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Introducing The Zifnu PIXEL, the world's first, and most advanced, programmable & customizable full-color 16 LED flashlight kit.

As the name implies, you can individually control each of the PIXEL's sixteen full-color LEDs (aka "pixels") by modifying the provided example Arduino sketch and uploading your changes to the PIXEL via USB.

  • Pre-programmed Arduino Sketch with 13 display modes to get you started
  • Learn the concepts of laser-cut case design and Arduino programming
  • Customize the case design, or design your own, to personalize your PIXEL
  • Program your own display modes to make your PIXEL even more unique
Zifnu PIXEL Flashlight Kit Components
Zifnu PIXEL Flashlight Kit Components

 

The Zifnu PIXEL is completely open-source, this includes the circuit & PCB design, the software (Arduino Sketch), and the laser-cut case design. All of the files will be available for download once they are finalized after the successful completion of this campaign.

The laser-cut case materials for the campaign rewards are clear Acrylic for the front and rear panels, and Bamboo for the center sections. This combination of the Acrylic and Bamboo give the PIXEL a modern, yet warm feel.      

With the downloadable case design files, you can cut your own parts to personalize your PIXEL. In the example images below, you will find a completely clear Acrylic case and one with translucent Blue center sections. Both awesome in their own right. What will you choose?

PIXEL Flashlight Kit Feature Highlights:

  • Arduino IDE compatible (sketch upload via USB port, no programmer required)
  • Pre-programmed with the Micronucleus bootloader
  • Loaded with an example sketch that includes 13 display modes
  • ATTINY85-20SU 8-bit microcontroller running at 16MHZ
  • Sixteen individually-addressable full-color LEDs (WS2812b)
  • Sixteen high-quality PMMA LED lenses to focus the light
  • 5VDC boost regulator to ensure consistent LED brightness
  • 1500mAh Li-Po battery for long run times
  • Li-Po Battery management IC with Blue status LED
  • Micro USB port for charging and programming
  • Combined Power/Mode switch with Blue indicator LED
  • Externally-accessible Reset button (used for programming)
  • Customizable laser-cut case design

Laser-Cut Case Dimensions:

  • Height: 145mm (5.71")
  • Width: 35mm (1.38")
  • Depth: 17mm (0.67")

PCB Dimensions:

  • Height: 130mm (5.12")
  • Width: 26mm (1.02")
  • Depth: 13mm (0.51")
Assembled Case & PCB
Assembled Case & PCB

 

Assembled Case, PCB, & A Fully Assembled PIXEL Flashlight
Assembled Case, PCB, & A Fully Assembled PIXEL Flashlight

 

Assembled Case, PCB, & High-Quality PMMA Lenses
Assembled Case, PCB, & High-Quality PMMA Lenses

 

Assembled PIXEL Flashlight - Back of Case
Assembled PIXEL Flashlight - Back of Case

  

PIXEL and a $20 for Size Comparison
PIXEL and a $20 for Size Comparison

 

A Few Case Material Combinations
A Few Case Material Combinations

 

A Trio of Awesomeness
A Trio of Awesomeness

 

The Translucent Cases Light Up Nicely
The Translucent Cases Light Up Nicely

 

  • HIGH, Cool White 
  • HIGH, Warm White 
  • Medium, Warm White 
  • LOW, Warm White 
  • RED, All LEDs are Red 
  • GREEN, All LEDs are Green 
  • BLUE, All LEDs are Blue 
  • RED FLASH, All LEDs are Red and flash at ~350ms rate 
  • BEACON, All LEDs are Cool White for a 50ms burst every 3 seconds 
  • RED CHASE, All LEDs are Red and in a chase pattern 
  • YELLOW WIPE 1, All LEDs are Yellow and wipe from one side to the other 
  • YELLOW WIPE 2, All LEDs are Yellow and wipe from the center point outwards 
  • RAINBOW, All LEDs cycle through their colors in a chase pattern

  

Power-On-Off-Sequence
Power-On-Off-Sequence

 

Beacon (50ms flash every 3 seconds (GIF period shortened to reduce GIF file size))
Beacon (50ms flash every 3 seconds (GIF period shortened to reduce GIF file size))

 

Red-Flash
Red-Flash

  

Red-Chase
Red-Chase

  

Edge-Sweep-Yellow
Edge-Sweep-Yellow

  

Center-Sweep-Yellow
Center-Sweep-Yellow

  

Rainbow
Rainbow

 

 

Zifnu is focused on the innovation and creation of uniquely-awesome electronic kits and modules. Our goal is to offer amazing kits that inspire, educate, and are just a bit different than you can find anywhere else.

How You Can Help Us

We need your support so that we can begin the production of the amazing Zifnu PIXEL full-color LED flashlight kit.

Manufacturing in small quantities is not cost effective, and in some instances not even possible. We need your help funding a large enough order to be able to bring this kit to market at a reasonable price.

In doing so, you will also be helping lay the groundwork for future kits and modules, some already in the prototyping stages. We have many awesome ideas we would love to share with the world; we need your support to help make that dream a reality.

Our long-term goals include bringing as much manufacturing in-house as possible. Every successful campaign and sale brings us a step closer to realizing that goal...

Risks and challenges

The hard work is done, the Zifnu PIXEL Flashlight Kit is the culmination of many months of prototyping, testing, and refining the electronics, case design, and example Arduino Sketch.

The only real risks and challenges will be related to the production timeline if there are any unforeseen sourcing issues related to the individual components or materials. Items required are available today in sufficient quantities, if that status changes before production begins, slight shipping delays may be encountered.

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    PIXEL PCB

    With this Reward Tier you will receive:
    - 1 fully assembled and tested PIXEL PCB.

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    PIXEL PCB, BATTERY, & LENSES

    With this Reward Tier you will receive:
    - 1 fully assembled and tested PIXEL PCB.
    - 1 3.7v 1500mAh Li-Po Battery.
    - 16 LED Lenses

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    Complete PIXEL Flashlight Kit

    With this Reward Tier you will receive:
    - 1 fully assembled and tested PIXEL PCB.
    - 1 laser-cut case (Clear Acrylic & Bamboo).
    - 1 case hardware set.
    - 1 3.7v 1500mAh Li-Po Battery.
    - 16 LED Lenses
    - 1 Micro USB Cable

    This is the reward to choose if you want the complete PIXEL flashlight kit that includes everything you need to build the PIXEL as shown in the example images.

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    PIXEL PCB (x2)

    With this Reward Tier you will receive:
    - 2 fully assembled and tested PIXEL PCBs.

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    PIXEL PCB, BATTERY, & LENSES (x2)

    With this Reward Tier you will receive:
    - 2 fully assembled and tested PIXEL PCBs.
    - 2 3.7v 1500mAh Li-Po Batteries.
    - 32 LED Lenses.

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    Complete PIXEL Flashlight Kit (x2)

    With this Reward Tier you will receive:
    - 2 fully assembled and tested PIXEL PCBs.
    - 2 laser-cut cases (Clear Acrylic & Bamboo).
    - 2 case hardware sets.
    - 2 3.7v 1500mAh Li-Po Batteries.
    - 32 LED Lenses
    - 2 Micro USB Cables

    This is the reward to choose if you want the complete PIXEL flashlight kit that includes everything you need to build the PIXEL as shown in the example images.

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    Custom PIXEL Reward

    Have your PIXEL Reward your way!

    This is the reward tier to choose if none of the other reward tiers work for you, you want to order 3 or more complete kits, or just want to mix-n-match.

    Simply choose from the reward option list below, multiple the pledge amount of each reward option by the quantity you want of each, add everything up, and pledge that amount. Also send us a message that includes your list of reward options and pledge amount so we can make a note of it.

    Reward Option List:
    - 1 Complete PIXEL Kit - $50
    - 1 PIXEL PCB - $30
    - 1 Battery & set of 16 Lenses - $10
    - 1 Laser-cut case & hardware set - $10

    Note: For high quantity custom rewards, additional shipping charges may apply, especially for international shipping.

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