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The Kick - a pocket sized lighting studio for photo & video

A project in Natick, MA by Rift Inc

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We designed the Kick to help you take better pictures, make better videos and have fun doing it.
Backers: 1154
Average Pledge Per Backer: $182

Funded: $210,597 of $115,000
Dates: Jun 13th -> Jul 18th (35 days)
Project By: Rift Inc
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Latest News


July 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Its been too long since last time, and where to start? Lots of work done on the back end, the distinctly unglamorous stuff that goes into building a business from scratch. But here is some of the more exciting stuff: New version 2 app The app has... (Read More)

Rift Labs Kick iPhone-controlled photo light offers a whole spectrum of colors

June 13th - via: tuaw.com
Our good friends at Photojojo were excited to tell us about a new product for iPhone that is bound to be a winner for iPhone photographers and videographers who want to add special lighting effects to their masterworks. (Read More)

Shop is open, new firmware is out

May 15th - via: kickstarter.com
Wow, this does not get less busy with time :-) Firmware updated There is a new firmware update out. It fixes the charger light not turning green when the Kick is fully charged, improves the color linearity, and a number of other minor issues. If you... (Read More)

Shipping and firmware update

April 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, All Kicks will be shipped by Friday this week. The packages are sent by post. The factory thought they could ship everything by last Friday, but that was too optimistic. We are in contact with the factory daily, and they are confident that all... (Read More)

More Kicks on their way

March 29th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi guys We know you are eagerly awaiting your Kick and we are shipping as fast as we can. We are doing a lot more QA testing than originally planned so final assembly is taking a lot longer. We have shipped about 70% by now. We have received a ton... (Read More)

Final assembly and shipping

March 19th - via: kickstarter.com
Shipping at last! The production errors from last week are found and fixed. All Kicks have had the last version of the firmware loaded and it all looks good. The first proper shipment goes out this afternoon. Yay!! Prep for firmware updates Firmware... (Read More)

Wheels of industry in motion

March 7th - via: kickstarter.com
Buzz, klang, whirrr, the wheels of industry are in motion. Kicks are rolling off the production line as we speak. We are trying to ship in roughly the order the pledges came in and the first of you will receive your Kick(s) about the time the new... (Read More)


February 26th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi For those who like to see machines at work (like me), here are some pics and video from the production. No time for fancy stuff like a narrative or even editing :-)   We made a small batch of the electronics today, and will make the rest of the... (Read More)

Kick Wireless Communication API

February 24th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi Here is some info for developers looking to communicate with the Kick. Any device that is capable of connecting to a WiFi adhoc access point can connect to and control the Kick through the Kick Wireless API. It is a fairly straightforward set of... (Read More)

Quick update

February 13th - via: kickstarter.com
Hi, we just wanted to give you guys a quick heads up, as we know you don't want to be kept in the dark. We have received a shipment with the missing parts. But the shipment contained only 200 pcs. To misquote McNally: You gotta laugh doing this, or... (Read More)

On the factory floor, drinking coffee, biting nails

February 5th - via: kickstarter.com
Here is quick update from the factory floor. Everything is ready for production to start, except one missing part. The last component from Microchip was supposed to arrive yesterday, but didn't. This is the third time we have been promised delivery.... (Read More)

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