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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 23 2014
Last updated July 15, 2014

Capsules.io - a new digital dimension. (Canceled)

The location-based platform for fusing our web with the physical world. #capsulesio

Capsules.io - a new digital dimension. (Canceled)

The location-based platform for fusing our web with the physical world. #capsulesio

$11,297
pledged of $60,000pledged of $60,000 goal
97
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 23 2014
Last updated July 15, 2014

About

Capsules.io is a social platform that provides its users the freedom to augment the world around them using virtual containers called capsules.  They can be dropped at any location and are accessible to anyone in proximity.

Share. Explore. Discover.

Share: Capsules are social.  Create fun and personal location-based experiences for your family and friends.  Leave capsules for them in places you know they will visit.

Explore: Capsules are out there waiting to be found. The more you move around, the more capsules you will find. 

Discover: Experience the personal joy of finding a capsule.  See what your friends have left you, what capsules did they drop?  What's inside?

Personal Capsules

Drop a capsule in a place you know a friend or family member will visit. Let them experience the unique joy of discovering your note at a later time, just by being there.

 

Time Capsules

Create virtual time capsules, where your friends can add and share digital content like pictures, videos, and messages, and preserve it there.

Multimedia Capsules

Stash multimedia virtually in the physical world. The entire planet becomes your canvas. Leave creative content all over the place. Share your art, voice, free expression - directly in the places you care about.

Community Capsules

Landmarks, public venues, and businesses can all be enhanced with the information that matters.

How do I find them?

Your portal to the Capsules.io dimension is through the mobile app's Discovery Engine. Capsules present in your immediate vicinity are shown as identifiable icons on a dynamic map display.  Simply select the capsule you are interested in to preview its info and tap again to open it.  Moving forward, our team plans to develop an intelligent filtering system to further optimize the Discovery Engine and custom-tailor the display for each users unique preferences.

Beyond actively opening the Discovery Engine, you can also configure custom notifications in the app's settings so that you will automatically find out when capsules you are looking for are nearby.  

How do I manage them?  

Capsules are organized into three categories; carrying, dropped, and starred.  

Carrying: capsules stored in your personal library awaiting to be dropped.  

Dropped: your capsules that you dropped into the Capsules.io dimension.  

Starred: capsules that you previously discovered and decided to keep watching. When you find a capsule you can star it, giving you exclusive access to it from afar. You can view its activity, comment on new items, or heart your favorite content.

Capsule Components:

Identity: each capsule is identified by a customized capsule avatar. Our avatar builder allows the user to color the individual parts to create their unique capsule.

This configuration wizard is still in early stages, but our team is actively working on even more ways for users to visually customize their creations.

Shield: When opening a capsule the first thing you are presented with is its shield display.  On this screen you get a quick preview of the capsules statistics, a cover image selected by the creator, any badges the capsule has been awarded, access to the comments section, and a toggle to star the capsule to your library.

Descriptors: Capsules have a dedicated page to include textual information and tags.  Provide contact info, descriptions about your capsules content, or directions for how others can contribute to it.

Utilize tags to further distinguish your capsules - providing others a simple way to find them.  Users can configure the Discovery Engine to only show capsules that meet a certain search criteria or set of tags. 

Extensions: Beyond a capsules core function to store content at GPS locations, you can also add extensions to alter their behavior and capabilities. Some examples include:

These extensions will allow users to implement capsules in unique ways, and effectively stretch the possibilities of their use. The examples above are just the beginning – our flexible framework is built in a manner that enables us to rapidly integrate new extensions. Our team will actively listen to community feedback and work to develop new extensions that users request. Those in the Pilot program will get an exclusive opportunity to help us sculpt the service - being first in line to provide feedback and request new extensions/features. 

Content: Capsules can function as both versatile storage vessels for housing any type of digital content, or as sandbox environments for special applications.  

You can add pictures, messages, documents, music and videos directly from your device or from the web.  Additionally you can run web applications from within a capsule. The Capsules.io team is acitvely working on advancing sandbox capabilities, to extend the possibilites of what can run inside them.  

Rewards

Pilot Program: users in the pilot program will get access to a special pre-market version of our app, exploring and contributing to the frontier of capsule use.  Control your virtual world, fuse any location with the web, and be first in line to drop capsules in your favorite places. This pre-market release will come equipped with fully integrated feedback channels for directly messaging our development team, allowing you to help us sculpt the service and the future of Capsules.io.

User Badges: depending on your backer level, your profile in the app will display the corresponding official backer-badges.  Choose to display your badges publicly so that when anyone visits your profile they will see that you were a Kickstarter backer!

Stickers:  stick these cool custom kiss-cut capsule stickers on your laptop, backpack, notebook, or whatever you like.  You could even use them as public markers to indicate to others that capsules are nearby.  Tweet us pics of where you stick them for a chance to win extra swag!

Drawstring Bag: Wear this custom designed drawstring bag whenever you need something light weight and also super cool looking.

T-Shirts & Hoodies: Show you're proud to have supported the Capsules.io project by rocking one of our custom designed t-shirts or hoodies.  Available in S, M, L, XL, & XXL, unisex, so girls should pick one size smaller.  We will contact you when your rewards are ready to ask you for your selection, and your choice for t-shirt OR hoodie (if your backer level requires this).

3D-Printed Capsule: Attach it to your keychain, or keep it on your desk - our 3D-printed capsules are really cool to look at and even more fun to play with.  The inner orb is free to roll-about on the inside, making it fun to wobble around in your hand or toss up and down.  The design is super durable, and shows the full detail of our logo in 3D glory. Available in black, blue, red or pink!  We will contact you when your rewards are ready to ask you for your selection.

Flash Drive: custom Capsules.io 32GB swivel drive with key-chain-loop.

Timeline

Our team is ready to go:

Kickstart Capsules.io!

We have have worked day-and-night on this project with all our effort and heart.  A working prototype has been successfully developed and we have established a concrete foundation to build upon.

At this stage we know exactly what still needs to be done, and how to do go about doing it, but what we need now - is you!  Support and encouragement from backers is what will launch this project from prototype to reality.

Please back this project so we can bring Capsules.io to life. Thank you!

Future Ambitions

This campaigns target goal is just the beginning, if additional funding allows it we plan to branch out to other sectors beyond the mobile app sphere such as augmented reality, wearable tech, and administrative web-interfaces. Emerging technologies such as Google Glass, Android Wear, and project Tango could suit the Capsules.io platform very well; and could easily stretch the service towards other uses like gaming and virtual realms.

Our development efforts for this campaign are focused on optimizing the core service and features for the mobile app, however we will also work in parallel - whenever possible, to lay down the necessary groundwork and extensible codebase towards reaching the longer-term plans and goals.

Founders

William Koch, CEO

Wil is a passionate academic and innovative entrepreneur. He is actively engaged in the tech community, co-founding CT Hackerspace Inc in 2010 and frequently attending hackathons. He received his BS and MS in computer engineering specializing in machine learning and intelligent systems. He has been accepted into Boston University as a PhD candidate to join the talented and progressive BU Security Group to continue his research in cryptography and network security.  



Doug is a perceptive technology entrepreneur who is passionate about holistic software design. He received his BS in Biomedical Materials Engineering and Business Administration.  Self taught developer with firsthand experience managing a large user-base, continually improving systems, streamlining internal activities, and actively listening to community feedback. 

Mike Kobar, CTO 

Mike is our friendly code slinger and github junkie. He can vi with his eyes closed, is at home with the command-line, and ssh is his friend. He delights in database performance and loves building large-scale transaction and high performance systems. In his spare time you can find him at hackathons in the NYC/Boston area or hiking around the SouthWest.


Mo is an award-winning 3D Animator and Director. His work has been featured on Motionographer, Stash Magazine, Boards, Creativity, Post Magazine, as well as a theatrical/cinematic release for his work on Nike's Shoxploitation campaign which is now a part of the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection. In his 15 years of freelancing, Mo has been an integral part of the creative process on projects for some of NY's leading studios, including Psyop, Shilo, Buck, Stardust and Mass Market. In 2006 Mo was fortunate enough to animate 'Darkside of the Moon' for Roger Water's [lead singer/song-writer of Pink Floyd] world tour during his partnership at The String Theory (thestringtheory.tv) which he helped build and operate for a number of years.

And special thanks to Liam Dirlam.

Ethics & Privacy:

The Capsules.io team takes your privacy very seriously, our system does not log any user location data whatsoever - we track capsules, not users. Everything is stateless, the app securely queries our servers with GPS coordinates to return capsule data in your vicinity, but that original query is never saved, logged, or analyzed in any way. If a third-party were to request information about a user’s location, we would have nothing to turn over.

Your user data will never be sold or used for any advertising purposes.  

Capsule extensions allow for users to finely tune permissions and security. Creators can specify which users have access to view, open or move their capsules, and also decide who can upload-to or download from them.  

We are committed to providing a high quality product and maintaining open lines of communication about user security and privacy measures.

Risks and challenges

The main challenge we have overcome was designing and developing the Discovery Engine - the primary interface to the Capsules.io environment. It required the constant tweaking, testing, and implementation of advanced caching methods to meet our highly conservative power and network-usage standards.

Moving forward, without further funding, the success of Capsules.io is jeopardized. The projected storage costs alone is a major barrier for us to support our growth. Additionally, to achieve our aggressive development goals and to extend our service to other platforms such as iOS we need funding for additional personnel.

Your support and backing will make this project a reality! Please help us bring Capsules.io to life. Thank you!

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    GREEN CAPSULE | Pilot access +1 invite! Green backer badge for you & pilot badges for you and your invite, sticker pack, and a Capsules.io drawstring bag!

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    BRONZE CAPSULE | Pilot access +4 invites! Bronze backer badge for you & pilot badges for you and your invites, sticker pack, and a 3D-printed capsule (Available in: Black/Blue/Red/Pink).

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    SILVER CAPSULE | Pilot access +7 invites! Silver backer badge for you & pilot badges for you and your invites, sticker pack, and a hoodie! (Available in: S/M/L/XL/XXL).

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    GOLD CAPSULE | Pilot access +15 invites! Gold backer badge for you & pilot badges for you and your invites, sticker pack, 3D-printed capsule, and Capsules.io apparel! (Your CHOICE: t-shirt OR hoodie!)

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    PLATINUM CAPSULE | Pilot access +15 invites! Platinum backer badge for you & pilot badges for you and your invites, sticker pack, custom 32GB USB flash drive, and Capsules.io apparel! (Your CHOICE: t-shirt OR hoodie!)

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    DIVINE CAPSULE | Pilot access +30 invites! Divine backer badge for you & pilot badges for you and your invites, sticker pack, 3D-printed capsule, custom 32GB flash drive, and Capsules.io apparel! (Your CHOICE: t-shirt OR hoodie!)

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    CAPSULES FOUNDER FRIEND | Everything from the "Divine Capsule" level + prominent mention on this kickstarter page (w/ hyperlink).

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