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Patrick O'ConnellBy Patrick O'Connell
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Patrick O'ConnellBy Patrick O'Connell
First created
AU$ 7,335
pledged of AU$ 25,000pledged of AU$ 25,000 goal
94
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, May 21 2016 4:43 PM UTC +00:00

About

Looking for the ultimate extension to your phone that not only allows you to highly customise your environment, but speaks to you using smart colour coded signals?

We weren't happy with the options when it came to personal so called "smart" lighting, so we decided to make our own...

Geni is the world’s first smart beacon that uses colour codes to tell you who and what is happening on your phone without looking at it. The coolest part? The entire experience is controlled by YOU using our quick and simple companion app! This revolutionary beacon is designed to provide you with the perfect smart environment, for relaxing, staying focused and enhancing your mood.

Compromising on nothing, Geni delivers the same benefits as traditional so called "smart lighting" but then goes beyond with our innovative smart colour system, intelligent features and elegant design.

Traditional Smart Lighting

  • Ability to change colours 
  •  $200-$400 

 The traditional approach

Geni Smart Beacon

  • Ability to change colours to set the ultimate mood in your home or office. 
  • Smart colour coded notifications for phone calls, messages, email and social apps. 
  • In built speaker phone for calls so you can quickly and easily talk to family and friends. 
  • Simple and accessible functionality with capacitive touch (Touch the top of Geni to turn on/off, accept/end calls, snooze/end alarm) 
  • 2 x Hidden easily accessible USB ports for keeping all of the important devices in your life charged. 
  • Elegant minimal design made from only the best finish and selection of materials. 
  • $99(Kickstarter Special) 

 The Geni approach

It involves you, your environment and a simple app on your phone!

Sleek Premium Aesthetics

We believe that all truly remarkable products are visually appealing and built with high quality materials. All of our time was spent finding the perfect harmony between high performance electronics and a minimal aesthetic.

Colour has a profound effect on our mood and emotion, our mental states are directly related to the quality of light we receive through our eyes. Being able to change these colours effortlessly to match your desired environment will maximise relaxation when you need to get rest, concentration when you need to focus and provide stress relief after a big day.

1 Million Colours to Choose From.
1 Million Colours to Choose From.

1 Million colours to choose from. With 1 Million colours to choose from, you will be able to find the perfect hue to match any room in your house, adding a new level of personal comfort.

Read in the Dark with 800 Lumens of Brightness
Read in the Dark with 800 Lumens of Brightness

With 800 Lumens of brightness, Geni is all you will need to read, or light your way in the dark.

Geni has the ability to notify you when you have incoming calls, messages and social activity using smart colour codes.

Different Colour Codes

So you can easily tell what type of notification you are receiving, Geni blinks differently for each type of alert:

  • Phone calls blink repeatedly until you accept or decline call 
  • Messages blink three times 
  • Social apps and Email blink once 
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Customise Your Own Colours

The best thing about this is you can fully customise the colours of your individual contacts and social apps, so when you get notifications, your environment will elegantly change to that colour. This way you will know who is contacting you, even when you're busy and can't pick up the phone, or when your phone is out of reach.

  • Turn all of your family one colour 
  • Turn all of your work colleagues one colour 
  • Turn all of your friends one colour 
  • Individually pick colours for each of your best friends 
  • Pick colours for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Mail notifications.  
Selecting Your Contacts Through the App.
Selecting Your Contacts Through the App.

We think buttons are messy, so we made the entire beacon surface touch sensitive. Simply use your finger to turn the beacon on/off, accept/end calls and snooze and end alarm. This way if you phone is not handy, you can still use your Geni's full functionality, to tell you when you have notifications, to light your way in the dark, or accept calls.

Geni is equipped with a high quality built-in bluetooth speaker and microphone. A lot of the time when we are working in the office, cooking in the kitchen or getting changed in the bedroom, getting our phone out can interrupt what were doing or be completely impractical.

Now you can conveniently take calls simply by touching the top of Geni, allowing you to take the call with crystal clear sound, without interruption.

We’ve designed Geni to be the perfect fit for you and your lifestyle! By combining sleek aesthetics with durable materials, we’re giving you the versatility you want and need. Whether you’re at your desk, cooking in the kitchen, relaxing in the lounge room, or winding down in your bedroom, Geni will take it to another level.

Enhance Your Mood.
Enhance Your Mood.
Stay Alert and Focused.
Stay Alert and Focused.

Charge Your Devices

Never again will you have to awkwardly reach down the side of your bed, or cupboard to find your USB cord. Geni has 2 hidden USB ports on the underside of its unibody to charge all of the devices in your life.

Listen to Your Favorite Music

Geni's high quality built-in bluetooth speaker with passive bass allows you to play all clean powerful 80dB audio from your devices and computers. Perfect for relaxation before heading to bed, keeping in the zone while working, and setting the mood whilst cooking up a storm.

Wake Up Perfectly With Alarm Mode

The problem with most phone alarms is they wake you up too violently with a loud noise, this is no way to start day..

Our alarm mode will wake you up with a smooth gradual buildup of light that mimics the morning sun. In the app you can set the speed and intensity of where the light begins and ends, then add the perfect soft sound to ensure you rise feeling great.

If your alarm goes off, and it's still to early for you, tap the top of Geni once to snooze..

And when your ready to seize the day, tap the top of Geni twice to end alarm.

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Group Multiple Geni's Together

You can connect two Geni's into one grouping to allow control over an entire room, or two rooms.

Once the beacons are grouped you can change their colours, intensity and modes together or separately. Which allows you to create complete colour landscapes, mix colours to add higher levels of individuality to your environment.

Geni Home Page / Colour Selection Page.
Geni Home Page / Colour Selection Page.
Contact Page / Contact List Page / Individual Contact Page.
Contact Page / Contact List Page / Individual Contact Page.
Social/Email App Page / Alarm Page / Edit Alarm Page.
Social/Email App Page / Alarm Page / Edit Alarm Page.

Within a minute of taking them Geni of the box, you can have your very own smart lighting environment! In just 4 simple steps you will be ready to go and be able to enjoy revolutionary, long lasting and more intelligent lighting!

The great thing is Geni that is operated by the app on your phone. So when we update the app, you get a better and improved version of Geni.

We have a few big plans for how Geni's smart colour can be even more useful, and we will be working hard to get them included in future updates for the app.

If you come up with a great idea for a feature we can put in future updates, please post it in our campaign comments section. We can't wait to hear all of the great new suggestions features and performance that will ultimately make your Geni even more awesome!

Compatible with US, UK and AUS Plugs!

Each Geni will come with a plug according to its destination. Shortly after the campaign is ended we will send out a survey where we will ask you which plug you would prefer.

Early last year we decided to upload our concept to Yanko Design Blog, and the results were astounding, within a matter of days we were featured in many notable design/homeware blogs around the world, this led us to believe we were onto something..

We’ve continuously asked ourselves one question: what do you most desire from personal lighting? We listened to all of our community’s feedback and worked tirelessly to make Geni simply the best personal lighting solution ever.

Working with the feedback from our passionate followers, we then started brainstorming and sketching on what the beacon could look like, and how it would function. Moving each component around, to the point that we felt we had achieved a perfect balance between proportion, usability and aesthetic.

Some of Our Initial Sketches.
Some of Our Initial Sketches.

Some of Our Initial Sketches. Some of Our Initial Sketches. To learn how it would perform in real life we then set about creating working prototypes. This process begins with creating 3D models and getting our prototyping factory to make 1:1 scale models for testing. We then rearranged the LED's, Speaker, Microphone and Sensors around in different combinations to find out what is the best configuration to deliver a compact form with effective performance.

Early Lighting and Sound Prototypes.
Early Lighting and Sound Prototypes.

Early Lighting and Sound Prototypes. Early Lighting and Sound Prototypes. Once we had the basic schematics of Geni figured out, we then handed over to our engineering division where we broke down each of the elements and figured out the most practical and efficient way to prepare design for mass manufacture. In doing so minimising the risk once handing over to our production partners.

Then we designed the look and feel of the app. Focusing on ease of use, the storyboard and overall aesthetic was defined. This blueprint was then passed onto our app development team who programmed the design over the API codes that allow Geni to communicate completely with your selected IOS or Android devices.

Design of App Storyboard.
Design of App Storyboard.

The last step was refining and optimising all the parts and creating full working prototypes. Experimenting with materials and surface finishes until we were completely happy, this combined with the effective communication between Geni and our app, provided us with a complete proof of concept.

In our current state we have complete proof of concept and are now integrating the 3D files with our factory in order to create the injection moulds and PCB assembly needed to manufacture Geni.

We chose Kickstarter because we believe the backer community will play an integral role in the development of Geni. Through Kickstarter we’re not just pre-selling our device to early adopters, but rather forging relationships with a passionate community of innovative individuals.

Kickstarter, your support will not only help us turn this product into a reality, but your valuable feedback will improve the future versions when we release them ! If you’re ready for a smart colour revolution, please support our campaign and spread the word!

The Geni team has been working in the consumer electronics industry with global corporations for more than 7 years, and have the experience in bringing products like Geni to market many times over.

Our manufacturing partners have not only helped many previously hugely successful Kickstarter campaigns, but delivered electronic products to many recognisable Fortune 300 companies like Phillips, Targus, Sony and many more. The great advantage with working with our partners is the detailed systems in which they conduct during manufacturing and assembly, which drastically eliminates risk/failure when in mass manufacture. Each product will be tested one by one with a third party electronic testing house, to ensure that each product passes stringent global standards in perfomance and safety.

Along with the 13 months of research and development, the selection of quality components and assembly facilities, we know we are ready to deliver you a unique, innovative and efficient design.

Geni is the clear and simple answer to smarter environments in the home and can’t wait to share this great project with you. When you see your Geni on your own desk, and hanging in retail stores - you will know that YOU helped it happen!

Thanks for taking the time to look - we hope you enjoy our new project as much as we do! Patrick

A big thank you to our family and friends whose support has helped make this campaign possible. And a special shout-out to Bianca Milani, our videographer (www.anarchitectphotographedmyundies.com.au) for the lovely images throughout our site and campaign.

Risks and challenges

Geni is an innovative yet complex product. It involves a deep understanding of mechanical, electrical and communications engineering. Before approaching and launching on Kickstarter, we have exhausted numerous rounds of prototypes to ensure that the design we are proposing is in fact of the quality and feasibility to be mass manufactured.

We are now at the stage of holding a fully tested and prototyped design, ready for manufacturing. If our project becomes successful we will then proceed with the necessary steps to go from prototype to mass production. With all of the electronics, app and communication work completed and verified, we now leave ourselves the task of setting up tooling for the 4 injection moulds required to create the hard components that hold the assembly together.

Naturally there will always be risks in any product venture; but by implementing production systems with our manufacturing partners and following global assembly standards, we are eliminating common risks found out by most startup companies. On top of that we are fully invested in this product and ready to address any possible issues that arise.

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!

    Get a Geni Beacon + 1 Power Cord + Free Download of the Geni App + 1 Year Warranty + You'll get your Geni before everyone else and be featured on our Facebook page and website! (RRP: $150)

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    FIRST BATCH GENI BEACON!

    Get a Geni Beacon + 1 Power Cord + Free Download of the Geni App + 1 Year Warranty + You'll get your Geni before everyone else and be featured on our Facebook page and website! (RRP: $150)

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