Lighting up the A

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Re: Lighting up the A

Post by USUMAE » April 18th, 2019, 10:05 pm

jpswensen wrote:
April 15th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Only 5 days left. We have made a lot of progress, but we still have a long way to go. I have had a couple people contact me and say they are willing to bump it over the top if it gets closer, so please share to everyone you know (and get one yourself) so that we can make it!

How much closer do you need to be?



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Re: Lighting up the A

Post by jpswensen » April 18th, 2019, 10:31 pm

USUMAE wrote:
April 18th, 2019, 10:05 pm
jpswensen wrote:
April 15th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Only 5 days left. We have made a lot of progress, but we still have a long way to go. I have had a couple people contact me and say they are willing to bump it over the top if it gets closer, so please share to everyone you know (and get one yourself) so that we can make it!

How much closer do you need to be?
I had one big donor who really wanted to see this happen (HUGE shoutout to Thomas Stoddard for making a really big pledge above and beyond the Better than a Blue Laser Pointer base value) and I have one sibling who said he is willing to top off any amount to push it over the top. So, it is definitely going to get funded at this point and any people who want to get in on it are invited.

Also, with the big donations from Thomas Stoddard and my sibling (which raises the amount per device made), I plan on trying to incorporate the audio circuit to play The Scotman and Hail the Utah Aggies.
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Re: Lighting up the A

Post by tipitup » April 19th, 2019, 8:19 am

If you do incorporate the audio circuit, make it programmable so the user can make it play whatever he/she wants. just a suggestion. i have the easy button from staples and that's what i want to do with it.



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Re: Lighting up the A

Post by dyedblue » April 19th, 2019, 8:41 am

jpswensen wrote:
USUMAE wrote:
April 18th, 2019, 10:05 pm
jpswensen wrote:
April 15th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Only 5 days left. We have made a lot of progress, but we still have a long way to go. I have had a couple people contact me and say they are willing to bump it over the top if it gets closer, so please share to everyone you know (and get one yourself) so that we can make it!

How much closer do you need to be?
I had one big donor who really wanted to see this happen (HUGE shoutout to Thomas Stoddard for making a really big pledge above and beyond the Better than a Blue Laser Pointer base value) and I have one sibling who said he is willing to top off any amount to push it over the top. So, it is definitely going to get funded at this point and any people who want to get in on it are invited.

Also, with the big donations from Thomas Stoddard and my sibling (which raises the amount per device made), I plan on trying to incorporate the audio circuit to play The Scotman and Hail the Utah Aggies.
That is way cool. I am excited to see the finished product. Thank you for puting such a great and novel idea into motion. I have been jealous of the P5 stadium replicas that have come out, but I'd much rather have this with all of the awesome Aggie traditions you are incorporating.

Well done!


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Re: Lighting up the A

Post by sneed » April 20th, 2019, 12:14 pm

jpswensen wrote:
USUMAE wrote:
April 18th, 2019, 10:05 pm
jpswensen wrote:
April 15th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Only 5 days left. We have made a lot of progress, but we still have a long way to go. I have had a couple people contact me and say they are willing to bump it over the top if it gets closer, so please share to everyone you know (and get one yourself) so that we can make it!

How much closer do you need to be?
I had one big donor who really wanted to see this happen (HUGE shoutout to Thomas Stoddard for making a really big pledge above and beyond the Better than a Blue Laser Pointer base value) and I have one sibling who said he is willing to top off any amount to push it over the top. So, it is definitely going to get funded at this point and any people who want to get in on it are invited.

Also, with the big donations from Thomas Stoddard and my sibling (which raises the amount per device made), I plan on trying to incorporate the audio circuit to play The Scotman and Hail the Utah Aggies.
Thank you! I’m very excited for mine!



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Re: Lighting up the A

Post by BigVBAg » April 23rd, 2019, 5:38 pm

Now that the campaign is over, is there a way for people to order them? I'd love to get some for gifts.



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Re: Lighting up the A

Post by jpswensen » April 23rd, 2019, 5:44 pm

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April 23rd, 2019, 5:38 pm
Now that the campaign is over, is there a way for people to order them? I'd love to get some for gifts.
First priority is getting the Kickstarter orders done. I have almost 90 to produce between now and the end of August.

I will definitely be putting up a website sometime this summer to take orders. I also have contacted Locker42 and the Aggie Bookstore to see if they are interested. The very first order of business is getting the first polished prototype done so that I can send it to the CLC Licensing company to get licensed (this is the company that almost all universities use to manager their licensing). I don't foresee any problems with that process, but it involves a bunch of steps which include forming and LLC, getting liability insurance, finding suppliers that meet with CLC's requirements for Corporate Responsibility Standards, and then finishing the licensing application. I want to get that out of the way ASAP, so that we can spend the remainder of the time polishing the product.

I will definitely post here once they are available for order (or pre-order) other than through the Kickstarter.
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Re: Lighting up the A

Post by jpswensen » May 2nd, 2019, 5:29 pm

Just a quick update for those that care.

While I wait for my some parts and supplies to get delivered, I have been working mostly on the embedded software and polishing up some of the onboarding process when a user gets their new Aggie A.

First, it now has a smart Wifi setup process. Essentially when the device is first powered, if it can't find the wifi router that it was last connected to, it goes into a mode where it is its own access point. So, you just connect to the router names "AggieAP" using your PC, tablet, or phone, and it will pop up a window that lets you then tell it which router to connect to and the password. This is stored, so you really only need to do this again if you move to another router name or new router password.

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The other major part I have been working on is how the user can select the lighting scheme for their Aggie A. There are several options and sub-options. For example, for the "Light the A" lighting scheme, you can pick which sports you care about. For the holiday mode, you can pick which standard holiday coloring you want to use. Once your device is set up, when you are on the same network as your device, you can get to it by typing "http://AggieA.local" into your desktop or mobile web browser.

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So, long story short, I think I have about 75% of the embedded and web programming side of things done. There are still a few features I want to add in there, but I want to get to the fabrication side of things once the rest of my hardware shows up. I will make a video once I have the first fully-functional prototype done and ask the KickStarter backers if there are any other features they would like to see.
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