What’s in the Box: KICK Light, Leaflet, Inlay to adapt to iPhone 5 or 5s, USB Cable.
You turn the Kick on and off by pressing the ON/OFF button. Press the [+] brightness button to turn the light up.
Adjusting brightness: Push the [+] and [-] Brightness Buttons to adjust brightness up and down in 10 steps.
Adjusting the color temperature: Push the [+] and [-] Color Temperature Buttons to adjust color temperature. The buttons step color temperature from Candle (2800 Kelvin) to Northern light (10.000 Kelvin) and back.
Connect the Kick to a USB charger when you need to charge it. If you use a 2A / 10W charger (i.e. an iPad charger) the charging time is approximately 1 hour. If you use a 1A / 5W charger (i.e. an iPhone charger) the charging time is about 2 hours.
Using a bigger charger (more than 2A /10W) is fine, but makes little difference to the charging time. The battery is protected against over-charging, so leaving it with the charger connected does not harm the battery. If you plug the Kick into a USB data port for example on a laptop, the Kick may charge very slowly or not at all. PC or Laptop USB ports are not usually designed to work as chargers.
If the battery is empty, On/Off button will be red and the Kick will no longer turn on the emitter light or connect via WiFi. The . When this happens, you will need to recharge the battery.
From time to time updated firmware is offered on the Kick Firmware Download Page. Firmware is the software that runs on the internal microprocessor in the Kick. Firmware updates are used to deliver new functionality or fix errors. The update process is pretty simple if you have access to a Windows PC or a Mac.
For convenience you can attach the Kick to your iPhone. It is not usually the best way to light a subject, but it is available to you if you need it. The iPhone 5/5s is thinner than the iPhone 4/4S. There is an inlay in the box. If you are using an iPhone 5 you can attach the inlay to the Kick and it will fit the iPhone 5/5s.
How to do it: Note that the adhesive on the inlay is strong and does not come off. After you attach it once, you will not be able to readjust it. So get it right the first time. No pressure!
Put the Kick flat on a table with the back facing up. Pull the liner down ca 1/3 from the narrow end. Align the inlay so the narrow end touches the line between the two “ears” of the Kick. Press down gently when it is perfectly aligned. Pull off the liner and press down the rest of the inlay.
To connect you KICK to the app:
- Press the Connect button. It will blink green for a few seconds.
- If you have an iPhone, go to the WiFi settings and select RiftNet.
- Open the app to control your KICK. The iPhone may spend a few seconds before it recognises the KICK. A lightbulb appears when the app is ready.
Choose Android or iOS
You can access all the functionality of the app right from the main page.
On the left you have the brightness slider. You also have the KICK lightbulbs that show up when one or more KICKs are recognised by the app.
On the right you have 3 drawers: The Color Map, the Effects Library and the Color Picker. Each of these offers you a different way to set the color of your KICK.
In the lower part of the screen you have a button that opens up the Camera Roll, a Settings button, the Shutter Button and the Stills/Video selector.
The uppermost drawer (button) on the right hand side of the screen opens the Color Map. Point anywhere on the map and the Kick changes color. If nothing happens, check that the brightness is not set to zero.
Saturated colors are along the top of the Color Map. Along the bottom are the unsaturated colors. When a color is a zero saturation it is white.
Below the Color map is a row of white color presets: Tungsten, Fluorescent, Daylight, Shade.
The middle drawer (button) on the right hand side opens the effects library. There are some predefined effects like Strobe, Sine, Rainbow etc. Tapping on each of these opens a panel where you can adjust the settings.
The lower drawer (button) on the right hand side slides out some buttons. You can pick a color directly from the camera, or you can record a color stream by swiping across the screen or moving the camera. See the Selecting Color video for examples.
App main page
Using Multiple Kicks
White balance menu
Picking color from image
Effect sample: Sine