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Lumu is the light meter for the iPhone and Android. Made to unleash the creativity in photographers. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on July 12, 2013.

Lumu is the light meter for the iPhone and Android. Made to unleash the creativity in photographers.

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It's all about memories.

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All Lumus that we produced have been shipped. 
There were a few errors and confusions during the packaging process at our shipping service. Some double shipments have been made and because of that a few of you haven’t yet received the Lumu, despite receiving a Tracking Number. We will send you your Lumu soon. New batch of devices is being manufactured right now. If you think we can help you with anything, write us to support[at]lu.mu.

It is great to get so much good responses from all over the world. That’s the real motivation that drives us to care about you as much as you cared about us. There is a new App update on the way, check also a short blog post about light metering.

Making a difference. One photo at a time. 
Elliott Erwitt recently said: “It’s about time we started to take photography seriously and treat it as a hobby.”
Photography can enhance your vision, your enjoyment of the world, your interactions with other people, and your life. Camera has always been a tool of expression, extension of who you are.
There is just one important thing to remember: the tools don’t make the photograph, you make it.

Tap “Measure”. Then go shooting.

This is it.

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It's been a few days since we started shipping Kickstarter rewards.
All Lumus are now on the way and some of them already in your hands!

This day will be long remembered. 

There is a first time for everything.  First Lumu package, Monday.
There is a first time for everything. First Lumu package, Monday.

 
Last two weeks - assembling, packaging:

We finished our assembling and testing procedure, burning the midnight oil for the last two weeks. It took us a little more time as we expected.

Going through the final tweaks, Android app will be available tomorrow (there is no approval process on Google Play Store).

Shipping: 

To keep our promise about the final delivery time, we went on with the more expensive Express Shipping option, which was the right thing to do.

When you receive your Lumu, use it to make some magic.

What is the motivation behind taking pictures or capturing video? It's capturing the memories. 

Make sure Lumu finds it's place in your camera bag and becomes your best friend on every creative journey you take.


Come back to us, share your photographs and show your love: flic.kr group, FB, TW, IG, ...
Write us in case of any other questions.


We wanted to make Christmas merry for all of you. Happy holidays.

Assembling, packaging.

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As promised in the previous Update: about shipping.
We are in the middle of the assembly and packaging process.
First Lumus, we believe, will be shipped somewhere next week. In any case all devices should be at your home before Christmas.
Some of them are almost prepared, others are following up!

We are applying the best of ourselves to the successful delivery. It is the nature of a new product, that some processes can't move faster or without obstacles.

Looking at the previous two weeks: the last parts we've been waiting, electronic boards, are now completed. Audio plugs are being soldered to them at the moment and first batch is finished.

There were some problems regarding soldering process, and that step had to be redesigned. Electronics needs special care.
We also found some new ways to strengthen the whole device and enhance it's durability.

Audio plugs quality control, one by one. Natural anodised Lumunecks assembled.
Audio plugs quality control, one by one. Natural anodised Lumunecks assembled.
"Kickstarter special" reward aluminum housings.
"Kickstarter special" reward aluminum housings.
Metal tin packaging boxes - bodies and printed lids.
Metal tin packaging boxes - bodies and printed lids.

Thermoformed white plastic insert had been reiterated, to provide safer delivery and carry Lumu securely. We are expecting them to be completed tomorrow.

Every single Lumupack assembly part is double checked.
Electronics is tested for real life situations and exact light measuring preciseness. Housings and other hardware parts are inspected for good manufacturing quality.

Sneak peek to the upcoming Lumu Pinhole app. Lumu Android app is completed and being tested before the release.
Sneak peek to the upcoming Lumu Pinhole app. Lumu Android app is completed and being tested before the release.

In the meantime, app is updating with new features. Keeping it simple and yet extremely useful for the user. When you receive your Lumu, there will be plenty of new things to try out!
Some of the features can't be tested without Lumu (for instance - average/contrast function). But you can still send us and new idea, feature or suggestion you'd want to see in the Lumu app.
Some of you, dear backers, already did that and we highly appreciate your effort!

Initial idea is like a tiny little seed. It dies if not cared about properly. It is wonderful how a product grows from very simple and short idea. How from initial design and development by a few people comes to manufacturing and then to distribution, and finally to users.

With Lumulove.

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Title of this Update is also the Lumu project progress bar.

It has been two weeks since the last and one week more from the second last Update. The next one should be all about the shipping.

Memories need to be shared.
Memories need to be shared.


Details

iOS and Android developer, coding in harmony.
iOS and Android developer, coding in harmony.

Check Lumu iOS app. That's not the end, updated version with more features is coming in a few days. Android app is right behind it and should hit the Google Play Store in short time. 


Lumubag

Raw leather has arrived. Step 1: cutting out the desired shape.
Raw leather has arrived. Step 1: cutting out the desired shape.
Step 2: hot stamping, using brass cliché.
Step 2: hot stamping, using brass cliché.
Step 3: assembling.
Step 3: assembling.
Final Lumubag.
Final Lumubag.


Metal Parts

Black and natural aluminum housings machined, anodised, engraved and color-filled. Waiting for an assembling.
Black and natural aluminum housings machined, anodised, engraved and color-filled. Waiting for an assembling.
Natural aluminum pendants. Black ones are being delayed for a few days, due to anodizing issues.
Natural aluminum pendants. Black ones are being delayed for a few days, due to anodizing issues.


Diffusers


Packaging, printed materials

Thermoformed box inserts aren't finished yet. Expected in a few days.
Thermoformed box inserts aren't finished yet. Expected in a few days.


Assembling

2600 T-Shirts leaving Lumu headquarters.
2600 T-Shirts leaving Lumu headquarters.

We are leaving assembling and packaging to the local Social Enterprise.
We support business where society profits.

Joy
To create the Lumu we began with the design that we really loved. But to built it, to implement it, we had to go way beyond what we knew to be possible. It took all of our learning, our best thinking to realize something really simple and innovative. And it wouldn't be possible without you, dear Lumu lovers.

All the hours, meetings, calls, e-mails, duck tape, sweat, tears, sleepless nights and blisters are converging into one small, beautiful device.

Which will help you capturing your view of the world.
Which will help you capturing your view of the world.


p.s.: In case of any Shipping Address change, please send us the new one via Kickstarter Messages.

This update is all about the progress and facts.

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Delivering perfect light meter to you dear Lumutribe, is a dream that we’ve been pursuing for a long time. We are just a few steps away from it.

The most realistic shipping start time is in about two weeks.
All the effort behind the product materializes on time only when the supply chain is on your side.
- Raw leather material delivery date has been delayed and electronics isn’t yet completely finished. This should be solved in the following week.

There are benefits of being the type of person who looks on the bright side. Instead of running our heads against a brick wall, we’ve finished other parts of the project and are making improvements where there is still room for them:

App & Testing

Extreme low light test. Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1, lens: Fujinon 18mm, aperture: f/2.2, time: 30 seconds, ISO: 1600. General light level: 0.04 lux. Photograph was captured in the first attempt.
Extreme low light test. Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1, lens: Fujinon 18mm, aperture: f/2.2, time: 30 seconds, ISO: 1600. General light level: 0.04 lux. Photograph was captured in the first attempt.

Lumu is subject to different calibration and field tests. Making sure the features we built actually matter.
We believe Lumu is an experience. And experience is defined by hardware and software working harmoniously together.

- iOS app is already approved by the App Store and is going public in a week, together with the Android app. Take a sneak peek of it.
- Pinhole app is in the final stage.

Hardware

CNC machine
CNC machine

Aluminum machining enables a level of precision that is usually unexpected in the light meter industry.

 - All housings are finished and on their way through the anodizing process.

2700 aluminum housings, ready for engraving, anodising and color filling.
2700 aluminum housings, ready for engraving, anodising and color filling.

Diffusers

Prototypes: first injected Lexan Polycarbonate hemisphere diffusers.
Prototypes: first injected Lexan Polycarbonate hemisphere diffusers.

As the diffuser is one of the key ingredients for the accurate measurements, we decided not to use average plastic materials. After various tests, we found the right mixture, based on Polycarbonate Plastic.

Lexan is extremely impact and abrasion-resistant, with enhanced UV resistance. Used for space helmets, clear high-performance windshields, aircraft canopies and bullet-resistant windows, it is an uncompromising material.

Diffuser improvements

Every tenth of a millimeter is precious.
Every tenth of a millimeter is precious.

- Another iteration of the plastic injection molds had to be done. In pre-series diffusers production, excellent optical and physical performance had already been matched.
But it turned out that the external fit isn’t as seamless as desired.

We wouldn’t expect anybody to be bothered by that slip, but just couldn’t let it go.

The end product needs to speak only about how you are going to use it, and not about the struggles we as designers and engineers had in solving problems.

Packaging and print materials

First test: Thermoformed insert matching the metal tin packaging box. Final color: white.
First test: Thermoformed insert matching the metal tin packaging box. Final color: white.
As you know we decided that every single backer gets Lumu T-Shirt. Total: 2600.
As you know we decided that every single backer gets Lumu T-Shirt. Total: 2600.

Epilogue
Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.

 From the early beginning Lumu is built from the heart. Not just because it has to be built.
And this is the way to learn the most. When you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes.

We strive to fulfill yours and ours expectations. Cumulative effort results in a wonderful product.