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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 8 2015
$60,534
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
126
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 8 2015

About

LOOK is the next generation of the digital picture frame. LOOK’s wi-fi connected, large framed HD display connects friends, family and interests by automatically displaying pictures from multiple sources, including photo sharing sites and social networks, all controlled through a simple app.

  • Pictures of your family and friends streamed from social networks and photo sharing sites
  • One of the world's largest photo collections (70 million+ from Getty Images), including coverage of sports, entertainment, and news events from around the world.
  • An amazing virtual museum of fine art (curated from 4,000 museums)

You don't do anything different than you already do today to get pictures displaying on your LOOK. When you share pictures on Facebook, Instagram or other popular social networks, they automatically display. Use the LOOK app to control what and when you want to display.

GREAT PERSONAL PICTURES

Your LOOK easily displays pictures of your last vacation, your friend's night out, or the latest pictures of your kids.

LOOK automatically streams pictures from multiple sources, including your friends, family and social networks.

  • With just a tap, display pictures from Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, and other popular social networks in real time.
  • When your family or friends post new pictures to their social networks, they automatically display on your LOOK without you having to lift a finger.
  • When you post new pictures, your family and friends' LOOKs display them as well.
  • You set the permissions for who sees your pictures.

A LIBRARY OF AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHS

LOOK displays pictures of what interests YOU.

  • LOOK accesses photo sharing sites like Pinterest and Flickr to find just the right photos.
  • LOOK also lets you access one of the world’s largest collections of professional photographs (licensed from Getty Images). From ethereal black and whites to portraits of world-famous personalities, from lush botanicals to sea vistas and cityscapes, there are over 70 million images. It even includes the The LIFE Collection – an archive of some of the most recognizable imagery of the 20th Century.


GREAT PHOTOJOURNALISM

Maybe you follow world events, your teenager loves Taylor Swift and your oldest has a passion for the New York Yankees.

LOOK delivers something for everyone from Getty Images' world famous photojournalists. Getty professional photographers cover events all around the world including:

  • Worldwide celebrity events including awards, concerts, movie premieres, red carpets, fashion shows, celebrity parties, and more.
  • Live action sporting events including NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, FIFA, F1 & NASCAR racing, tennis, golf, college sports and more.
  • Breaking news from around the world. Photojournalists travel the world to visually tell these stories.

GREAT ART MASTERPIECES

Expose your family to art and increase their creativity and imagination.

  • LOOK delivers the world's greatest masterpieces to your home, including works that match your interests from:
  • The Louvre
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Musee d'Orsay
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • National Gallery and thousands more

The LOOK Connect Service provides the infrastructure that powers your LOOK. It allows you to organize, manage, and automatically stream pictures to your LOOK.

  • NO ads ever
  • Never a charge for individual images
  • Access to up-to-the minute news, sports, fashion, and entertainment licensed photos
  • Thousands of new images added daily
  • Professionally curated picture lists
  • Regular feature and performance updates
  • Customer support

The LOOK Connect Service subscription costs $9.99 a month. That's about the cost of one good cup of coffee a week. (Remember, depending on the reward you choose, you'll get either 6 months, 12 months, or a lifetime subscription for free to start.) There are discounts for multiple LOOKs.

All subscriptions include the LOOK Protection Plan. If you have a problem with your LOOK, we will repair or replace it for just shipping and handling charges.

We're already thinking about version 2 of the LOOK software. The great thing is that your LOOK software will be upgraded for no charge when we add new features. All you do is download the latest version of the iOS or Android app. A few of the features we've got on our roadmap: video support, animated GIFs, support for the Apple Watch, support for Google Photos...and more

We founded Artkick almost two years ago to bring great art into people's homes on the Internet-connected televisions they already owned. Our app was very successful but in talking with our users we realized two things, 1) the most important images in our lives are now those of our friends and family and, 2) people wanted to watch TV on their TVs.

We stepped back and tried to figure out the best way to bring the pictures that matter most to people onto the walls of their homes. So we created LOOK. It's based on the cloud-based server infrastructure we built for Artkick and adds revolutionary new social media connection software and support for the new LOOK dedicated screen.

Artkick got a great reception in the press and we hope LOOK will be received as well.

Some of Artkick's press coverage:

The "best social / lifestyle mobile app” award from the BMA
The "best social / lifestyle mobile app” award from the BMA
Artkick named one of “The Best Apps for Google’s Chromecast!” by The Gadget Show
Artkick named one of “The Best Apps for Google’s Chromecast!” by The Gadget Show

The Gadget Guy, Steve Greenberg with his favorite apps. Today Show

"Artkick wants to be the Spotify of art." New York Times

"How to get $4.2 billion worth of artwork into your living room." Technology Tell

WHERE WE ARE:

Our prototype LOOKs are up and running. The hardware and the software work. We now need your help to turn our hand-built prototypes into a finished consumer electronics product and then introduce LOOK to the world.

When we show someone one of our prototypes, the reaction is almost always the same: a big smile, "wow" and “when can I get one?”

With your help, we can “wow” a lot more people by putting a finished product in their hands. Please help us get there.

We are innovators and entrepreneurs, engineers and designers, photographers and artists. Collectively we've helped found over 20 successful startups. Here are some members of our team.

Sheldon Laube is our CEO, co-founder of four successful startups and former Chief Innovation Officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers. LINKEDIN

Glenn Ricart directs our development efforts. He has co-founded five startups and been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. LINKEDIN

Abe Ostrovsky is in charge of our overall operations and has been the chairman of many successful technology companies.

Nancy Laube curates our content efforts and is also a professional photographer and photo historian. LINKEDIN

Beth Braun leads our customer service efforts.  She has built and led customer care organizations at several successful startups. LINKEDIN

Chris Taylor leads our marketing and business development efforts.  He previously led marketing for six startups including one that went public. LINKEDIN

Leon Zhu is the lead developer and technical genius behind the LOOK software.  Previously he focused on software for renewable energy resources. LINKEDIN

Rosie and Linda are the official beagles of Artkick and are always there to provide love and affection during the long days of a startup.

  • We have done a lot of research - looked into countless HD displays and frames, explored computing options to run the display, revised the Artkick infrastructure and built a whole new app to drive it, and more.
  • We talked to even more people to learn more about what they wanted and what was feasible, including current Artkick customers, our Artkick Customer Advisory Board, friends, family and experts.
  • We then created a few LOOK prototypes that we showed to hundreds of people at events, lunches, meetings, and more.
  • We are now launching our campaign to take that prototype to market.

As we move forward, we'll send out regular updates to all our backers, letting you know our progress and the latest news.

To all of you who have read this far, thank you!

We are excited about our project and working really hard to make it a reality. Every time we see someone taking a selfie or snapping a pic of their friends with their phone, every time we watch a smile breakout as someone glances at their Instagram feed, we get inspired. Imagine experiencing these pictures in a whole new way. Every time we walk by a picture on a wall we wonder, how long has that been there? Imagine it changing to reflect your interests and your mood whenever you want. Help us make our imagination a reality!

Risks and challenges

Our prototype LOOKs are up and running. The hardware and the software work. We've established our supply chain and manufacturing partners. We need your help to build enough demand so we can start production and introduce LOOK to the world.

MANUFACTURING
There is a risk that some components might be delayed. To reduce the risk we have done research on alternative component suppliers and feel confident that we will be able to avoid delays if an issue arises with any individual component availability.

UPDATES
We will make sure to provide our backers updates regularly on the progress of the LOOK. You will be completely in the loop. That said, we feel very confident that we will be able to deliver it on the schedule promised.

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    LOOK FAN
    Every dollar you donate helps us move closer to our goal, thank you so! Your name will be featured in the “LOOK Wall” section on our website, and we will make sure to keep you up to date with exclusive updates as our project moves forward.

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    LOOK STYLIN'
    Thank you for your support! You can rock a pair of limited edition LOOK sunglasses (hard case + cleaning pouch + eyewear retainer). They're really cool.

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    LOOK SOCIAL
    Get everyone in the picture with a limited edition LOOK Selfie Stick (telescopes + tilts + Bluetooth enabled shutter).

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    LOOK EARLY BIRD
    One (1) 24” LOOK in an elegant black frame + 6 month subscription to the LOOK Connect Service.

    Congrats early bird, you are one of our very first backers so you get the special price of $349. [Retail $499]

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    LOOK CLASSIC
    One (1) 24” LOOK in an elegant black frame + 6 month subscription to the LOOK Connect Service.

    Congrats, as a Kickstarter backer you get the special price of $399. [Retail $499]

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    TAKE A DOUBLE LOOK
    Two (2) 24” LOOKs in elegant black frames + 6 month subscription to the LOOK Connect Service.

    Congrats, as a Kickstarter backer you get the special price of $749. [Retail $998]

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    LOOK SPECIAL EDITION
    One (1) 40” LOOK in a custom black frame + 12 month subscription to the LOOK Connect Service.

    Congratulations, you are one of the limited few to receive our 40-inch LOOK at the Limited special price of $999.

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    Pledge US$ 1,099 or more About US$ 1,099

    LOOK FAMILY
    Three (3) 24” LOOKs in elegant black frames + 12 month subscription to the LOOK Connect Service.

    Congrats, as a Kickstarter backer you get the special price of $1099. [Retail $1497]

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    LOOK MODERN FAMILY
    FIVE (5) 24” LOOKs in elegant black frames + 12 month subscription to the LOOK Connect Service.

    As a special thanks, you receive 5 LOOKS to share with your family at the Kickstarter price of $1749. [Retail $2495]

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    Pledge US$ 2,749 or more About US$ 2,749

    LOOK EXTENDED FAMILY
    FIVE (5) 24” LOOKs in elegant black frames + ONE (1) 40" LOOK in a custom black frame + 12 month subscription to the LOOK Connect Service.

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    Pledge US$ 3,999 or more About US$ 3,999

    LOOK ADVISOR
    Become an Artkick special advisor. We give you exclusive access to the Artkick executives to provide feedback and input regarding the LOOK product and direction. You and your new title will also be featured on our web site.

    You also get two (2) custom 40” LOOKs in elegant black frames + 12 month subscription to the LOOK Connect Service + exclusive LOOK project updates.

    (Free shipping in the United States.)

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    LOOK EXPERIENCE
    We know how important it is to build memories, so we will treat you and a guest to a LOOK founders dinner with our CEO, Sheldon Laube, at an exquisite restaurant in San Francisco.

    Meet the team at Artkick headquarters. Plus two (2) 40” special edition LOOKs with black or gold colored custom frame + two (2) 24" LOOKs in elegant black frames + free shipping in the United States + lifetime subscription to the LOOK Connect Service.

    We will even fly you and your guest to the San Francisco Bay Area (U.S. travel only) and include a two night hotel stay.
    [priceless☺]

    We will agree on a mutually acceptable date for the travel and dinner.

    (Free shipping of LOOKs in the United States.)

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Funding period

- (30 days)