Stretch Goals and New Ideas
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The most important topic for this update are the stretch goals. You must have been waiting for them, and we understand how important they are, especially in cases like ours, when the target has been reached but we still have a lot of time till the end of the campaign. The Lightpack team has spent quite some time brainstorming, and there was a lot of tough discussion within the team.
Unfortunately, we are not able to add any hardware related stretch goals or let you update your pledges, while this would mean we will have to shift the delivery to a later date, and this is unacceptable for most of the backers. For example, we can’t add HDMI pass-through as a stretch goal as it would mean creating a completely different device. Bluetooth/Wi-Fi modification of Lightpack wouldn’t work as a stretch goal as well because the earliest possible release of this functionality is in November 2013. Most of these challenges are described in project FAQ.
There was a lot of discussion about adding software improvements as stretch goals. We decided not to go for it because it would then assume that if we don't reach the stretch goal, we won’t bring the new software features into life, and this is not true — we would!
Despite all peculiarities of the project, we managed to come up with several features which we would like to announce as stretch goals. If you have any other ideas (what could work as a stretch goal), please share your comments with us, we will for sure go through all of them. If your idea ends up in the stretch goal list, one Lightpack is yours for free (incl shipping)!
Here is the list:
Caps for LED modules
We thought it would make sense to refine the sockets by adding caps to protect the cables from jams, which would make it easier to assemble and disassemble the LED modules. The render below gives you an idea on how it’s going to look like.
In fact, caps will be tightly soldered into socket and we will need additional tooling to produce them (to get to know about tooling please read the "what do we need money for?" section). This is the reason why adding caps for LED modules is a stretch goal. In case of reaching the stretch goal all the Lightpack LED modules will be equipped with caps.
This is going to be a plug-in (or few plug-ins as we didn’t decide yet) designed to notify about new events in your mailboxes, messages on Facebook, Skype etc via Lightpack. As for now, we will definitely support the following:
- Google Calendar
Right now we are in touch with a team of the great service IFTTT.com to allow you using lots of different notifications. If you have any interesting idea please share it with us in the comments! In case of reaching this goal, the plug-in will be released in October 2013.
Remote control app for iOS and Android
We are willing to make iOS and Android apps able to control your Lightpack. Functionality includes turning lighting on and off, changing profiles, switching modes and choosing the backlit color. Device with app installed has to be in the same network as the machine with Lightpack and Prismatik software installed. Please note that remote control is the remote control only and it will not work for screen capture or other direct interaction with Lightpack. In case of reaching stretch goal we will release the apps in the end of October 2013.
Flashing with music beat seems to be one of the most obvious Lightpack features. However, our experience proved this feature to be a challenge to work out-of-box. In fact, we have already tried to make the Winamp plug-in, but were not satisfied. Because of reasons stated above this is the later of our stretch goals. In case of reaching stretch goal we will provide this function by the end of November 2013.
How do you like it?
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