About this project
$750,000 Stretch Goal: SPEAKERS!!!
We Can Do It! All it takes is every one of you telling one friend how amazing Instacube is and getting them to support our vision. Instacube with speakers is expected to retail for $199- this is the cheapest it will ever be offered. Just imagine how amazing Instacube will be with sound!? We can't do it without you, so help us spread the word! Only three days left!
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We hit our $500k Stretch Goal: Facebook Integration in now a reality!
You've all been throwing out some great suggestions and we have been listening. Our team of engineers and designers have been working hard to explore the addition of Facebook photos to Instacube and we have deemed it doable!
This is HUGE news! This won't interfere with the purity of your Instagram experience on Instacube, but rather will compliment it -- allowing you to stream photos from your friends and family all over the globe.
Spread the word and let's keep making Instacube even more incredible!
"Instacube is a hip, Android-based digital photo frame for your Instagram feeds"- Engadget
"Multiple users can all push photos to a single Instacube, making it a social animal." -CNET
"We’ve uncovered a number of creative ways to display Instagram photos, but none is perhaps as ideal as Instacube"- Mashable
“This is the next big thing for photo viewing. Photos deserve to be big and beautiful and are meant to be shared around something larger than a smartphone. This is a great device.”
- Dave Smith, International Business Times
"Here's your next runaway Kickstarter hardware hit."
- Stacy Cowley, CNNMoney
"Instacube is a classy nod to the makers and community of Instagram."- Bam Suppipat, Head of Design, Nomiku
"Much like every social conference should include a tweet wall, every party should have an Instacube... The party just became interactive."
- Andy Morales, Matters of Grey
"The Instacube rocks - we will be snapping up several Instacubes, as we have been waiting excitedly for this latest launch from our friends at D2M. Nice work delivering another cool design!"
-Craig Ciesla, CEO, Tactus Technology
"We kijken zeker uit naar de Instacube, je eigen digitale canvas voor Instagram." Which translates to: "We're looking forward to the Instacube, your own digital canvas for Instagram"- Nick Kiran, AppelStijl.nl (One of the largest Apple review sites in the Netherlands)
Instacube's Unique Partnership with SmartThings
Today, we’re thrilled to announce a unique partnership between two Kickstarter projects - SmartThings and Instacube! Together, we’re making the Instacube smart.
We will be working with the creators of SmartThings to integrate their technology into Instacube. Imagine the possibilities:
• Elegant, visual notifications for the events in your life that matter most, including someone arriving at your door, your pet leaving, or a reminder that you’ve left the garage door open right before you head to bed - without taking your phone out of your pocket.
• A beautiful, touchscreen interface for controlling the physical world around you, such as your lights, doors or air conditioning
• The presence awareness of SmartThings can drive Instacube to turn on or off and to display the photo stream of the user who is present enabling many intelligent interactions.
• Integrated SmartApps such as “Morning Routine” that can turn Instacube on as an alarm, get the coffee brewing, and turn on the bathroom lights
If you love Instacube, please consider backing SmartThings.
We'll be keeping you in the know as we work out all the fun new features we'll be able to offer now that we're partnering with SmartThings -- the possibilities really are endless.
So please spread the word. Everyone benefits if more things in our life become smart, especially Instacube!
We Love Instagram
We use it. Obsessively. Instagram represents a whole new way of sharing and viewing photos. It's a unique experience that puts photo-sharing front-and-center, and Instagram does it better than anyone else.
Instacube: A Living Canvas
When designing Instacube, John Whaley (D2M's Head of Industrial Design) was inspired by the idea of creating a living canvas that pushes beautiful images to a stand-alone device as they happen -- all on a big, beautiful display. No need to launch an app on your smartphone and squint at tiny images. Instacube makes enjoying your Instagrams more enjoyable than ever before. You are now free to effortlessly enjoy, display and show-off beautiful Instagrams in your home or office, all day long.
Finally... Instagrams at Full-Resolution
If you've ever downloaded your Instagrams to your computer, you'll notice that they export at just over 600x600 pixels. We've chosen a display that matches that resolution, pushing your Instagrams to you just as they should be -- in the moment they're taken, and at full resolution. That's why we've chosen to develop Instacube with a 600x600 LCD touch screen display.
Easy To Setup, Easy To Use
Setup is in 3 easy steps. Plug it in, connect to your home wireless network, then log in with your Instagram account and you're done! Using it is just as easy. Turn it on and your stream is there waiting for you. Use the touch screen to navigate through your stream just as you would on your phone.
There are three tactile buttons on top. One is for power. The second one toggles between your Instagram feeds. The third one allows you to "Like" the photos you love using the heart-shaped button. Bypass the ones you don't using the touch screen display.
It runs Android.
We believe in open platforms to spur creativity and innovation. Right now we're 100% focused on making the Instacube work seamlessly with Instagram so that we deliver the best user experience possible, but we hope to add new features and applications in the future and would love to eventually open it up to the developer community.
Instacube...Anywhere You Go
Yes, it truly is wireless in every sense of the word. In addition to the powerful WiFi b/g/n wireless data connectivity, we've also loaded Instacube up with a rechargeable lithium battery so that you can untether it and move it wherever you want.
Who should buy Instacube?
We think any current Instagram user will love our Instacube as a fun, new way to enjoy Instagram photos in the home, office or anywhere you've got a wireless connection, but it's not just for consumers. We believe that if you're a business owner, then Instacube can also be a powerful and innovative way to communicate and interact with your customers. Imagine the brand building possibilities as your customers use your company's product or service and post their experiences to the Instacubes in your stores.
How it Works.
Log into your Instagram account using the touch screen keyboard, and bam! You're up and running. Photos from your Instagram feed will start pushing to Instagram immediately. Use the Toggle button at the top of Instacube to switch between viewing your own photos, the photos of your friends, and the "popular" feed.
Collector's Edition Instacube: "Vintage Spring!"
We're offering a limited-quantity Collector's Edition Instacube, available only here on Kickstarter. Each "Vintage Spring" Instacube will be individually numbered (n/1000) and engraved with your Instagram handle or name (optional). Get one while you can -- once they're gone, "Vintage Spring" will never be offered again.
Instacube Designer John Whaley has designed this sweet retro inspired ringer T for all of our fabulous $35 Reward Backers.
Here are the nitty-gritty specs for you techies:
• ARM Processor
• 4GB Internal Flash Memory
• 256MB RAM
• 7.5" Square Frame
• 6.5" Square LCD Active Viewing & Touch Area
• 600x600 Screen Resolution
• Built-in 802.11b/g/n WiFi
• Capacitive Touch Screen Display
• Android OS
How The Project Funds Will Be Used
All funds will go directly towards the development and manufacturing of the Instacube including:
• Buying components and materials
• Building production tooling
• Building prototypes and engineering samples
• Manufacturing services
• Safety and agency testing fees
Our Game Plan
All of the design work will be completed by our team in Silicon Valley and the supply chain and manufacturing work will be handled by our team in Hong Kong. We will be working with a manufacturer and vendors based mostly in Shenzhen or Dongguan, China.
The target launch of the Instacube is in Q2 2013. We'll constantly update you on the progress as we hit our milestones.
We Design Products and Incubate Companies.
Here at D2M | Design to Matter, we work with our clients to take products to the market every day. We're a design consultancy with over 18 years of experience in Silicon Valley. Our office in Hong Kong facilitates sourcing and manufacturing for our clients (some of whom have ran kickstarter campaigns) so we really do understand every part of the product design, development and manufacturing process. We are designers, we are engineers, we are entrepreneurs and we are very excited to bring our latest idea to you!
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