Revised Launch Dates + January Progress!

Hello all,

We are now officially in the year you will get Adaptalux in your hands!

Sugar sprinkles photographed using Adaptalux.

Sugar sprinkles photographed using Adaptalux.

This update covers the UK assembly progress and a revised launch schedule.

The photographs on this update are macro shots of ice on a paintbrush and macro shots of cake decorations (sugar sprinkles), photographed using Adaptalux.

Revised Schedule:-

First, the bad news. Unfortunately, as frustrating as this is for you and for us, It is not  going to be possible to ship Adaptalux in February.

We were hoping to get the Control Pod PCB board designs sent out for manufacturing before the Chinese New Year holiday, however Bluetooth is taking longer than expected to integrate into the product and the App and more testing is required to ensure everything works seamlessly and functions perfectly.  The good news is that all of our products are been assembled by hand in the UK by our team, meaning the quality is exceptional. We promise the added wait will definitely be worth it.

Ice on a brush captured using Adaptalux.

Ice on a brush captured using Adaptalux.

We strongly believe in delivering an exceptionally high quality product which will last for many years! We would rather take longer to ship these initial products. Our key goal here is to think about the future of this company, which largely depends on a successful launch. We hope you can accept that.

We are now proposing the following time scale, which gives us some extra time for any unforeseen circumstances too:-

End of January:- All 5,000 Colour Filters and Diffusers are now assembled, packed and ready to ship.

End of February:- All White Lighting Arms assembled in the UK and ready to ship.

End of March:- Coloured Lighting Arms assembled and ready to ship. Control Pod sub assemblies complete in the UK and ready for PCB assembly. Packaging stored ready for shipping. PCB design fully complete, tested and sent out for manufacturing.

End of April:- PCB’s received and UK assembled into Control Pods. CE and FCC marking done and complete. Ship out BETA & review packs 4 weeks in advance to other pledges.

End of May:- Shipping underway for rest of Kickstarter pledges, order of shipping to be as follows:-

  • 1) SUPER MEGA ULTIMATE AWESOME PACKS
  • 2) ULTIMATE PACK
  • 3) COMBO PACK
  • 4) GOLDEN HOUR (ALL KICKSTARTER PLEDGES FULFILLED)
  • 5) WEBSITE PRE-ORDERS

We will try our best to ship out earlier than these dates and we really hope that we will be able too. Please accept our apologies for this delay and for the mis-calculation that a February launch would be possible back in September.

Manufacture and UK assembly:-

As mentioned, the UK assembly is now well under way. A big thanks to everything involved for helping us out to assemble the Adaptalux products. You are are real stars!

All 5,000 Colour Filters and Diffusers are now assembled, packed and ready to ship. These were completed in the first 3 weeks of January and we are very happy with the quality and functionality of these products.

The finished Adaptalux Diffusers, grades 1 to 3.

The finished Adaptalux Diffusers, grades 1 to 3.

Finished Adaptalux Colour Filters

Finished Adaptalux Colour Filters

Busy assembling the Blue Colour Filters!

Busy assembling the Blue Colour Filters!

Adaptalux Diffusers assembled and ready for quality control checking.

Adaptalux Diffusers assembled and ready for quality control checking.

The Lighting Arms are being assembled as we speak. This is quite an intensive process for such a small number of people assembling them here in the UK. The finished ones look amazing and have a very high quality feel to them thanks to the combination of anodised metals and high performance silicone materials used in their design.

Adaptalux White Lighting Arms being assembled

Adaptalux White Lighting Arms being assembled

Finished Adaptalux Lighting Arms

Finished Adaptalux Lighting Arms

The Control Pod is ready to have the tooling textured after the Chinese holiday, now that the joining method has been finalised and confirmed. The parts will then be sent here for assembly to begin. Here is an image of a mock up one, please bear in mind the finish is not final on this photo for the shell. This will be a matte finish once the tooling has been textured.

Mock up of the Adaptalux Control Pod (non-textured shell)

Mock up of the Adaptalux Control Pod (non-textured shell)

The Adaptalux App:-

Thank you for all of your feedback for the Adaptalux App. Sam had a meeting in Bournemouth with Gary (Electronics developer) and Colin (App developer) to go through the results last weekend. The first version of the App has now been confirmed and your feedback has been taken on board from the App BETA. We have also had some exciting new ideas for the App with regards to sharing Adaptalux Lighting Set-ups globally.

Quite a few of you have asked about an Android version, we simply do not have the funds at the moment to develop this. We are hoping once we have launched, we will be able to develop it later on in the summer. Its quite high up on our priority list so don’t worry we will work on it as soon as we are able too.

Sugar sprinkles photographed using Adaptalux.

Sugar sprinkles photographed using Adaptalux.

Packaging:-

Packaging final samples have now been approved for the packs and Diffuser/Colour Filter individual boxes. We are just waiting for the final samples of the individual Lighting Arm packaging. We will then need to lay out the graphics on the NET designs and then they will be signed off, printed and manufactured. As soon as we have printed packaging, we will be posting images. We are expecting to receive these by the end of this month.

Individual Colour Filter/Diffuser Packaging Sample

Individual Colour Filter/Diffuser Packaging Sample

Again, we would like to apologise for the added delay, but as you can see it is coming together and it will be a fantastic product when we ship it. It is through your continuing support that we are pushing through and will get Adaptalux into your hands as soon as possible.

Many thanks,

The Adaptalux Team!

The Adaptalux Christmas Update! HUGE UPDATE!

Seasons Greetings everyone! As promised, this update is crammed full of information with regards to where Adaptalux is now and what is left to do over the next couple of months.

Throughout this update there are Christmas macro photos taken by Sam using Adaptalux.

Enjoy!

Tinsel captured using Adaptalux

Tinsel captured using Adaptalux

Lighting Arms Manufacturing Progress:-

The Lighting Arms are really taking shape now. We have all of the components and electronics apart from the male Adaptalux connector. This means, after Christmas the rest of the Lighting Arm sub-assemblies can take place here in the UK and then they can be finally finished off once the male adaptalux connectors arrive (expected beginning of January). Sam has been busy assembling some Lighting Arms to establish the optimum techniques to be used so we can assemble them quickly, yet keeping the very high standards of quality we have set ourselves.

Lighting Arms

Lighting Arms

A Christmas macro photo captured using Adaptalux

A Christmas macro photo captured using Adaptalux

Diffusers/Colour Filters Manufacturing Progress:-

Again, the diffusers and colour filters will be assembled in the UK after Christmas. The mass production quantities of the plastic parts have been manufactured, sonic welded together and are scheduled to get here on the 29th of December. The other parts we received quite some time back now.  For those of you who missed it, here is the image of some trial assemblies Sam made a few weeks back using injection moulding samples.

Sample mass production Colour Filters and a Diffuser

Sample mass production Colour Filters and a Diffuser

 Control Pod Manufacturing Update:-

The Control Pod will, as we have always said, be the last part to be assembled as it is the most complex. We have bullet pointed the list of jobs associated with the Control Pod below:-

  • Button assemblies and associated parts are complete and manufactured, waiting on the Control Pod Shell to be finished.
  • Electronics is now very close to being finished. These will then be turned in to a PCB design so they can be manufactured.
  • Part that the PCB mounts too has been sent off for tooling, we expect a quick turn around for this as it is a simple non-cosmetic part.
  • Bluetooth is working and on the electronic board, we just need to write the parameters for communication between the Control Pod and the App.
  • Female Adaptalux Connector is complete and signed off for mass production. Front plates are here in the UK, ready to be assembled.
  • Product Sticker that will go on the underside needs to be designed and printed.
  • Control Pod Shell has been injection molded for trial runs and testing. We are having a few teething problems getting the two halves to sonic weld together, but we have been assured it will work and we are expecting some news on this any time this week. Once this works, the tooling will be textured and samples will be sent to us for approval with button assemblies, assembled inside.

Tinsel captured using Adaptalux

Tinsel captured using Adaptalux

As you can see there is a fair amount left to do to this, but we feel it will all fall into place quite quickly once the Control Pod Shell is approved. We have improved the Control Pod, thus the Adaptalux overall functionality significantly since the Kickstarter campaign, and we assure you the wait will be worth it.

We are expecting to be able to assemble the Control Pod in early February if all goes smoothly and then we will be able to start our shipping schedule. BETA testers will be priority with a 4 week gap between other pledger shipping.

A Christmas macro photo captured using Adaptalux

A Christmas macro photo captured using Adaptalux

The Adaptalux App:-

Last week we sent out a important update regarding the BETA of the Adaptalux App. We have a range of people who have opted to test the app, and overall the feedback has been fantastic. We are very humbled with the responses and it has made us even more excited to get the full version out to you when we launch the product. To see more regarding this, please see the update:- https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1447024032/adaptalux-an-adaptable-miniature-lighting-studio/posts/1445694

Adaptalux App BETA is currently LIVE!

Adaptalux App BETA is currently LIVE!

 Packaging:-

Sam had another meeting with the packaging company last Friday, who have taken Adaptalux on. Sam was amazed with the results and the prototypes using just card so it is fully recyclable! As you may have seen in a previous update, the packaging has been designed to double up as a transport case for your Adaptalux parts. The design is going to be optimised in the first week of January, and then the nets will be sent to James, who will apply the Adaptalux graphics for printing. We expect the packaging to be fully finished and delivered for the end of January.

The prototypes below are of the ULTIMATE PACK BOX. The COMBO PACK and STARTER PACK will be half the depth of this box, much more like a miniature cardboard suitcase. The Individual boxes for the Lighting Arms and Diffusers/Colour Filters are yet to be prototyped, but these will be very simple to do once the packs are complete.

The ULTIMATE PACK packaging prototype

The ULTIMATE PACK packaging prototype

All pack designs be easily transported...

All pack designs be easily transported…

The ULTIMATE PACK consists of a two layer design inside. The COMBO and STARTER PACK will just be a one layer design.

The ULTIMATE PACK consists of a two layer design inside. The COMBO and STARTER PACK will just be a one layer design.

The bottom layer of the packaging design.

The bottom layer of the packaging design.

Instruction Manual:-

The Instruction manual first draft we have had completed for quite some time now. Here is a sneaky preview of a page from it below.

Sneak peek of the instruction manual

We plan to release this as a download in January with a survey to complete for us to gauge if you understand it clearly or not. The final version will be printed and included in every pack and it will also be available to download as a pdf through our website.

CE & FCC Marking:-

Once we have a complete Adaptalux set, it will be sent off for CE marking and FCC approval immediately to a company near London, UK. We are hoping we will be able to get something sent off end of January, so approval should come nicely in time for launch.

A Christmas macro photo captured using Adaptalux

A Christmas macro photo captured using Adaptalux

Well, thats it for now everyone. We would like to thank you again for supporting us throughout the year. At this time last year, Adaptalux was just been finished as a master prototype for filming Kickstarter campaign. We feel it has developed leaps and bounds since the success of the Kickstarter, and we could not thank our amazing little community enough.

We have some exciting new announcements to make next year so keep tuned!

We wish everyone and their families a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The Adaptalux Team!

The Adaptalux BETA App has now been launched!

Another quick update guys regarding the launch of the BETA version of the Adaptalux iOS App.

This evening at 5:30pm (UK Time) we officially launched the BETA version of the Adaptalux App. It is valid for 30 days. Thank you to everyone who wanted to be a tester, you should all receive a email notification to your provided email address with instructions on how to download the App via TestFlight.

We still have places available for testing the App, so if you missed the last update or forgot to leave a comment, then please leave a comment below and we will get you added to the tester list.

IMPORTANT APP INFOMATION FOR TESTERS:-

It is essential that you read this before testing the app. It’s important to remember this is a BETA version of the App, therefore features are missing that will be in the full version.

In this version we are interested in getting feedback from our testers on some of the core functionality to create and save lighting profiles within the App in a “offline” mode. We would like you to test and give feedback on the following:-

1. Logging into the app (there are no set logins at present you can simply use username: Test and password Test or any other combination you wish)

2. Test creating a new lighting profile via the + button, which is top right of the main menu.

3. Test adding a Lighting Arm to the pod by tapping on a pod connection.

4. Test changing Lighting Arm LED brightness once you have added a connection.

5. Test adding additional Lighting Arms.

6. Test adding an Effect Component to a Lighting Arm .

7. Test saving a lighting set-up.

8. Test loading a saved lighting set-up.

In addition to the above we have sent out target surveys to all testers for feedback on the usability of the app and first impressions based on the instructions above. This survey is optional, but by completing it you will be really helping us develop this App in to something spectacular for launch. This is your chance to get directly involved with the App development. There are 17 questions and it will take no longer than 4 minutes to complete.

Features currently missing from the App:-

As this is a BETA version of the App, some key features are currently missing that will be there in the full version.

  • The beta version of the Adaptalux App does not currently support lighting studio bluetooth connection.
  • World Library is not yet available. This currently will take you to your local saved Lighting set-ups.
  • Menu Icons:- Settings, Adaptalux Photo Stream and Adaptalux Store do not currently work.
  • Saving a profile:- The ability to add a description has been disabled for now. The ability to tag and categorise profiles will be added in the full version. Alongside this any abilities relating to the “World Library” are not currently present. We will also be adding the ability to upload close up photos captured using the Lighting profile to the set-up.
  • Lighting Control:- User Set Sleep and battery performance icons not yet added.

Known bugs in the current version of the App:-

As this is a early version of the App, there are still some bugs we are working on.

  • When reloading a saved profile with selected filters, the filters do not display on the connections
  • Description text input when saving a profile is currently disabled
  • Profile details are not displayed on iPhone 4s due to screen size, there will be an additional button added to get to this section.
  • Effect components are not disabled when there are no Lighting Arms selected.

Navigating the Adaptalux App:-

In the full release version we are going to have some pop-up help balloons appear over the interface of the app for the first few times you use it. This will help you learn how to use the Adaptalux App and will show you some great features. For this BETA version, we have taken some screenshots and annotated them on this update as a “mini help guide”.

Logging in & the main menu

Logging in & the main menu

Getting started with creating a set-up

Getting started with creating a set-up

Creating a set-up process example

Creating a set-up process example

Thanks everyone, we can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the BETA version Adaptalux App. If you have any problems, you can email sg@adaptalux.com for direct help.

A much BIGGER (& festive) update is on the way next week.

Thanks,

Sam and the team.

Become a Adaptalux App tester… Only 200 places available!

Hello!

December has certainly came around quickly! We hope everyone is beginning to get in to the Christmas spirit.

This is just a quick update regarding the Adaptalux App. Sam will be writing another bigger update with more progress photos etc, before Christmas. Everything is moving as planned at the moment.

The Adaptalux App:-

 

The Adaptalux App is now coming together swiftly and we are getting to the stage where we will release a test version before Christmas to get your feedback on function and layout. This also gives you a early chance to play and get to grips with it in a “offline” mode.

We can only push the Adaptalux App out to 200 people for testing. So if you want to be a tester then please leave your email address below in the comments of this post or if you prefer, email it to us at newsletter@adaptalux.com.

This will be done on a first come, first served basis for the remaining places available, so be sure to submit us your email as soon as possible.

All “BETA tester” and “super ultimate mega awesome pack” pledgers have already had their emails added to the list automatically.

Some requirements to be eligible to test the Adaptalux App:-

  • You must have backed the Adaptalux Kickstarter campaign or pre-ordered Adaptalux products through our website.
  • You must have a iPhone or iPad with a Apple App Store account.
 

As mentioned, we will be releasing the Adaptalux App for testing before Christmas. We will then be issuing a survey, which you can optionally participate in, asking you questions about the App. Sam also will welcome emails to sg@adaptalux.com with any feedback.

Adaptalux Advent:-

We are running our own special advent calendar on our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) until New Years day. We are celebrating a great year of progress for Adaptalux by posting our favourite Adaptalux photos from the year. This will feature old photos as well as new ones and photos of the product! Below are the links to follow us on Social Media.

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Thats it for now everyone, thanks for your continued support as always!

Sub-assembly trialling, app testing, mass production of plastic parts and more!

Hello everyone!

Another month, another information crammed update! Things are starting to speed up again now as we head towards the end of the year with more and more parts getting here for assembly or approval. We have also made some key progress with the plastic parts for the Diffusers and Colour Filters, after 4 rounds of sampling to get the colour and transparency spot on, we are finally there. This means most of the plastic parts will enter mass production within the next two weeks and we should receive them pretty promptly!

Marble photographed using Adaptalux.

The photos featured in this update are macro shots of marbles, photographed using Adaptalux. We really like how the unique lighting has made them look like abstract planets in space!

Sub-assembly trialling:-

An important part of the design and manufacturing process is to trial sub-assembly methods to find the optimum method of putting components together at a quick rate but still maintaining high quality. Sam has been busy doing this with parts he has for the assemblies we will be doing in the UK.

Lighting Arms:-

With most of the parts now received for the Lighting Arms, Sam has been able to put together some samples. The only part we are waiting for is the connector, we should be receiving samples next week. So here are some Lighting Arm assemblies that are 90% complete for you to feast your eyes upon.

Lighting Arm sub-assembly samples

Colour Filters and Diffusers:-

Final Diffuser and Colour Filter samples

As mentioned, these have been under a strenuous sampling process so the transparency and colour dyes used in the material are spot on for mass production. It was important to take our time with these, as the material properties used in the injection moulding process has a great effect on the photographic properties of these parts. Too transparent, the parts do not diffuse enough light and colour onto the subject. Too opaque, not enough light comes through the parts to have a positive effect on your photo. We have finally landed on the perfect mixing ratios to produce these parts and they will be entering mass production within the next two weeks.

Grade 2 Diffuser testing

Yellow Colour Filter testing

Yellow Colour Filter testing

Pink Colour Filter testing

Pink Colour Filter testing

 

 

LED PCB sub-assemblies:-

Some sub-assemblies are been done by our suppliers in China. These sub-assemblies involve PCB based components where re-flow soldering is required.

We are pleased to report they are absolutely spot on and have been approved for all 5 LED colours. Mass production quantities will be completed in the next couple of weeks by our supplier.

LED PCB Wiring Assembly Samples

LED PCB Wiring Assembly Samples

Connector:-

We are expecting to receive the first samples for the connector design on Monday. This is a massive step in the Adaptalux manufacturing schedule. These will be featured in the next update once we have fully tested and approved them.

Marble photographed using Adaptalux.

Marble photographed using Adaptalux.

The Adaptalux App:-

The Adaptalux App is coming on well. It has had a dramatic makeover compared to the visuals we showed on our KS campaign back in April. We are about to move onto the bluetooth testing phase of the app development.

We plan to release a BETA App either at the end of this month or one of the first two weeks in December. This app will be a “offline” version, allowing you to create lighting set-ups on your phone, which in the full version you will be able to save for later. We will be needing your feedback to help us finalise the design and functionality of the app. We want you to tell us what works, and what doesn’t in terms of layout and ease of use. But more about this when the time comes!

Below are some screenshots of the App so far, but there is a lot to do to it yet!

App development screen captures

App development screen captures

Packaging:-

Sam had a meeting with a packaging supplier last week and has been busy mocking up designs for the final packaging design. James has been busy doing the graphic design work for the packaging. Some photos below are of the cardboard prototype Sam has made, he will be going for a meeting again next week to get some professional samples made with print. Bare in mind this is a rough packaging prototype to prove function and final layout (so excuse the hot glue gun mess!).

Packaging prototype - opened

Packaging prototype – opened

Mass production of Injection Moulded Parts:-As mentioned, mass production for the plastic parts is now very close now we have been approving samples. Mass production will be done in a few days for most parts once started, then a further 5 days to ship to us.

  • So the Diffusers, Colour Filters, Button Caps, Control Pod sub-assembly internal parts are all now ready for mass production. We will be giving the go ahead within a couple of weeks.
  • The Control Pod shell is currently undergoing trialling with a sonic welding supplier. It will then be textured and samples sent here for approval.
  • Connector parts are on there way for approval.
  • There is one more simple plastic part left to order, which relies heavily on the PCB design. However, we are confident this can still be manufactured in time once the PCB design is complete.

Marble photographed using Adaptalux

Marble photographed using Adaptalux

Please Support the EV Mag Kickstarter campaign!

Support EV Mag on Kickstarter Now!

Support EV Mag on Kickstarter Now!

Our friends over at EV Mag are running a great Kickstarter campaign at the moment. EV Mag is a great photography E-magazine that you can download for free for your mobile devices. Adaptalux was featured in it during our Kickstarter campaign!

You can check it out for free HERE or HERE. We highly recommend that you do so.

Please support their campaign to help them keep creating a great E-Magazine. Furthermore, they are running a fantastic competition where three randomly drawn backers will win either a brand new iPad Pro with Apple Pencil OR a tripod kit from Really Right Stuff. Both prizes are worth over $1,000.

Go check out there campaign now HERE.

So that’s it for now everyone. There is a lot of information to take in and digest here, but rest assured everything is coming together. We are counting down the days until we can ship them and see what you can do with your Adaptalux…

Nominated for an award & more progress pictures!

Hey everyone,

Some exciting news and more progress pictures & information.

Caterpillar photographed using Adaptalux.

Caterpillar photographed using Adaptalux.

Nominated for a Lucie Technical Award

It is with great excitement that we can announce that Adaptalux has been nominated for a Lucie Technical award this year. The Lucie awards honour the greatest achievements in photography, and have been running since 2003. This year is the first time they have branched out into acknowledging the product developments in the photography field and Adaptalux has been nominated for “Best LED lighting Element”.

Adaptalux has been nominated for Best Lighting LED element

Adaptalux has been nominated for Best Lighting LED element

We are thrilled and so thankful to have been nominated and we cannot wait for the awards ceremony which is held on the 20th October on Broadway in New York. Unfortunately, Sam and Martin cannot attend the awards, so we are sending Bob and David, two of our New York Kickstarter backers to the event on our behalf. Adaptalux would not be possible without your help on Kickstarter, and we feel there is no better way of showing our appreciation for this than sending a couple of our Kickstarter backers to the events ceremony. More information about the awards HERE.

So fingers crossed we can pick up the award! But just happy to be nominated as it is.

Wall Adaptors

The Wall Adaptors

The Wall Adaptors

Wall Adaptors have now arrived for the Adaptalux packs. We will only be providing N.America, EU and UK wall adaptors at the moment. I know we said we would provide wall adaptors for your specific country to all of our backers early on in the campaign, however, with 500 rewards to be fulfilled, it is not financially viable to do that anymore for us. N. America, EU and the UK make up a large percentage of our pledges on packs so we feel this is the best decision for now. If you are in another country outside of these areas, you will receive the US wall adaptor with your pack, which can then be used with a adaptor for your country. Regardless, Adaptalux can still be charged via USB via a computer or electronic device. We hope this is ok and you can understand.

Lighting Arm LED colour indicators

Lighting Arm Colour Indicators

Lighting Arm Colour Indicators

These are now on there way to the UK for assembly. We received pictures of them this week and we think they look fantastic. Sam has refined the shape a little, removing some rough edges and contour lines that were visible on the prototype. They are made out of high grade Aluminium with a anodised finish to give the colour and improve strength.  Do you like them?

Beam Angle Adjuster Assembly

Sam has taken a couple of days to assemble all 3,500 of the beam angle adjuster heads this week with the help of his Mum (Thanks Mum) in the UK. These are now ready to be attached to the Lighting Arms. They work very well and have a very high quality feel to them.

 

Control Pod Tooling

The Control Pod tooling is now underway. We will be receiving dimensional samples in the coming weeks, then the tooling will be textured. We will then start the approval process before mass production for this part begins.

Control Pod shell tooling

Control Pod shell tooling

Packaging

We are now starting to get costs and designs sampled for the packaging. We got sent plain samples this week to check dimensions of all the “pack” designs, card quality and general assembly. A picture below of the Starter pack box.

Plain sample of the outer box of the Starter Pack

Plain sample of the outer box of the Starter Pack

Next stage is to have a meeting with the packaging manufacturers next week to finalise and improve some areas. We will then be able to receive printed samples and once they are approved they will be manufactured. Once the cardboard elements are approved, we will be manufacturing vacuum formed trays to hold the Adaptalux items inside. More pictures to follow as this develops over the coming weeks.

Thats it for now everyone, follow our Facebook page for daily posts and updates.

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Thanks,

The Adaptalux Team.

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.

Follow us on Flickr.

Follow us on Flickr.

 

Follow us on Instagram.

Follow us on Instagram.

 

 

 

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!

Adaptalux Lens Cloths and Progress….

Hello all!

We just wanted to write a quick update regarding our progress this week. We still can’t get over the support we received on Kickstarter! You are all amazing.

 

Sam is going through the design work with a tooth pick to ensure everything is how it should be before we start ordering tooling. The engineering drawings for the diffusers and colour filters are now finalised and ready. Next week he will be working on finalising the Lighting Arms. In terms of the business side, we are currently in talks with some distributors who would like to stock and sell Adaptalux. We will keep you updated about this!

We have been busy gathering the information for the Little Snapper and Sharing’s Caring pledges. Please find below example images for the Adaptalux Lens cloth designs. Sharing’s Caring pledgers can select which cloth they would like to receive in the survey we have sent out through Kickstarter.

Dandy Lion

Dandy Lion

 

Lens-cloth-design-bubbles

Bubbles

 

Foam

Foam

 

Leaf

Leaf

 

 

White

White

 

Dark Yellow Green

Dark Yellow Green

 

Pastel Magenta

Pastel Magenta

 

Pure Red Orange

Pure Red Orange

 

Black

Black

 

Pastel Red

Pastel Red

 

Pure Violet

Pure Violet

 

Dark Warm Brown

Dark Warm Brown

 

Our online shop is now up and running. However, it is still in its early phase and there may be a few problems that we are trying to fix over the remainder of this week. If you are having any problems trying to purchase anything off our store then please let us know by emailing sg@adaptalux.com.

Has anyone been doing any Macro Photography over the last week? We would love to see your images on our Facebook wall or Flickr page!

Many thanks,

The Adaptalux Team.