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£11,627
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 25 2015

About

We would like to present you the world's first external graphics card dedicated to Mac computers. Thanks to bull.box your laptop transforms into a full-fledged gaming computer. Thanks to our device the time used for rendering graphics will be shortened as well as other complex calculations by using the CUDA technology. Apple laptops have never had high end graphics cards, this is of course justified by the fact that- more powerful cards are power-hungry and generate a lot of heat. That is why we do not think that this situation will change within the next few years. But with bull.box the change still could happen!

Whenever you need a powerful graphics card, plug the device in and you've done! Of course you do not always need greater power, but thanks to bull.box you do not have to compromise and pay extra for a medium quality mobile card, you just need a cheaper MacBook configuration with a processor and our bull.box.

We created bull.box to provide you with "power on demand", so it is very easy to use and it is ideally suited for Mac computers. It doesn’t matter whether you are using OS X or Windows (bootcamp) - just install the drivers and "our bull" is ready for intensive work either during leisure time or for generating high amounts of power. Of course laptops of other brands than Apple can also make use of the bull.box power, when they have Thunderbolt / USB Type-C ports. That means you won’t have to buy a second computer with a better graphics card and use two computers at once. Our solution allows you to stay with your favourite computer and make it an extraordinary multi-purpose equipment for entertainment and for work.

At this stage, by using bull.box we were able to get up to 80% of the PC power with a similar configuration. This is due to the communication between the CPU and the GPU. However, the product is still developed and new technologies are coming, such as Thunderbolt-3 and PCIe 4.0, should improve the device’s performance, because it introduces new possibilities and increases bandwidth. In addition, we are also working on better drivers, which will move more of the processes on the GPU, reducing the need for the communication.

We have prepared a short animation presenting which device you should choose. All you need to do to select a suitable device for you is to choose a proper port and the graphics card, as powerful one as you need.

If you think that it would be fun to develop the eGPU technologies, now you have the opportunity to support us and contribute to this project. You do not need to buy the device, although we encourage you to do this (it works!). Just donate a small amount of money and we invest it in the device’s development. 

Details of the device version: 

HERE is main movie in HD (16:9) quality. 

Important message

bull.box in 1.3 version is in the development process. We estimate that will be ready on April 2016. Can be delay, because base on new standards - Thunderbolt 3 and Mini DisplayPort 1.3.

Fast graphic render

Have you ever tried to convert videos with Macbook or render graphics in programs such as Blender or 3D Max? It takes a great deal of time, the laptop heats up a lot and shortens its lifespan. What if you could use an eGPU with CUDA technology to do this? It would take you much less time, your laptop wouldn’t heat up so badly and the work would be more enjoyable. Doesn’t it sound awesome? Our bull (bull.box) will do all the hard work for you!

Oculus Rift

If you want to use Oculus Rift - bull.box will be ideal device to help you with that. As you can read on Oculus Blog:

"Given the challenges around VR graphics performance, the Rift will have a recommended specification to ensure that developers can optimize for a known hardware configuration, which ensures a better player experience of comfortable sustained presence. The recommended PC specification is an NVIDIA GTX 970 or AMD 290, Intel i5-4590, and 8GB RAM. This configuration will be held for the lifetime of the Rift and should drop in price over time."

 Oculus recommended hardware.

Gaming

We also enjoy playing from time to time. Since the premiere of The Witcher was announced, we’ve been very disappointed that it only supports the Windows platform. Probably, it was due to production costs along with low sales prospects for OS X. It didn’t surprise us because such a demanding super production won’t be running on GT 750M after all (yes, it generally has problems starting on it). However, since we built the first prototype, it’s become clear that along with the popularization of the type of solutions as ours, there is a good chance for great productions for OS X to return. We passed The Witcher (bootcamp) on the highest settings :). We recommend it, unforgettable experience and great respect for the creators of the game.

 "Sky's the limit” - which means that there are no limits. Everywhere you want to use a powerful eGPU, you have power on demand.

Final Cut Pro X

You work using Final Cut Pro on your MacBook, but the video sometimes takes very long to export. It is a complete waste of your time. Use the CUDA technology and do it much quicker. Thanks to bull.box not only exporting, but also video conversion will take much less time. bull.box will transform your MacBook Pro into a real PRO machine

In an easy way :). A graphics card is connected to our Thunderbolt PCB through PCIe 3.0 (in the near future it will be 4.0) which you connect directly to your computer. The operating system detects the device on the Thunderbolt port. You just need to install drivers and the card will appear in the system, e.g. Nvidia GTX 980. Below you can watch a video showing a very unusual thing which is GTX 980 next to GT 650M in the OS X system. Everything is simple and smooth: the device + drivers and all is ready.

In the future we would like to integrate the CHIP Thunderbolt directly with graphics card which will make its replacement difficult but it should improve the parameters. Now it is possible to replace a graphics card as every PCIe 3.0 card is suitable for our device. The only problem may be its size and support for drivers.

It is no problem at all if you want to play games which are made only for Windows. You just need to use bootcamp (we do not suggest using solutions like VS Parallels for gaming) to install Widows on your Macbook. Then you need to install the newest Nvidia drivers and everything is ready. You can enjoy every new game made for Microsoft's operating system.

We use Mini DisplayPort 1.2 (we are working on Mini DisplayPort 1.3) for communication with monitor – It is easy to find adapters from this port to any other one. This port now supports solutions up to 4K and in the future it will be even 5K (1.3). 

Do we even have to discuss the options provided by a top-shelf desktop version in comparison with a mediocre mobile one? To us, it’s like putting a Golf GT next to a Ferrari. Literally, this is the kind of comparison we have to make if we’re talking about results. MacBook Pro retina with Intel Iris Pro (without a dedicated GPU) is ~95x slower than the same MacBook hooked up to the bull.box. Nuff said :)

Tests have been conducted on both OS X and Windows System. All the tests have brought better results than expected. The equipment can be easily installed, it works well with Macbook. In the case of OS X the games which have been tested have not developed its full possibilities, because these are often little optimized ports from other systems. On Windows we have focused mainly on playing our favourite Witcher

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We would like to test the most popular games mentioned by you in comments. Please give us a feedback.

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Unfortunately, CD Projekt Red has not granted consent for the publication and therefore, in the promotional video the fight is blurred and we have not attached gameplay.  

Take a look below at gameplay test videos. The tests were ran on a prototype for the OS X.

While designing our device, we’ve focused on simplicity. This is why its body is a simple cuboid. The material of choice is anodized aluminum because it looks good and abstracts heat well. The logo was put on the front and is highlighted with dim red light. The device has been designed to fit in nicely with a MacBook.

Just plug and play.

 Specification:

You can view the entire list of prizes along with descriptions on the right. We’ve also decided to introduce special prizes in limited quantities (see the table below).

Special rewards:

Rewards t-shirt
Rewards t-shirt
Stickers rewards
Stickers rewards

The timeline depicts only a draft of the whole story. While developing the prototype, we came up with ideas to create two other devices. So, you can be sure we’ll surprise you in the future…

  • Production: buying parts (e.g. graphics cards), paying license, producing our aluminium case, PCB and others.
  • Development: funds for development 1.3 version of bull.box and other new products.
  • Marketing: mainly internet ads e.g. Adwords by Google, LinkedIn target ad. 
  • Operating Expenses: for example, the payment of employees' wages and funds allocated toward research.
  • KS Fees: cost which we need to pay for Kickstarter and credit card.

We believe that after our presentation you can see the potential of this device and that, no matter whether you are a geek or not, the idea is understandable for you. 

The device solves a real problem that didn't seem to find its solution anytime soon – the weakness of mobile graphics cards. Even your smallest support is a contribution to the development of this market segment. We also count on rival solutions being developed as it will cause the market to grow and device prices to decrease. If you support us, we will be able to invest more in the technology itself which will lead to reduction of costs. Moreover, if you buy our device, thanks to more components being ordered, we will be able to negotiate better prices and to ship it to you cheaper. In comparison with a purchase of a second computer especially for gaming, our solution will be much cheaper, as long as you already have a Macbook.

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 If it comes to video game consoles - not everybody likes them and their graphics quality will never be as good as this of the newest graphics cards.

We hope that you might be interested in our product. We will do our best to meet your expectations and to deliver the product in the best quality possible. "May the Force be with you”

Assets for press (better quality and free to use):

  • Website is HERE
  • Assets pack you can download HERE
  • Main video is HERE

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge is the supply chain (logistics), that is making all the parts arrive on time in order to build a finished product. One of the key elements is also quality control, as the device is composed of several components, and everything must operate reliably. In addition, the implementation of the new CHIP with Thunderbolt 3 may cause some problems.

We predict that slight delays in the delivery of 1.3 version may happen, although it is not at all obvious they will. Should any delays occur, we will inform about them in advance.

There may also occur compatibility problems - although we have tested the device on different MBP configurations, we do not rule out that there may be problems with single units. Still our support team will do everything to make you fully satisfied with our product.

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    You will receive an email from us informing how cool you are... Yes, you are because you contribute to the development of new devices on the market.

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    ‘Thank you’ email along with a post on a website list.

    You will receive an email from us and you will be among ‘Super heroes’.

    Of course, you don’t need to give all your personal details or full name. In fact, any name, tag or nickname will be fine.

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    Two unique stickers.

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    Photos of the stickers in the Prizes section (at the bottom of the page).

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    How about a t-shirt with a logo?

    If you fancy an awesome t-shirt with a bull.box logo, then we can deliver it to you. We took a photo so you can see what does it looks like (see at the bottom of the page). Feel like a real bull in the t-shirt :)

    Of course, the email and the post on the website are in the package.

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    A big package for you.

    Here, you will find everything you read about above in one package. The t-shirt, the stickers, the post on the website list and of course there will be thanks :).

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    The device in the special price delivered faster.

    Version: bull.box 1.2 GTX960 (early bird)

    Especially for you, we will deliver the device faster. You will receive a bull.box in the version with Nvidia GTX 960 on the board. Each device is made of anodized aluminium. It also has necessary cables. This version is equipped with a Thunderbolt 2 connector for connecting to the computer and a Mini DisplayPort 1.2 for communicating with the monitor. You just need to install the latest drivers to fully enjoy external graphics card. The device automatically turns on when plugging to the computer port and turns off when unplugging the cable.

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    Version: bull.box 1.3 GTX960(*)

    You will receive a bull.box in the version with Nvidia GTX 960 on the board. Each device is made of anodized aluminium. It also has necessary cables. This version is equipped with a thunderbolt 3 / USB Type-C connector for connecting to the computer and a Mini DisplayPort 1.3 for communicating with the monitor. You just need to install the latest drivers to fully enjoy external graphics card. The device automatically turns on when plugging to the computer port and turns off when unplugging the cable.

    We support Windows and OS X systems.

    (*) If Nvidia release a new version of a graphics card month before planned delivery, we will replace the card for free.

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    The device in the special price delivered faster.

    Version: bull.box 1.2 GTX970 (early bird)

    Especially for you, we will deliver the device faster. You will receive a bull.box in the version with Nvidia GTX 970 on the board. Each device is made of anodized aluminium. It also has necessary cables. This version is equipped with a Thunderbolt 2 connector for connecting to the computer and a Mini DisplayPort 1.2 for communicating with the monitor. You just need to install the latest drivers to fully enjoy external graphics card. The device automatically turns on when plugging to the computer port and turns off when unplugging the cable.

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    Version: bull.box 1.2 GTX970

    You will receive a bull.box in the version with Nvidia GTX 970 on the board. Each device is made of anodized aluminium. It also has necessary cables. This version is equipped with a thunderbolt 2 connector for connecting to the computer and a Mini DisplayPort 1.2 for communicating with the monitor. You just need to install the latest drivers to fully enjoy external graphics card. The device automatically turns on when plugging to the computer port and turns off when unplugging the cable.

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    Version: bull.box 1.3 GTX970(*)

    You will receive a bull.box in the version with Nvidia GTX 970 on the board. Each device is made of anodized aluminium. It also has necessary cables. This version is equipped with a thunderbolt 3 / USB Type-C connector for connecting to the computer and a Mini DisplayPort 1.3 for communicating with the monitor. You just need to install the latest drivers to fully enjoy external graphics card. The device automatically turns on when plugging to the computer port and turns off when unplugging the cable.

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    The device in the special price delivered faster.

    Version: bull.box 1.2 GTX980 (early bird)

    Especially for you, we will deliver the device faster. You will receive a bull.box in the version with Nvidia GTX 980 on the board. Each device is made of anodized aluminium. It also has necessary cables. This version is equipped with a Thunderbolt 2 connector for connecting to the computer and a Mini DisplayPort 1.2 for communicating with the monitor. You just need to install the latest drivers to fully enjoy external graphics card. The device automatically turns on when plugging to the computer port and turns off when unplugging the cable.

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    Version: bull.box 1.2 GTX980

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    Version: bull.box 1.3 GTX980(*)

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    Version: bull.box 1.2 GTX980 Ti

    You will receive a bull.box in the version with Nvidia GTX 980 Ti on the board. Each device is made of anodized aluminium. It also has necessary cables. This version is equipped with a thunderbolt 2 connector for connecting to the computer and a Mini DisplayPort 1.2 for communicating with the monitor. You just need to install the latest drivers to fully enjoy external graphics card. The device automatically turns on when plugging to the computer port and turns off when unplugging the cable.

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    Version: bull.box 1.3 GTX980 Ti(*)

    You will receive a bull.box in the version with Nvidia GTX 980 Ti on the board. Each device is made of anodized aluminium. It also has necessary cables. This version is equipped with a thunderbolt 3 / USB Type-C connector for connecting to the computer and a Mini DisplayPort 1.3 for communicating with the monitor. You just need to install the latest drivers to fully enjoy external graphics card. The device automatically turns on when plugging to the computer port and turns off when unplugging the cable.

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    Version: bull.box 1.3 GTX980 Ti(*) - golden edition.

    You will receive a bull.box in the version with Nvidia GTX 980 on the board. Additionally, the device will be plated with 24-carat gold. Each device will receive a special serial number from 1 to 5. It’s a great collector's item. This version is equipped with a thunderbolt 3 connector for connecting to the computer and a mini displayport 1.2 for communicating with the monitor. You just need to install the latest drivers to fully enjoy external graphics card. The device automatically turns on when plugging to the computer port and turns off when unplugging the cable.

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    Lifetime update.

    If you decide to get this prize, we will give you the latest version of the device that the company will ever create. Starting from 1.2 and 1.3 model with GTX 980Ti cards. In the future, we’re planning to produce three more devices. What’s more, we add a lifetime service and label the device as a version for Super Geek.

    Start by bull.box 1.2 version.

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