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music + internet + 3D LEDS = L3D Cube.  Create and share in 3D.  Join the future!
music + internet + 3D LEDS = L3D Cube.   Create and share in 3D.    Join the future!
music + internet + 3D LEDS = L3D Cube.  Create and share in 3D.   Join the future!
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L3D Cube: The 3D LED Cube from the Future

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Missed our Kickstarter project? The 3rd dimension lives on at www.L3DCube.com

Create and share beautiful 3D visualizations

Fireworks on the 8x8x8 L3D Cube
Fireworks on the 8x8x8 L3D Cube

Cubes interact with the world.  And they love music.

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Each L3D Cube comes with a built in microphone for easy music reactive applications.  They can also be connected  with other sensors for amazing interactions - use the Kinect, Structure, LEAP motion, or Makey Makey with your cube!

The world's first 3D LED Cube that's fun & easy to build

Cubespander - a simple starter 3D visualization
Cubespander - a simple starter 3D visualization

Download & share new apps directly to your cube on CubeTube with one click.

No programming needed! 

All free!

Visualizations, music reactivity, more advanced interactions with multiple cubes or hacks with MaKay MaKey/Kinect/Structure/LEAP, it's all there.  Download any programs, animations, & graphics with a click of a button wirelessly to your L3D Cube - no programming needed. 

The CubeTube.org Beta is live!  www.cubetube.org

And check out new creations in the works at the CubeTube Forum!

But what if I like to code/want to learn to code on the cube?  Is it easy to control the cube?

OF COURSE YES, A MILLION TIMES YES!  Come create wonderful things with us!

You can write programs in Arduino language ("Wiring") or the wonderful Processing.  Then upload your code and completed apps to CubeTube for direct downloads to cube around the world! Here's how!

Powered by Spark for WiFi connectivity & arduino-compatibility.  Create and share in 3D wirelessly.

Two sizes available

Five ways to use your L3D Cube

1. Plug it in, no setup!  A standard set of visualizations will automatically start playing when you first plug in your cube.  *NEW:  you can control the visualizations by tilting your cube, thanks to the recently unlocked accelerometer in everyone's cubes!

2. Download new applications from CubeTube wirelessly to your cube with the click of a button.

3. Write your own programs for the cube in Arduino language or Processing.  The programs can be stored in the cube's memory or can be streamed to your cube from a computer over your WiFi network.  Alex just finished the definitive guide to programming in 3D in a cube.

4. Connect together multiple cubes and make them interact.

5.  Hack it!  Add your own sensors for new interactions or make improvements to your cube itself.  Everything (hardware+software) is open-source and fully documented so hacking is fun!

Specifications

  • Power: 5V 1A USB power can power most applications on your cube - so, this sucker can run off your computer, wall wart, or a battery pack. But for super intense visualizations, we've also included a 2A adapter. 100VAC - 220VAC input (you will need to supply your own prong adapter if outside the US)
  • 512 WS2812B RGB LEDs for the 8x8x8 cube.  4096 WS2812B RGB LEDs for the 16x16x16 cube
  • Laser-cut acrylic housing
  • Assembly: Comes by default as a kit that takes around 30 minutes to assemble.  No soldering required, just a Philips head screwdriver and the requisite assembly music (we recommend Journey for maximum cube assembly pleasure). 
  • You can pay $50 and we'll send you an assembled 8x8x8 kit.  (+$250 for assembly service of the huge 16x16x16 cube.  This also covers the extra shipping cost of this big boy)
  • Comes with a microUSB cable

Open source inside and out

All of the hardware & software is completely open source under a Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 2.5 license.

Github Repos:

Cube firmware:  https://github.com/enjrolas/L3D-Software
Cube hardware:  https://github.com/enjrolas/L3D-Hardware
Processing library:  https://github.com/enjrolas/L3D-library

Here's an Instructable on How to Draw Sweet 3D Graphics for LED cubes - there's even a cube simulator so you don't even have to wait for your cubes to get started.

And for the true cube-nerds out there, here's a play-by-play of the development of the L3D Cube, from Day 1 to the present, as the present catches up to the future.  As it is wont to do.


Stretch Goal #1 UNLOCKED:  Accelerometers

EVERY SINGLE L3D CUBE WE SHIP will come with a 3-axis accelerometer integrated into the base circuit board!

Now with an accelerometer in your cube, you could have: cube snow globes!, real-3D Marble Madness!, and joy-beyond-wide-eyed joy like you see in the animated gif above.  

Thanks to the unlocking of this stretch goal, L3D Cubes now have TILT-CONTROLS:

Stretch Goal #2:  Cube Arcade at $222K!

If we hit $222K by the end of this Kickstarter campaign, we'll unlock CUBE ARCADE!!!  This will let all cubeheads play video games on your cube directly from any web browser, streaming wirelessly to your cube in 3D!  More details in our recent update here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lookingglass/l3d-cube-the-3d-led-cube-from-the-future/posts/1097660

Made by humans & robots!

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Video above: A friendly pick-and-place machine is helping us save thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, perhaps billions of hours assembling the ever-critical surface-mount LEDs on our custom LED reeds. 

New cube apps are being created and shared every day

A sound-reactive program for the REALLY BIG 16x16x16 cube, by Alex Hornstein

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Technicolor Sine, by Alex Hornstein

Music Reactive Firedrop, hanging from the ceiling of a club in Providence, by Owen Trueblood

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Wall Bounce Animation by John Vasquez

3D Snake by Ben Ledbury

Abduction by the Taipei Hackerspace

3D Game of Life by Bethany LaPenta

 UltraCube by Alex Hornstein

Tortoise and the Hare by Peter Chestna

Zplasma, by Shawn Frayne


3D Pixel Art Magic Mushroom, by Sky at the Taipei Hackerspace

Noise Mirrored by Peter Chestna

Squarral, by Alex Hornstein

Assembly in 30 minutes, no soldering

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Full assembly instructions here.

To the future!

-Shawn, Alex, and the Looking Glass team

Risks and challenges

Our team at Looking Glass has been in the invention business (first in cleantech, now in volumetric imaging) for nearly 10 years and we've experienced firsthand many of the delays that arise when bringing a new hardware technology to the world. We've been humbled on many occasions by the complexity of a hardware + software product like the L3D Cube.

That being said, we've already made dozens of cubes over the past few months, gone through seven full hardware revisions, tested cubes in the real world at half a dozen Maker Faires/festivals, and worked out nearly all of the hardware bugs and most of the software/WiFi bugs. We're still building the L3D Cube "click-to-download-to-cube" functionality on our new site, but we're confident that will be up by Christmas.

We usually beat the odds and ship on-time (we shipped a few days early for our last Kickstarter project) - but there's always a chance the geometry of spacetime changes and cubes are no longer allowed.

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    A 1x1x1 "cube" necklace. By which we mean, a single RGB LED, mounted on a thin circuit board. You will be zero-dimensional, but oh so stylish. Includes access to all backer-only updates - and a surprise.

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    HACKERSPACE SPECIAL L3D CUBE
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    THIS OFFER IS FOR HACKERSPACES ONLY. If you are part of a hackerspace and will share your cube with other hackers at your space, this is a special deal just for you.

    Comes as a complete L3D Cube 8x8x8 kit that takes around 30 minutes to assemble - only a screwdriver required.

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    HYPER EARLY BIRD L3D CUBE
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    A truly ridiculous deal for a complete 8x8x8 L3D Cube (regular retail will be $399). Comes as a kit that takes around 30 minutes to assemble - only a screwdriver required.

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    Another insane deal for a complete 8x8x8 L3D Cube (regular retail will be $399). Comes as a kit that takes around 30 minutes to assemble - only a screwdriver required.

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    EARLY BIRD L3D CUBE
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    You're late, but not so late that the party is over. Get the L3D Cube (8x8x8 size) for $100 off the regular retail price of $399. Comes as a kit that takes around 30 minutes to assemble - only a screwdriver required.

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    L3D CUBE (8x8x8)

    Save $49 off the regular retail price of $399 on the 8x8x8 L3D Cube!

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    Get your L3D Cube by Christmas! This is a rush order for the 8x8x8 L3D Cube.

    ORDER MUST BE MADE BY DECEMBER 15 FOR THIS REWARD LEVEL to guarantee delivery by December 24.

    Comes as a kit that takes around 30 minutes to assemble - only a screwdriver required.

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    TWO PACK L3D CUBE SPECIAL
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    Because two is better than one! Two 8x8x8 L3D Cubes that can be networked together through your WiFi for incredible cube-to-cube interactions. Comes as a kit that takes around around 1 hour to assemble - only a screwdriver required.

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    Four 8x8x8 L3D Cubes for interactions that will impress friends, colleagues, and the local wildlife. Comes as a kit that takes around around 2 hours to assemble - only a screwdriver required.

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    EARLY BIRD REALLY BIG L3D CUBE
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    This is the deal of the millennium for the biggest 3D LED display out there. With a massive 16x16x16 RGB LED array, coming in at 4096 controllable super bright pixels of light, this cube is your one-way ticket to volumetric domination.

    Comes as a kit that takes around 2-3 hours to assemble - only a screwdriver required.

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    REALLY BIG L3D CUBE
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    Regular pricing for the REALLY BIG CUBE. With a massive 16x16x16 RGB LED array, coming in at 4096 controllable super bright pixels of light, this cube is your one-way ticket to volumetric domination.

    Comes as a kit that takes around 2-3 hours to assemble - only a screwdriver required, and a little more patience than the regular cube. But it's worth it.

    +$250 if you'd like it assembled by us. That extra amount also covers the assembly labor and additional shipping cost.

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    WALL OF CUBES or CUBEIGLOO
    (32 L3D 8x8x8 Cubes)

    32 networked L3D Cubes (8x8x8 version) that can be arranged into a volumetric wall of light as tall as a person - or an igloo. You choose! We will provide specialty connectors for the arrangement of your choice.

    This will come as a set of specialty kits with mounting fixtures. Assembly time for one person - a long time (each cube takes 30 minutes to assemble). For a bunch of friends - a few hours.

    If in the US or Asia, shipping included! Alex or Shawn will fly out to you to help with installation. Message us for more details.

    Also includes a special music reactive visualization that will play on all cubes.

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