The past two years have seen the Halo transform from a few scribbles in a notebook to an impressive piece of wearable technology.
- Beautiful LED Display - Light up the night with 32 RGB LEDs.
- Intelligent Beat Recognition - Dance with your Halo, which discerns different frequencies and detects beat signatures in music.
- Epic Battery Life - Rock out for 15+ hours on a single charge, and power back up via USB.
- Built to Last - Wear festival after festival, trusting the flexible yet rugged water-resistant construction
- Infinite Patterns - Cycle through entrancing patterns with the click of a button and download new sets to keep things fresh.
- Open source - Develop for the Halo and help unleash the incredible potential of the first high-tech wearables for raves.
Beautiful LED Display
One look at the Halo’s 32 bright, multi-color LED display and you’ll be captivated by the mesmerizing aura. We quickly realized that existing LED strips were not sufficient for our design requirements, so we had to develop our own flexible circuit boards. We even peppered electrical components like the mic and buttons in the gaps between LEDs, so that no space was wasted.
Intelligent Beat Recognition
Music is complex. We take for granted how easy it is to discern the different musical components present in a song. As humans, our ability to tell the difference between the menacing bass, transfixing snares, and blissful melodies is quite a biological accomplishment. In order for the Halo to really “listen” to the music, we had to translate raw audio data into intelligence using machine algorithms running on a powerful microprocessor. The LED display reflects each beat and timbre in a whole new light.
Epic Battery Life
You’ve got the energy to go all night. Why shouldn’t your Halo do the same? It’s lithium ion batteries last for 15+ hours on a single charge. The efficiency of the batteries and power management system keeps the Halo lightweight and cool on your head. The Halo recharges via USB in just a few hours, so plug in during your pre-game and it’ll be ready to go when you are.
Built to Last
Music festivals get crazy. So we ensured your Halo would make it out alive. Its flexible yet rugged housing is optimized for raging, meaning it can withstand thrashing, jumping, head whipping, or whatever else the kids are doing these days. The Halo’s lightweight, contoured design will comfortably fit your head. And water-resistant construction means a little rain or champagne shower won’t ruin your night.
Even the best songs can’t be played over and over again without losing their magic. Sometimes you have to switch it up. Cycle through dozens of gorgeous patterns pre-loaded on the Halo with the click of a button. Easily download new patterns when you need them by connecting to your computer. The best patterns people are coding will become available as soon as they’re ready, keeping you on the cutting edge of wearable rave technology.
Back when we started learning electronics, we stumbled upon Arduino - a powerful, easy-to-learn microprocessor platform. We thought it fitting to build the Halo upon this foundation, and open up our code to the same community that helped us learn all we know. Now, far from our humble beginnings, we’ve built a simple yet robust code architecture that allows for beginner and advanced developers to code for this exciting new platform. The best part? You’ll be able to share your best patterns with Halo owners all over the world.
Why We’re Here
Kickstarter gives us the opportunity to raise necessary capital by connecting directly with our customers and validate that there is a large enough demand for this product. You help us ensure that we can ship Halos as soon as they come off the production line.
To make the Halo affordable to the masses, we need to manufacture in high volumes. At around 1000 Halos, the project starts to make sense financially. The cost of components and parts are dramatically decreased at this volume. One time setup costs for machinery and tooling are necessary for high-pressure injection molding. At high volume, this $25k investment can be absorbed into the price per unit.
Post-Kickstarter Halo development requires three simultaneous tracks: manufacturing, hardware development, and software development. Through two years of prototyping, we’ve gained an intimate knowledge of processes and timelines associated with circuit board fabrication. After working and speaking with various molding experts, we’re also confident in our timelines for manufacturing. We’ll be working exclusively with contractors in the USA to ensure quality craftsmanship in a timely manner.
Upon funding, we’ll consult with electrical engineering experts to see if there are any ways we can improve our circuitry. In particular, we’ll focus on making beat detection more accurate by further mitigating circuit noise. We’ll perform functional testing to ensure these tweaks are helpful. When we’re happy with the circuitry, we’ll manufacture a small-scale batch of 50 Halos and run rigorous quality assurance.
Concurrently, we’ll work closely with industrial designers to slim down the design and increase durability. Every ounce we can shed while retaining structural integrity gets us closer to a perfect product. We also plan to eliminate the elastic strap, using a conforming design instead.
On top of all that, we’ll be finalizing our desktop app that will allow you to download new patterns to your Halo. And, of course, we’ll be continuously designing gorgeous audio-responsive patterns, now with the input of developers everywhere.
We’ll then fire up the furnaces and produce a large batch of Halos for our dedicated Kickstarter backers. We’ll make sure your Halo is perfect, load up the finest set of patterns we’ve got, and ship it to you in no time.
You can expect to receive your much-awaited Halo in October of this year, and party with it for years to come.
We fell in love with the idea of wearable technology at the first electronic music festival we ever attended - Ultra 2011 in Miami. The stage lighting blew us away, but the junky light-up accessories and glow sticks people had on were underwhelming.
Over the next few months, we spent hundreds of hours building a 500-LED full-body lightsuit that responded to the different frequencies in the ambient music around us. When we took it down to Miami for Ultra 2012, we could hardly walk around the festival without people asking us where they could buy one themselves.
Returning back to Boston, we started building the first high-quality rave gear the world had ever seen. It had to be beautiful, audio-responsive, long-lasting, rechargeable, lightweight, comfortable, rugged, moisture-resistant, simple to use, and ready for software updates. We felt we were up for the challenge, and set out to build the Halo.
We’re now at the culmination of 2 years of hard work, and are happy to bring you the Halo. Kickstarter is giving us the chance to confirm what we already know - that the electronic dance music community is ready for high-quality wearable technology - and to bring this community together to make the Halo a reality.
Thanks for checking out our project. We’re excited to see the Halo lighting up the night at music festivals everywhere.
- Ryan and Danny