About this project
Mashable - "This unusual and useful box can silently notify you of just about anything that happens on the Internet... you’ll be surprised at all it can do"
CNET - "One box and 65 LEDs make getting your e-mail, smartphone, and social-networking alerts a whole lot more fun with a whole lot less noise."
ANDROID RUNDOWN - "The incredible amount of uses for this device are what really make it one of the best KickStarter projects I have seen".
Designboom - "The L8 smartlight serves an a illuminated notification system and customizable light display..."
Ubergizmo - "if sounds, drop down or pop up notifications aren’t enough to capture your attention, then this Kickstarter project dubbed the L8 SmartLight might be something worth checking out..."
Trendhunter - "Another distinct feature is that instead of communicating with sound, such as an alarm clock, this device solely communicates with symbols, which is ideal for the hearing impaired."
Gadgetsin - "L8 SmartLight is an innovative LED Light designed to offer you an awesome way to express your mood and receive various info and notifications from your smartphone or computer..."
Project your life, Use your light.
Communicates, informs, reminds, alerts, surprises, illuminates...The new L8 brings you the internet as you've never seen before. Here comes a new concept. Here comes…
L8, the Smart light.
L8 is a battery powered mini squared lamp with a multicolor 64 Led matrix on one side and a multicolor super bright Led on the other and several useful sensors, that connects via bluetooth to your smartphone to notify you by light images or animations of just about anything that happens on the Internet: Twitter and Facebook messages, e-mails, game results, outside temperature…. in other words, If exists... it can shine in L8.
Being connected with your Smartphone means that L8 alerts you as soon as you receive messages and incoming calls, and it functions as an alarm clock.
Additionally, the L8 includes some sensors:
The L8 also informs you of what’s happening in your surrounding WORLD and shares it with everyone else.
You can find out the exact temperature in any room of your house; know if someone has entered in; or have your L8 light up when there’s very little surrounding light.
From a friendly mobile application, you’ll choose the uses but you’ll also be able to create your owns since the programming code is open so that anyone can modify or improve it to fit their needs.
And all of this is stress-free since the information goes directly from your computer or Smartphone, no matter where you are.
What really is L8?
L8 is much more than a simple notifier...
Choose the colour of your LED lights, create a unique ambiance by controlling both, tone and intensity, which combined with the super LED (very powerful) light at the back of the device, it will create a light-decor effect you won’t believe. Or if you prefer, you can also project animated series of lights (for a party, for example). You just have to choose among the wide gallery or design your own series of lights!
No noise; talk through light… Communicate with those around you by letting them know what mood you are in.. feeling blue?, your team colours…. you name it.
Thanks to its applications and its interface, you can take control of several L8s simultaneously or transfer yours to be controlled by others…. think of a party, for example ;)
You decide what image you want to put on your L8. Lots of designs are available in the gallery, download it from the internet, or be creative and design your own!
Thanks to its connection to the internet through bluetooth, you can post and share your L8 image icons through social networks and see your contacts’s images too.
L8’s low weight and small size makes it easy to take with you on the go (comparable in size to a cassette tape) and best of all, its wireless…
Bear in mind that this is the first light Smart device, and this opens up endless ways of using it: GPS Guide, bicycle light signal, portable lamp…. these are some of the possibilities, but perhaps the best ones are yet to be discovered...
The programming SDK code is open for anyone to develop and to add new applications, features or accessories to the L8's experience. Together, we can do it better.
How does it work?
L8 is comprised mainly of a Bluetooth chip and proximity, temperature and light sensors, connected with a 64 RGB LED Matrix on one side and a Super RGB LED on the other.
It has a long lasting lithium battery that gives up to nine uninterrupted hours of use and can be recharged easily through a normal USB port.
With the “L8 Controller” application (available soon for Android, iPhones/iPads and computers), you can control your L8 and program its functions to your liking. You can also set rules based on “If / then /else" filosofy, in which you choose the moment to communicate something (like a Twitter message, for example) and you assign it a particular luminous signal on your L8.
Thanks to its built in sensors and its Bluetooth connection (enabling it to inherit the ones from your smartphone: voice recognition, microphone, accelerometers...), the possibilities are unlimited!
Rules system: "If This - then-->Light"
Some interesting examples of use
L8 has a enormous potential and the range of its uses is almost infinite. We want to define it as the "multipurpose gadget". For example:
- If you are a mom and you want to activate a luminous alarm instead of using noise while your baby is peacefully sleeping close to you to avoid awakening him.
- If you are a deaf person and you want to become aware of everything your smartphone receives.
- If you want to have your own remote and totally customizable ambi-light behind your TV. Even making it to be activated when you come in to the living room!
- If you want to have it in your own bathroom and as soon as you wake up and you come in and you turn on the light, automatically L8 is activated telling you whatever information you have set on it; for example: the weather outside for today, if the traffic is ok, if you are allergic and you want to know if the pollen count forecast in air is high and therefore you should use antihistaminique…
- If you want to place it in your porch, garden, to be used as a light that changes its light colors or intensity based on the daylight.
- If you want to enhance or highlight whatever decoration object you have, to provide it with a specific color light that matches with the surrounding style!
- Imagine holding a L8 in your back while you are riding in your bike… it would be the perfect positioning and customizable light! Or even placed in the back of your car to communicates with other cars… maybe it would be illegal, but sounds well!!
If you have in your mind more amazing uses for the L8, we are willing to know about them, please, share them with us and with the rest of our community here: L8 COMMUNITY USES
Where we are and next steps?
Since we have started with the idea one year ago, we have worked to explore the alternative techniques and tried to imagine all the opportunities of this kind of Smart Thing gadget. We have been working hard to create several different prototypes in the last months, to be sure about the viability of the project. Now we have the L8 version 0.3 and we are very proud of having achieved it.
But we still have to keep on working hard to complete such an amazing product as it is!!
We have as a must that your feedback is the core of this project. All the decisions we take must go in the right direction. This direction is what you like. Therefore, we have at this point 2 different designs for the enclosure. So, help us to decide what you prefer:
L8's RETRO DESIGN:
L8's MODERN DESIGN:
Any feedback comment about what design do you like better will be welcome here:
Leveraging on our expertise in hardware and software development, we've dedicated over a year creating working prototypes and near-final forms. We are truly excited about getting the L8 into people's hands to see what new uses and application others will find for it. We are convinced that the best ideas are yet to come!
Our Kickstarter project will fund final refinement of our prototypes and the equipment and parts needed for production. The more funds we raise, the quicker we'll be able to add new features that make the L8 even more powerful and genuine. We have big things planned — and because it’s programing SDK code and API will be open to everyone to develop anyone will be able to help us improve it.
Your contributions will help us do:
- Final enclosure design with its add-ons and production tooling.
- Final board/electronics design.
- First production run (large component order).
- Improve the battery life.
- QA Testings.
And produce at least 1000 L8, but above all, we want your help to make L8 SHINE. Together we can do it !!!!
Yes, you are right, L8 is so cool, you should own one ;)
Thanks for reading!!!
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Of course, sorry for not specifying in the reward itself. This package, in addition to the Early access to SDK (expected delivery date: for october) it also includes an L8 (expected delivery date: November, nevertheless we are working hard to try to deliver it earlier). Don't forgett the addition of US $15 for international shipping.
Initially for iPhone/iPad, Andorid, windows PC and Mac. We'll evaluate based on the demand if we develop for other platforms like Windows Phone.
Of course, its built in micro-USB makes it fully compatible with all standard USB outlets.
Initially, the profile used for Classic Bluetooth will be the SPP (Serial Port Profile). In our first tests, we've got to control 4 simultaneous L8s. We're working hard to be able to control up to 7 devices but because of the drop in the transmission speed, it's best not to push that hard. Also, we'll look at controlling more than 7 devices building scaternet networks in a short future.
As for the BT4, we're gonna build our own profile on top of GATT and we haven't done tests with more than one device. However, the specifications state that the max. number of simultaneously connected devices should be way higher than over Classic Bluetooth (think about >20 devices, as it would mainly depends on implementation and memory management).
We hope this copes your expectancies!
We'll have a REST API format so you send your data query via HTTP protocol and you receive the data in several formats (plain text, XML, JSON, JS,…
Are 2 L8's able to communicate each other, so that once one of them detects anything with it sensors the other indicates it by lighting?
yeah, of course!
yes. Yo can controll all of them simultaneously.
L8 is small but not tiny ;) it's big enough to be used as a powerful ambient lamp and it's small enough to be totally portable in your pocket.
Its measurements are: 2.4 x 2.4 x 0.8 in. (6 x 6 x 2 cm).
L8 uses a powerful 1100 mAh lithium battery and the consumptions of its components have been accurately optimized. It means it lasts:
In "stand by" mode, about 100 hours. With the bluetooth on and in "waiting for orders" mode, about 16 hours. In "intense use" mode, between 3-9 hours (depending on the colors used and its intensity).
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