AYATORI - Light up your relationships

"The New Smartphone Appcessory that lets you communicate through light"
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vinclu Inc.
Technology
Tokyo
Japan
4 Team Members

Japanese Page

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AYATORIは、人と人を光でつなげるロマンチックなスマホアクセサリーです。

自分の趣味を登録して同じ趣味の相手と近づくと「AYATORI」がそっと光り出し、ふたりのつながりを演出します。

パーティイベントやバーで、誰かと話したくてもきっかけがなくて話せない、そんな人の最初の一歩を後押しします。



AYATORIの操作は非常にシンプルです。
iPhoneにAYATORIを装着し、専用のアプリで自分の趣味や好きなものを登録するだけで、同じ趣味を登録している人を探し出します。もし近くに相手がいるとお互いのAYATORIが光り出します。
画面での操作はほとんど必要なく、AYATORIの光がふたりの繋がりを瞬時に可視化します。




近くにいるけど話したこと無い人とのコミュニケーション、それは今までのスマートフォンでは実現できませんでした。私たちはiBeaconと光るスマホアクセサリーを組み合わせることで、スマートフォンの力を拡張し、新しいコミュニケーション体験をご提供します。

<HARDWARE>

AYATORIは、基板には超高輝度なLEDを搭載し、イヤホンジャックから出た音を光に変換しています。外装は透明な素材に拡散剤を混ぜ、光がロウソクの炎のようにふわっと灯るように試作を繰り返しました。

<SOFTWARE>

iBeaconというBluetoothの電波を発信・受信することで、数十cm~数十mにいる相手を特定することができます。圏外での利用や、バックグラウンドでのプッシュ通知が可能です。

アプリはすでにAppStoreにリリースしており、クラウドファンディングにご支援頂いた方から優先的にAYATORIをご体験頂けます。(アプリのDLはコチラ)



様々なイベントでAYATORIを導入して頂いています。 今回のクラウドファンディングを通して量産の目処が整えば、さらに多くのイベントで導入することが可能になります。

2014.09.10 iBeacon恋活

2014年9月10日に開催されたiBeacon恋活にAYATORIを導入頂きました。

2014.09.21 ロイヤルウィングでランチバイキング!!〜ランチクルーズ編〜

2014年9月21日に開催されたバスツアーの企画としてAYATORIを導入頂きました。

2014.09.23 バルタウン

バルタウン中目黒でAYATORIを導入頂く予定です。



クラウドファンディングにご支援頂いた方には、ささやかではありますが、下記の特典をプレゼント致します。そしてさらに、$25以上ご支援頂いた方にはAYATORIを使ったパーティー・イベントにご招待します。

(クラウドファンディングへの支援方法)

商品のお届時期は2014年12月を予定しています。



AYATORI MATCHをイベントやお店のグッズとして導入してみませんか?

パーティ/イベントで、BARやカフェでお客さん同士の新たな出会いを作ることで、リピーターの獲得やコミュニティの活性化につながります。

AYATORI導入のお問い合わせはコチラ



AYATORIがあれば、アプリをダウンロードするだけで違う楽しみ方ができます。 ある時はライブのペンライトに、ある時は言葉にできない気持ちを伝えるメッセージに- AYATORIは、あなたの生活のあらゆる場面をそっと照らしていきます。

イベントに一体感を生み出すペンライト型アプリ(開発中)

振ったら光る、アーティストのコントロールに合わせて光る、みんなでゲージを貯めたら光る等、スマートフォンの機能を生かした遊び方ができます。ライブ、ウェディング、スポーツ観戦、友人とのカラオケなど、様々なシーンでみんなで光のエンターテイメントを楽しめます。

デモムービーはコチラ

恋人同士が光で気持ちを伝え合う、非言語コミュニケーションアプリ(開発中)

言葉にできない「気持ち」を込めて、ボタンを押すと、相手のAYATORIがそっと点滅します。





English Page

3Dプリンタースタジオ

"Japan’s Vinclu launches Indiegogo campaign for light communication appcessory"



AYATORI is a smartphone "appcessory" that connects people through romantic light. 


Once AYATORI is plugged into your smartphone’s earphone jack,
you will open a dreamy way of communication through light by using AYATORI App.


”Appcessory" is a combined word of app and accessory. 

By combining an application and an accessory, we have created a completely new form of communication flapping outside of the screen.


Currently, we are developing three iPhone APPs that work with AYATORI:

"AYATORI MATCH",  "AYATORI LIVE" and "AYATORI PAIR".

All three Apps will be released in this year, and will be available at the same time as AYATORI. 


[AYATORI MATCH] 
Passing communication App which does not miss a fateful encounter.

You register your interests on the App and then, when you pass by someone who has the same interests, both of your AYATORIs light up. 

When you’re at a party and you want to talk to someone, but you can’t find an opportunity, this can be the first step towards beginning a conversation.

Single Plan is recommended if you are currently single.


[AYATORI LIVE]
Live event App that works as advanced penlight and creates a feeling of unity.


At events, AYATORI helps foster a sense of community.

There are many ways to leverage your smartphone’s capabilities and play with AYATORI at an event, including having it light up as you swing your phone, connecting it to a controller managed by an artist, and having it shine when everyone’s energy gets powered up. 

You can enjoy this “light entertainment” with friends at live shows, weddings, sporting events, at karaoke, and other similar events.

Ranger Plan is recommended if you love Live concert or Karaoke.
This plan include 5 colors AYATORI that heat up the situation.

[AYATORI PAIR]
Nonverbal communication App for lovers.


Words are unnecessary between certain people.

AYATORI can also be used for non-verbal communication with the "pair" application that allows partners to express their feelings via light.

Express the feelings you can’t put into words, and when you press a button, your partner’s AYATORI will silently flicker. 

Pair Plan is recommended, if you have love one.
This is LOVEBIRD plan. Your other half will be happy to receive this gift you send!
These three app is free for all AYATORI user.
In addition, we are planing on increase number of apps that linked to AYATORI.
Please look foward to our updates!



“Delivering the feelings that can’t be put into words.” 

Through this project, we would like to realize that ideal. 

As the CEO of this company, why am I crazy about this product? Well, since I was a child, I have been quite poor with words; I’m a person who has a truly hard time expressing my feelings. 

I didn’t achieve significant success at school or work, I didn’t have a lot of friends, and of course, romance never went well for me.  As a result of simply being weak at verbal communication, I have accumulated many regrets in life. 

I often thought to myself, “If I could only express my feelings without words…”

Because so many people now have smartphones, people can easily communicate verbally and textually with other people, regardless of how far away they may be. Moreover, people have begun to use simple communication methods, like Facebook’s emoticons and the ‘Like’ button; I think that non-verbal communication tools such as these will become increasingly popular from now on. 

As a result of the current environment, I set my sights on creating a product based on the concept of "non-verbal communication," and started work on this project.


AYATORI is a tool that combines light and the Internet to allow you to communicate the feelings you can't put into words with the people around you or your loved one far away.

I hope this product can support people like me, who are not gifted with words.




The source code that illuminates AYATORI is open and available to the public, so anyone is able to build a remote communication device.

(It interacts with Javascript and Objective-C) 

We have released an API so that everyone can use AYATORI as they like, and we also organized a hackathon for developing applications related to AYATORI. 

Hacker Plan is the best match if you are a Hacker.
You should be able to understand and hack AYATORI.


We have already held two hackathons for the purpose of developing applications for AYATORI, and even people with no programming experience were able to make AYATORI shine in less than 60 minutes. 

From many participants, we heard, “It was simple and easy to make AYATORI light up!” This is why we think AYATORI could also be used as a learning tool when teaching programming. 

I hope you will use AYATORI as a way of expanding on your ideas and applications. 



AYATORI can create a romantic experience at your event through its original production of light. 

One simple way to achieve this would be by distributing AYATORI accessories and then encouraging participants to install the software. 

It can be used for large events such as parties and concerts, or more everyday events like weddings or after-parties. 

Party Plan and Live Plan is recommended if you are holding an event or party.

Customize

AYATORI’s original design can also be customized, and we can collaborate with companies that have original content and characters. 

We can create original designs to create special experiences for fans from all over the world. 

Partner Plan is recommended if you are the person in charge with company character.


We need your support to bring AYATORI to people around the world! 

Currently, we need initial capital for mass production. Once we've gathered the capital, we'll be able to leverage the strength of our manufacturing partner and we'll be able to create products on a larger scale.

We ask for your heartfelt support! 

People who support our campaign will receive an AYATORI by special delivery in December of 2014. 

If you would really like to try out AYATORI or its companionship applications, or if you’d like to use AYATORI at your next event, please take this opportunity to support our product! 




AYATORI’s features and design are simple, but we've taken great care creating the beauty of its soft light.

The LED of AYATORI is shining by converting sound that flows from earphone jack into electrical current. In addition, AYATORI can flash in various patterns by changing wavelength of sound flowing from the L and R stereo sound. AYATORI is changing the Sound into Light.

The circuit board is equipped with an ultra-bright LED, and takes sound output from the earphone jack and turns it into light. 

For the exterior, we mixed a transparent material with a diffusing agent, testing different combinations until we created a light similar to the weightless flame of a candle. 

AYATORI’s light gently sets the mood, reflecting the dreamy light of your heart, rather than something mechanical and cold.


Why a bird?/ Why "AYATORI"?

As typified by the carrier pigeon, birds have long held the duty of linking people who are far apart. We at Vinclu Inc. felt that such a symbol fit well with our company ideal, of helping to connect people.

We also wanted AYATORI to encompass the idea of connecting you with others, so we picked the design of a cute bird. 

In June 2013, we used the Japanese site CrowdWorks to run a crowdsourcing campaign to find a name. We chose AYATORI out of over 1,000 ideas. 

AYATORI means a “brightly colored bird,” and comes from the Japanese words “aya” and “tori,” which mean "color" and "bird" respectively.

AYATORI also has the meaning of “cat’s cradle” in Japanese. 

Cat’s cradle is a game where you take a single piece of string, make it into a circle, and then go back and forth with a partner, placing it on their fingers and to create different shapes. 

A colorful bird is the perfect match for a product that connects people. 

We also ran a logo crowdsourcing campaign on CrowdWorks, and picked a beautiful design for our brand. 



We've completed the prototype, and are now ready to begin manufacturing on a larger scale. 

With your help we'll be able to immediately move forward with preparations for mass production. 

We'll also be releasing the companion applications by the end of the year, which include everything seen in the video. 

We will start selling AYATORI this year. After that, we will expand our range of companion applications and we'll partner up with other organizations to throw events using AYATORI. 

*As of now, unfortunately, AYATORI does not work with Android. However, in near future, We will develop new AYATORI for Android.

Our company name is vinclu Inc. We began startup to make AYATORI at February 2014.I’d like to create a company that is not just limited to AYATORI, but that makes many products that connect the web and real world. 








Risks and Challenges

We believe the biggest risk is finding a molding process that will allow us to achieve a steady quality of beautiful light in mass production. 

We have commissioned a molding professional for this job, and we are working hard to create a quality product and overcome this challenge. However, if we run into problems with production costs or the quality of light diffusion, it’s possible there could be manufacturing delays. 

We are planning to deliver up to date information step by step as we go through the process, and if delivery is delayed, we will contact supporters as soon as possible. 



FAQ

1. What is support devices of AYATORI?
You can use AYATORI with your iPhone4S (or any later version), your iPod Touch, or your iPad.

2. Can I use AYATORI with Android devices?
As of now, unfortunately, AYATORI does not work with Android. However, in near future, We will develop new AYATORI for Android.

3. Does AYATORI support my language?
First, We will support English and Japanese.
Then, we are going to support other languages​​.

4. How can I choose color of AYATORI?
After achieve support, supporter will recive e-mail to comfirme color.
Please reply to the e-mail.

5. Does AYATORI need battery replacement?
No. Because AYATORI work with smartphone's battery.

6. Will AYATORI light up by just plug it in?
Please use AYATORI linked App to light it up.
App should be release on App Store by the time you receive AYATORI.

7. When will AYATORI arrive?
We are planning on start shipping by December of 2014.

8.If you reach the goal, what will the money be used for?
Any money will be used for mass-production and improve product.

9.Does AYATORI linked App cost?
No. Once you own AYATORI, all linked App are for free.



JOIN

Please check out the following links for the latest information on AYATORI: 

・Web Site http://vinclu.me

・Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/vinclu.appcessory

・Instagram http://instagram.com/vinclus

・Twitter http://twitter.com/vinclu_info


Please feel free to contact us with any feedback or requests. 


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  • $10USD
    Thanks Plan

    - Big Thanks! To say a THANK YOU from bottom of our heart, we will send you AYATORI's digital wallpaper pack for Smartphone and PC. You can also receive our exclusive updates with all love.

    5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $25USD
    Single Plan

    - 1 AYATORI in any color. (Blue/Red/Green/Yellow/Pink) This tiny bird can bring happiness to you. We hope you'll find a good partner.

    19 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $45USD
    Pair Plan

    - 2 AYATORI in any color. (Blue/Red/Green/Yellow/Pink) This plan is for LOVEBIRD! As the proverb goes, "When love is greatest, words are fewest." Enjoy non-verbal communication using PAIR application with your lover. Your other half will be happy to receive this gift you send!

    15 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $60USD
    Hacker Plan

    - 1 AYATORI in any color. (Blue/Red/Green/Yellow/Pink) - 1 Developer Kit - 1 Parts (with Circuit diagram) If you are a hacker, we recommend you this plan. Developer Kit is circuit board without outer covering. Parts is decomposed AYATORI in pieces. If you get this perk, you can understand inner structure and hack AYATORI.

    10 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $99USD
    Ranger Plan

    - 5 AYATORI of all colors! (Blue/Red/Green/Yellow/Pink) WE ARE AYATORI RANGERS!! For example, if you love Live concert or Karaoke, this 5 colors bird-type penlight will heat up the situation.

    9 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $299USD
    Evangelist Plan

    - 15 AYATORI in any color. (Blue/Red/Green/Yellow/Pink) - T-shirt, Sticker and so on! For AYATORI's Evangelist, we will send you tools of PR activities. Please show your friends how wonderful product AYATORI is.

    5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $950USD
    Party Plan

    - 50 AYATORI in any color. (Blue/Red/Green/Yellow/Pink) You can apply them to Party or Wedding and any event. Installation of our application is for free.

    0 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $1,800USD
    Live Plan

    - 100AYATORI in any color. (Blue/Red/Green/Yellow/Pink) You can apply them to Live event and so on. This bird-type penlight will heat up Live event. Installation of our application is for free.

    0 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $7,500USD
    Partner Plan

    - 100 Customized Design AYATORI - Partnership We can costomize the AYATORI's product design as you wish and manufacture 100 AYATORIs for you.Trsut us to create 3D data of design. This is a plan to foster partnership between you and Vinclu, Inc. This plan is available for only 3!

    0 out of 3 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2014
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