About this project
TO OUR BACKERS:Thank you for believing in this product as much as we do. Your support is the reason this story gets another chapter. We can't wait to share our work with you. --Team PLSCO
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We are now accepting pre-orders for Glowdeck (slated to ship in December) on our website.
By combining a Qi-standard* wireless charging surface and a USB port for wired charging, Glowdeck makes the charging experience as flexible and convenient as possible.
Glowdeck is the first Qi wireless charger that actually knows your phone's precise charge level.
What makes Glowdeck unique is the way its various elements work together, giving each individual feature capabilities that would not be possible on their own.
In most cases, Qi charging pads continuously transmit power to the phone they're charging, even after the phone is topped-off. This can deplete the lifespan of your phone's battery.
Glowdeck solves that problem.
So long as your phone is connected to Glowdeck via Bluetooth, Glowdeck is able to poll your phone's charge level directly and disable the charging surface automatically when your phone reaches 100%.
By combining the data capabilities of Bluetooth 4.0 with the convenience of a wireless charging surface, Glowdeck raises the bar for what you will come to expect from the wireless charging experience.
I have a [insert phone]. Will I be able to charge it wirelessly on Glowdeck's surface?
Some phones are ready to charge wirelessly out of the box, while others require a Qi accessory to enable wireless charging.*
Stretch Goal #1: You can now add a Qi-receiver (for iPhone 5/5S/5C and Galaxy S3/S4/S5 to your reward by increasing your pledge level by $9 per receiver you want (click here for instructions on increasing your pledge). Check out Update #9 for more details on our under-the-case Qi-receivers.
*Visit the FAQ at the bottom of this page for information on Qi compatibility with your smartphone.
A pair of high-quality stereo speakers, an embedded noise-canceling microphone, and a state of the art Bluetooth module combine to bring you the best Bluetooth experience currently available.
Glowdeck's unique LED light system keeps you informed of incoming and missed events, such as calls, texts, email, and more.
The lights also sync to your music to perform a dynamic light show in real time.
Streams is a brand new notifications platform. A "Stream" can be any kind of event, alert, update, or notification that occurs in the digital world.
Enable the Streams you want to see using our mobile app:
The interface allows you to subscribe to different media and interact with each in the same place. Check your messages, get news alerts, see updates from your Twitter feed - all in a single Stream.
When Streams detects something new, it prints general information about the event on Glowdeck's display and adds the event to your log in the app. And if you have light notifications enabled for that type of event, Glowdeck will perform the appropriate light routine.
- Windows Phone
Control Glowdeck With Your Phone
The Beta Program
This campaign is about getting and responding to feedback from real users. Once we succeeded in getting all of Glowdeck's physical hardware in working order, our focus shifted to Streams (the software side of this product). We want to know what you do and don't like about our new notifications platform.
As a backer, you will have access to our beta portal, where you can post comments and questions and interact with the rest of the beta community. We will be actively engaged on the beta portal, and you will receive periodic software updates in which we try to address the comments we've received.
The beta has something for everyone:
If you like being the first to get your hands on a new product, you've come to the right place. Your support helps us move forward with product development. We would love to get your feedback once you've had a chance to try out your new Glowdeck, but participation in the beta portal is up to you (and we will be grateful that you backed us either way!).
If not for the existence of a vibrant and supportive maker community, Glowdeck might never have moved from a sketch to a fully functioning product. It seemed only fitting to give something back to the community that made it possible to reach this point so quickly.
So, we decided to make the hardware inside Glowdeck open-source, and offer a development board (or "dev board") to hobbyists and professional coders alike.
The dev board is Arduino compatible and USB-programmable. We will encourage makers to have fun experimenting with the dev board, and to post their sketches in our forum.
Glowdeck aims to be a simple device that helps reduce the complexity in people's lives. The exterior casing minimizes superfluous elements by reducing the interface to a color LCD, coupled with two high quality speakers. The simplicity of the floating box allows for light to shine down and reflect off your table top surface, creating a calming glow to notify you of any new alerts. The rear of the case has the power button, the power jack, and a USB port for connected charging, should you wish to use it.
To achieve our vision, we created countless models, prototypes, and circuits over the past year. Here's a glimpse into our design process:
To achieve the simple interface we wanted, we integrated press functions into the case itself, making all of Glowdeck a sort of button. Use the press interface to interact with your Streams, activate the voice assistant, make/take a call, play music, adjust volume, and more.
Video (above): Pressing front/left/right of Glowdeck's surface triggers context-dependent actions.
To bring technology and furniture together, we designed Glowdeck to fit seamlessly into your living and working spaces. The wood finishes that wrap Glowdeck's high-tech capabilities make it a soothing and aesthetically pleasing table-top accessory. Glowdeck comes in four different finishes to appeal to your taste and fit into your environment:
Risks and challenges
We have expertly designed printed circuit boards in hand. We have sourced parts and materials for the electronics and enclosures. All that remains to be done on the physical product side is tweaking the speaker cabinets to maximize sound quality/loudness. And on the software side, we will be getting the mobile apps ready for submission to their respective app stores so they are available to download when the beta units ship.
We estimate delivery of all beta units by August because we genuinely believe that we will be able to meet that mark. We promise that we will be transparent with all of our backers throughout the production process, and will do everything possible to ensure that you receive your rewards on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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