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Measure, model & 3D print your world, fast. Experience laser accurate Augmented Reality. Develop immersive laser based smartphone apps. Read more

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Measure, model & 3D print your world, fast. Experience laser accurate Augmented Reality. Develop immersive laser based smartphone apps.

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Wowsa! Thanks to all our backers, supporters, and the kickstarter crew for a simply amazing kickstarter experience! 

If you missed out on a Spike through this campaign don't panic! You'll be able to order one after kickstarter at:

Spike is the world’s first laser accurate smartphone accessory.

With Spike you can capture, measure, map, model, share and 3D print any object up to 200 yards away.

Just by taking a snapshot of it on your smartphone!

At ike we've been designing measurement & modeling systems for some of the most demanding industrial customers the world over. Now we've made it our mission to bring that functionality to you. On your smartphone! 

Spike (Smart Phone ike!) is a laser based device that attaches to your phone to ensure that you can rapidly & accurately measure & model an object up to 200 yards (600 feet) away just by taking a snapshot of it.  

Spike integrates your smartphone's current technology with some specialized features of its own. It amalgamates a digital camera, a 3d compass, a laser range finder and GPS. It fits neatly into your pocket yet is robust enough to use every day.

Here's an abbreviated, sound-off video of Spike, in case you're pushed for time, or in the office!

VIDEO: Spike, in brief

Darrell Etherington, Techcrunch:

“The benefits of the Spike and its powers are evident...telecom and utility companies, architects, city planners, builders and more would be better served with a simple portable accessory and the phone they already have in their pocket than by specialized equipment that’s heavy, bulky, requires instruction on proper use and lacks any kind of easy instant data portability like you’ll get from a smartphone app’s “Share” functions.” 

Revolutionizing Augmented Reality, Remote Measurement & 3D modeling!

Spike's laser accurate measurement capability will revolutionize remote measurement, 3D modeling of your world, and make your Augmented Reality experiences real. Not just by making them more accurate, but by empowering you to develop and experience them right there on your smartphone! Spike's core functionality enables you to: 

So now you can:

- Use the Spike platform for laser-accurate Augmented Reality applications

- Develop totally new and disruptive Remote Location Based Services

- Create accurately scaled, geolocated, photographically textured 3D models. 

Spike + SketchUp = 3D modeling utopia!

The 3D modeling WOW! factor is Spike’s ability to shoot a planar surface at an oblique angle and normalise that image when viewed straight on - it’s quite remarkable and a little freaky!

This function is hugely powerful, especially when combined with SketchUp, with which Spike integrates seamlessly right out of the box. We love SketchUp’s functionality, and we know that this will please all you budding 3D modelers.

Here’s a preliminary video that seeks to illustrate how straightforward it is to create 3D models using Spike & SketchUp (http://youtu.be/7rRQQ_qKLqI or view below). This is desktop functionality that we’ll simplify and port to smartphones for launch, and as you can see the ike3D app rectifies and calibrates the images to drive the photomatch tool in SketchUp. 

 
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3D modeling on your phone!

Just to extend the functionality a little, and capture the imagination of budding game editors, we've added 3D modeling on the phone itself to the core feature set. Check it out here!

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3D print your world!

Spike will make it insanely straightforward - for the first time - to 3D print scale models of real world environments: buildings, landscapes, urban environments, you name it! No more laborious measuring to fuel your CAD; just use Spike to take an image, or a handful of images; gain all the scalable dimensions straight from those snapshots; model the environment and 3D print a scale model of it! Check out this rapid fire example:

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Stretch Goals!

With the campaign in full swing, it's time to unveil some stretch goals!

Built for Developers & Hackers

Being developers ourselves we've early adoption and hacking in our blood. In line with our goal of building the Spike community to help us broaden Spike's capability, we’ve been inspired by seeing the innovative apps and hacks that communities have created for other measurement & modeling products.

So we’re providing with Spike a fully specified API for you to develop applications. You’ll be able to embed our specialist ikeTools into your application, or build your application over the data stream from the calibrated laser camera, to give your applications long range accuracy and depth perception.

We can’t wait to see what you guys will develop! From Augmented Reality to Location Based Services functionality - go wild! Tap into laser accuracy to make your AR apps convenient, powerful, accurate and actually useful in the real world.

Then get your app into Google Play and App stores to start monetizing!

Why you will love Spike!

Spike has both professional & recreational applications. It's designed for anyone who needs to measure, map or model their outside world.

You could be an architect, engineer, interior designer, or film set locator. An insurance appraiser, underwriter/valuer, commercial painter or arborist. If, for example, you currently use a Laser Range Finder, Spike's extraordinary capability will amaze you! 

Spike: remotely measure anything from a single photo
Spike: remotely measure anything from a single photo
Spike: range finder
Spike: range finder

You could be a golfer measuring distance to a pin, or a sailor measuring the distance to a buoy. 

Spike: measure the distance to pin; share every shot!
Spike: measure the distance to pin; share every shot!

Or you could be at the bleeding edge of AR and Location Based Services development.

St Louis gateway arch: Real time data embedded within Spike images
St Louis gateway arch: Real time data embedded within Spike images

The list of potential uses may be virtually endless, but it’s certain that you’ll love using Spike. Why not help us? Suggest a potential use or app!

Accurate measurement & modeling belongs on your smartphone!

Until now the options haven't been great. Maybe you’re using:

- traditional methods: like a tape measure, pen & paper maybe? It may be tried and tested but it’s also slow and prone to human error.

- expensive technology: like a laser range finder. They’re pricey, very limited in function, and present the same potential for human error in the recording of measurements.

- in-phone measurement apps: they seem great, but in reality the user needs to know one of the absolutes in the dimensions being measured. A bit of a constraint!

- indoor, up-close 3D scanning: there's some really cool stuff happening in this space. Check out Structure Sensor here on Kickstarter, for example. But that tech is all about near field, primarily indoor use. Spike's all about 6-600 foot range, primarily outdoor use.

How does Spike compare with 3D scanning technologies (like Structure Sensor)? This little table should help:

Spike is completely unique in bridging the limitations in all of these options, by ensuring fast, precise, end-to-end and convenient geospatial measurement & modeling, straight from your smartphone.

 

How does Spike work?

Spike simply clips to your smartphone. If you can use a smartphone, you can use Spike!  It contains patented laser, compass and bluetooth technology that integrates with the phone’s camera and GPS.  Spike’s measurement functionality is all driven from the Spike app, within which you can select your chosen measurement criteria.

With the simple point & click system you can take a photo, overlay and record precise measurements & share it all, straight from your smartphone.  

You can do this instantly on site or at a later date from your desktop.  The intuitive software enables you to save and share images, measurements and even the GPS location of the target as easily as you would a standard digital photo.

Spike app: Select a measurement
Spike app: Select a measurement
Spike app: select dimensions to measure
Spike app: select dimensions to measure
Spike app: share the data!
Spike app: share the data!

Phone attachment

We’ve developed a quick release mechanism to enable swift attachment and removal from any phone case/cover. By market launch you’ll be able to choose a case to fit the major smartphone models (we’ll contact you to determine your preference nearer the time). Meantime, we’ll be making available a CAD model for the quick release mechanism which you’ll be able to 3D print.

A peak beneath the hood!

We've already had some interest in understanding both the componentry and the raw functionality that forms the backbone of Spike's more elaborate capability. So we've thrown together this little video: take a look!

 

The evolution of Spike!

At ike we’ve been solving complex industrial measurement issues for a few years now. 

ike tech has been used by the UN & US Army Corps of Engineers for disaster recovery in Haiti after the quake; New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina; for de-mining and emergency response; and we’ve been helping some of the largest electrical utilities companies ensure that your lights stay on!

But we really want to bring this fantastic functionality to the masses. So we’ve been inspired to miniaturize the capability for smartphone users everywhere, to save legions of people time and money, and maybe have a little fun along the way!

Tech Specs: the nuts & bolts

The App

Spike app
Spike app
Spike app: measure select
Spike app: measure select

Technical Specifications 

* US AND INTERNATIONAL PATENTS PENDING

NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We have a vision for building a broader community to help us isolate and resolve measurement issues the world over. For us Kickstarter is about building that community, validating the market and accelerating development to deliver on our stretch goals sooner. 

Our plan to ensure this happens includes opening up an API for Programmers so you can interface and customize our application to create your own measurement processes. So why not come on board and be part of the adventure?!

Rewards

The rewards available include a Basic and Pro package. We thought it might be useful to explain the difference!

Spike BASIC: Spike unit + BASIC App access and 1 year of FREE software/feature upgrades. Spike BASIC will enable you to make GPS offset, height, distance and missing line measurements (ie the distance between two unconnected points), put that data into an image, and to share it. If you're currently using a laser range finder Spike BASIC'S capability will blow you away.

Spike PRO: Need a little more from your measurements? Like area, volume, polygon dimensions, 3D modeling & measurement from within images? Then Spike PRO is for you. This reward provides a Spike Unit + ADVANCED app and API access and 1 year of free software/feature upgrades - essentially everything we build for Spike for a whole year! If you want to develop extraordinary mobile AR experiences then this is the pledge for you!

Progress & timeline

We’ve been tinkering away on Spike for over a year now and we know that we can deliver on all its potential. We have:

- working prototypes

- a near complete android app

- an iOS app in development

- manufacturing settled and production line ready 

Here's our timeline for putting Spike in your hands:

Meet the team behind ike's Spike

The team at ike is dedicated to helping you work smarter and faster by providing sophisticated & innovative solutions to your biggest (and smallest) measurement issues.  

Glenn Milnes, CEO - Glenn is our head honcho with outrageous amounts of business know how, he has extensive experience in technology, technology investment & communication businesses.  

Paul Brewerton, COO - Paul is our ops guy. He’s built a heap of hardware and software products, has dealt with supply chains the world over, and is the most organized person we know. He’ll make sure Spike is of the highest quality and is in your hands on time.

Leon Toorenburg, Founder & CTO - Leon has a very long title but is an engineer at heart. He loves talking to customers, experimenting, inventing and finding solutions for large real world problems. 

Brian Soliday, Senior VP of Sales -  Brian has 25 years experience delighting customers in the geospatial arena. He heads up our global sales programme.

Ron Elsis, VP Product Management - Ron is originally from New York & is another experienced head at ike with over 25 years experience in the GIS industry.

Jeremy Gold, Senior Software Architect - Where would we be without Jeremy who happily tinkers away on all that code? JG has worked in the telecommunications industry with a strong focus on testing in France, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Don Mawson, ID & engineering - an industrial designer with years of electronics and consumer product design and engineering experience. Don makes stuff look pretty. It's all about the aesthetics, apparently.

Simon Redington, Electronics - Simon's knowledge of electronics is mind blowing. From lasers to hunting accessories to coffee machines - if clever circuitry is required, so is Simon.

Richard Shirtcliffe, Marketing - Enough said...! Rich has started tech co's, marketed consumer products across industries, and rebranded a few businesses along the way. He's kind of our 'music & lyrics' guy.


Remember: if you like Spike, please share our project!


THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Risks and challenges

We're innovators, sure. But we have a track record of successfully delivering product to market, which significantly reduces the risks of executing this project. Spike represents a miniaturization of our existing Ike tech - it's costly and tricky to achieve, but we do know the tech and we have created working prototypes.

Our team has produced and tested the prototypes and the Spike (android) application. We have been working through the production process to mitigate the risks of volume Spike production and believe that we are well placed to deliver according to the published plan.

All that said - we're project pragmatists! Unforeseen challenges can, and do, spring up. We are committed to keeping you informed of our progress in the months following the campaign. In the event that unexpected issues arise in the delivery schedule, we will do our utmost to minimize the impact on our supporters and dedicate ourselves to keeping it all on track! Huge thanks for your patience, confidence and support.

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FAQ

  • Spike will work with iOS and Android. We intend supporting the most popular makes and models at launch.

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  • PRO includes additional measurement and modeling capabilities such as volume, polygon dimensions, and 3D modelling. PRO also provides API access for development etc.

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  • The spike will make 3D models using a process like PhotoMatching in Trimble Sketchup to extract the features and build the volume.

    We have made the initial systems, and found it to produce the basic cuboid type models with ease. In Sketchup you can improve the model to the detail desired, and spray the photo onto the model.
    A basic model can be made in minutes, and any amount of time can be spent modelling the features to get more detail.

    The laser range scales the images. We conservatively rate the laser to +/- 8 inches, which covers all reflectance targets and temperatures and range. In actuality it’s a lot better. For example in our Industrial solutions for measuring power poles, we tend to work to 2% of the size of the target.

    The key benefit of making a spike3D model is that the model's image(s) are located and ordered, the model is correctly oriented & scaled and has photo textures on it.

    The accuracy
    It is not a Lidar point scanner and hence doesn’t produce a point cloud model of the target.

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  • You can measure range in complete darkness. However you need enough light to see what you're pointing at!

    If you can see it on your phone's camera, then you can measure it!

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $10 or more

    56 backers

    FRIENDS! Thanks so much for your support - every little bit helps! You'll get status updates, Spike Hall of Fame acknowledgement and priority access to apps when they are available. You'll also get our thanks!

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    Pledge $49 or more

    14 backers

    SUPER FRIENDS! That's SUPER support, and deserves recognition in the shape of everything that FRIENDS get PLUS an original Spike cap!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $299 or more

    100 backers All gone!

    EARLY BIRD: SPIKE PRO! You're first and you get the lot! A Spike Unit + ADVANCED app and API access and 1 year of FREE software upgrades - essentially everything we build for Spike for a whole year! (Smartphone not included!)

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $379 or more

    100 backers All gone!

    NOT-QUITE-SO-EARLY BIRD: SPIKE PRO! By popular demand we've added 100 slightly later bird rewards. Just like the Early Birds you get the lot! A Spike Unit + ADVANCED app and API access and 1 year of FREE software upgrades - essentially everything we build for Spike for a whole year! (Smartphone not included!)

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $389 or more

    183 backers Limited (17 left of 200)

    ALMOST EARLY BIRD! OK - so you’re a bit later. But heck, we’ve been overwhelmed with interest for ……… yip: more Spike PRO’s! Get everything in the PRO package at less than half of the RRP when in the market.

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    Pledge $399 or more

    0 backers

    SPIKE BASIC! Missed the early bird spike? Don't fret - this reward still gets Spike's phenomenal functionality in your hands for a fraction of the market price, but with just the core functionality - remote location, height and missing line measurements. If you are a laser range finder user this reward will knock your socks off!
    (Smartphone not included!)

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $499 or more

    40 backers Limited (460 left of 500)

    SPIKE PRO! Need a little more from your measurements? Like area, volume, polygon dimensions, 3D modelling, verification of a target's exact location and measurement from within images? Then Spike PRO's additional measurement & modeling capability will blow you away.

    This reward provides a Spike Unit + ADVANCED app and API access and 1 year of FREE software upgrades - essentially everything we build for Spike for a whole year!
    (Smartphone not included!)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $549 or more

    15 backers Limited (85 left of 100)

    SPIKE BETA! 100 Early-delivery beta versions of Spike with all the SPIKE PRO trimmings. Uniquely numbered 1-100.
    You get access to the API and Spike product before anyone else in the world...you'll be delivering apps before anyone else!!
    (Smartphone not included!)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $1,000 or more

    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    PRE-PROD SPIKE! the first five, unique, tested and certified pre-production units. Get a Spike ahead of the pack that's ahead of the pack!
    Uniquely numbered and signed!
    (Smartphone not included!)

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $1,499 or more

    16 backers Limited (34 left of 50)

    SPIKE OFFICE PACK! A pre-packed box of 5 Spike PRO. (Spike + Advanced app and API access + 1 year of free software upgrades). Perfect for a firm of constant measurers & modelers!
    (Smartphones not included!)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $2,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    SPIKE WITH US! How about a personalised Spike PLUS a 5 star dinner with us?!
    (Smartphone not included!)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $4,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    THE ORIGINAL SPIKE! It's our baby and we're pretty sweet on it...but we'll let it go to a devoted home. This is the one and only original working prototype Spike - own a little piece of history!
    (Smartphone not included!)

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  • You selected
    Pledge $10,000

    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    PARTNER SPIKE!

    Let's talk! Oh - and a Spike PRO OFFICE pack, too!
    (Smartphones not included!)

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    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    TRAVELER PLEDGE! How about a trip to stunning New Zealand to visit the development team, see some of the magnificent sights, visit the studio and meet some of the crew behind the Lord of the Rings & Hobbit movies? AND build your own Spike!!
    (Smartphone not included; some travel conditions apply!)

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