It’s always great to see the fruits of entrepreneurship, especially if the product or service is deemed interesting and viable by the public. Over at Kickstarter, not everyone succeeds in financing their projects through crowd funding. But those that do often have interesting ideas or artistic works.

One of these is the L8 SmartLight, which we featured a month ago. The device is bascially an independent notification lamp that gives visual cues for any programmed event on your smartphone, such as a social media update, SMS, missed call or email. L8 is programmable, and you can get it to display different patterns or colors depending on the trigger event.

The project was able to secure more than 200% of its required funding, and the creators got in touch with us for an update. The L8 SmartLight team is already accepting orders directly from the website, and because the team exceeded their target funding, ther’e adding in new features.

Buyers get an added bonus over the original design plans. The L8 now includes support for accelerometer and ambient noise sensors. This means you can program the SmartLight to light up or display certain patterns and colors when it is triggered by movement or noise. This has several applications, including accessibility — a big help to hearing-impaired individuals who would benefit from visual cues. Then again, it can also be used for fun, as the L8 can react to ambient music or movement.

The L8 SmartLight team is offering potential buyers the ability to test various patterns and colors through its simul8tor. L8 has also introduced its “open design” page, which encourages users to create accessories for their smartlight. Preorders for one unit or more can be made through the L8 SmartLight website, and the team targets to ship their first batch by December 2012.

J. Angelo Racoma
J. Angelo Racoma has written extensively about mobile, social media, enterprise apps and startups. Angelo develops business case studies for Microsoft enterprise platforms, and is also co-founder at WorkSmartr, a small outsourcing team that offers digital content and marketing services.