This project's funding goal was not reached on December 1, 2013.
This project's funding goal was not reached on December 1, 2013.
LED light strips are a brilliant invention. They are flexible, extremely efficient, and give you the ability to illuminate spaces in ways that could never be done with the lightbulb. However, we were frustrated with the existing products on the market. They were controlled with a generic IR remote that gave you very little control other than choosing a few basic colors. Every LED node had to be the same color, limiting you to only a few simple patterns and you couldn't combine colors. Most came in one length only--if you wanted more, they weren't linkable. If you wanted less, you had to cut it, throwing part of your investment away. With today's technology, we couldn't figure out why those light strips were still being controlled like the dark ages. We wanted to fix that. We spent the past year designing and developing the world's smartest lighting strip system to include:
No expensive starter kits required: Unlike other products, you are not required to purchase an expensive “bridge” that connects your phone to your strands. With Freedom Lighting, every LED strip controller comes with Bluetooth.
INSIDE THE HOME: Lighting is the most essential element in the decoration of a home. It effects our mood and performance on a daily basis. Freedom Lighting allows you to change the colors & patterns to create whatever ambiance is important to you.
ON THE GO (rechargeable battery pack): Simply connect the battery pack to any strand and you have mobile LED's for a few hours of fun! It's that simple!!
COMMERCIAL: Place them behind your sign to make yours stand out against the competition--or use them to attract customers.
We can't wait to hear all the creative ways you will use LumaGlo. Share your ideas on our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/LumaGlo
THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!
After the campaign is funded, we will send you a survey and you will be able to choose the dimensions you would like your strands. For example, if you pledged to receive 10ft, you can choose a) two 5ft strands b). one 5ft strand, two 2ft strands and one 1ft strand. etc.
LumaGlo Freedom Lighting will be compatible with iPhone 4S, 5, 5c, 5S, iPad 3, 4 & mini. It will also be compatible with most Android devices.
Our development process:
We started off by taking a look at our needs, and at the existing products on the market. What was it that we wanted to do with light? What were the LEDs truly capable of? What was getting in the way of our being able to use the LEDs to their full potential? We realized that there were two fundamental constraints that we kept encountering: a lack of individual LED control, and poor user interfaces to control the LEDs. Our frustration with the state of the market led us to design our own system. It quickly became clear to us that a smartphone or tablet application would be the most cost-effective approach and provide the most flexibility to the user. It would also allow for a layering of functionality, so that different levels of control could be exposed depending on the needs and abilities of the user. For communication between the application and the embedded controller, we decided that in order to allow the controller to be mounted in an obscured location, wireless was the best approach.
Next, we started talking to people: potential users, business mentors, designers, and fellow connected device technologists and engineers. These conversations helped us to refine the product specifications. Dual-mode Bluetooth 4.0 emerged as the best wireless standard; it provides broad-based device support without the configuration demands of WiFi. We also discovered a number of new use cases we hadn't considered, and received valuable feedback about useful elements in the user interface design.
At the same time, we also began sampling LED strip products from a number of vendors and pairing them with different connector types and styles. It was important to us to design a product that was modular in varying lengths, allowing the user more control over the dimensions of the strand and also to maximize the investment. It was also important that the connections be robust and locking, contrary to existing strands on the market. Ultimately, we selected a connector that we feel provides the perfect combination of ease of use, compactness and robustness, and we've done considerable work with our vendor to find a connector attachment scheme that is consistent and reliable, including over-molding at the connector sites. We feel strongly that the lighting strand must function well as a unit, so the molding and fit of the connector is an important part of our project.
On the controller front, we started by working with microcontroller evaluation hardware to become comfortable with the LED control interface and the firmware resources necessary to drive the strips to our satisfaction. Once that was done, we moved on to experimenting with various different battery power options, from replaceable cells, to rechargeable cells, to finally moving battery power away from the controller and into its own battery pack. This allows the controller to be as small and unobtrusive as possible and for multiple battery packs to be carried for use with a single controller. Finally, we started working with wireless control by adding a Bluetooth module to the prototype. With all of that working, we've begun the schematic capture and PCB layout work for our production controller that integrates the Bluetooth radio, microcontroller, and power supply circuitry integrated together onto one compact printed circuit board. This custom-designed controller will be manufactured and tested domestically. Once the design has been verified, it will be submitted for FCC compliance testing, which is expected to take one month.
With Bluetooth communications to the controller established, we started working on the smartphone application in earnest. The first step was a simple serial connection to the controller from an Android phone, using a terminal emulator program to adjust the LED state. Then, we started working with different Graphical User Interface designs on the phone to establish what would be the best way for the user to design different LED looks and preview them on the strand. The application work is ongoing, and the Kickstarter campaign will help us to work more closely with user experience experts and app programmers to finalize the application and get it approved in time to ship with the hardware.
Ultimately, we've arrived at a system that we feel is robust and manufacturable. We've prototyped each of the pieces and are working to finalize the necessary production designs and manufacturing relationships to bring the product to market. Check out the beautiful design!
All of the prototypes shown in the photos and video are fully functional and tested, but details shown may change in the final product development and manufacturing
We are a small group of three with different professional backgrounds, but the same dream.
Randy Lathrop - Software Engineer: has over 20 years experience developing hi-tech, highly recognized brand name products for his employer(s). At LumaGlo, he is our Software Engineer, making the lights come to life!
Jill Saucedo - Business Development: has 13 years experience building businesses both in the public and non-profit sectors. At LumaGlo, Jill is responsible for Business Development & Marketing.
Ward Ramsdell - Hardware Engineer: has worked as an electrical engineer specializing in radio frequency design for 15 years. He has designed the circuitry for a number of commercially successful consumer and light industrial products. Ward is responsible for the electrical design of LumaGlo's products.
All three of us have worn all the hats at different times throughout our journey of making LumaGlo Freedom Lighting become a reality. We are excited to share this journey with you and we are grateful for your support.
With Freedom Lighting, we're building our dreams. We've developed the technology, but we need your help to get this in to production and in to your hands. We hope you'll join us!
You can help us by pledging at any level possible. You can also support us by sharing our project on your Facebook page, Twitter, or by telling your friends about us.
By helping to get the word out, you help bring LumaGlo Freedom Lighting to market and be a part of reinventing the way we use light.
We spent the past year designing and developing this product and have strategically planned each manufacturing phase of LumaGlo Freedom Lighting. We are confident we have the infrastructure in place and can fully execute. However, as with all new product inventions of this scale, there are inherent risks and challenges involved. This is primarily because we rely heavily on outside sources to execute their plans as efficiently as we expect. We have 20+ years developing hi-tech consumer products for our employers--this brings us confidence in our abilities to solve problems, move beyond setbacks and build alternate plans in our infrastructure to keep things moving forward with integrity.
With that being said, we are excited to share this journey with you and look forward to you becoming a part of reinventing the way we use light.
--Randy, Jill & Ward.
Co-founders of LumaGlo
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