Bloom Comes fully assembled and ready to use. The only Bloom that does not come put together is #7 Reward - The Build-a-Bloom(this is the kit version). All other Blooms arrive ready to be displayed and played with.
**clarifications and more detailed explanation videos at the very bottom
The Short Version
Bloom is a handmade piece of digital art ready to enhance your home and wow your guests. Every Bloom is unique because each is hand crafted, that means each Bloom has its own little nuance and personality. In a world of exact replicas and cloned technology we felt it was time to make it a little more personal.
Once Bloom arrives, find a place to display it, plug in it in and whalla instant inside rainbow. Turn the knob to find a pattern that you like and customize that pattern by using your hands to change the color and speed to match the mood. You save your creation until your mood changes.
If you are curious about programming, or working with microcontrollers take Bloom to your computer, plug in a usb cable and start playing around with the lights and colors to make your own creative pattern. The occasional hobbiest can move Bloom from shelf to table and tinker for a few minutes without having to have a huge workspace or all these tools, wires or "stuff" laying around. All you need is a laptop, a usb cable and a little curiosity to make your first foray into microcontroller programming. When you are tired of tinkering put Bloom back on the shelf to be used and seen by all.
The Detailed Version
How Do I use Bloom?
Bloom interacts with you through its six sensors. There are two distance sensors on the top
left and right. This is the primary way to play with Bloom. Using your
hands you interact with Bloom and mold the color and pattern into
what you desire. One hand generally controls the colors of the light
while the other controls the speed of the pattern. To save your
creation, just leave your hand still for 3 seconds and it will save the
setting until you change it(Bloom blinks blue three times when it
saves). To navigate each pattern just turn the antenna. Bloom is also tap,shake,flip and motion sensitive and some patterns take advantage of these other sensors.
What is Bloom?
Bloom is designed to appeal to a diverse group of individuals. Different people will get different things from Bloom.
A nontechnical creative will see Bloom as a piece of interactive art and a fun unique luminary. Bloom is an experience. Its color, brightness, fluid shifting and multiple ways to display light, from the subtle to the very noticeable are incredible. Its a beautiful and fun display for home or work. Just walk up to Bloom, use the antenna to choose a pattern you like and use your hands to mold the pattern to fit your mood. Once a pattern is exactly as you want, save it. It remains until you want something new.
If you are in a chill laid back mood, you may want a very subtle pattern like #4 Drip(looks like dripping water) that is not bright but is very interesting to watch. If you are in a little more adventurous mood you may want it to be a bright multi color display that pulsates. You control how fast it pulsates, what color the light is and the brightness with your hands.
To a software developer or someone looking to get into software development, Bloom is a lamp programming platform based on arduino with 6 different environmental sensors that the developer can access. There's a motion sensor, 2 IR distance sensors, 1 potentiometer (knob thingy), 1 3 axis accelerometer, 1 soft potentiometer(slider thingy) and a digital display that shows numbers 1-99 to indicate what pattern is selected. The software developer has access to all these inputs and outputs and can create lovely artistic displays using the 50 super high quality LEDs. Bloom has been engineered to make programing as simple and fun as possible to learn. If you can count to 10 then you can visually learn how to program using Bloom. The LEDs are laid out in a very specific way and many of the built in functions make navigating the LEDs very easy.
Bloom is an excellent way to explain and convey basic programming concepts to younger students. Example: A for loop that you write on Bloom could easily turn 1 LED on, then the next LED on, the previous off at what ever speed you want. Then you could program that light to change based on your hand movement.The visual and physical explanation of non concrete concepts makes Bloom and amazing teaching tool.
The hello world(your first program) for Bloom is changing the blue save light to a red save light. Its easy enough for any skill level to do in less than 10 minutes. We will provide detailed video walk through for some basic Bloom programming.
For the person looking to get into open source hardware or looking for a place to start, Bloom is a great first project. The kit version(unassembled and unpainted) provides an awesome sandbox to begin with. Not only does it give a goal for the builder but the goal is something that people will talk about be curious about and think is pretty darn neat. And the end result will provide a long term challenge to novice and veteran developer alike. The Build-a-Bloom kit provides everything needed. There will be no need to run to Radio Shack a million times or have a ton of stuff laying around your hobby space because its all included with Bloom. It is also very easy to extend Bloom with new and fun sensors.
Whats the project?
In each Bloom there is about 300.00$ worth of hardware-unassembled. That's if you were to buy all the parts and pieces one by one. But if bought in bulk there are large discounts. That's where this project starts. To be able to cover all of our costs we need 50 Bloom to be ordered. With 50 we can order large enough quantities of the parts and make the manufacture and assembly of them cost effective.
That money will be used for the case manufacturing, part procurement, pcb creation and assembly. It will also be used to polish the code and schematics before release.
Make the world a little less bland and a little more colorful and back Bloom. A buck or a Like will help a ton. Your support is appreciated greatly!
Shipping- if you are outside north America it will be 25 bucks for Bloom. The power adapter I use is 110-240 so it should work in your country. If you need a plug adapter I can order that from adafruit for you and ship it with your Bloom for an additional $3(cost of the adapter). Here is the power supply so you can verify that it should work. Thanks! http://adafruit.com/products/276
Take pride in the fact that you helped make the world a little brighter. Be forever honored in all Bloom code and documentation and have your name added to Mega Bloom- A Bloom that will be donated to a local children's museum.
Thanks for joining the fight against boring lamps and lame lights everywhere. Your reward will be eternal fame on youtube. Your name will be included in a gratitude video we will make. We will thank you by name in the video. Reward #1 included.
Thank you so much for helping us make programming a little more fun and accessible to all. For your help we will send you a "I grew Bloom." patch and a personalized signed letter of thanks from us. Reward #1 and #2 included.
Stand tall knowing you help add something beautiful to the world. You will also receive a little piece of Bloom. A high quality LED key chain that you can actually plug into a micro controller and program. We will include the wire diagram with the LED. Its a single 12.5 mm LED(the same ones used on Bloom). All lower level rewards are included.
Bloomtastic, thats what you are! In thanks for adding a little color to the world we will give you the ability to go down in Bloom lore. You will be able to design your own pattern on Bloom and we will code it for you. You get to choose how it interacts with the user- Do they tap it, flip shake it, what happens when they move their right and left hands - all this power is left to you. You then get to name that pattern and you will get the credit for creating it in all code and documentation. You also receive all lower rewards.
You deserve a Standing O from us at Bloom. You will be the first to receive Bloom. Your special Bloom will come with a numbered plaque that has "I grew Bloom" on it. These will be delivered before Christmas(hint,hint) :). You choose your color and finish of your Blooms case. The finish can be textured, matt, glossy. The prototype Bloom would be textured yellow. Your color choices are Red, Black, Yellow, Blue, Green, Chrome and really any color you like. We paint them by hand and we have lots of paint. You also get a phone call/facetime/skype(your choice) from Ryan for your feedback and so he can express his undying gratitude. You also receive rewards 1-4.
All will praise you for spreading a little joy. You will also receive a complete Build-a-Bloom kit. This kit comes with 6 sensors, pcb, arduino, case, 2 strands of amazing LEDs,power supply and everything else needed. A signed and numbered instruction manual that will walk you through birthing Bloom will be included. You also get rewards 1-4.
Soon honored backer you will be able to control the rainbowy goodness that emanates from Bloom. You will receive Bloom in your choice of color - Red,Black,Yellow,Blue,Green. You will also receive rewards 1-4 and a whole lot of love from us.
We lift our voices praising your greatness and bask in the Bloom like glow of your awesomeness. You will receive a custom Bloom. Made with whatever color or mix of color case you would like. We will also add any words, names, or special messages you would want. We will add any stencil or design on the outside of the case you request. This will be a unique and special gift for anyone that is hard to buy for in your life. Rewards 1-4 are included.
Be an original. Get the first Bloom prototype. Not a copy but the only one in existence. Way back then we used ping sensors instead of IR and the case was cut in half. You can see it in the video near the end. it will come in a special glass case with a plaque on it Saying "Your name" - "grew Bloom." It will be number 0. This is a functioning Bloom.
We will build a magnificent monument in your honor. Aside from a Bloom you will also get to design a custom piece of interactive art. We will work together to create something amazing and unique that fits into your home or work space. This will be something visitors and family alike will benefit from. You also receive rewards 1-4.