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The Crypto Lotus is an interactive sculpture that uses light, music, and math to instill wonder and a sense of magic.
The Crypto Lotus is an interactive sculpture that uses light, music, and math to instill wonder and a sense of magic.
106 backers pledged $4,795 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE! We're funded! Stretch goal ahoy!

First, a HUGE thank you to all of our backers. We're humbled by all of your support! We've already started the process of getting the screen print design ready for the t-shirts and as soon as the campaign ends we'll be sending out a survey asking everyone for their sizes, address, colors the want for their EL wire wings, etc.

Because we are done so early we decided to add a stretch goal of $4,500. That little bit more will be enough to allow us to bring the lotus to another festival (possibly one of the east coast or midwest FIGMENT events, we haven't decided yet). If we are able to make that goal then we'll be making custom 3" embroidered Crypto Lotus patches and all backers over $5 will receive one.

So, please continue to spread the word! The more we're able to pull in, the more the Crypto Lotus will be able to travel spreading it's wonder and joy!


The Crypto Lotus

The Crypto Lotus is a plant whose pollen is math, patterns, and logic. It uses light and sound to attract it's pollinating symbiote - human beings. It then teases them with puzzles of light, color, and time. As the humans work together to solve the puzzles the Crypto Lotus will ring happily and slowly blossom while rippling with vibrant colors.

The Crypto Lotus will be an approximately 8' tall animatronic sculpture of a lotus that will glow from the over one thousand independently controlled RGB LEDs embedded inside it's petals. It will be surrounded by 6 pressure sensitive hexagonal lily pads that potential pollinators will use to communicate with the Crypto Lotus.

Why We Need You

We're running this Kickstarter to help us get the funds necessary to buy all of the materials needed for this project such as microcontrollers, batteries, lots of RGB LEDs, ripstop nylon, and a small steel tongue Hapi drum (that's how the Crypto Lotus will play its music). We'll also be using the funds to pay for the transportation costs associated with shipping the Crypto Lotus all over the United States.

We'll be building the Crypto Lotus this spring (construction is already under way!) and it's scheduled to debut at Playa Del Fuego over Memorial Day weekend.

If all goes well, we hope to bring the Crypto Lotus to many different venues over the next few years.

You can follow our progress at the Crypto Lotus page on Facebook.

About Us

Last year, Branden Hall and Matt Collins, the core team behind the Crypto Lotus, built their first project together, the BlitterBike - a 32x32 pixel biked-towed light sculpture. They are looking to take the skills they learned building the BlitterBike to a whole new level with the Crypto Lotus.

The BlitterBike in action
The BlitterBike in action

Risks and challenges

There are a few engineering challenges we are working on surrounding the opening and closing of the lotus, but we're lucky enough to have enough engineers as friends that we're positive we can pull it off.

In the worst case that some parts of the lotus aren't yet ready for some of the early summer festivals, it can still be operated with some features disabled.

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    A Crypto Lotus sticker and being listed as an official supporter of the project.

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    A Crypto Lotus t-shirt in the size and cut (men's or women's) of your choice.

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    A name of your choice will be engraved on one size of one of the Crypto Lotus' hexagonal lily pads. You will also be given a high-quality digital photograph of the engraving.

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    One pair of custom made EL wire wings in the colors of your choice (1 color for EL wire, 1 color for wings & 1 color for body). Delivery will start in May on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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    A small wooden box with a glowing button. When pressed near the lotus it will trigger a personalized show of light and sound. (Will be hand delivered at Burning Man)

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Funding period

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