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 Post subject: FrankenBebi
PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:00 pm 
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It's Alive!... With the sad demise of Bebi Electronics of Fiji, we have decided to start an "open source" project to resurrect the Bebi Owl.
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The goal is to offer a replacement for the Owl anchor light taking advantage of the latest technology, while keeping the price and quality in line with the original Owl light. We plan to offer the FrankenBebi in three versions.

  • A complete, ready to install FrankenBebi
  • Build your own FrankenBebi kit with parts and instructions. (Igor not included)
  • An open source list of parts we use to assemble the FrankenBebi free to anyone who wants to figure it out and/or modify it for themselves.
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At this point, we have several prototypes under test, and expect to have finished prototype products (version 0.01) ready in 4 to 6 weeks. We need 5 or 6 beta-testers to put these prototypes through their paces. If anyone is interested in being a "beta-tester", please send me a PM. We would prefer beta-testers to be active cruisers in order to subject the prototypes to the maximum "real world" conditions in the least amount of time. The beta-test prototypes will be straight 15 LED radial lights with no "day-night" switch. They will include a 5 meter power cord with a "lighter plug" or bare wire connection as you choose. Each unit will include a top ring so light may be hung from a flag halyard etc. There will be no charge for the beta-test units. We only ask that you beat 'em up, and let us know how they perform. The new system we are using provides a minimum output of 27 candelas per LED which according to the USCG intensity tables from 33 CFR 84 will provide a visibility of 4 nm in specified conditions in a 360 degree arc.

We do not expect to have these lights "certified to meet requirements" by an outside laboratory due to the cost of testing. Please be aware of the risks of using "uncertified" equipment, even if it meets requirements. You may bear the burden of proof.

We are not sure at this point that we can offer the original Bebi "lifetime" warranty, but we know we can offer a 5 year, no questions asked, replacement. If this project is successful we will also offer to replace any original Bebi Owl light bearing the "A Genuine Owl Lignt" logo that fails to operate. This offer is out of respect to the original Bebi Electronics founders and crew.

This post is not a solicitation for business, but rather a request for input from the cruising community. The Owl was too good a product to let fade into the past. We hope to resurrect it with this project.

Regards,
Cap' Couillon and the FrankenBebi Project

(For a quick view of the typical goings on at the FrankenBebi project, click here)

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:06 am 
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Work on the FrankenBebi Project continues.... Latest news and updates may be found on the projeects webpages.
http://FrankenBebi.powellsmarina.com/news.html

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:32 pm 
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When oh When can I place an order for one?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2013 5:41 am 
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Thanks. Keep us posted. :)

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 2:54 pm 
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Thanks for the interest and taking the time to post a note. Planned release date is late Feb or early March, 2014.

We also have new news at The FrankenBebi Project..

First up, we now have our own domain, FrankenBebiProject.org and new email addresses to match. Shiny new toys for the holidays. If you have our older pages bookmarked, you will be forwarded to the corresponding page on the new site. All the old email addresses are still usable, but as always, it is best to update your bookmarks.

Along with the new domain, we have made a few changes to the web pages, mostly just housekeeping issues. We have however added a quick-mail form to our contact page so you can contact us directly without having to copy and paste our email address.

We have also added a short (5 question) survey to the home and news pages on the site. If you have the time, please stop by and fill it out so we have a better idea of what the community at large wants from the FrankenBebi anchor light. No personal information requested, just the facts ma'am.

Meanwhile, testing of existing designs continues along with some new experiments by our latest team members.

Igor will have the full newsletter for late December mailed out sometime this weekend. See the website for how to subscribe if you want "the rest of the story"....

Thanks again for your interest and support.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:30 am 
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Here is a preview of the new "Ice-Cube" case design

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Igor's latest Newsletter will be sent out this weekend....


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 Post subject: Re: FrankenBebi New News
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:29 pm 
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New News at The FrankenBebi Project

Latest schematics and board designs posted. Future options and more... Please take the time to fill out our survey if you haven't done so already.

As always, your comments and suggestions are encouraged, either via this thread, or via the project site.

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