This project's funding goal was not reached on June 3, 2014.
About this project
Hassle-free sharing, together with friends & family
Friends and family share photos with Famatic without doing anything on the device itself; everything is managed remotely to make sharing your moments effortlessly.
- Share from Facebook or Instagram and send photos and videos into your parents' living room as soon as you share them online. Share only specific or all photos from Facebook and Instagram, you're in control.
- Send a photo via email directly to the Famatic frame.
- Privately share photos and videos with grandma through the Famatic website.
- Invite family & friends and let them share with grandma too!
Famatic speaks your language
We want to connect generations worldwide, so it only makes sense to speak your language. Right now, we support English, Spanish, French and Dutch.
Also available in white!
As announced in update #6, Famatic is also available in white! There are no different rewards for black and white. We will ask you if you want the black or white version in the survey we’ll send you at the end of the campaign.
The idea of Famatic emerged from a personal experience of Thijs Suijten, Co-Founder of Famatic.
" I take a lot of photos of my daughters and share them on Facebook. But the ones who’d love to see them the most, their grandparents, are unable to see them because they're not familiar with social media. I found myself printing photos or bringing a laptop when visiting them to show photos of their grandchildren, such a hassle. I asked myself, why isn't there an easier way to share photos with them? "
We strongly believe that technology should bring people together instead of breaking them apart. All generations should benefit from the possibilities of modern day technology.
This is why we created Famatic - to bring generations closer together.
Tested with real grandparents
We started working on a prototype and began testing it with parents and grandparents far and wide. There are now 16 prototypes already in use by grandparents and about 90 family members and friends are sharing photos with them. They are loving it!
Don't just take our word for it. See what some of our beta-users are saying about Famatic.
What makes Famatic different?
Sure, there a lot of digital photo frames on the market, even WiFi enabled ones. But Famatic is not just a photo frame, it really connects generations. It allows family and friends to easily share photos and videos but at the same time encourages grandparents to interact. Famatic is a photo frame/tablet hybrid, ready for the future. Where other photo frames end, Famatic starts.
The Famatic design process
We thought the Famatic device should be fundamentally different from classic digital photo frames. It should not be a “static” device that only allows you the see photos while standing in front of it, but it should be a device you can pick up and interact with. So we started brainstorming on what this device should look like. A touch screen and built-in battery were must-haves allowing easy interaction and portability.
Together with our Shenzhen based R&D partner, specialized in designing and manufacturing of Android based devices, we perfected a device that is both elegant and functional.
We’ve just completed product development and testing, and we are now ready for production. We need your help to manufacture the first batch, get certifications (CE/FCC) and make this truly unique product a reality!
How it works
We've developed Famatic with the future in mind and used the best components you’d expect in a high-end tablet. We decided that components like speakers and cameras should be built in from the start. This enables us to add features over time without owners having to buy a new device.
Software feature list
The pledges are divided into US and International pledges. Since we will be shipping from two locations, the US and The Netherlands, we can ship to our EU backers a lot faster. VAT (21% from The Netherlands) is included for EU backers so they will not have unexpected extra costs and will not have to deal with customs. For backers from other countries pledges include international shipping costs.
Now we need your help to get Famatic into the hands of your loved ones and cover the initial costs of the production. Support the world's first social photo frame; support Famatic. Thank you very much!
Risks and challenges
Proving our prototypes worked, and overcoming technical questions with our software and hardware were the biggest risks with this project. We have taken all the necessary steps to prepare for the various risks that come up when designing a product which combines electronic hardware and software. Before coming to Kickstarter we have completed the product development and testing.
The remaining risks we might encounter concern CE/FCC certification, logistics and unexpected delays in the manufacturing process. We are confident that we will be able to follow our timeline and begin shipping on schedule.
The basic pledge amounts are the same but because International rewards include international shipping and VAT for EU countries these amounts are higher. We don’t want you to be confronted with added costs once we ship.
It's only possible to pledge once on a single Kickstarter account. If you pledge again on the same account, it's effectively overriding your previous pledge and reward selection. Please keep this in mind!
If you want to pledge for more than one Famatic, please multiply the pledge amount by the number of Famatics. At the end of the campaign we will contact all backers to verify the ordered amounts.
For those in the US who have no internet connection, we have something special: with our partner Karma (https://yourkarma.com/) we can offer a pay-as-you-go mobile internet hotspot (so no monthly fees!) with a special 20% discount exclusively for Famatic backers. Karma has coverage in 80+ major US cities (expanding to 300+ soon)! Simply connect your Famatic to the Karma hotspot, and you’ll be receiving photos in a jiffy. With the initial 2GB of data, your parents or grandparents can receive over 10,000 of your photos!
- We’ll send the discount coupon to all backers once the project has succeeded.
- We’re working on partnerships in other countries for similar deals.
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