This project's funding goal was not reached on March 1, 2014.
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Cool Hunting - "While useful at home, the business potential for Pylon is huge (think coffee shop lingerers) and will result in a safer wireless experience for everyone."
Supercompressor - "Install this system in your crib and you'll never again have to dig out your 18-character WiFi password for guests, because it allows them to simply swipe their device in front of it to connect to your network."
Androidheadlines - Pylon is here to enhance your in-home hosting experience by automatically logging guests into your network, providing useful information to house guests through a secure & seamless WiFi connection without needing to remember a pesky password.
WHAT IS PYLON?
Hosting a house full of people can be a challenge. Especially when it comes to greeting guests, selecting music, giving directions, or simply thanking people for coming over at the end of the night. Pylon enhances your in-home hosting experience by automatically logging guests into your network, providing useful information to house guests through a secure & seamless Wifi connection - without a password. The software integrates your guests' mobile phone with devices such as your Smart TV and Audio system to share music, arrange photo collages, or even "push" a thank you message at the end of the night. Perfect for busy hosts!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Pylon owner simply places a discrete 3x3-inch Pylon on a wall near the entrance of their home, and sets up a pre-linked base station which connects to their modem.
When guests arrive, they simply hold their device up to the Pylon which instantly connects their device to the owner’s Wi-Fi network without having to ask for and type in a password. This connection is facilitated by Near Field Communication (NFC) on Android phones, and by bumping the Pylon with iOS devices.
But don't worry -the owner can use the Pylon app to fully control:
- who uses their network
- how long they're granted access to use the network
- and what type of access each of their guests have to the network.
SETUP IS EASY
Pylon and its base station come pre-linked out of the box. The owner just hooks up the base station to their modem and sets their settings - The default settings are that everyone gets 30 min of Wi-Fi. As your guests come over and log in, the owner can assign them to access groups to give them more, or less, access.
WHAT ELSE DOES PYLON DO?
Supplement your Smart Home!
Even more, Pylon allows users on the network to easily share music playlists, photos and videos over speakers and smart TVs with Pylon Beacons that plug into these external devices - they will have an effective transmitting range of 100 meters, or 330 feet. Pylon works great for small get togethers and large parties because it creates a stronger connection between everyone at the event - share away to make any party the ultimate get together.
The Pylon Beacons we've developed will be able to integrate multiple wireless devices using Pylon, creating a seamless system with no difficult setup.
WHY USE PYLON?
- Pylon is the ideal solution for anyone who wants to share their Wi-Fi connection with family, friends and acquaintances while maintaining privacy and security.
- When hosting a get-together, one of the last things you want to do is set up guest's WiFi. Also, loading Playlists, and taking pictures keeps you away from entertaining - Pylon solves this annoying problem. Your guests log themselves in and can play their favorite tunes. And pictures taken while on your network are shared with everyone in attendance.
- With the Pylon app, owners can control the degree of access each device or user has on their network. Best friends can have unlimited access, while casual party guests can have access for an hour and the nosy neighbor can't have access at all.
- Replace your outdated router.
- PRIVACY IS VERY IMPORTANT TO US! Under no circumstances will information about your guests, frequency, or duration of stay be recorded by us. All information is kept on your base station and never leaves your house.
The Pylon app will be available on all major OS platforms for free (iOS, Android, Microsoft, Blackberry). The app will serve two major functions:
- For the Owner, the Pylon can be controlled over the app; access groups can be assigned, music can be played and pictures screened.
- For the Guest, the Pylon app is used to identify the user and to be filtered into an access group. Also, if the owner gives access, music playlists can be put together and photos can be streamed to integrated TVs.
Between visiting friends and relatives, having to constantly ask for their wifi passwords became such a pain. Either they didn’t remember their password, so they had to go looking for that little sheet (particularly my older relatives), or they had a ridiculously long and complex password that took 5 minutes to enter into my phone (usually my friends). That is when I thought, “how convenient would it be if there were a small device you mounted on your wall by the front door that could grant and revoke wifi access to the tech devices of your choosing, instantly?” That way, there won’t be any searching for passwords, or causing guests to enter a complex series of numbers and letters. You could easily grant select access for certain users, all while keeping intruders, or neighbors, from stealing your wifi. Thus, Pylon was born.
PYLON'S MANUFACTURING PROCESS
Due to cost effectiveness and ease of use, our team has a little outside help - the cases are manufactured in England, the WiFi/Bluetooth chips are from overseas. The processors are Raspberry Pi computers; we decided to use Raspberry Pis because of their cost effectiveness, and ease of installation, on our smaller scales. The Pylon software is designed by our in-house team. Our team has a combined 10 years experience working on and programming medical devices between us. We program, assemble, install, pair and each Pylon at our home office. Since we are a startup, our current manufacturing process allows us to oversee the whole process, including quality control, guaranteeing that we are making the best Pylon possible at the moment.
The Kickstarter community is all about backing innovative products that improve the way we live our lives; Pylon does just that. Millions of people access the internet over a Wi-Fi connection and more and more people are doing so on the go with their mobile devices. Traditional Wi-Fi was intended to connects users to the internet in a designated space. Pylon takes this concept to the next level, and we’re looking to backers to take us to the next level. We’ve developed a functional prototype and are in discussions with manufacturers to produce Pylon. We’re seeking our funding goal for the first round of production.
Risks and challenges
We have built functional prototypes already and are confident we will be able to produce an amazing product, however, with all hardware projects, there is always a risk when it comes to getting a prototype production-ready.
We are working with multiple vendors to get all the parts that we need to assemble the Pylon. Naturally, there will be challenges to make all these parts work together seamlessly. Luckily, we have people on our team with years of experience in writing drivers, so we hope to overcome that challenge.
Along with the assembly process, comes the challenge of meeting the deadline. Although we have set ourselves an achievable goal, with so many independent suppliers there is an inherent risk. Our solution to that is to hire staff that has gone through a lot of these processes; importing from overseas, getting apps approved, etc.
Pylon is a great product. We appreciate your support and we are excited to have you join us in our journey.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
for phones that don't have NFC the user has to bump, or tap, the Pylon with their phones.
The app detects a jolt in your phone's accelerometer and connects to the Pylon that experienced the same jolt at the same time.
Alongside the residential Pylon (in this Kickstarter), we are also working on a business counterpart. There will be some added functionality for the business settings: such as a splash screen where the venue can display specials, customers can leave reviews, the venue can send mass notifications to the customers on the wifi. And there will be some functionality taken away: e.g. the venue will not be able to collect personal data about the people on their network and track individuals.
In the hospitality sector there will also be function groups. So, if a party arrives for a wedding, they can be put in the same group with an event coordinator. The coordinator will be able to send notifications to all guests ("the bride is on her way", "there are some delays - stay at the mini bar") and all photos taken at the event will be shared automatically with all attendees.
The current planned release date for the business Pylon is September 2014
- (30 days)