It all started in December 2012 from a concept of a projector that should be able to tilt and rotate, and also have good sound capabilities.
The first prototype I made in 2013 used to come up, rotate and tilt. It also had a tablet attached. It was built using plexiglass, without any 3D printer or CNC - just sandpaper, paint, an Arduino Micro and modules bought from eBay.
Following public demand, I ditched the tablet, made it smaller and kept the core functionality, while developing the laser hand tracking mechanism for it, and improving the sound quality by adding bass membranes.
At first, the case was 3D-printed, but because it was intended to be a small scale production,decided to make the case from CNC-milled hardwood and aluminum, and it turned out better than expected, a truly premium-looking product.
Everything so far has been made with minimum investment, persistence and care for details. Lighty now has its own PCB and is ready for serial production and the much-awaited delivery of the Indiegogo campaign promises.
The first commercial version of Lighty will be on sale this winter in Carrefour supermarkets in Romania.