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Stream Live News Updates on Your Personal Wire!

Your news pushed to you! A real-time news wire that sits on your desk, continually streaming news headlines from your content sources.

Stream Live News Updates on Your Personal Wire!

Your news pushed to you! A real-time news wire that sits on your desk, continually streaming news headlines from your content sources.

$7,111
pledged of $40,000pledged of $40,000 goal
61
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, December 31 2015 6:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Are you information hungry? Do you always want to know what is going on? If so, then the Pound Nine Wire is for you! It allows you to stay informed while you stay on task! 

The Pound Nine Wire is a wifi enabled, battery operated, innovation that allows you to keep your phone in your pocket! Place this news wire on your desk and glance down only when it is convenient. The Pound Nine Wire continually streams live headlines from your data sources. Just glance at the device to stay informed while you stay focused on the tasks at hand.

Real-time headlines are now pushed to you in an easy to consume format! Time lapsed demonstration:

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These working prototypes were created from a high quality 3D printer. The final product will be injection molded plastic, which will create an even smoother and more elegant finish.

  • Get the latest news headlines ... 
  • Stay on top of your Twitter feed ...
  • Keep up to date on the financial markets with current stock quotes and news headlines ... 
  • Get financial updates reporting from major financial outlets like CNBC, Bloomberg, Money ... 
  • Get the latest sports scores from MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL ...  
  •  Follow the latest entertainment news ...
  • Stay on top of the latest in politics ... 

 And much more !!  Stay on top of the headlines without distracting yourself! 

With the Pound Nine News Wire, you can get all this information, and more, pushed to you! Here is a subset of the available content: 

New content sources are being added! You can even add your own compatible RSS feeds to the display!

What if you want to know more information about a streaming update? The Pound Nine Wire gives you quick access to this additional content. Simple press the 'Notify' button on top of the device and you will instantly receive a notification message on your mobile phone. This notification alert is provided through our companion mobile app. It's not a text/sms message, but rather a notification from our app.

The Pound Nine Wire will fit in the palm of your hand. It measures less than 3 inches tall, less than 4 inches wide, and less than 2 inches deep with kickstand open, which is a little larger than the size of a standard computer mouse.

Setup is effortless. Simply plug in your device for power (if you battery has been drained!), launch the mobile app and connect to Wi-Fi. Your network connection is passed securely from your mobile phone to the Pound Nine Wire. Additionally, you can pass credentials from a local IP address via a browser. Once you're connected, content is controlled through your Manage Content page, with no mobile device connection necessary.

We are giving away 3 Pound Nine News Wires with the completion of a successful Kickstarter campaign! You can win a free product by sharing this project with 3 friends. Pledge is not required to be eligible. Click on the register button to get started.

The firmware and hardware used for this device will be open source! Building the hardware with a chip that will support a TI wifi chip and color LCD touchscreen display has not been easy. I would have loved to just buy hardware integrated with wifi and a color touch screen display. It would have saved me lots of time. In order to help others get a 'kickstart' on their projects, I am going to open source this project. You can hack the firmware to do all sorts of things. Connect it to your own servers, modify the display, write your own source code, and play with it as you like. You could even update the Solidworks files to create a cool new case. In addition, you are welcome to contribute with things like over the air updates, improved fonts and images, additional data feeds, and the like. Also, as a project backer, I am committed to Kicking It Forward to help other project creators bring their products to life!

You have seen the device and are thinking, why do I need this when I can get the same information on my phone. That is correct! You can! The difference is this device continually scrolls live updates of your content in an easy to consume format. You do not have to pull your phone out of your pocket to check stock prices, news headlines, or sports scores. Stop interrupting yourself, crippling your own productivity, and just glance at the Pound Nine Wire when it is convenient. You perform a one-time WiFi setup and content configuration. After that, you let the device run, allowing you the convenience of staying informed without grabbing for your phone or opening a new browser window.

This device came about because I could not find anything that will push real-time updates to me while I was busy working on important business. Sure I could find this info on your phone apps, get mobile notifications for events, get updates through web browsers, on TV, or in newspapers and magazines. But there was no device that would push news updates to me, so I decided to build one for myself and other like me. 

I figured out how to build this on my own, starting with breadboarding components, learning AVR programming, 3D modeling, OAuth integration, Amazon Web Services setup, and much, much more. Once I had functional development prototypes working, I hired a couple brilliant engineers to create the product enclosure, improved firmware, and build a custom circuit board. 

My background has been building software for Fortune 500 companies for 20 years, and I worked at a semiconductor company for most of those years. So this is not all that new to me and I am excited to deliver this product.

The device is quite simple inside, containing the following main components: 

  • Atmel XMega Processor
  • Texas Instruments WiFi
  • 3.2" TFT Touchscreen Display
  • Lithium Ion Battery

Before the Pound Nine News Wire is released to the world, I need to acquire some expensive injection mold tooling and buy large batches of electronic components at affordable prices. In addition, there is expense related to regulatory certification which is required for all wireless devices. The grind work of development and testing is done. Suppliers have been lined up. Now your support is needed to take this to the next level.

Shipping cost is included for shipments within the continental United States. For other locations, a fee of $10 will be added to cover shipping costs. Due to regulatory requirements, this device will not complete European Union compliance validation in time for schedule shipment. Therefore, shipping has been restricted to certain countries. If you are in a country not listed, please contact us and we may be able to add your location. 

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If you've got questions, feel free to post a comment. I would love to hear from you. You can also learn more by visiting the website at www.poundnine.com. You can find us on TwitterFacebook or Google Plus, check out some photos on Pinterest, and videos of prototypes on YouTube

Risks and challenges

Hardware is difficult, no doubt there. Mass production is by far the greatest challenge. The challenge we want to meet is to recreate that special experience we achieved on each and every device that comes out of production and deliver it to you worldwide. With large-scale production and shipment, there are often risks you can’t predict. We are grateful to our partners who help us minimize the risk and deliver the product perfectly and on time.

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    KICKSTARTER SPECIAL PERSONAL NEWS WIRE FOR HOME AND OFFICE - Get TWO NEWS WIRES at a very limited special price, one for your home and one for your office, and help kick off our launch! Free shipping to the continental US.

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    EARLY SUPPORTER SPECIAL - This level is for those who get in quick and want the best deal! One Pound Nine Wire, with shipping included to the continental US.

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