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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 19 2014
Last updated December 19, 2014

Baen: A cube connects your car into game world. (Canceled)

Baen enhances your driving experience, letting you play games with your car and MORE...

Baen: A cube connects your car into game world. (Canceled)

Baen enhances your driving experience, letting you play games with your car and MORE...

$806
pledged of $40,000pledged of $40,000 goal
31
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 19 2014
Last updated December 19, 2014

About

Ensuring driving safety is incredibly important, so our software follows three simple rules:

1. The game does not allow interaction with the screen while driving

2. All notifications are voice or audio only

3. The game does not reward driving behavior

Do you want PLAY with your REAL CAR? 

As kids, we played with toy cars, raced go-karts, and played racing games, looking forward to the day we got our first car. But the reality of daily driving isn’t as exciting as we imagined. At Baen, we believe driving should be more fun, and we want to create new ways to make it fun. Now that we have a car, is there a way we can make it part of a gaming platform and safely play games while driving?

Concept
Concept

How does Baen work?
By combining live car data, GPS location and your smartphone, we can link driving with games on the phone and create a new gaming experience. Baen’s hardware is the bridge between your car and your phone and its algorithm turns daily driving into a unique experience. With our safety features, we are trying to reduce distracted driving, and let you safely play games with your car.

Connection
Connection

Hardware:
Baen works by linking your car’s data port to your phone through a Bluetooth connection. All cars made after 1996 have a data port known as an OBD-II interface, and it is very likely your car has it. 

Prototype
Prototype

The installation is very straightforward. 

Installation
Installation

Baen is more than just a standard Bluetooth to ODB-II bridge.

features
features

Software
Baen's app will collect car data, such as mileage, fuel consumption, and car error codes, and save it to the cloud. Baen's API will be open, so developers can use this data to build apps to analyze your driving habits or create amazing games following our safety structure. For example, developers could create an app to provide a snapshot of your car's status after every trip. Baen works with other OBD compatible apps already in the app store in addition to apps designed specifically for Baen, so you'll be able to use your Baen Cube immediately. 

Connected demo

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Game 
We're planning on creating the world's first real car game, which we'll release on Kickstarter after our Baen Cube project succeeds. By connecting with Baen, this game will bring your car into a virtual world. In the game, your car becomes a mechanical soldier, with its fate linked to your actions in the real world. Movement in the game is determined by your car’s GPS location and speed. Your car statistics, such as fuel consumption and travel distance, shapes your in-game actions and experience, and depending on the route you drive, you can collect weapons and equipment to power up your virtual battle car.

While driving, you will encounter other human players and non-player characters, with whom you can battle, ally, and trade. The virtual world also contains checkpoints and strategic locations based on real world points of interest. By parking, you can use your car to occupy these buildings. Interaction between players is a major part of the game, and players will be able to create in game events like tournaments, participate in teams, and share achievements to social networks.

For Partners and Developers

Data reference by U.S. Census Bureau
Data reference by U.S. Census Bureau

On average, 76.4% of Americans drive alone, and spend over an hour in the car each day. In this mobile age, there should be a way to safely let people enjoy with their phones while driving. Baen offers new ways to engage players and provide services. We want to work with the gaming community to make Baen as an open platform that brings players and their cars together for great gaming experiences. We will release an SDK for developers. Existing games on other platforms could easily use Baen's SDK to add driving based functions. By using Baen’s open and secure platform, you can build a new gaming experience for your audience. 

"Regarding data privacy and safety, all data connections are encrypted, and only basic data is opened through the API."

What We Believe
We believe that every car owner is entitled to his or her car data and we want provide an easy way for owner to access those data securely. We also believe that driving is more than just a process of getting from point a to point b; driving can be so much more.

Safety Concerns: 
Safety of our players is very important to us. That’s why we designed Baen with multiple built-in safety features. To ensure safety while driving, non-interactive mode does not allow driver interaction with the screen, and all notifications are voice or audio only. In addition, the design of game does not change your driving behavior. 

In-App
In-App


Baen's hardware optimizes data acquisition from the CPU by only gathering data as needed for the game. The hardware also does not use any electricity when the car is turned off. In regards to data privacy and safety, all data connections are encrypted through Bluetooth, and only basic data is opened through the API.

Our Progress:  

Mar.2014    Developed Baen Concept
May.2014   Performed Feasibility Study
Jun.2014   Started Hardware Design
July.2014   Started working on Software
Aug.2014  Finished Hardware design.
Sep.2014   Created first Baen prototype and began testing
Oct.2014   Test API and Game framework 
Nov.2014  Launch Kickstarter campaign 

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Dec.2014  Begin small batch production, getting SDK ready
Jan.2014  Begin Full production 
Feb.2015  Deliver Hardware, SDK and initial phase of game

Future dates Continue  to develop game based on funding level  

Original Prototype
Original Prototype
Prototype1
Prototype1
Prototype2
Prototype2
3D draft
3D draft
3D skeleton
3D skeleton
Black version
Black version
Silver version
Silver version

We created the original white prototype for development and testing. We are fine tuning the design and will create a black and a silver version for production.

Why we Need your Help
We need your opinions and feedback on how we can make Baen better, and your help spreading our idea. We will use the Kickstarter funds to mass produce Baen with our new cool outer shell design (something you seen above) and start designing the world's first real-car game if stretch goal reached. We can't thank you enough for helping us build a car game world!

Pledge level
$5: Donation—We can’t thank you enough for supporting our project! Our team will send you exclusive updates on Baen’s development.
$20: Early Bird Special—We’ll send you one Baen Cube unit, along with our software package and one year storage with AWS or Azure. (Limit: 300)
$30: We’ll send you one Baen Cube unit. You can use it with compatible apps in the app store. (Limit: 300) 
$40: We’ll send you one Baen Cube unit, along with our software package and one year data storage with AWS or Azure.
$99: 3 Unit Package—We’ll send you a Baen 3 pack. Includes 3 Baen Cubes and software packages. (Limit: 100) 
$5000: Partnership Package—You’ll receive Baen’s API before the general public to help you get a head start on development. We’ll also provide technical support for your project. (Limit: 15)

Goal:40000
We’ll develop the Baen hardware and software API, along with a software demo and development instructions. We will offer Baen in 2 editions, black and silver so please let us your preference when you pledge.

Team
Our team members have a diverse background in hardware and software. Zhu Hui has worked with car electronics for over 10 years, and Mai Yuan has over 10 years of experience in software development, along with clients in the USA and China. Our founder, James, has 15 years of Internet project experience including design and development of the first generation of multiplayer online games in China, P2P file transfer programs, network video conference software, vertical content search engine, and Cloud based on-demand taxi smart terminal.

Team
Team

Risks and challenges

We need time and resources to further improve Baen gaming experience for players. There is always risk of delays when one is developing software and integrating hardware into a gaming platform. Our next step is to bring Baen into mass production and lower the cost so that more people can enjoy Baen. Safe driving has always been a top priority for us and we will continue to put an emphasis on safety.

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