As technology continues to improve, it affords the opportunity
to create new, unique, and unusual products that
not only solve problems, but add enjoyment and entertainment
to everyday life . . . quickly, easily, and affordable.
This is what Stephen Taylor, inventor of Firefly Magic® Firefly
Lights, and Managing Partner of Sigma Two Group LLC,
SIMPLE IDEAS COME FROM
LOTS OF HARD WORK
on a simple idea, Taylor explored the best way to very
accurately recreate the unusual flash
patterns of Fireflies, also called Lightning Bugs.
Not able to find any device or resource available to
accomplish what he desired, he began detailed
research of the species Lampyridae (Fireflies)
Through the use of high technology micro controllers
and customized light emitting diodes he arrived at a
his goal. After building several prototypes that proved
his theories, he filed for a utility (method) patent
which was granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office
2007 - Patent 7,212,932.
Micro controllers are small semiconductor integrated
circuits which are basically a single-chip
computer that includes a clock (frequency timer),
memory (flash and static) , a core processor, plus
an input and output capability. Using these microchips
allow Stephen Taylor to actually insert into
the 'chip' a detailed program that copies flash patterns
from the firefly species he wants to replicate.
LIGHT EMITTING DIODES
Next he needed to find a device that again mimicked
the small little 'lantern' that's at the tail of Mother
real fireflies. For this he selected another high tech
device, a light emitting diode, known to most people
as an LED.
the key was having the LED the exact color as a real
firefly. He accomplished this by having a
major LED manufacturer custom build a special LED just
for the Firefly Magic® Firefly Lights.
In addition, he developed a unique 'Firefly LED light'
design that was
awarded U.S. Patent D580,074
In order to use the latest environmentally friendly
technology, Taylor designed the 'Fireflies' to use
renewable solar energy by incorporating a high efficiency
solar panel containing 16 solar cells. The solar cells
are laminated onto the panel to maximize the transfer
of solar energy (light) through the plastic laminate
onto the silicon cells.
Using the laminate solar panel rather than the traditional
epoxy encapsulation method assures no yellowing,
cracking, or crazing of the panel. This means
the solar panel will have a long
life while maximizing the conversion of sunlight
into electrical power to run the micro controllers and
FLEXIBILITY . . . A TRUELY 2-IN-1 PRODUCT
While having solar power 'Fireflies' is an excellent
objective, Taylor also understood that there would be
many situations where people would like to operate their
'Fireflies' indoors, or in areas where there was no sunlight.
The answer, make the unit operate from both the solar
rechargeable batteries, but also from everyday standard
double 'A' Alkaline batteries. Just pop out the rechargeable
batteries and install the 'AA' alkaline batteries. It's
that simple. Plus, the 'Fireflies' operate continuously
ARE FIREFLY MAGIC® 'FIREFLIES'
LIKE REAL FIREFLIES?
While fireflies are fun to watch as they
flash, flicker, and fade on a warm summer's evening,
they are also the focus of scientific research. Fireflies
also known as lightning bugs, are one of a small number
of species that create their own bioluminescence. Learning
more about how and why these tiny creatures flash signals
to each other is the subject of ongoing scientific
research, and Firefly Magic® Firefly
Lights are there to help.
scientific paper titled, "Energy and Predation
Costs of Firefly Courtship Signals" published
in Volume 170, Number 5 of The American Naturalist,
was authored by William A. Woods Jr., Holly Hendrickson,
Jennifer Mason, and Sara M. Lewis, Professor, Department
of Biology, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts.
The subject of this research study was animal courtship
signals, specifically a comprehensive assessment of
signal (flashing) cost for Photinus fireflies (Coleoptera:
Lampyridae), using controlled experiments to measure
both the energy and predation costs associated with
their bioluminescent courtship signals.
successfully conduct the research, Dr. Lewis required
reliable artificial fireflies that would exactly mimic
the flash patterns of the Photinus Greeni firefly.
Dr. Lewis contacted Stephen Taylor, inventor of Firefly
Magic® Firefly Lights,
and patent holder on the methodology of using microprocessors
firefly flash patterns. Her objective was to obtain
a device that would correctly reproduce the unusual
flash pattern of the Photinus Greeni.
Taylor designed and built the units described in the
study as follows: "We used battery-powered
microprocessors to drive 565nm LEDs (Lampyridae Lures,
Apple Valley, CA) that were programmed to accurately
simulate the typical mating signals produced by P.
greeni males (paired 100-ms pulses separated by a 1,200-ms
At the end of the Study, the following acknowledgement
was listed: "We thank S. Taylor at Firefly
Magic for providing us with
Lampyridae (firefly) Lures . . ."
In recognition of the importance of Firefly research,
Stephen Taylor and Firefly Magic® donated
both the development time and firefly lures research