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A framed high-definition screen and integrated computer that hangs on your wall and brings art from the Internet into your home.
2,246 backers pledged $787,612 to help bring this project to life.

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Handcrafting a Frame for EO1

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At the launch of the Kickstarter campaign, we teamed up with Brooklyn-based woodworker Annie Raso to produce a handmade wooden frame for EO1. (The first 50 frames sold out in minutes, so we quickly went back to Annie to try and convince her to make more!) 

Annie is a super talented artist, and we’re so lucky that she agreed to be a part of the campaign. As Annie nears the end of her build, we thought it might be interesting to share a bit about how the frames are made. Learn more about Annie's process, in her own words, below!

I am a Brooklyn-based freelance artist and woodworker who was introduced to the Electric Objects team through mutual friends. I don’t normally do large-scale production work and was about to turn down this job, but I changed my mind after learning more about Electric Objects’ mission and product. This is a product that can revolutionize the way we interact with art and the internet, and they were asking me to frame it. I thought ‘a frame, with no glass or hardware? Sounds easy!’, but the process of creating custom frames for EO1 was much more complicated than I had anticipated. The journey has been exciting, nerve-wracking and a great learning experience all in one.

The challenge was to craft a frame with a moulding profile that fit like a glove on the edge of EO1. It took months of planning and design work on both sides. Building 150 wooden frames from scratch meant making a large wood purchase, so I prototyped, checked and re-checked the dimensions, materials and tolerances before jumping in.

I worked closely with Bill Cowles from Electric Objects to create the moulding profile, and together we designed a system for connecting the frame to the screen. In the end, we decided to use the magnets embedded in the screen border of the EO1 to fasten the frame to the device. We added thin steel plates to the inside of the frame, so it just snaps on and holds tight.

No hardware, knobs, straps, or messing with the components. Just pop it on or off: clean and easy.

In late March of 2015, 1,200 linear feet of custom cut black walnut moulding was delivered to my shop in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Sustainability is an important aspect of my work, and so much of the wood came from saved cut-off pieces from previous jobs from a millwork company.

Although these look like simple frames — just 4 pieces of wood joined together, building them is an incredibly complex process. All told to produce 150 frames, it took 1,200 miters (45 degree cuts), 1,800 maple corner splines (the contrasting pieces of wood in the corners), and 450 sanding passes (3 per frame). At just over 3 weeks into the build, I am finally heading into the final step, and am ready to start sanding and finishing them with satin lacquer.

Each one is unique and has interesting grain characteristics, which I hope you will enjoy as a warm compliment to your new EO1.

The team at Electric Objects was kind enough to provide me with a shell of the EO1, so I could test every single frame to make sure it fit right, as quality and functionality are my top priorities. I hope you enjoy the photos of my process — it’s been a fun journey so far, and I’m so excited to see these beautiful frames in your home!

We couldn’t be happier with the final product. For more, you can follow Annie on Instagram @annieraso to see the latest updates and photos of the frame-making process.

Get Your EO1 Stand!

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Electric Objects returns to Kickstarter!

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We're pleased to announce our return to Kickstarter. We're partnering with four talented artists — Addie Wagenknecht, Casey Reas, James George, and Lauren McCarthy — to put together an art show about you!

One pledge of just $5 gets you four works of art, each produced with your data. The show will be made available online and in your EO1 when it ships in May.

The campaign will be live for just four days, so back it now to get in!

EO1 Beta in the Wild!

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The first EO1s have left the factory, and have arrived in our Beta backers' homes! While you patiently await your EO1, we wanted to offer you a glimpse of the experience, courtesy of your fellow Beta backers.

First, the unboxing:

(Check out this fantastic video by Jono Brandel, who recorded his unboxing!)

Beta backer Tarwin Stroh-Spijer shows off one of Dina Kelberman's Nests in his apartment in California (we love this unique marble fireplace cover):

Rich Greenfield shows off his EO1 Beta from New York City:

Here's Danielle Strle's EO1 Beta, hanging in her (quite magical) home:

Chris Fralic installed his EO1 Beta in what appears to be some kind of computer history museum. We're humbled by the company of our new friends.

Our friends at Union Square Ventures showed off an original work, One by Rick Silva:

And last but not least, from Graham Hicks, EO1 Beta next to a large piece of plastic toast in a bell jar. (We got the full story from Graham via Instagram: the toast comes from the restaurant supply district in Tokyo!)

It's been so cool to get a glimpse inside of these (extremely well designed) homes — to see EO1, and the art made for it, make its way seamlessly onto the shelves and walls of over 100 Beta testers. 

Our Beta users are providing super helpful feedback, and we're working closely with them to make sure the experience is thoughtful and magical when it arrives on your doorsteps in a couple of months.

EO1 Beta was built with the same supply chain and manufacturing partners as the "production" EO1s that will ship to the rest of our Kickstarter backers. We learned a lot from this first production run, and we remain confident in our plans to kick off shipping in May.

Back next week with some exciting news... stay tuned!

Jake

p.s. For more shots of EO1 Beta in the wild, follow us on Instagram.

EO1 Beta Showcase @ Ace Hotel New York

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Thanks to everyone who came to Ace Hotel New York last week for the opening reception of EO1 Beta Showcase! It was awesome to meet more backers and to celebrate the first pieces of original work for Electric Objects.

For the launch of EO1 Beta, we organized an exhibition featuring three new series of original artwork by a fantastic group of artists including David DeSandro, Dina Kelberman and Rick Silva.

Ranging from David’s halftone portraits made with code, to Dina’s ever-so-slowly animated digital sculptures, to Rick’s high def computer generated 3D images, each series demonstrates what original art on EO1 can really do.

And this is just the beginning. We’re working closely with artists to expand software support and improve performance, and we’re building out documentation for those those of you interested in making art for EO1. Keep an eye out for these updates in the near future.

And don’t fret if you didn’t get the chance to come by for the opening reception. EO1 Beta Showcase is on view 24/7 in the lobby gallery at Ace Hotel New York for the whole month of March! If you’re in the area we hope you’ll stop by to check it out!

Cheers,

 Zoë