Great Start and New Challenges
Hello everyone! We are happy to present the first update of the Lightpack project, more will definitely follow. The interest towards the Lightpack project and the feedback we received so far are impressive. We are very grateful to those who supported us and backed the project — you guys are the most important asset we have!
LET’S DOT ALL THE I’S
First of all we would like to clarify some points to eliminate any rumours or doubts about how Lightpack works. Look at the picture below (or click to enlarge)!
Lightpack only works when connected to a computer (Windows, Linux, OS X) with Prismatik software running on it or to an Android device (with Prism app we are working on). We also support XBMC-like shells running on top of any of these operating systems. Current version of Lightpack is not designed to capture the picture directly from Cable TV, DVB-receiver, X-BOX or Playstation (read the FAQ to learn why). We’ve got rather geeky back-way and proof of concept how this capturing could be done and will tell you about in one of the following updates.
STRANDS OF WORK
Several Lightpacks on one computer
There were tons of questions of two kind:
- How about several screens?
- How about larger (than 50’’) display diagonals?
The actual answer is lying within software and depends on whether two (or more) Lightpacks can be used on one computer so you can mount Lightpacks on each screen or 2 Lightpacks on one larger screen. We are now working on the software upgrade which allows this feature to work. Our next project update will belong to a video explaining/showing how it works.
New reward — meet Multipack
Following the same request as above (multiple Lightpacks) we have added a new reward called Multipack. It gives you 2 Lightpacks for bigger TV screens or for multiple screens (for example, if you have 2 or more screens next to each other). Remember that even if you already backed, you can upgrade your pledge and get 2 Lightpacks instead of one!
Lightpack for Android (and OUYA of course)
Someone made it public :) Initially we planned to announce this feature to the utmost a bit later or leave it when we would stretch the goal but now there is no reason to hide any more. The prototype of the software which could capture a picture on rooted Android 4+ exists! We tested it on several devices including Nexus 7 (which hardware is almost identical to the Android-based OUYA console). Here Lightpack will be directly connected to the USB-host of the Android device.
Right now we’re trying to get in touch with OUYA for the final tests and making demo for you. As soon as we have it live there will be another great project update. By the way, does anybody here know someone from OUYA team?
Raspberry Pi support
We received several comments where some of you mentioned that Prismatik was based on Qt, and asked whether it could be run on RPi, as RPi and Qt are so close. This sounds logical however technically there are some limitations. To make sure that Prismatik works correctly on RPi we have to remove all OS-dependant elements from source code. This is absolutely realistic but we need some time to do this. In the next updates you will be able to see how Prismatik works on RPi, as this feature is currently in scope of our work.
ONE MORE PREDICTABLE ASK
We’re working hard to make new Lightpack’s features live and here we’ve described which project updates you can expect really-really soon. Stay tuned, they are on its way!
Share the information about the Lightpack project with your friends or post the links to the project wherever you find appropriate — it will help us to reach the goal faster and go for stretched goals. And do not forget Lightpack has its own Facebook and Twitter pages.