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There is a new trend from LED light bulb manufacturers, I didn’t realize those were now generally available.

You get a standard (E27, E14 and other bases) based bulb (globe or spot) that can show up to 16 colors, some even with strobes and bright colors.

And the cool thing is ….

…. they are controlled by an Infrared Remote Control.

So it is supereasy to program your Magic Kymera Wand to control the colorful light. Stay tuned for a video.

Kandela-Pack-FRONT-v3

Today, on Sept 15th, the wand makers, Chris Barnardo and Richard Blakesley, wizards of The Wand Company, funding dragon Duncan Bannatyne of Dragon’s Den fame and the Firebox crew, present the new magical device.

The Kandela

The Kandela is a great, magical package of a Magic Wand and a vanilla colored candle. The wand has an antique bone finish and is set with a blue jewel.

Actually it is a infrared remote control wand, a simpler, non-programmable version of the Kymera Wand and an infrared controlled, blow-out LED candle.

You can use the wand to lighten and extinguish the candle. It can also control how long the candle burns. But like any real candle it will cease to glow when you blow at it.

Duncan Bannatyne and the Wand Makers present the Kandela

Duncan Bannatyne and the Wand Makers present the Kandela

Win a Kandela

When you’re active on twitter, your chances to win a Kandela from us are high. Drawings are held every month.

Product Video

As I didn’t get a sample in time for recording a product video I just to my stock Kymera Wand and used a set of IR candles to demonstrate the "Lumos" and "Nox" spells. Please keep in mind – this is a different set of candles that works a bit differently, so it is just a substitute for a real Kandela.

We’ll offer the Kandela as soon as it is available for resale, for about EUR 39,50. If you want to preorder a Kandela just comment on this post and well figure it out. Firebox also offers it for pre-order right now.

The Kandela Candle and Wand

The Kandela Candle and Wand

Kandela User Manual

Kandela User Manual Illustrations

Kandela User Manual Illustrations

KANDELA

Magical Wand & Enchanted Candle

Light the candle with a flourish of your wand, blow it out just like a real candle.

The Wand Company Ltd
Makers of the World’s finest Magical Instruments since AD 2009

BEFORE FIRST USE

Install batteries (not included) in the wand and candle before use. Use only alkaline LR03 (AAA) batteries, and do not mix old and new batteries.

OPERATION

The wand does not have a power button; once you have installed batteries in the wand, it is automatically ready to use.

After installing the batteries turn the candle on at the power button located on the candle base; the candle will illuminate. Blow the candle out to put it into standby mode.

Use a short sharp flick of the wand to illuminate the candle from up to 4m away.

The Kandela candle flickers just like a real candle.

To extinguish the candle either:
a) blow it out
b) wiggle the wand while pointing it at the candle within 4m of the candle
c) a 60 minute sleep timer mode may be activated by tapping the wand twice on the crisscross area whilst pointing it at the candle when the candle is illuminated. When sleep timer mode is activated the candle will automatically extinguish after 60 minutes.

To extend battery life, always turn the candle off at the power button when not in use.

TECHNICAL

  • Wand needs 2x AAA (LR03) alkaline batteries
  • Candle needs 2x AAA (LR03) alkaline batteries
  • Batteries are not included
  • The wand is about 35.5cm long
  • The candle has a diameter of 11 cm and a height of 6.5cm
Kandela Manual Front
Kandela Manual Back
9
Feb

Pocket Your Wand

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We are proud and happy to announce the first accessory product for the Kymera Magic Wand.

Wand in the Pocket

Wand in the Pocket


Some time ago we published information about Wand Pouches in the making and now we’re able to offer them to you.

The Wand Makers were kind enough to offer us the chance to present the wand pouches to you first.

Pouches for the Kymera Wand

Pouches for the Kymera Wand

So here they are – available first in an amazing fine red Chinese silken fabric, embroidered with golden dragons. Your wand slides into the pouch easily and is hidden and protected by some powerful charms the Wandmakers put into the golden threads.

This pocket is not only for the lucky Kymera wand owner but for everyone who has a magic wand of his own. It is also the perfect gift for every aspiring or experienced wizard you happen to know.

The pockets are available for just EUR 9,95. When you order them with your wand they’re included in the free shipping offer, otherwise we ask for a flat 2 EUR worldwide shipping fee.

Only available in red.

So don’t hesitate and “Pocket Your Wand”

Sorry, the pockets are temporarily out of stock.

Envelope with pouch

Envelope with pouch

Please bear in mind:
That wand’s batteries should be isolated, i.e. turned round or taken out before
transporting the wand. As because it is a motion sensitive piece of
equipment, transport activates it, uses up the batteries and can put the
wand in to various modes including a sequence which completes a factory
reset.

Envelope for pouch

Envelope for pouch

All the information you need

All the information you need

10
Nov

A place to put your wand

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the wandmakers are proud to present the first accessory to the Kymera Wand. It is a pouch fit for such a fine piece of wandmaking. It can not only hold the Kymera wand but any other wand you own, which is at most 370 mm (14.5 inch) long. The pouches will be on sale in different colors from the beginning of December. So you can wrap your Kymera Wand christmas giveaway in a fitting sheet.

Here are some preliminary images:

Envelope with pouch

Envelope with pouch

Envelope for pouch

Envelope for pouch

Pouches for the Kymera Wand

Pouches for the Kymera Wand

Dear Wandmakers

while waiting at the dentist this morning, I thought about a number of things that could make the Kymera Wand even more interesting for customers.

Wand – Models:

  • programmable model (use an arduino and processing to do the programming, usb interface)
  • making you products hackable enables a big crowd of people to get creative and enables you to harvest ideas from them

Case Modding

  • changeable shells/covers
  • wood covers (ebony, elder, beech, …)
  • stylistic covers (acryl, magnesium, …)
  • a barebone version for putting into your own housings, e.g. Chris’ wands from dadcando.com (case modding)

Hardware Features

  • glowing wands
  • integrate bluetooth
  • integrate laser pointer

Wand – Gestures:

  • convert n-taps to numbers (1..10)
  • convert n-tabs to repetitions of the next gesture great for channel hopping, fast volume increases, e.g. taps on top n-times, taps at side n*10-times repetition
  • allow recording of sequences of gestures
  • allow recording of sequences of ir signals (macros)
  • switchable settings (e.g. by n-tap)
  • long impulses, use wand as IR-pen for drawing

Accessories:

  • USB Device that acts as keyboard and converts IR signals to keys (HID)
  • buttons (for sticking on clothes) with ir receiver and LED / sound module , use these for games, using for instance arduino lillypads for those, which react with light and/or sound to impulses

Applications:

  • control iRobot Roomba
  • digital picture frames
  • Lego NXT
  • Toys (?)
  • device games for the wands (e.g. duels with the buttons above, cast spells and shields of different types)

Happy wandmaking

Michael

When skyping with Richard Blakesley of The Wand Company, many new ideas for applications of the Kymera Wand came to my mind:

  • Accessible control for people who can’t use remote controls. E.g. blind people or people having a muscular disorder that does not allow fine motions.
  • Remote Control Your Mac with FrontRow, as the Kymera Wand is FrontRow compatible, also great for presentations
  • Speech regognition – imagine waving your wand and incantating ‘Avada Kedavra’ and all IR devices switch off
  • custom speech training and custom gestures
  • bluetooth integration for remote controlling and interacting with bluetooth hosts via HID (Mouse) Profile
  • business version with laser pointer as a sleek silver stick
  • long IR signals for using the wand as pointing / drawing device for IR based electronic whiteboards like the WII-remote whiteboard