i-Brix reaches $100k

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A few weeks ago we mentioned that the i-Brix wireless lighting system was back on Kickstarter with an improved product and a realistic funding goal.

The project has reached its funding goal and in the last few days has also reached its first stretch target, so different coloured baseplates will now be produced.

A second stretch target has just been added, but there's just three days to go! If $150k is raised a smaller 16x16 baseplate will also be made. Simply increase your pledge by $25 and if the target is met you'll receive one. See the project page for full information.

If you're still not convinced that it actually works, or are on the fence, check out JANGBRiCKS' video review, which demonstrates the system superbly, after the break.

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22 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Anyone know if this is likely to come with a UK plug, or will it require some sort of travel adaptor? Couldn't see anything on the Kickstarter page.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ I doubt it, you'll need an adapter.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'll try commenting again. The first time didn't stick :/

@BooTheMightyHamster - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1426110532/i-brix-wirelessly-powered-lighting-system-for-lego/comments deep in the comments page, on June 27th, The Creator had this to say:

> The base/transmitter plugs into our electronics module. The electronics module then plugs into the wall with a standard style AC/DC power adapter.
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> This will give backers the ability to potentially use a different voltage adapter on their own if required (the sets include a wall adapter designed for North American 120VAC outlets). The input power to the electronics module is 12VDC.

So no, it doesn't come with a UK plug, but you should be able to use a standard £10ish UK multiadapter with it.

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By in United Kingdom,

From the creator, in the comments:

"We plan on shipping each system with the corresponding plug/adapter that's required based upon the ship-to address."

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By in United Kingdom,

I'd be game if they would distribute this from within the EU.

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By in Netherlands,

^ same here.
Also, I don't get why there is 10USD difference over sending a Full kit and a XL-kit, or those bases should weigh a ton a piece...

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By in United Kingdom,

^ International shipping is based on weight or volumetric weight whichever is the greater. So if you have a large but light item, you still end up paying loads.

My biggest issue is (probably) having to pay the VAT/duties + the extra royal mail charges for handling these. Which in this case would probably more that the actual fee imposed by HMRC.

So, thanks, but no thanks.

Also, would love to have round bricks as well rather than just the standard 1x1s.

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By in United Kingdom,

While this systems does seem rather cool, I've a couple of safety concerns with the project.

We know for instance that swallowing button batteries can be lethal to pets and toddlers, so with these light bricks if a kid accidently swallows one, are we going to have those same issues?

Plus, with this system essentially using induction charging technology to work, are we going to have the same EMF radiation issue as that brings up?

Perhaps I'm just worrying over nothing here, but if I was going to buy this for a kid so they could have a shiney light up town, I'd want to know it's not gonna potentially cause them any health problems.

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By in United Kingdom,

There aren't batteries in the lights, so there is not really a problem there. They are just an LED and an induction coil. So there is no charge to discharge or chemical release to cause internal burns.

Although they probably shouldn't be putting these in their mouths anyway.

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By in United States,

They probably shouldn't be putting any LEGO pieces in their mouths if they're old enough to play with regular LEGO.

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By in United States,

So.... Are these actuall LEGO bricks that have just been added with lighting? Or sicko nockoffs? :/ :( If they're not LEGO this is NOT LEGO news and is just plain stupid. :/

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By in Germany,

^ Goid point actually, especially for purists, but they call it a "REAL 1×1 brick" on Kickstarter, and I think I see the LEGO logo in the picture, so it dies indeed seem to be the real thing.
Plus, I think Jang wouldn't have reviewed them and plan to use them if they weren't genuine LEGO bricks.

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By in United States,

^^Does it matter?? They're made for LEGO and are of high quality, not to mention it's not like LEGO's releasing their own lighting system. Lots of people add LED strips and whatnot into their displays, the only difference is that these actually look good and fit in.
Not to mention this is definitely LEGO news. Lots of people have been wanting something like this so why not make people aware of it??

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By in United Kingdom,

These are LEGO in the same way that Megablock or other similar competing system is LEGO. In other words, they're a compatable interlocking brick system. But not genuine lego as the Lego group has nothing to do with their production etc.

@CCC: See, wasn't sure about that as some induction coil tech does also include a battery. But yeah.. I've no idea what effect swallowing one would cause, especially if close to the base plate.

@Cosun: I did mention pets too. Pets do occasionally eat lego bricks. Plus, not all kids are as sensible as others. For instance, a friend of mines 3 year old is already building proper lego sets by themselves from the instructions, while their 6 year old cousin can just about manage a junior set.

And whose to say that some teens won't be dumb enough to try to swallow them for a youtube vid or something?

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By in United States,

^I would say you should probably just keep them out of reach of kids and pets, or build them into the model so that you can't just take it and pop it into your mouth. As for preventing kids from swallowing them, it would follow the same principle as a normal battery or something like that, if you feel the child of pet might swallow it, simply keep it away from them.

Quite frankly if a teen or anybody decides to swallow anything toxic for Youtube that's their fault.

All of course assuming they might be toxic.

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By in Russian Federation,

No.

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By in United States,

Jang also reviews megablocks on his bricks channel

this blog reviewed a Lepin clone set

don't expect other people to follow your puritanical views about toy bricks. it will just frustrate you and make you look silly to folks who disagree.

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By in United States,

@GrizBe has a valid point. The first thing I'm going to do with these is run an experiment to see if I can get them to light up a live subject's innards.

Mind you, I will be the subjugator NOT the subjugee. An evil scientist worth their salt knows not to experiment on themselves (unless really really desperate, or fresh out of subjects).

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By in United States,

So I'm thinking of using them to light up some of the large modular buildings that we have on permanent display. My question is whether I can use one baseplate to light up multiple buildings or whether I'd need to get a baseplate for each building. Thoughts?

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By in United States,

your base plate needs depend on the size of the building. most modulars take up an entire base plate so if you wanted to light an entire building you need one per.

you could light up half of each building by placing the power base plate between two modulars

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By in Indonesia,

I have seen the video before and it seems like a great idea! The only thing to really make it better is to actually to put a rechargeable battery inside of the baseplate to make it portable (or make it powered by a computer's USB port). and add 16 inches to the range of this I-Brix. For now I think the best thing I can do to do that is to use some kind of portable battery bank with a power outlet.

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