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705
backers
7days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, July 30 2019 6:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Dabby is a radically new home entertainment device that brings a revolutionary way of consuming entertainment with a beautiful voice controlled device paired with a dongle, thereby obsoleting all your streaming devices, remotes and smart speakers.


It uses its proprietary content AI engine to let users instantly search and play ANY CONTENT on TV using a simple voice command. 

Dabby makes consuming content easier and simpler. No app downloads needed, no need to know the sources where the content may be available. Simply tell Dabby what you would like to watch and it will be instantly streamed to your TV.

Dabby can play anything — contents from thousands of free sources like YouTube, VUDU, TubiTV etc, paid sources like Netflix, HBO etc, social media sources like Instagram, Twitch etc and even your cable subscriptions like XFinity, Sling etc — instantly on your TV with a simple voice command.


It also makes controlling your TV so easy - with VOICE or TOUCH

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  • Flicking content from Dabby to TV
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Dabby is portable & can transition from one room to the other. It can even control different contents on TVs in different rooms!

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With Dabby, you can move around your house and the content will follow you seamlessly from TV to TV. You don’t have to go through the hassle of opening a specific app that you were using to watch a show. 


And then there is the second screen experience.

Read more about this later on our campaign page.
Read more about this later on our campaign page.

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Dabby searches across a wide variety of content on the web using its proprietary content AI engine that has been trained to identify sources related to entertainment. Users can watch any content from 

  •  paid sources like Netflix, Hulu etc (simply connect your credentials), 
  •  free sources like Youtube, Vudu, Vimeo, TubiTV etc, and 
  •  social media sources like Instagram, Twitch, TikTok etc. 
  • it can even find Indie content sources like patriots.com, therams.com and 1000s of other video websites. 

It will always find the best available options for what you want to watch.


Dabby also supports advanced deep search for content. For example, you could say:


"Hey Dabby, play the scene from a Few Good Men where Jack Nicholson says, 'You cannot handle the truth" 


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We have also included a host of other amazing features to completely change the way you use your TV. 


There are 3 main problems that we are trying to solve. 



Dabby clears clutter around the TV. 



And finds the right thing to watch without downloading any apps.

Watch Dabby in action against the FireTV - turn your sound on to experience the demo.

  *This is a previous Dabby prototype that has a different camera than the new version. 




It goes far beyond what the other devices on the market currently do and support.

  •  *Content limited to apps built for streaming device 
  • **Example: “Play the clip from Avengers where Thanos snaps his fingers”

“Dabby, play the scene from Infinity War where Thanos snaps his fingers”   

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Have you always struggled to remember the exact episode of a show you want to watch or the specific scene of a movie? With Dabby's unique deep search technology you can now easily find the exact episode or scene based on a description of what you remember. 



What if you don't know what to watch?

We understand that you don't always know what you want to watch. 

In this case, you can say for example "Dabby, play a horror movie". The deep search engine will find the relevant sources for the horror movies and the ranking algorithm will use the user taste profile, viewing habits and the user subscriptions to rank the sources accordingly. 

For example, if the user likes old movies, and if they watch more of Jack Nicholson movies, and if they have Netflix subscription, then the ranking algorithm will potentially rank ‘The Shining’ (or similar movies) to the top while the other movies will be presented as options on the second screen.

We also made sure it was really easy to use the Dabby touchscreen to browse through different movie genres and shows to find what you want to watch. The interface will allow you to add movies to your watchlist, see the most popular movies and will also recommend content based on what you have previously watched.  



“Dabby, invite Ethan to watch Stranger Things” 


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You can now watch shows together with your friends & family who live elsewhere in the world while on video call via Dabby. Experience the shows as if you are in the same room. 

Need to grab a drink but don’t want to miss the gripping scene you are watching? Simply ask Dabby to pause the show and it will simultaneously pause the content on both TVs at exactly the same time, so you keep in sync and don’t miss a thing. 

You can also listen to music together and share your holiday pictures with your friends & family. 



“Dabby, play my Instagram video feed” 

Dabby has the capability to play videos from Instagram, Twitch and Facebook. It will immediately play the videos you have asked for on TV while displaying the comments for each of the Instagram videos on Dabby display. (should we mention the accounts need to be connected? Also would Twitch be better example for this maybe due to demographics?)



Video Assistant

You can say, “Dabby, tell me more about San Francisco”, and Dabby will show you places to check out in San Francisco and will play a tourist video on TV. You can browse tourist activities on the touch display and buy tickets. 



"Dabby, play Jazz music that has a saxophone in it"

Dabby can also deep search for music, as well as podcasts. Dabby Touch will then display the video content or you can stream it to your TV. This can also be done while doing video chat.



Scrubbing content 

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Dabby has its proprietary technology called “Instant Seek” to scrub the video on TV easily and accurately. You can scrub on the player shown on your touch display similar to how you would scrub a video on your mobile app and it will automatically scrub on your TV.



Flicking forward for a film

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Dabby Touch brings a whole other dimension to watching & enjoying TV. 

The second screen can:

 Show the scores, stats, highlights, etc. while watching a basketball game on TV. 

Show user comments so you can keep up with the comments while watching Instagram or Twitch videos on TV.

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and many more dual-screen experiences...



Dabby is portable & can transition from one room to the other 

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With Dabby, you can move around your house and the content will follow you seamlessly from TV to TV. You don’t have to go through the hassle of opening a specific app that you were using to watch a show. 

For example, you could be watching a movie in your living room and when you are ready to move to your bedroom, you can simply ask Dabby to pause in your living room and ask Dabby to resume playing in your bedroom. Or even better simply take Dabby with you and the content will move from TV to Dabby to TV again using our proximity sensors.



Different content in different rooms

With one Dabby and multiple dongles you can have Dabby play different content on each TV in the house. You can play kids channels in the living room while you watch a movie in the bedroom just by telling Dabby what to play and in which room. 



Portable standalone device 

Dabby can be used as a standalone device to watch content. Simply, let Dabby know to play the content on the Dabby screen and you can watch anywhere in the house and outside.



Watch the testimonials from our NYC live demo event. 




HD video & audio chat

You can do video chat with anyone and even with someone that is not in front of Dabby but using their mobile app. You can call anyone with a phone number or direct to Dabby.



Your new Sous-chef 

You can ask “Dabby, show me how to make chicken pot pie", and Dabby will play the cooking video on TV while showing the step by step recipes and instructions on the touch display. You can also choose to buy those ingredients through Dabby. 



Digital photo frame

Upload your photos to Dabby and display your favorite memories on Dabby!



We first started with building the software, this is when we created Dabkick 4 years ago. This set us off for the natural progression into hardware, which is where Dabby comes in. 


Dabby is a portable wireless touchscreen home entertainment device. It has a 7" HD screen, 32GB storage and has a battery life of 12 hours from being fully charged. 

Dabby has the following proprietary technologies

  • Content AI engine
  • Deep Search Engine
  • Personalized media ranking engine
  • Deep Media Extractor
  • Media Indexer
  • Hybrid Payments Platform
  • Custom Video Playback
  • Dabby Touch and Dabby Dongle have a custom operating system and a custom browser

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We consider ourselves very lucky to have been joined by some amazing people from the industry all equipped with invaluable experience that together makes Dabby so exciting. 


More info about our executive team:


Serial entrepreneur with a successful exit before founding DabKick. Prior to founding startups, he was a senior research engineer working with companies like Oracle, HP and Sun Microsystems.

Experience before DabKick:

  • - Founder, Snapstick (acquired by Rovi for $35M in 2 years)
  • - Senior Research Engineer, Oracle
  • - Senior Research Engineer, HP
  • - Research Engineer, Sun Microsystems

Highly accomplished technology executive. At Amazon, he led the team that brought products like FireTV, Echo Show, Echo Look and at Apple, he led the team that brought graphics to Macintosh. He worked closely with influential leaders like Steve Jobs, John Rubinstein, Tony Fadell.

Experience before DabKick:

  • - VP of Computer Vision Products, Amazon/Lab126 for 7 years
  • - VP of Graphics, Audio and Video for Mac, Apple for 14 years

Seasoned executive specialized in sales and business development for around 30 years in the industry. Prior to DabKick, he worked with top companies that built semiconductors, WiFi chips, VR and AR products, Computer Vision products. 

Experience before DabKick

  • - VP of North American Sales, Aquantia
  • - VP of Business Development, Qualcomm
  • - VP of American Sales, PrimeSense (acquired by Apple)
  • - VP of Sales, Marvell Semiconductors

Stanford trained Product Designer with diverse design and manufacturing experience including Medical Device Design, Toy Design, Consumer Electronics. As a Design Engineer Rakmun was responsible for the budgeting, sculpting, safety, function and prototypes for 30% of the Burger King Kid's Meal toys, shipping over 8,000,000 units per year. He went on to broadened to attain a Master's Degree in Industrial Design while continuing to build his professional portfolio with internships and freelance work for several organizations including NASA and Hallmark. Following his master's work, Rakmun developed Industrial Design, UI/UX, branding and pitch videos for wearable products at Read/Write Labs. 

  • Designer in Residence, ReadWrite Labs
  • Design Engineer, Equity Marketing
  • R&D Engineer, Applied Medical

Gopal is an engineer and an entrepreneur with a passion for innovation. In his previous job, he has led a team in creating award-winning consumer products. Gopal brings extensive Engineering R&D and leadership experience, including over 15 years at Xerox and Xerox/PARC.

Experience before DabKick:

  • Co-Founder and CEO, ThinkOptics, Inc.
  • Engineering and R&D leadership roles (Xerox and Xerox/PARC)
  • Business Development roles (Rackable Systems, Inc., Compaq - now HP - Systems Research Center)

We have also had some great external support along the journey: 


This project is also promoted by Jellop, the ad tech power behind the best Kickstarters with 650+ successful Kickstarter projects with over $300MM raised between them.
 

Check out our Founder, Balaji and our Senior Product Designer, Rakmun, showing you all the  features we have spoken about in our campaign page.   


Look how far we have come... 

The first sketches


Our first ideas about the shape of Dabby


One of the first "boxy" demo units in action


Next iteration


And another one - this one had a retractable camera! But we realized it won't be do-able in time, but maybe in version two...


Our VP of Product, Max, holding the most recent Dabby demo unit that you see across the campaign page


Parts of a newer demo unit

More details on how it works?

  • When a user issues a command, say, ‘Dabby, play the final moments of NBA finals last game’, the Dabby touch will hand off the transcribed text to the content AI engine (in the cloud) that will break it down to understand what category of entertainment the user is looking for. Once the category is identified, the AI engine will further analyse the intent and the classification by working tightly with the Media Indexer. As a result, the content AI engine will create 20 to 25 parameters on an average for any given query and hands this off to the Deep Search Engine.                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    • The deep search engine will then use those parameters to find the relevant content sources. Once the content sources are identified, the search engine will then hand it off to the ‘media ranking engine’. The ranking algorithm will use the taste profile that was created for each user, viewing habits, and the user subscriptions and sort the sources accordingly to make it more personalized.
    • Once the sources are ranked, the content AI engine sends them back to Dabby touch. Dabby touch will then inform Dabby dongle to play them directly from their websites. Dabby dongle will use the custom video playback engine to fetch the source and play the videos in full screen seamlessly.


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Risks and challenges

Dabby has already gone through many prototype iterations in the past 3 years and is currently in the advanced stage of development. We developed our software before we moved onto the hardware so we are confident the software is ready to perform and support the features described in our project. Additionally, with the vast hardware experience on our team (see Team section), we have already been able to secure a manufacturing partner depending on achieving our Kickstarter goal. We have also been able to source all the components of the final product, so we are confident in the goals and objectives that we have set forth in our timeline.

We are aware that unexpected events do happen and of the challenges posed at this stage, especially in the hardware space. Having worked on projects at this level previously we are confident we are up to the task and will do our best to minimize any risks that we can foresee (Testing and validation delays, quality control delays, etc.).

We are also in the process of onboarding a specialist customer support team that will be in-charge for handling backer enquiries from when the project finishes until all deliveries are completed. In the unlikely event that we do need to move delivery dates from those mentioned on our Kickstarter page, we will make it our mission to communicate honestly and timely with all the backers on the following channels below, to ensure you are well informed: Kickstarter updates, Social media updates, Dabby Facebook Group, Email to backers.

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