Lightpack — ambient backlight for your displays

A project in New York, NY by Woodenshark

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Open-source content-driving lighting system you can use with TV or PC, Mac, HTPC displays in movies, games and daily work
Backers: 5812
Average Pledge Per Backer: $86

Funded: $500,784 of $261,962
Dates: Apr 25th -> May 31st (37 days)
Project By: Woodenshark
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Latest News

Hands-on with the Lightpack TV Lighting System from Kickstarter

February 24th - via:
Jason spends some time telling us about his experience with Lightpack, a Kickstarter funded project that improves television viewing. (Read More)

24 hours to go

May 30th - via:
Hello everyone, there are only 24 hours left to go! Now this is the time to call your family, to patch it up with your ex, to plan the X-mas gifts for your boss and of course to like, share and retweet! Why should you do this when it’s pretty much... (Read More)

Raspberry Pi: read carefully

May 29th - via:
Hi Kickstarters! As promised earlier, this update covers the Raspberry Pi topic, not yet the result but rather the process. We promised to share with you all the details on what we are up to. Here we are going to tell you why there is no video with... (Read More)

Hit the second stretch goal

May 29th - via:
Hi guys! Just a few words about, thanks to all of you, we’ve hit our second stretch goal. This is as much impressive as was almost incredible. Many of you prefer Notification plug-in on all other additional features. It’s reasonable.... (Read More)

Lightpack with Android

May 27th - via:
Hello everyone. It’s Android time! So please watch our latest video: For this demo we used a chinese (in all respects) Android mini PC MK809. It’s not the “cutting-edge” device, nor has it a high-performance hardware, but it will do just fine... (Read More)

Hit the first stretch goal

May 24th - via:
Hello everyone, Still a week for the campaign to go, and we have already hit our first (but not last by any means) stretch-goal. We stated in our second update that it would make sense to refine the sockets by adding caps to protect the cables from... (Read More)

Multiple Lightpacks demo

May 18th - via:
Hello everyone!  Today you will see how several Lightpacks work with one computer. Check out the video: There are several important things you should know when using more than 1 Lightpack: You can connect 2,3,4 or more Lightpacks All Lightpacks are... (Read More)

Stretch Goals and New Ideas

May 7th - via:
Hi guys, we are back! The most important topic for this update are the stretch goals. You must have been waiting for them, and we understand how important they are, especially in cases like ours, when the target has been reached but we still have a... (Read More)

Great Start and New Challenges

April 29th - via:
Hello everyone! We are happy to present the first update of the Lightpack project, more will definitely follow. The interest towards the Lightpack project and the feedback we received so far are impressive. We are very grateful to those who supported... (Read More)

Lightpack lighting system seeks crowd funds

April 29th - via:
A team of open-source engineers have launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding project with a view to bring content-driven ambient lighting to all. The Lightpack concept isn't a new idea: Philips Ambilight, on which the system is shamelessly based, has been around for years, offering content-specific ambient lighting on selected models of HDTVs. (Read More)

Insert Coin: Lightpack turns your computer display into an ambient backlight (video)

April 25th - via:
While Philips did eventually bring its Ambilight technology to PC monitors, it wasn't before others had decided to roll their own. Now you can add ambient backlighting to any computer display without any of the attendant soldering and Arduino-wrangling, thanks to the folks at Woodenshark. The team has built Lightpack, an Ambilight-esque system that'll connect to a Windows, OS X or Linux PC and project the display's colors onto the area surrounding the screen. (Read More)

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