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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 24 2014
Last updated April 24, 2014

Blicko - A new social music experience (Canceled)

A music playback system that can be accessed with a URL on any device. Finally a great way to enjoy music together.

Blicko - A new social music experience (Canceled)

A music playback system that can be accessed with a URL on any device. Finally a great way to enjoy music together.

$3,008
pledged of $90,000pledged of $90,000 goal
34
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 24 2014
Last updated April 24, 2014

About

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What’s Blicko?

Blicko began when we noticed a problem in the way music is consumed and experienced in groups. What tends to happen is that people crowd around the music device and interrupt each others songs. To solve this we have created a digital take on the traditional jukebox. With the Blicko music box hooked up to your speakers and Wi-Fi you and everyone around are in control of what’s playing. You can access the box from your smartphone, tablet or PC. Blicko supports a variety of music streaming libraries, such as Spotify, WiMP, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

How it works 

The Blicko music box plays songs from a queue that can be reached by a simple URL. With our intuitive web-interface you can control the box from any device with a browser. By sharing the URL to your friends, several people can collaboratively select music by queueing and voting on tracks. Users can identify themselves with social network logins and choose to share their activity in real time.

As an administrator you can also schedule playlists and playback events, as well as distribute administrative rights and set different levels of user interaction. The box’s history can easily be exported as a playlist for your favorite music library. Our servers keep track of what all boxes should be playing and makes the data available for you on the web. This makes it simple to synchronise several boxes on different locations.

Mobile admin GUI
Mobile admin GUI

How it started 

Blicko started as a software project, developed by three students from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Early on, Blicko was designed to be a Windows application. However, we soon realised the importance of dedicated hardware. We quickly found that the Raspberry Pi suited our needs perfectly and started developing Blicko as an independent media box.

Raspberry Pi Model B
Raspberry Pi Model B
Early design sketches
Early design sketches
Early design sketches
Early design sketches

As our software quickly progressed, we started to customise the code for a smaller dedicated hardware solution. We slowly started testing our product at home parties. As the Blicko music box quickly became more popular amongst our friends and their friends we realised that we were on to something. We decided to commit to the idea and started thinking about taking the product to the next level.

Early sketch for casing
Early sketch for casing

The development of a custom case for our hardware was a large part of taking Blicko from being just a hobby. This is also where we realised we needed your help, and hopefully our story will go on from here.

Hardware 

Blicko is built with performance in mind. We have built our project around the proven and powerful single board computer: Raspberry-Pi Model B. The box will include an internal wlan adapter to support Wi-Fi. We have designed a clean custom-built casing for the chip which enables use of four ports; the 3.5 mm audio-out, the ethernet-cable port, HDMI and a power-cable. We have already 3D-printed prototypes of the casing to verify design and practicality. The next step is to iterate the design with an injection molding company to make it ready for mass production. 

Hardware prototype with casing
Hardware prototype with casing

Software 

Software is what Blicko does best. We've beta-tested our software for the past-year and will, with your help, start tuning it to perfection. We have a new graphical-user-interface coming as well as a brand new back-end that has support for even more users and stable playback. Our backend is hosted on a cloud based platform to make it geographically independent and scalable. The playback device software is written in lightweight native code to ensure high performance. The combination of our web-app and playback software enables seamless planning and control of your box.

Current GUI for mobile
Current GUI for mobile
Current GUI for web
Current GUI for web

Setup 

To set up your Blicko music box, all you need is speakers, an ethernet cable, a 3.5 mm audio-out cable and you're good to go. Every box will come with easy to read and follow instructions on how to set up your box. If you want to use Wi-Fi you will first need to plug in your box with an ethernet cable to configure the SSID and password for your network.

What we need 

We have software and prototype hardware, but we all know that is not enough to make the market. We need funding to further stabilise the software, improve scalability, perfect the user interface and start large-scale manufacturing of our casing. With your support we are confident that we can deliver an amazing product which will change the way people listen to music together.

Budget 

All funds from this Kickstarter will be put into creating an amazing product. Our budget has been tuned to perfection to allow us to create the best hardware possible at a great price. All budget posts are based on close estimates given to us by established design and production companies. Please note that the graph below is an approximation.

Time plan 

We aim to deliver Blicko around October, this year (2014). Our main focus from the Kickstarter’s time of funding until then will be two things; getting production of the case and customisation of hardware underway, and making the software even better. Both parts will be handled simultaneously, as the production of the hardware have longer iterations.

Prior to and hopefully after this Kickstarter has been funded, one of us at Blicko is working full-time to complete and perfect the software. Software is improved daily and the current backlog for Blicko's software include, but is not limited to:

  • Better wifi-support.
  • A new, easier way to set-up a box. 
  • Distributed hosting.

The software improvements are estimated to take about 10-12 weeks, full-time.

For hardware, we have been in close contact with a company ready to iterate our design and manufacture an injection-molding tool. Once that is complete we will, together with the same company, start production of the custom case. Assembly of the raspberry-pi and casing will be done by us to keep the price lower and ensure the quality of each box.

The hardware production process is estimated to take from 12-16 weeks, including design iterations. On top of that comes assembly and quality tests. Once finished, the Blicko music box is ready to be shipped.

Please visit Blicko.com to see our current progress and browse our user-interface.

Risks and challenges

Blicko is an established, Swedish company. Although this is our first Kickstarter as a company, our team has previously made commercial software and are familiar with the risks involved in such ventures.

Getting our hardware and casing into mass-production is a big step. We’re currently working with some of the best designers and manufacturing experts we know of to help us manage the risks involved.

Getting you Blicko on time, is one of our greatest concerns. We have a strict time schedule and will be dedicated to deliver your products in time for that great party you’re hosting.

With our expertise in software development and project management, and with the support from our manufacturing firm and designers; we are confident that we can make this project happen.

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    Get a Blicko music box from our first batch at a Kickstarter exclusive price. Please add $10 for international shipping.

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    Be one of the first to enjoy Blicko. Get a standard Blicko music box. Please add $10 for international shipping.

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    Get a Blicko music box and reserve a unique URL of your choice. We’ll also throw in a Blicko t-shirt for you to show off your support. Please add $10 for international shipping

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    We’ll promote your Blicko queue and favorite playlist live on our website for one day. This pledge-level also includes the standard Blicko music box with a unique URL of your choice. Please add $10 for international shipping.

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    As a sign of our gratitude we’ll have all Blicko music boxes worldwide play a song of your choice on a day of your choosing. Includes the standard Blicko music box with a unique URL and an invite to our launch party in Stockholm. (Travel costs not included).

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    You decide what’s on, everywhere. With this level, any song you submit via Blicko will always be played next. We’ll also include as many Blicko music boxes as you need (within reason) and you get an invite to our launch party in Stockholm where we’ll buy you all the drinks you want. (Travel costs not included).

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