Stabilisers:- Trial production runs and shipping information!

Hi all,

Here is an update with regards to the progress of the Stabilisers! A lot has happened in the past 3 weeks.

Firstly, we received the 3D printer 8 days ago, much earlier than we anticipated, which was very pleasing. Since then, Sam has built and calibrated the machine precisely, to ensure the prints we get off the machine are of a high quality.

The printer arrived!

The printer arrived!

 

The X Frame

The X Frame

 

The finished printer!

The finished printer!

 

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First test/calibration print

We are now in an ongoing process of printing out test Stabilisers using different print settings. This is to ensure the final settings we choose, print Stabilisers that are of high quality, strong and have a reasonable printing time. Here are some detailed photographs showing the level of detail you can expect and the layer visibility in grey filament.

 

Showing a trial Stabiliser, printed at 0.2mm layer heights. The final print will be 0.15mm layer heights.

Showing a trial Stabiliser, printed at 0.2mm layer heights. The final print will be 0.15mm layer heights.

 

Showing the layers of a trial run in more detail. Printed in grey.

Showing the layers of a trial run in more detail. Printed in grey.

We are starting to get high-quality consistent prints of the Stabiliser at 0.15mm layer heights, therefore we are anticipating we can start shipping on Wednesday the 6th of March, well ahead of schedule! We plan to make and ship, so each time a Stabiliser is made it will be shipped on the same day.

Shipping Schedule:-

  • Get the Stabiliser Award (£48):- We will be making & shipping this reward in batches of each colour. Printing will be done based on this colour order (chosen on colour popularity): Black, Grey, Clear, Green, Red & finally Blue. This reward will be shipped between the 6th of March – 10th of April. 
  • Carbon Black Stabiliser (£64):- This reward will be manufactured and shipped after the above reward is completed. We anticipate shipping to begin for this reward between the 10th – 28th April.
  • Metal Composite Stabiliser (£75):- This reward will be shipped in March.

Renders showing the various colours available.

Renders showing the various colours available.

Vouchers:-

I have sent a voucher to everyone who participated in this Kickstarter campaign for 5% off our online store to be used with pack purchases. Please check your Kickstarter messages and go to http://www.adaptalux.com/shop to use them.

Photography Show:-

We are exhibiting at the Photography Show in Birmingham NEC from the 18th – 22nd of March. Come and visit our stand (C137)!

Photo by Tonya Wilhelm using her Adaptalux Studio!

Photo by Tonya Wilhelm using her Adaptalux Studio!

Photos:-

Captured an amazing photo using an Adaptalux? Send it to us or tag #adaptalux and we will share your work via our social media pages to our amazing community for extra exposure for you.

That’s it for now everyone, I will post another update when we start shipping!

Thanks and have a great day!

Sam + the team.

We did it! Thank You!

Hi friends,

Together, we absolutely smashed our goal for the Adaptalux Stabiliser, thank you so much for all who supported the campaign! In total, we have raised over £6,945.

What Happens Now?

In the coming weeks, we will be sending out surveys to collect your addresses and pledge details (colour etc). Please keep an eye out for this.

Over the next 14 days, Kickstarter will collect your money and then it will be deposited into our bank account after this period. We are anticipating the 3D printer to get here on the 27th of February and from that point, we will start printing and optimising the design for 3D printing. Once the printer settings are optimised for making the stabilisers at the best possible quality, we will begin. We should be able to start shipping in March.

I Missed Out on the Kickstarter Campaign 🙁

If you just missed out on the Kickstarter campaign, do not worry! You can now pre-order the stabiliser through our online store.

http://adaptalux.com/product/stabiliser/

Incredible photograph by Kristine Weiswig using her Adaptalux Studio.

Incredible photograph by Kristine Weiswig using her Adaptalux Studio.

Have you got some amazing photographs using your Adaptalux Studio?

If you have got some photos captured with your Adaptalux Studio, then feel free to send them to me at pictures@adaptalux.com

I will happily share them on our social media channels credited to you, helping you and your work get noticed amongst the photography community.

Thanks everyone!

Sam + the team.

New Kickstarter Campaign! Get the Stabiliser for your studio.

Hi Friends,

We hope you had an amazing Christmas and New Year.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1447024032/1989832014?token=f0a55f1a

We have just dropped a new Kickstarter campaign for the Adaptalux Stabiliser. Check it out by clicking on the image below.

The Adaptalux Stabiliser is the perfect companion for your Adaptalux studio. Based on your feedback from last weeks survey, we have put together a new campaign. Back our new campaign and get the stabiliser at a Kickstarter discounted price.

Furthermore, if you do not own an Adaptalux studio or you simply want another one, now is the time to get one. Anyone who buys a Stabiliser through our new campaign will receive a 3% discount voucher, which can be used for pack purchases via our online store. This results in an amazing 20% off thanks to our January sale.

Please share the new campaign via social media. Thanks for your amazing support as always.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1447024032/1989832014?token=f0a55f1a

Sam + the team.

 

Adaptalux Christmas Sale Now On!

Hi Everyone,

It’s officially the beginning of the festive period!

To celebrate, all Adaptalux products are heavily discounted through our online store. Get Adaptalux products at a great price in our Christmas Sale!

CHRISTMAS OFFERS NOW AVAILABLE

CHRISTMAS OFFERS NOW AVAILABLE

CLICK TO SHOP NOW!

Take this opportunity to buy more Adaptalux products for your pack, or consider purchasing more packs to expand your Adaptalux studio capabilities, even more! Having two units will allow for more lighting combinations and greater lighting control.

Great photograph captured by Maria Yanguas using her Adaptalux Studio

Great photograph captured by Maria Yanguas using her Adaptalux Studio

Adaptalux Competition

There is still plenty of time to enter our Adaptalux Competition for a chance to win a limited edition starter pack. Everyone who already owns an Adaptalux studio has the chance to get 15 additional entries by reviewing your pack through our store, take advantage of this to increase your chance of winning!

Enter at:- http://www.adaptalux.com/competition

Merry Christmas to all of our Supporters!

Merry Christmas to all of our Supporters!

With thanks,

Sam + the Team.

All Kickstarter Awards Shipped!

ALL OF THE KICKSTARTER AWARDS HAVE NOW BEEN SHIPPED!

Photograph by David Robson using his Adaptalux studio

Photograph by David Robson using his Adaptalux studio

This is a very special day that we have been working very hard towards since we launched this kickstarter campaign. Everyone who pledged for an Adaptalux pack, should now have a tracking number. If you have not received your Adaptalux yet, don’t worry it is on its way!

We are constantly being amazed and surprised with some of the photographs some of you are already getting with your Adaptalux studios and we cannot wait to see more! If you would like us to feature your work, please send any photographs or videos captured with Adaptalux to pictures@adaptalux.com

Photography by Bob Latham using his Adaptalux

Photography by Bob Latham using his Adaptalux

Now that Kickstarter shipping is complete our focus now turns to shipping out Adaptalux website pre-orders throughout next week.

Week beginning 10th October – 14th October = WEBSITE PRE-ORDERS Shipping. 

  • KICKSTARTER STARTER PACKS (THE GOLDEN HOUR) – SHIPPED!
  • KICKSTARTER COMBO PACKS – SHIPPED!
  • KICKSTARTER ULTIMATE PACKS – SHIPPED!
  • SUPER ULTIMATE MEGA PACKS – SHIPPED!
  • BETA TESTER PACKS – SHIPPED!

Photography by Craig Ruff using his Adaptalux

Photography by Craig Ruff using his Adaptalux

A few words from Sam…

As the creator of this project, seeing this product in the hands of some fantastic photographers and videographers is something I have dreamed about for over 3 years now. Myself and the team really cannot wait to see what you can do with your Adaptalux over the coming months.

Now we have fulfilled all of our Kickstarter awards, our focus will now shift on to growing this company, which will lead onto new products been developed. I designed Adaptalux to be backwards compatible, which means any future products will work with the product you own now, so watch this space. Our goal is to achieve ultimate studio control in a miniature environment and the successful completion of this Kickstarter campaign is the first steps to accomplishing this.

Photograph by Helen Errington using her Adaptalux

I would just like to thank a couple of people who have helped myself and the team push through and get this project complete. We all owe a special thanks to Billie and Margaret (My Mum and Nanna!) who have kindly helped us assemble and ship Adaptalux over the last 4 months. Their help has meant the world to myself, Martin and the rest of the team and it has proved invaluable to getting this project complete by the shipping dates we set.

Last but not least, I would like to thank you, our amazing Kickstarter backers. Your support and loyalty has really meant the world to us, even through the tough times at the beginning of this year, where we had to announce shipping would be delayed. Myself and the team have being amazed with the positive & supportive messages throughout the last 18 months, they have really made a difference to team morale. Without your support, this product wouldn’t have became a reality. You all deserve a massive pat on the back for believing in this product and we really hope you think the wait has been worth it. Thank you.

Photograph by Kao using his Adaptalux

Photograph by Kao using his Adaptalux

Thats it for now, another update will follow in the coming weeks.

Thank you everyone, you are all amazing.

Sam

Ultimate Packs Shipped & Lucie Tech Award Finalist!

Hi Everyone,

A moth photographed by David Robson using his Adaptalux

A moth photographed by David Robson using his Adaptalux

WE ARE A FINALIST FOR A LUCIE TECH AWARD!

Firstly, we have being chosen to be a finalist at the Lucie Tech Awards this year for the category “best continuous light source”. The Lucie Tech awards celebrate companies and individuals who have helped advance the photographic community. We are truly honoured to be a finalist and we can’t wait to find out the results, which will be announced on October the 19th.

A image of a eye photographed using an Adaptalux.

A image of a eye photographed using an Adaptalux.

Unfortunately, we cannot personally attend the event. Therefore, we would like to invite two of our Kickstarter backers to go and represent us! We have 4 tickets available so you are welcome to take a + 1 to the ceremony. The event is held in the the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City on October the 19th. Please message us via Kickstarter if you are interested in going. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve bases and we need to let the organisers know by Thursday the 22nd. Its a guaranteed great evening out!

More information on the awards can be found here:- http://tech.lucies.org

SHIPPING

We have now shipped all of the Ultimate Packs! If you are a Ultimate Pack backer, you would have received a tracking number link via your Kickstarter messages from us.

A coin photographed by Craig Ruff using his Adaptalux

A coin photographed by Craig Ruff using his Adaptalux

Today we started shipping out the Combo Packs. We are currently well on time with shipping and we anticipate to finish shipping these within the next 2 weeks. Our shipping schedule currently looks like this:-

  • Week beginning 19th September – 30th September = COMBO PACK Kickstarter Award shipping. (IN PROGRESS).
  • Week beginning 3rd October – 14th October = STARTER PACK (THE GOLDEN HOUR) Kickstarter Award Shipping.
  • Week beginning 17th October – 21st October = WEBSITE PRE-ORDERS Shipping.
  • ULTIMATE PACKS – SHIPPED!
  • SUPER ULTIMATE MEGA PACKS – SHIPPED!
  • BETA TESTER PACKS – SHIPPED!

Backers are already receiving their awards across the world and we are getting some great feedback. We are also receiving a steady stream of photographs captured using an Adaptalux from some of our Kickstarter backers, we have featured some of these throughout this update.

A photograph captured by Bob Latham using his Adaptalux

A photograph captured by Bob Latham using his Adaptalux

Please keep sharing, posting and sending us your photographs taken using your Adaptalux studio. We will share most of them through our social media channels, credited to you. Please feel free to use the adaptalux hashtag with any photos you share on the internet, #adaptalux.

You can also upload any photographs directly to our new Facebook Adaptalux group or Flickr group.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/adaptalux/

https://www.flickr.com/groups/adaptalux/

As always, thanks for your patience and awesome support.

Sam + the team.

August News, Shipping Update + More Adaptalux Photos!

Hello everyone!

Sorry for the silence once again, we have been focused on fixing a Chinese supplier issue on one of the parts, which was mentioned in the previous update. All the images throughout this update have been taken by Adaptalux users.

Image captured by Bob Latham using his Adaptalux

Image captured by Bob Latham using his Adaptalux

CHINESE SUPPLIER ISSUE

As we highlighted in our last update, our shipping schedule had taken a hit as a second batch of parts for Adaptalux were not correct due to our Chinese supplier making a mistake. This slowed us down considerably with our assembly and shipping process as it was such a vital part. Throughout this month we have been working with them to identify what went wrong and how to improve there production methods to ensure this does not happen again. We are pleased to report the issue has now been solved and the fully working parts are now on the way to us in the UK, we expect to receive them on Thursday.

Image captured by David Robson using his Adaptalux.

Throughout the last few weeks, we have being shipping out 10 a week of the Ultimate pack award using parts from the good batch whilst we solved the supplier issue. From Thursday onwards, we will be solely focused on shipping and aiming to ship out 50 a week of the Ultimate Pack and following that 80 a week of the smaller packs. We aim to have all of the KS awards & website pre-orders shipped out by the 21st of October.

NEW SHIPPING SCHEDULE

Obviously, our original shipping schedule has been affected by this issue. You will receive a Kickstarter message with your tracking number once your Adaptalux has been dispatched, if you have not received this, your award has not yet been shipped. Our new schedule is as follows:-

  • Todays date  – 16th September = ULTIMATE PACK Kickstarter Award shipping. (IN PROGRESS).
  • Week beginning 19th September – 30th September = COMBO PACK Kickstarter Award shipping.
  • Week beginning 3rd October – 14th October = STARTER PACK Kickstarter Award Shipping.
  • Week beginning 17th October – 21st October = WEBSITE PRE-ORDERS Shipping.
  • SUPER ULTIMATE MEGA PACKS – SHIPPED!
  • BETA TESTER PACKS – SHIPPED!

Another image by Bob Latham using his Adaptalux.

Another image by Bob Latham using his Adaptalux.

For those that have messaged me who are worried about if they will see there Adaptalux, do not worry, you 100% will see your Adaptalux. Projects take time and unexpected problems do occur, especially in a Kickstarter project that involves over 80 individual parts. Please be assured I am doing my best to get Adaptalux into your hands as quickly and efficiently as possible whilst retaining the high standard of quality we have set for this product.

Photograph of a Rose using an Adaptalux.

Photograph of a Rose using an Adaptalux.

For those of you that have received your Adaptalux and would like some of your images featured on here and via the Adaptalux social media channels, please either email your images to sg@adaptalux.com or submit them to the Flickr Pool or Facebook Group.

So thats it for now everyone, please bare with me and thanks again for your patience 🙂

Many thanks,

Sam

Shipping Update + Customer Photos!

Hello all,

Image captured by David Robson using his Adaptalux.

Image captured by David Robson using his Adaptalux.

Throughout this update we have featured some BETA TESTER Kickstarter award photos, photographed using their Adaptalux’s. Don’t just take our word for what Adaptalux can do, see the real life results people are already achieving with this product.

Shipping update:-

We are pleased to announce that the SUPER MEGA ULTIMATE AWESOME PACKS have now been shipped. If you are a SUPER MEGA ULTIMATE AWESOME Pack backer then you should expect to receive your awards in the next 5 days depending on location.

Image captured by John Stevenson using his Adaptalux

Image captured by John Stevenson using his Adaptalux

On a negative note, unfortunately our shipping schedule has taken a slight hit on time last week. We received the second half of a batch of one of the key Adaptalux sub-assemblies for the Pods, and unfortunately our Chinese supplier have made an assembly error on these particular ones. They are now working hard on re-making them and we should expect to receive them again within 2 – 3 weeks. Errors like this are well known when using Chinese suppliers on a tight manufacturing budget. We are confident the mistake will be amended and we are pleased are supplier is working with us, admitting to the error and working quickly to amend it.

The updated anticipated shipping schedule is as follows:-

  • Week beginning 8th August – 19th August = ULTIMATE PACK Kickstarter Award shipping.
  • Week beginning 22nd August – 2nd September = COMBO PACK Kickstarter Award shipping.
  • Week beginning 5th September August – 16th September = STARTER PACK Kickstarter Award Shipping.
  • Week beginning 19th September – 23rd September = ALL WEBSITE PRE-ORDERS SHIPPED.
  • SUPER ULTIMATE MEGA PACKS – SHIPPED!
  • BETA TESTER PACKS – SHIPPED!

We hope you can understand this small delay and again we thank you for your amazing patience and support.

Another Image by David Robson of a hot wheels car.

Another Image by David Robson of a hot wheels car.

Thats it for now everyone. We are still working tirelessly in assembling and shipping out your rewards. As mentioned in our previous update, you can help us out a little by sharing Adaptalux social media channels and photos, to help spread the word!

Another image photographed by John Stevenson with some colour filters added.

Another image photographed by John Stevenson with some colour filters added.

As we begin to get more customer photos, we will begin doing some posts dedicated to sharing and celebrating your photography using Adaptalux. Hopefully it can become a regular thing depending on how many photos we receive!

Sam + the team!

BETA Tester Award Shipped + Adaptalux App Now Available to Download.

Hello all!

Adaptalux Colour Filters

Adaptalux Colour Filters

Apologies for the few weeks of silence on Kickstarter again, we have being very busy.

We are thrilled to announce that today, we shipped out the first Kickstarter award, the BETA TESTER packs. This award consisted of a Adaptalux ultimate pack, and meant they get the product 4 weeks in advance to everyone else. We can’t wait to see what they can do with their Adaptalux kit!

The BETA Pods

The BETA Pods

 

BETA Tester Award

BETA Tester Award

 

 

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

We can also happily announce that the Adaptalux App is now available to download for iOS on the App Store. As mentioned numerous times now, an Android version of the app will follow towards the end of summer. Please, go and download the app and start to get a feel of what it can do and how it will help you create amazing photos and videos using your Adaptalux products. You will be able to see some Adaptalux lighting set-ups Sam has put on the World Library for you to try, once you receive your Adaptalux studio. Hopefully, our BETA award testers will put more on over the next 4 weeks.

The Adaptalux App

The Adaptalux App

Shipping Schedule

Now we have shipped out the BETA award, we can officially announce our planned shipping schedule. Shipping is going to be an ongoing process over the next 2 – 3 months. We will try are best to finish ahead of this schedule!

  • Week beginning 25th July – 5th August = ULTIMATE PACK Kickstarter Award shipping.
  • Week beginning 8th August – 19th August = COMBO PACK Kickstarter Award shipping.
  • Week beginning 22nd August – 2nd September = STARTER PACK Kickstarter Award Shipping.
  • Week beginning 18th of July = SUPER ULTIMATE MEGA AWESOME PACK Kickstarter Award shipping.

ALL KICKSTARTER AWARDS SHIPPED.

  • Week beginning 5th September – 9th = ALL WEBSITE PRE-ORDERS SHIPPED.

Website

Sam took some time out a few weeks back to re-design the Adaptalux website. Go check it out and let us know what you think. http://www.adaptalux.com

A Small Favour

Now we have shipped the first units of Adaptalux, we would ask that you help us grow the Adaptalux community by sharing Adaptalux content on social media and telling your friends. The more people who get on board, the better this product will become as a amazing lighting tool. We are hoping that Adaptalux will inspire and teach other photographers and videographers to try different lighting techniques, to make their photos and videos even better!

Thats it for now everyone, and we hope the excitement is really building now. We know it has being a patient wait, but we really think you will love the product.

Sam + The Team.

Adaptalux March Progress!

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the radio silence over the last 6 weeks! We have been busy working really hard on getting Adaptalux ready for launch.

The photographs embedded in this update are closeup shots of olive oil on water, using Adaptalux. All photos utilise the finished Lighting Arms, Colour Filters, Diffusers and Alpha unit of the pod. We have also thrown in a video too!

Control Pod

The last Adaptalux product to come together now is the Control Pod, or more specifically the PCB. We are now back assembling the Lighting Arms, as we had a few weeks away from this whilst we organised final packaging graphic designs, instruction manuals and other important jobs that are required to launch Adaptalux such as Bluetooth SIG registration and patent region expansion.

Olive oil on water photographed using Adaptalux.

Olive oil on water photographed using Adaptalux.

The electronic PCB design for the Adaptalux Control Pod is now fully working and complete. Today it was sent to our supplier for quotation, so we expect production to begin within the next week or two for the pod PCB. We are also in the process of getting the micro controllers mass programmed before been sent to our PCB supplier. We should have working PCB samples by the end of April, which we can use to assemble the BETA pack Control Pods. We expect to begin shipping the rest of the awards during the second half of May, in the order we specified in our last update. This will be an ongoing process during May and June.

We now have final samples of the textured Control Pod. Below are final pictures of the latest prototype. This is what the Control Pod will look like when you receive it. What do you think?

Control Pod View 1

Control Pod View 1

Control Pod View 2

Control Pod View 2

Control Pod View 3

Control Pod View 3

The Adaptalux App

The Adaptalux App is now almost finished for iOS. We are now in the process of removing bugs and other minor glitches. As mentioned in the previous update, an Android release will follow after launch. Reasons for developing on iOS first are as follows:-

Our decision to develop on iOS first is because that is the platform our app developer works on everyday. Therefore, it suits our financial and skill resources much better to develop the app on iOS first. Developing on Android would take more time, more money (which we don’t have at the moment) and it would not allow us to focus on getting the app right on one platform first.

Adaptalux App screenshot

Adaptalux App screenshot

Furthermore, the app is now much more useful than it was ever going to be. In the original Kickstarter campaign, we didn’t even have wireless control via bluetooth. This was added as a stretch goal later on in the campaign via a external module. Please see update on April 15th 2015. We did not reach this stretch goal, but because we are awesome, we have worked really hard on maximising funds to incorporate bluetooth into the actual Control Pod from launch. This is something we did not have to do, and it would have probably avoided the delays… BUT we feel this added functionality expands the functions and usability of the product and app massively, and therefore will be well worth it. Adaptalux is completely usable without the app, it can be controlled manually (as the original KS campaign showed) or now wirelessly through the app.

Olive oil on water photographed using Adaptalux

Olive oil on water photographed using Adaptalux

Packaging:-

Graphics for the packaging are now finalised. Due to the Easter period, our packaging supplier has had to focus on other projects, so we still have not had our packaging printed. We are confident we will have the packaging by the end of April, ready for shipping though.

Instructions for the packaging have now been finalised and will be printed next week. A big thank you to the individuals who gave us feedback on the instructions manual last week. The instructions will be available on our website in multiple languages, and a printed edition will be supplied with every pack. We have designed the instructions to be universal, therefore it mostly consists of diagrams rather than words.

The safety & warranty booklets are also going to be printed next week. All barcode labels have been printed and are ready to be applied to the packaging for stock and inventory purposes.

Adaptalux subject cards

Adaptalux subject cards

We have also designed “subject cards”, which will be randomly distributed in every pack. These give you colourful subject ideas to try using Adaptalux.

Updates should start coming thicker and faster now, as we finish more products, booklets, packaging etc. This is an exciting time for Adaptalux, we hope you can see we are working incredibly hard with the limited resources we have to make this product amazing.

To finish with, here is an image of Adaptalux finished products (apart from electronics in the pod). This is what you can expect to receive with your packs!

Finished Adaptalux Products

Finished Adaptalux Products

Many thanks,

The Team!

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