Canvia offers lovers of art and design an authentic and harmonious viewing experience with an unprecedented level of freedom to change and explore. Controlled via an intuitive app, web account or voice-enabled devices such as Amazon Alexa, Canvia makes it easy to find art to suit changing tastes, keep you inspired and enliven your surroundings.
Why Did We Create Canvia?
Just as Spotify has revolutionized the accessibility, exploration and experience of recorded music, and services like Netflix have done the same for vast archives of film and TV, we want Canvia to revolutionize the accessibility and experience of art.
In order to achieve this though, we realized it wasn't only a question of content - we also needed to create a device and platform that:
- looks and feels like authentic physical art (i.e. a painting or print), conserving realistic details such as color, texture and brushstrokes
- augments the experience of art with key information and helpful guidance, avoiding any of the intimidating bars to entry of the art world, auctions and gallery system
- and is connected, interactive, sharable as an experience and - most importantly - flexible for people's changing needs and spaces.
In this way, Canvia solves problems with the 'traditional' approach to sourcing and buying art:
How Does Canvia Work?
Canvia is driven by Palacio’s proprietary (patent-pending) ArtSense technology that simulates the behavior of a physical painting or high quality print on a digital screen, whatever the environment.
Built-in sensors read ambient visual conditions and this data is used to actively adapt the displayed image. The light-emitting screen therefore appears solely light-reflective, as with physical art, and ensures all images retain a realistic painting or print-like quality (conserving details like texture, color and individual brushstrokes) under any conditions.
ArtSense also enables art selections that better suit an environment and context. In this way, Canvia offers a more realistic and harmonious art viewing experience than any computer monitor or TV; so real, in fact, that it’s difficult to tell the difference between Canvia and physical art.
Don’t Just Take Our Word For It…
With Canvia, seeing is believing. If you want to check it out for yourself, request a timeslot for a live demo or video stream at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Art Library
Canvia is linked to a huge online library that includes artworks from all genres, eras, cultures and media (including photography), offering choices to suit any mood, occasion, context and décor.
Need something relaxing for a late-night study session? You can schedule one of Monet's calming waterlily paintings. Friends over for the big game? Go for a George Bellows from one of our 'Sports' themed playlists. Throwing a house party? We've got an explosive Kandinsky or energetic Degas cabaret scene for that.
We’ll be offering two subscription tiers for Canvia: a ‘free’ tier that currently has over 3,000 works (and is growing everyday), from Old Masters to Modern and Contemporary art, and a paid-for ‘premium’ tier of famous and upcoming current artists, illustrators and photographers.
All artwork is carefully curated and organized into themed playlists (for both vertical and horizontal orientations), or users can create their own.
Our recommendation engine also helps you find works matching your décor and preferences, and all playlists can be scheduled for specific times of day.
Canvia is about sharing great art. We’re building up a network of contributing partners - individual artists and photographers, galleries, museums and colleges - to ensure we offer the best art in the world.
Since starting our outreach activities in March, we've partnered with over one hundred professional artists from across the globe and the list is growing every day. We recognize the great effort of creating art and so contributing artists will receive a share of our revenues.
If you're an artist and would like to apply to our library, please contact email@example.com.
Device Features & Specs
Users can schedule their own playlists and upload personal images via the app (iOS or Android), web account, USB or MicroSD. Information about an artwork and artist can be added as an overlay, and the entire artwork can be explored through zoom and repositioning functionality within the app.
Voice integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant will be supported, although may not be available with the first firmware/software launch.
All works submitted by artists will reside in a closed system, which includes Canvia's secure cloud library, device and app. This will ensure the digital reproductions of artists' work cannot be misappropriated.
Canvia’s innovative patent-pending design allows customers to select variable frame/mat board widths, wood type and color, offering even more options to match your décor and creative preferences.
Black, cherry, wood and white frame colors will be available for launch; black as standard and the other colors for an additional cost of $25. In order to upgrade your pledges, please follow these instructions:
Note that the final mass-produced frame might have slightly different dimensions from the current pre-production prototypes due to manufacturing constraints. We will inform backers of any changes.
Hinges at the back allow you to pivot the device and access communication ports for USB and MicroSD uploads while Canvia is still mounted to the wall.
Canvia automatically detects the orientation and loads compatible playlists.
VESA mount compatibility affords greater mobility and control.
We also have a load of additional features that will be revealed in due course, all geared towards further enhancing the art experience - watch this space!
The team at Palacio brings deep industry experience across connected devices, IOT, cloud technologies and video & image processing, as well as art curation, art direction, advertising and media production.
This confluence of technology and creative thinking drives our innovation and reflects our ultimate goal with Canvia: to combine cutting-edge technical design with an artistic sensibility to create an entirely new way of enhancing and experiencing art in our living spaces.
Why we need your help
- Completing mold designs for the mat board and chassis
- Completing an initial mass production and manufacturing run of our first Canvia model
- Regulatory (FCC and CE) certification
- Feedback! Even if you don’t want to buy Canvia, we’d love to hear your thoughts on our product and approach. You can contact us via the Comments section on this page or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canvia is designed and assembled in USA.
30-day money back guarantee
We also appreciate that most backers will not be able to experience Canvia first-hand before pledging. We’re confident that you’ll love our product but as a reward for your faith we’re offering a 30-day money back guarantee: if you don’t like Canvia, you can return our device for a full refund within 30 days of shipment.
We look forward to hearing your thoughts. You can get in touch via the Kickstarter community board or any of the following:
Risks and challenges
We’re working with leading global manufacturing partners with a proven track record in technology and devices. We’re also ensuring the device is assembled in America in order for us to maximize control over end-stage delivery.
However, as with any hardware project there are always risks and challenges associated with supply chain and manufacturing. Unexpected changes could arise that have an effect on our delivery schedule:
Wireless system testing with final industrial design
Certification or regulatory testing
Supply-chain and logistics delays
Component supply shortages: we’ve planned our approach so that we can use components from multiple, alternative suppliers wherever possible.
We commit to keeping our backers informed in a timely manner throughout the entire process and do everything we can to deliver Canvia as described and on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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