The idea for the Effigy Labs control pedal came long before there was a company called Effigy Labs or a pedal existed.
Our two co-founders, Face and Jody, were both musicians - Face, a world-class jazz player, who's played with Tommy Dorsey's band, Buddy Rich, and Frank Sinatra to name a few. Jody, a guitarist and vocalist in a local band, with a long history of engineering and business success.
A conversation led to the crossroads of playing music with an instrument, pedals, and ergonomics, and they realized there was a missing space where these could come together to help people play.
The concept developed of a responsive feedback mechanism that could fit in a low profile. A few possibilities were discussed, and they started building prototypes. At first it was trying to get the sensors working at all. Trying to find the right materials. Trying to make the thing stay put by itself.
But over the years, the problems were solved, one by one, until we have arrived at a number of sweet spots that is our first product. Our first pedal represents the results of about seven years of research and development.
Since 2011, we developed about 35 prototypes that worked in some fashion.
In 2012, we found some formulas that worked for the sensor. We were encouraged to keep going!
In 2013, applied for a patent for our sensor technology as well as the early devices that we planned to build around it.
In 2015, we were granted U.S. Patent#9,006,554, "Human Interface Device with Optical Tube Assembly".
In 2016, we made our electronics hardware MIDI-compliant and compatible and arrived at many elements of current design and style.
In 2017 we completed our Design For Manufacturing (DFM) compliance and produced a tooling setup for our current product, established a manufacturing capacity, and became an official company.
In 2018 we completed our first pilot run of manufacturing and rigorously tested the first devices, developed the first control panel / preset generator, and opened for business April 12, 2018.