Lights for LEGO, no battery, no wires to bricks — i-Brix! 💡

Lights for LEGO, no battery, no wires to bricks — i-Brix! 💡


[light, happy music in background] Hey everyone, I have something very special to share with you today. This is a prototype of a LEGO compatible lighting system called i-Brix This uses no batteries in these 1×1 sized light bricks, no switches, and no wires connected to them. The way it works is with a wireless power transmitter, a large plate that you set below the surface, that gets juice from a power supply that you plug into the wall, and when it’s on you get light in all of the LED i-Brix above it. i-Brix is a crowdfunded project that’s currently on Kickstarter, but as of the time of the recording of this video it’s already funded, so any so-called “pledges” are actually real, binding product pre-orders. I can’t show you the wireless transmitter base unit that I have here, because like I said it’s an older prototype, it doesn’t look quite like the production model will, and honestly, it’s a little messy & ugly (not hating, just sayin’), but this gives you a good idea of its effect and how any time you have an i-Brix brick above the surface, it lights up, and as you move it away, it just dims and turns off pretty quickly. This older unit has a limited size and range, but from what you can read on the Kickstarter page itself, the final version should basically be a 32 by 32 by 1 brick, so it has the surface area of a standard baseplate, but the thickness of a regular baseplate, and with studs on top. A low-voltage cord will come out from that and it’ll connect to the power supply that you plug into a wall outlet. You’ll be able to build directly on top of the thing or you can also overlay a standard baseplate on top of it. Now, a baseplate won’t securely attach to it by default since at least LEGO baseplates don’t have anti-studs on the underside, but this kind of slides rests in place and wants to stay there; it’s a perfect match for something like a LEGO Creator modular building. The final production power transmitter plate will also have a lot more vertical range than what I’m able to demonstrate here. Even the newer prototype that they’re showing on Kickstarter is pushing 8 inches of vertical range, where you’ll still be able to get good light. Now that power can be transmitted equally well through the air or through plastic bricks and plates. This gives you an incredible amount of freedom to build and to add light wherever you need it, without worrying about routing a ton of wires through things, occasionally changing out tiny batteries all over the place, or even having to reserve, you know, special access hatches or to open up the guts of your model to flip a bunch of switches. All you need is to accomodate a 1 brick high under-plate of sorts and whenever you turn it on, all of the i-Brix above automatically and immediately light up. The only real restriction is how far you can build, and light, upwards. Eight inches covers about two floors of a typical minifig-scaled building, maybe a little more. However, I’m thinking for big builds, larger than a baseplate you could integrate an i-Brix base into every second ceiling, or go 16 inches up and have the top one projecting down. Transmitting horizontally might also be an option for displays that are against a wall by putting the plate on its side. Admittedly this is all theory, as I’ve only been able to test one dated, hand-made prototype. But even this one prototype, though, is looking like the LEGO lighting system that I’ve been waiting for. Since I started my LEGO city I’ve been wanting to have nice nighttime lighting that’s semi-realistic, but I’ve not been willing to run hundreds & hundreds of annoying wires for typical LEDs, or to use battery-based systems, neither of which seem like particularly scalable solutions. So I, personally, have already made a very large preorder for a bunch of i-Brix systems, and I will finally be lighting up New Jang City. I really appreciate this opportunity to have a hands-on look at even this limited & old version of the system as it has really sold me on the idea and given me a solid idea of how it can look and work in person and in real LEGO models. If you want to get in on this yourself, I encourage you to check out the i-Brix Kickstarter page. Just search for i-b-r-i-x and be sure to click on
the funded, 2017 campaign. If you have any specific questions or suggestions, feel free to ask the creators of the project. On the campaign page they estimate delivery of final product in December of 2017, but I’m gonna be honest with you, I have full faith in the product, I mean I’ve had it in my own hands, it’s real, it works, but I’m not 100% confident that they’ll meet their target date. I’ve watched other crowdfunded projects, and I feel like these guys might need a little more time to get into full volume production. We’ll see. But until then, I’ll just be waiting. Like I said, I’ve already put in my order, they’ve got my money, and as soon as the production units are shipped out, I’m gonna start start using them, and lots of them. I hope this was informative for ya! Like I said, if you have any questions about i-Brix itself, be sure to ask the creators over on the kickstarter page. If you have any questions for me, personally, based on my experiences with this old prototype, feel free to ask in comments on this video. Just keep in mind that I cannot give you any official answers, I can’t speak for i-Brix, I’m not a liaison, and I don’t know anything about the technology & specs beyond what’s listed on Kickstarter. I’m just a customer who was very fortunate to be able to very briefly test out an older prototype of their system. So thank you for watching and as always, I’ll be talking to you again, very soon. [light music ends]


100 thoughts on “Lights for LEGO, no battery, no wires to bricks — i-Brix! 💡

  1. Learn more on the i-Brix Kickstarter page at http://kck.st/2taqsNV

    I was not paid or even asked to do this video; quite to the contrary, I had to ask them if I could do it.

  2. Ok, we might not have gotten flying cars on the year 2000… But this comes pretty close to that "I live in the future feeling" that was expected…

  3. Anybody else gonna take these green and red for luke and darth vader? No? Well put them to the side of their figs and then make them fight

  4. Maybe they could make a smaller plate specifically for inserting inside large structures, to solve the range limitation.

    This is super cool.

  5. Would be good for cars so if you drive them around your city it looks like it is glowing and when it drives into the drive way they will turn off!!!!

  6. i wonder if you could sand off the studs and use glue or double sided tape to attach the lego base plate to the i-brix plate

  7. I know I'm a bit late to this video, but I really like this idea 💡. I can't wait to see what you are going to do with your lego city next. 😀😃

  8. My son would probably like his bricks lit up but there's no way he could play with his legos using all those wired systems. This would be the perfect solution.

  9. Quite expensive, but so far the best solution if you want it simple without wires in your modulars. I just ordered a basic set and I'm very keen on trying it. I already tried light stax, but those bricks have to have contact with the power brick and that makes it very bulky. And you have to open up your building every time to push the button on the power brick, very annoying.

  10. While I love this idea the giant baseplate is turning me off ever so slightly. Would be cool to see alternative sources of transmission.

  11. If it works 8" up, it should also work 8" down. So if the power plate is incorporated into the building you should get +2 floors and -2 floors or 4 floors of lighting.

  12. Apparently still not delivered
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1426110532/i-brix-wirelessly-powered-lighting-system-for-lego/posts/2258550

  13. It's been over a year and I'm still excited waiting for my sets. I have my entire animated Lego music video on hold just waiting for these lights. Hopefully they ship soon.

  14. Backer #17 here with a small update: They sent out a survey a while back to figure out how many backers were interested in getting grey baseplates and white-only light bricks. Those folks will get theirs a bit earlier than everyone else. They are going to be shipping 100,000 1×1 white i-brix pretty soon if they haven't already. After that, they will switch production to colored lights. I believe he said they have like 20,000 colored brix to make, and that the rest of the backer pledges will ship late-summer/early fall. We just got a second survey giving backers the opportunity to specify other baseplate colors, white/color light mixes, multiple pledge color combos, etc. I figure that in the next couple weeks, the first backers will get those grey plate / white light sets shipped out. (Fingers crossed)

  15. I see this is an older video but nothing other than your video is heard of about this, did you receive your first big order?

  16. How does this work though? So when you put the light above like for your streetlights or etc.. how do you power the bricks?

  17. I’ve just finished building my Lego ‘T-Rex Rampage’ and I wanted the flames to light up. Does anyone have any ideas? (The build is about 1.5 ft high)

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