Shobii Smart Frame: Private photo network + Facebook/Flickr
Shobii Smart Frame: Private photo network + Facebook/Flickr
Privately send photos to Shobii smart frames from our smart phone apps or website. It is also integrated with Facebook and Flickr.
Privately send photos to Shobii smart frames from our smart phone apps or website. It is also integrated with Facebook and Flickr. Read more
About this project
The Shobii smart frame makes it easy for our parents, grandparents, and other family members, anywhere in the world, to enjoy family moments privately, without requiring complex social media interactions.
It is integrated with Facebook so that you can enjoy the photo slideshows from your favorite friends
In addition, the Shobii smart frame is integrated with Flickr so that you can fill the frame with the photos that fit your mood.
We are offering this frame in 10 and 15 inch sizes. Both sizes offer high resolution of 1280x800, resulting in photos being displayed in stunning quality and color.
3rd Party Themes
We have built the Shobii smart frame entirely with HTML5 so that we can invite a large community of designers and developers to create new and exciting photo viewing experiences for Shobii. This is the only digital frame ever created that allows third party theming.
We will ship with a number of pre-built themes and will open up the API and the templates to allow for third party theming. If you are interested in creating new themes them please back and send us a message indicating your interest.
We are super excited about seeing the kinds of amazing photo experiences the community will create.
Using the Shobii private network you can share photos privately and directly with the Shobii smart frame
How Does It Work?
You can send email invitations to your family and friends directly from the Shobii™ frame. Once your invitation has been accepted on the Shobii™ website, your family members can share photos using the website, iPhone app, or Android app.
Photos arrive on the frame within a few seconds after being shared. The frame plays a gentle ringtone and the new photos simply show up. No touch required.
Gift a Shobii frame to Grand Ma and keep sending photos of the grand kids as you capture them. It will make her happy beyond belief.
Keep a Shobii frame in your office and fill it with the precious moments in your family's life as they happen. Share that frame with your loved ones, and let them send their photos directly to your frame.
Our Next Steps
We are in discussions with several manufacturing partners including Dragon Innovations who helped other famous Kickstarter projects like Pebble and MakerBot. We want to use the funds raised here to finalize a manufacturing partner and start the manufacturing process. We also intend to use the funds to finish software development and conduct rigorous quality assurance tests.
We would like to create more product designs if we exceed our funding goal. There are so many ways the Shobii smart frame can be designed, from traditional to modern, and we want to explore all those options.
We intend to build a long lasting technology start up that not only brings privacy to mainstream Internet but puts it on front and center. We want to cater to everyday users of the Internet who don't fancy themselves in being gadget geeks. We want to provide easy-to-use photo frame solutions that everyone can enjoy every day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Shobii™ frame have a touch screen?
We believe that fingerprints and smudges ruin the photo-viewing experience, so we are adamantly against a touch screen for photo frames. We have instead provided a touch pad, which is easy to use and keeps the screen clean.
What is the size of the Shobii™ frame?
The Shobii™ frame is available in 10-inch and 15-inch sizes. Both sizes offer a high resolution (1280x800) screen to display amazing detail and colors.
Why isn't Shobii private network free?
The small free of just $0.99 monthly per frame will help us in building a team and technologies for the sole purpose of keeping everyone's photos completely private. We will not have to take money from advertisers, nor will we have to sell photos to third parties.
Will there be different color options for the frame?
We will eventually offer multiple color options, depending on the amount of funding we raise.
Can I use the Shobii™ frame outside the USA?
We are only offering the Shobii™ frame for North American consumers for now. If you are planning on using it in a different location,then be prepared to accept a North American power plug. The power adapter will be able to accept voltage up to 240 volts.
Will I be able to fill the frame with photos from a memory stick?
The Shobii™ frame is built to display your photos from the Internet by connecting with the Shobii™ private network, and/or photos from social networks such as Facebook and Flickr. It does not accept photos from a memory stick.
Is WiFi required for the Shobii frame to operate?
Yes, WiFi is the only option for connecting with the network.
Am I required to purchase a subscription for the Shobii™ private network?
You are not required to purchase the Shobii™ private network. You can simply enjoy photos from your Facebook friends and from Flickr. However, having a subscription to the network will enhance your ability to share with family or loved ones, by sharing photos directly with their Shobii™ frames.
How long does a photo stay available to me after it is shared?
Photos will be available to you indefinitely, as long as they stay shared with you. The person sharing the photos has the ability to unshare them.
Will I be able to adjust the incline of the screen to better suits my viewing angle?
Yes, the production model will provide the ability to adjust the incline of the screen.
Is there a way for me to see the photos on a large screen like my TV?
There isn’t a way to connect a Shobii™ frame with an external screen.
Will I be able to use an external keyboard?
Yes, we will provide at least one USB port, which can be used to connect an external keyboard.
Will I be able to print the photos?
This is among our long-term plans. We envision integrating the Shobii™ private network with services such as Target and Walgreens, so that our customers can order prints directly from the Shobii™ frame that they can then pick up at the store of their choice.
Risks and challenges
As with other Kickstarter projects, we may encounter set backs. We are confident in our ability to build cutting edge software for Shobii frame including the private photo sharing network. After all, we have been successfully building high end and custom software solutions for our clients for over 10 years.
The set backs, if any, would be in the manufacturing process. We are being very diligent about our search for a great manufacturing partner, and are talking to a number of very successful firms.
We will always going to be proactive in communicating with our backers about our progress and challenges. As well as, engage them in new feature ideas, early previews, etc.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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