BIG Update:- New Features and Launch Dates!

 

We are very excited to finally be able to announce today new Adaptalux features that we have implemented into the product. We were blown away by the Kickstarter campaign and all of your generous support, so we wanted to maximise the funds received to make the product even better. Detailed below are new product features that we have been working very hard on over summer. All of these features will be built into the first batch of the product, meaning you will be receiving more Adaptalux features than we originally outlined with your pledges and pre-orders! How awesome is that?

Built in Bluetooth!

We have now developed and built in bluetooth capability into every Control Pod. This expands Adaptalux’s capabilities significantly and means our original idea of having  a bluetooth accessory that plugs into the back of the Control Pod is no longer required. This means you will now be able to control Adaptalux wirelessly with your android or iPhone devices straight out of the box.

We have built features into the App such as LIVE control as well as the ability to download and upload lighting configurations directly from the Control Pod to the app. This will allow the Adaptalux Lighting Library to be more detailed and all electronic data of a set-up will be available at the tap of a button for everybody.

The App itself is also coming along nicely. We are now working on the 3rd revision, optimising the best methods of controlling Adaptalux using the App so it is effortless and intuitive. We are hoping to release the App a month before the product launch, so people can experiment and build lighting set-ups in an “offline mode” in preparation of receiving the Adaptalux’s. The app will only be available to iPhone users at launch, swiftly followed by an Android version. More details about the Adaptalux App will be posted as updates as it progresses over the next few months.

To use Adaptalux via bluetooth is very simple. Simply hold the cycle button on the Control Pod for 2 seconds to make it enter a bluetooth seeking mode, and then simply connect to it using the Adaptalux App. Easy.

Improved Battery Life:-

One of the most common questions we have had are battery life concerns so we have listened and improved. Through some clever coding, we have improved the battery life by 5X without sacrificing any light output. This now means one single charge will provide 12 hours of use with 3 Lighting Arms connected at 50% brightness. This means 1 charge gives you a lot of time to master your Adaptalux lighting set-up for a subject when both in the field and at home.

New and improved Control Pod status indicator:-

The battery indicator LED on the Control Pod has now been upgraded to have a blue notification too alongside red and green. It will now indicate the following at a glance so you can stay focused on your photography work:-

  • Flashing Red:- Battery is getting low, lighting no longer suitable for free-hand shooting.
  • Constant Red:- Very low battery, charge immediately.
  • Flashing Green:- Charging
  • Constant Green:- Fully charged and still connected to external power source.
  • Flashing Blue:- Bluetooth mode enabled, seeking connection.
  • Constant Blue:- Bluetooth connection successful. Connected to the Adaptalux mobile App.

Help us spread the news about these amazing new features!

This update is a big deal for us and you guys! With these new features, Adaptalux will be better than ever and it’s all thanks to your generous pledges and support. We would really appreciate it if you would take a minute to spread the word regarding this update using social media. To share, simply click on the desired social media icon below, it’s that easy and it will mean a lot to us!

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New Launch Dates:-

The downside to these new innovations and features is they have delayed our original schedule by some time. We are sorry about this but we think these new features are well worth waiting a little longer for and we hope you all agree too! The new schedule is outlined below:-

We are now anticipating a launch date in February 2016, although if we finish earlier it could be January. The BETA pledgers will receive their Adaptalux Kits 4 weeks before everyone else. Other Kickstarter pledges will then be fulfilled followed by website pre-orders.

Production Updates:-

A lot of Adaptalux has now been ordered and delivered. Here is a range of images of new parts received since the last update. The last item to order will be the Control Pod PCB with the new bluetooth functionality. We are going to be starting some of the sub-assemblies through October here in the UK.

Samples testing the Diffuser/Colour Filter assembly process.

Samples testing the Diffuser/Colour Filter assembly process.

Finished CNC machined components

Finished CNC machined components

Tooling for our patent protected electrical contact design

Tooling for our patent protected electrical contact design

Finished Aluminium Control Pod Front plates

Finished Aluminium Control Pod Front plates

 

We have decided to change the finish of the Control Pod from a speckled texture to a matte texture. We believe a matte finish gives the Adaptalux Control Pod a more high quality aesthetic and it also suits the designs of the Lighting Arms and Effect Components more. Here is a render showing the Control Pod with a matte black finish.

New Matte finish for Control Pod

New Matte finish for Control Pod

Packaging:-

Packaging design is now almost complete. We now need to seek a company to help us manufacture and assemble the packaging. We have designed as much as possible by ourselves to keep costs down. There will be packaging for the following:-

  • Starter Pack
  • Combo Pack
  • Ultimate Pack
  • Individual Lighting Arms
  • Individual Diffusers/Colour Filters

More to follow regarding the packaging in the coming months including images of the designs and prototypes.

Winner of our mini-competition:-

There were 1,998 screws in this glass!

There were 1,998 screws in this glass!

The winner of our mini-competition ins our last update is Kevin L. Kitchens. His guess was 1,024 screws which was the closest. There were actually 1,998 screws in there believe it or not! Congratulations to Kevin and he won a free colour filter to add to his pack!

Thank you everyone for your continued support! For weekly images from Adaptalux be sure to follow our Flickr and Instagram pages.

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More Progress, Photos and a Mini-Competition!

Hi Everyone,

Lots more progress photos to show you regarding the manufacture of Adaptalux, a little competition, Adaptalux photos and a build up to a very BIG update we have coming in September.

CNC Machining of parts:-

Adaptalux utilises parts that are made out of aluminium, which are machined to very tight tolerances and are anodised to give a hard and durable finish. These parts are now well under way and most are now heading into the anodising process. Dimensional checks have been completed and we are pleased to announce they are spot on. Here are some images!

Beam Angle Adjusters for the Lighting Arms

LED housing for the Lighting Arms

LED housing for the Lighting Arms

Base of diffusers and colour filters

Base of diffusers and colour filters

The front plate for the Control Pod is also now in production. They have gone through the first phase of CNC machining and are about to enter the second phase.

Control Pod Frontplate CNC machining

Control Pod Frontplate CNC machining

Injection Molded Parts:-

We have received the first samples of some of the injection molded parts this week. They look great and have now been analysed in full and a report sent back to the supplier. There are some small details that need improving, but apart from that these parts should be ready to be mass produced very soon once a second set of improved samples are received, evaluated and approved.

First injection Mold Samples

First injection Mold Samples

A Big Delivery:-

Yesterday we received a big delivery of the flexible tubing for the Lighting Arms. Sam is quickly running out of garage space! They look great, have awesome movement and have a high quality feel to them. We are very pleased with them.

Flexible tubing delivery for the Lighting Arms

Flexible tubing delivery for the Lighting Arms

Miscellaneous Parts:-

Parts such as USB cables and other small but crucial adaptalux parts have now been ordered and some have been received.

Rubber feet for the Control Pod

Rubber feet for the Control Pod

Ring magnets

Ring magnets

Coldshoe adaptors for the packs!

Coldshoe adaptors for the packs!

USB cables for the packs

A Competition:-

One of the other important parts we have received are the screws used for the assembly of the Control Pod. Guess how many screws are in the glass by using the photographs below. You have one week to submit your guesses via Facebook, Twitter or via the comments below. The closest guess will be crowned the winner, which will be announced in the next update and will receive a free diffuser or colour filter of their choice!

View 1 of screws in a glass

View 1 of screws in a glass

View 2 of screws in a glass

View 2 of screws in a glass

More Adaptalux photos:-

Sam has been capturing some more Adaptalux photos recently. Here are some below.

Dahlia shot with Adaptalux & Lensbaby Composer Pro

Dahlia shot with Adaptalux & Lensbaby Composer Pro

Dramatic Flower captured with Adaptalux

Dramatic Flower captured with Adaptalux

It’s also worth mentioning that a couple of Adaptalux photos got chosen to be on Flickr Explore. This is an area on Flickr that show cases the top photos on Flickr on a daily basis.

Water Droplet Bokeh has nearly reached 10,000 views with over 300 favourites! Click on the image to see it on Flickr.

Water Droplet Bokeh.

Water Droplet Bokeh.

Horsefly Face has also had over 4,500 views with 170 favourites! Click on the image to see it on Flickr.

Horsefly Face.

Horsefly Face.

An Exciting Announcement Coming Soon!

Some extra special developments are happening behind the scenes and we will be making a major announcement in September, which we know that existing KS backers and people who have pre-ordered are going to be delighted about! We are just ensuring everything is working properly before we commit to announcing it. We promise it will not disappoint!

Thanks Everyone!

Competition Winners and Manufacture Progress…

Hello everyone!

Here is another update showing how the manufacturing side of Adaptalux has progressed recently, alongside other Adaptalux news.

The Adaptalux Photography Competition:-

We had so many great entries to our macro photography competition. It made our decision incredibly hard but at the same time it was a pleasure to view so many fantastic entries. You guys are a talented bunch of photographers thats for sure! We wish we could have given everyone a prize, but unfortunately there could only be one winner and a runner-up.

The winner:-

Horsefly Face – Ian Wilkinson

Congratulations to Ian Wilkinson with this jaw dropping image of a horsefly. This photo was focus stacked using a dead horsefly in indoor studio conditions. Adaptalux works at its finest used as a miniature studio and this image literally staggered us. The composition and details are exceptional. Ian has won an Adaptalux Starter pack OR more Lighting Arms and Effect components to add to his Ultimate pack. Again, congratulations Ian!

The Runner-up:-

Praying Mantis – Alan Lasky

Well done to Alan Lasky for capturing this superb shot of a praying mantis. We really love how the green stands out against the black and blurred background, great composition again! We feel this photo really connects with the viewer because of the way the praying mantis is staring at you… scary but cool! Alan has won himself 2 x Lighting Arms of his choice. Well done!

We will be creating another blog post and update containing more of the competition images soon, there were plenty of amazing entries that need to be shared. Again, thank you to everyone who entered!

Design Updates:-

There have been a few design updates since we last posted an update. We will start with the Lighting Arms.

LED Technology:-

As LED technology progresses, so do we. Some new LEDs have recently came out that  are brighter and have the same efficiency as the LEDs we were previously using. Sam thoroughly tested these LEDs out and decided they would be better for Adaptalux, with a whopping 22% gain in brightness! This means you will now be able to produce over 1,000 lumens of brightness by combining 5 white Lighting Arms together… amazing! Here are the updated LED specs:-

New LED lighting characteristics

New LED lighting characteristics

 Frontplate:-

Sam has been carefully going through the Adaptalux design over the past few months, making it even better. The quality of this product is going to be exceptionally high, using CNC aluminium parts with glass fibre reinforced plastic parts. The Control Pod is now going to have 4 micro screws on the front to improve the assembly process and make the whole assembly even stronger. We do not see this as a bad thing aesthetically, many cameras have screws and we think it highlights the high quality of the product. The aluminium front plate will be matte anodised to a macbook pro finish. Here is a rendered image… we hope you like it…

 Manufacture Updates:-

A lot of parts are now on order for Adaptalux and the connector has now been finalised, optimised for manufacture and ordered. This is a huge step on the Adaptalux manufacture timeline! The electronics and App is also coming on well, and we have a few special surprises for everyone, which we might be able to announce soon! As soon as images come through of finished parts and tooling production, you will be the first to know.

Additional Funding:-

A UK government innovation scheme (MAS) has approved Adaptalux to receive an additional £2,000 grant to help cover the CE marking costs. This is great news and they loved the product! CE & FCC marking is very expensive when done properly and we felt acquiring some additional funds to help cover these costs can only be a good thing.

Get creative with Adaptalux...

Get creative with Adaptalux…

Packaging:-

We have enough money spare to design much better packaging than originally anticipated for our first few batches. James is going to start designing packaging over the next month and you will be kept up to date as always.

Thanks everyone! Keep taking macro photos and feel free to send them to us anytime, we love seeing your work and we almost always will give it a share! 🙂

The Adaptalux macro photo competition!

Here is our official blog post for the Adaptalux macro photo competition. Here you will find all of the rules for the competition and the full terms and conditions!

Prizes:-

1st prize:- Will receive an Adaptalux starter pack OR you can choose to receive 3 Lighting Arms of choice and 2 colour filters of choice instead to add to your Adaptalux kit.

Runner-up prize:- Will receive 2 lighting arms of choice.

How to enter:- 

You can enter this competition through Facebook, Twitter or directly through our website. Here are the details below…

Facebook:-

1) Like the Adaptalux Facebook page.

2) Facebook share the competition post pinned to the top of the Adaptalux Facebook page.

3) Submit up to 3 macro photos to the Adaptalux Facebook wall.

Go to our Facebook page

Twitter:-

1) Follow the Adaptalux Twitter page.

2) Retweet the competition tweet pinned to the top of the Adaptalux Twitter page.

3) Tweet up to 3 macro photos to the Adaptalux Twitter page with the hashtags #adaptalux #competition #macro

Go to the Adaptalux Twitter page.

Adaptalux Website:-

1) Sign up to our newsletter at the Adaptalux homepage.

2) Submit up to 3 macro images by email to newsletter@adaptalux.com. Please ensure you state you full name and use a email address we can contact you on.

Head to the Adaptalux website

You must follow all entry rules for your submission method to be deemed valid. Please submit no more than 3 macro photos.

 

Deadline:-

Please submit your images by the 17th of July 2015 and we will announce the winner on the 22nd of July.

For full terms and conditions of the competition please visit this link:-

A frogs life.

 

Happy shooting and we cannot wait to see your entries!

Many thanks,

The Adaptalux Team.

 

Competition Terms and Conditions:-

1. The promoter is: Adaptalux Ltd (company no. 09342812) whose registered office is at Unit 81, Centaur court, Claydon Business Park, Great Blakenham, Ipswich, IP6 0NL.
2. Employees of Adaptalux Ltd. or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
4. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via http://adaptalux.com/the-adaptalux-macro-photo-competition/
5. Closing date for entry will be the 17th of July 2015. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
7. The rules of the competition and the prize for the winner are as follows: Winner will receive an Adaptalux starter pack or 3 Lighting arms of choice and 2 x colour filters of choice. The runner-up will receive 2 Adaptalux Lighting Arms of their choice. Further information can be found at: http://adaptalux.com/the-adaptalux-macro-photo-competition/
8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice. The prize will be delivered after Adaptalux has launched.
11. Winners will be chosen by the Adaptalux team based on there favourite photographs submitted.
12. The winner will be notified by email and/or letter within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
13. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.
14. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
15. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
16. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
17. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
19. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
20. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Adaptalux Ltd and not to any other party.

Lens cloths shipped & more information!

Hello Everyone,

Summer is now truly here in the UK. Summer marks the “macro galore” season, with so many plants and wildlife coming onto full bloom. Its for sure, our favourite time of the year!

Sharing’s Caring Lens Cloths:-

We received the lens cloths for the “Sharing’s Caring” award this week. We shipped them to the relevant backers yesterday. We have to say we are very pleased with them, they look amazing and we hope you find them amazing too! Thanks again for your pledge.

Get Taking Some Macro photos!

We really enjoyed receiving your macro images a few weeks ago, they were amazing! We loved it so much we are running a competition next week where you can submit macro photos and the winner will receive a free starter pack at the product launch. We will also have runner-up prizes! So start capturing some macro photos ready for the competition!

The Adaptalux Store…

Right, seriously the Kickstarter price sale ends on Sunday. We have finally got round to establishing our new sale prices and these will be updated over the weekend. So this is definitely your last chance to get any Adaptalux additional components at a Kickstarter price.

We are also going to have some new additions to the Adaptalux store soon too. More to come on that next week!

Surveys:-

Surveys for all pledge awards have now been issued. Please check your email and fill them in as soon as you can.

Manufacture:-

The first orders for some parts have now been made. There are a lot of parts in Adaptalux and this will be an ongoing process over the next few months. As soon as we receive updates on tooling and other manufacturing information you will be the first to know. We cannot wait to receive our first injection moulding tooling images that is for sure! Sam has also been making improvements to the design for a better assembly process. The changes generally will make Adaptalux feel even better. Although the quality of the product was already very high!

App:-

The Adaptalux App and L.E.D is starting to come along nicely. We should be receiving our first wireframe of the app very soon, which we can use on our smart phones and check the flow is right and user friendly. We will post pictures when we receive that!

Social Media:-

Don’t forget about our social media pages. We upload images to Instagram almost every day, so why not follow us for some daily macro goodness! Facebook and Twitter are the places to be for updates on the go, we update these pages as soon as we have something exciting to shout about. All the links are below!

Many thanks again to everyone, more to come soon!

The Adaptalux Team.

Kickstarter Backer Wall of Fame. Thank you!

Thank you again to all of our backers on Kickstarter for making Adaptalux a reality! Here is the Wall of fame image, which contains the names and some faces of people who backed at pledge awards “Little Snapper” & “sharing’s Caring”. Of course, a huge thank you to the other 499 backers too!

This image is also now on our home page!

Click on the image below to see the full size version.

 

Wall of Fame Image

Wall of Fame Image

Progress Update!

Hi Everyone!

This update is full of information on the progress made over the last week with Adaptalux. It is also an update regarding pledge awards “Little Snapper” and “Sharing’s Caring”.

Little Snapper Pledge Award:-

Wall of Fame Image

Wall of Fame Image

 

The wall of fame image has now been designed by Sam. Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey, we really appreciate that. This image will be published in a featured blog post on our website this week and it will also be plastered onto our homepage. We would like to thank everyone who pledged at this level, you are amazing and helped us achieve our goal! Thanks a bunch!

Dandelion seedling captured using Adaptalux
Dandelion seedling captured using Adaptalux

Sharing’s Caring Pledge Award:-

The Adaptalux lens cloths have now been ordered and are been sent to us tomorrow. We hope to receive them by the end of the week and then we will post them to you as soon as possible next week. We have also included everyone in this reward in the wall of fame image above. The lens cloths are going to look great and we cannot wait to receive them and get them out to you. Again, thank you to everyone who pledged within this tier, you are awesome! We will upload some pictures of the clothes when we get them.

Dandelion Seedling shot with Adaptalux
Dandelion Seedling shot with Adaptalux

Golden Hour pledge award:-

We sent out the survey for this award last week. Most of you have already filled it in so thank you for that.

Other pledge awards:-

Surveys for the remaining pledge award levels will be sent out next week. Thank you for your patience.

Adaptalux Progress:-

Last week was a busy week for the Adaptalux Development schedule. We finally received the Kickstarter funds last Wednesday, they are now safe in our bank account ready to be put to use!

Sam is already communicating with manufacturers to get final quotes and will start making orders next week. He has been busy finalising parts and optimising Adaptalux for manufacture and assembly.  Sam is off to suffolk this weekend to see Andy, so they can triple check the engineering drawings, prototype and CAD models with a fine tooth pick before making a start on the tooling orders.

Sam also went down to Bournemouth at the end of last week. He met up with our electronics engineer and App developer to get things rolling in these areas. Both meetings were great, and many ideas were brought to the forefront for Adaptalux and the App. Work on the App and electronics will begin next week, whilst Sam is busy currently drawing up new visual concepts for the App based on feedback. Things are looking really positive for the next few months in both of these areas and we may have a few surprises up our sleeves for everyone!

Sam took some time to re-visit some dorset locations before returning home, he misses Dorset that is for sure!

Lulworth Cove , Dorset - shot by Sam Granger
Lulworth Cove , Dorset – shot by Sam Granger

Adaptalux Store

We have extended our Kickstarter price sale on our store for anouther week due to the positive reaction it has received. Get any additional Adaptalux parts for your packs at a great one time only price now. http://adaptalux.com/shop/

Heads up:- We are going to run a competition soon to win some Adaptalux prizes. So get out there and start shooting macro to get a head start!

Thanks everyone!

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