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