project we'll develop a robust SDK for iOS and Android with sample projects and coding examples. We'll enable a developer community to bring iGloLED to the next level. We'll consider other platforms based on interest level including Windows 8/RT & Blackberry.
Will you ship outside the United States? Yes. We will ship to any country. We are not however, responsible for importation fees or duties.
Can I connect multiple lighting strips? Yes. You can daisy chain light strips or segments (of the same kind) together. For example, you can connect two 5 meter LED light strips together for a total length of 10 meters - 32 feet. If you want to extend your system beyond two 5 meter strips you can do so by plugging in an additional power supplies between LED strips.
Can I control more than one strip with a single device? Yes. You can control multiple iGloLED controllers with one mobile device. In theory you should be able to have up to 255 iGloLED controllers on your network. The software will let you switch between the controllers. You can also link strips of lights together differently on each of the controllers in your network.
Does each controller have a separate IP address? Yes. For WiFi units device has it's own MAC address and IP address. You can connect the kit to your home network to access the iGloLED from anywhere in the world if you want to.
Why are you charging for international shipping? We have found that reliably shipping packages is quite expensive to some destinations and have tried to keep it simple and fair by providing capped shipping costs. We are only looking to cover the cost of shipping so it does not effect our ability to deliver. Alternately, if you would like to provide us with your preferred shipping account (FedEx or other) we’d be happy to use that. Or, if you are in the New Haven CT area we are happy if you’d like to stop by and pick them up in person. We would love to meet you to.
Can you tell me more about the white teddy bear? Yes. His name is Baxter. This is his story: http://youtu.be/JsXzKBeISnM
Risks and challenges
MEA Mobile has produced and released over 80 mobile applications for the iPhone and Android platforms. Over 1,000,000 people have downloaded MEA Mobile developed apps. We've been in more than 20 iTunes top ten positions worldwide and had coverage from Engadget, Fast Company, Gizmodo, MacLife, MacWorld, New York Times, Martha Stewart, and NPR. On June 8, 2012 - 4 of the top 10 iPad photo category apps were created by MEA Mobile. The team is very confident with the technology stack as required to develop the iGloLED project. We know software development.
In regard to hardware, we have a proven record in creating the earlier 5 volt version of the iGloLEDset. We've learned from our mistakes and the 12 volt version will improve on our design. As with any hardware project there will be challenges. Manufacturing scale will be addressed by Bruce's father, Ray Seymour, who has developed designs for which over 500,000,000 units have been produced. The largest challenge will be organizing the software development team if multiple platform development requests come through. This would be an inspiring problem to have!
Bruce Seymour: Bruce has over 20 years of innovation management experience from a range of different retail, technology and start-up businesses. He is the inventor of 4 Issued Patents Bruce has scoped and project managed all aspects of the development of over 60 apps and 3 hardware products for mobile devices, including for brands such as Samsung, Levi’s, Wired Magazine and more. He is a published author and successfully recruited his father Raymond to work on this project.
Ray Seymour: An industry veteran with an extensive track record, Ray is a former General Electric ED&C Engineer. He is the inventor of 63 U.S. issued patents, 10 English provisionals and 5 Software Copyrights and also of 37 Mathematical Software Models (for which he won a GE award). While at GE Ray undertook extensive reliability training and GE management training including SPC,and achieving GE Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Ray won the prestigious GE Managers Awards for Excellence for 10 years running.
Gabriel Engel: Gabriel is a prolific early stage innovator with a proven track record in technology commercialisation. He is the inventor of over 40 granted patents and has brought untold innovations to production and successful market entry, ranging from electric propulsion to 3D display technologies. Importantly, Gabriel has the cross-disciplined ability to bring this product to reality.
Bottom Line: Our project involves a skill set we are confident in. Our prototype is solid. We will get the job done for you.
Manufacturing Plan & Challenges:
The design, development and manufacturing plan for this project are substantially based on the in market version of iGloLED. This Christmas will be the third Christmas for which iGloLEDset will have been in market, and we are confident in the product as a platform for the innovation and development for which we seek your support. The specific tasks and outcomes required as a part of the project are as follows:
Firmware Updates: We need to figure out the best way for end users to update the controller firmware. The ideal solution would be wireless and this will require additional dual memory support.
SDK development: Libraries, standard protocols and methods to aid communications with various lighting technologies are all to be developed. We have recently recruited a dedicated resource for this task. He’s ex-Samsung and has experience in library development as well as integrated hardware/software projects. The SDK is to be developed to standard development processes with functional requirements and specifications being developed initial; followed by an alpha version for internal testing‘ the beta version will be passed to our Platinum Developers and network of trusted colleagues; following which we will develop a release candidate for the world’s developers to enjoy.
Third Party PCB Design Analysis: As per the current in market version of iGloLED, we will outsource a qualified industry veteran to consult our design before it goes into production. We will start with a small run of 100 devices and ramp up to fulfill demand based on market interest. This project involves a redesign of an existing in market platform which means less complications. However, we expect to use a typical production cycle involving EVT (engineering validation test), DVT (design validation test) and PVT (production validation test). Following testing we’ll lock down the design for our production PCB Layout.
Enclosure: In order to reduce cost we will select an off the shelf product mold. If we receive enough funding we will look to develop a custom enclosure with some innovative mounting options. However, the cost of industrial and mechanical design for the enclosure along with the injection molding startup costs are likely to be cost prohibitive at this point.
Supply Channels for LED technologies: We have secure supply with a mid size Chinese manufacturer of custom LED solutions. MEA Mobile has worked with this supplier for over two years. We’ve also identified a new factory for lower cost UL listed power supplies and wire harnesses. The actual controller will be produced by a reputable contract manufacturer local to our offices who we have personal relationships with.
Certification: As mentioned above, iGloLED operates with low voltages and that means that we can use standard power supplies which already have UL approval. This means we can sell our products today and don't have to undergo time intensive approval processes. This also means our strips can sell world-wide operating from both 110 and 220 power sockets (or with batteries).
Packaging: We are working with a packaging solution provider in Connecticut. We currently have an innovative prototype package which will works well with standard shipping channels worldwide as well as retail shelves.
Testing: We have an internal testing plan which will enable us to document and address any potential issues as they are identified.
Post Release Plan:
We currently support and maintain the in market version of iGloLED. This means on an ongoing basis we deal with our customer’s warranty issues that crop up from time to time, update our software including the control app with new features, and address newly discovered issues that our customers find. Support and maintenance is part of what we do, and you can expect the same level of service for your Kickstarter reward. With a lower cost, robust and adaptable version of iGloLEDset we are confident that we will be able leverage this existing channel and sell the product in high volumes.
Should you, choose to fund this project, you will be amongst the first to enjoy the iGloLED lighting experience which we hope will be a world-wide success.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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