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Glowdeck is a wireless charger, Bluetooth speaker, LED light system, and wifi-enabled notifications platform called Streams.
Glowdeck is a wireless charger, Bluetooth speaker, LED light system, and wifi-enabled notifications platform called Streams.
Glowdeck is a wireless charger, Bluetooth speaker, LED light system, and wifi-enabled notifications platform called Streams.
956 backers pledged $209,669 to help bring this project to life.

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Glowdeck - A companion for your smartphone.

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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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Features

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.

  • Bluetooth 4.0 FCC/CE Certified Audio Module
  • Wireless Range Up To 100 Feet (30m)
  • High-Fidelity Stereo Audio
  • Embedded Dynamic Range Microphone
  • 2x10W Class-D Amplifier
  • Cherry Glowdeck
    Cherry Glowdeck

    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.

    Glowdeck syncs with your digital life to help simplify and streamline your interactivity. Whether from your phone or from the press interface built into the device, you can move through notifications, bookmark them for later, or explore further.

    Streams will be available as a mobile app for:
    • iOS
    • Android
    • 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:

    FOR USERS

    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!).

    FOR MAKERS

    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.

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    Design Process

    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:

    Glowdeck 3D Model
    Glowdeck 3D Model
    Glowdeck App Design Work
    Glowdeck App Design Work

    Press Interface

    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.

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    Video (above): Pressing front/left/right of Glowdeck's surface triggers context-dependent actions.

    Reward Options

    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:

    Real-Wood Finishes

    Acrylic Finishes

    Production

         

    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.

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      BE A GLOWDECK SUPPORTER: You'll be signed up for exclusive updates, and we'll feature your name (unless you don't want us to) on our website as a token of our appreciation for your support.

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      *EARLY ADOPTER* GLOWDECK BETA DEVELOPER BOARD: One fully Arduino-compatible and USB-programmable Glowdeck Beta Development Board, for the Maker in you. This is the circuit board inside our Glowdeck Beta units. Ships fully assembled, and features on-board Wifi/Bluetooth 4.0, a 2x10W audio amplifier, an array of RGB LEDs, a microphone, an Arduino-compatible microcontroller, and more. Comes with the same 2.2" TFT LCD used in the Glowdeck Beta units, fully commented Arduino code, datasheets for all modules/components, and a detailed tutorial to get you up and running fast. Does not include the Glowdeck enclosure, speakers, or wireless charging apparatus (speakers and charging components can be purchased separately).

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      GLOWDECK BETA DEVELOPER BOARD: One fully Arduino-compatible and USB-programmable Glowdeck Beta Development Board, for the Maker in you. This is the circuit board inside our Glowdeck Beta units. Ships fully assembled, and features on-board Wifi/Bluetooth 4.0, a 2x10W audio amplifier, an array of RGB LEDs, a microphone, an Arduino-compatible microcontroller, and more. Comes with the same 2.2" TFT LCD used in the Glowdeck Beta units, fully commented Arduino code, datasheets for all modules/components, and a detailed tutorial to get you up and running fast. Does not include the Glowdeck enclosure, speakers, or wireless charging apparatus (speakers and charging components can be purchased separately).

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      *EARLY ADOPTER* GLOWDECK BETA - BLACK ACRYLIC EDITION: Be the first to get your hands on a limited edition Glowdeck Beta in a Black Acrylic finish. You'll also get your own Streams account and full access to the online beta portal, where you can submit feedback and download updates directly to your Glowdeck as they come out.

      Includes one power adapter, one USB cable for wired charging (and for installing software updates to Glowdeck), and a detailed product guide.

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      GLOWDECK BETA - BLACK ACRYLIC EDITION (EXTENDED EARLY BIRD): Be among the first to get your hands on a limited edition Glowdeck Beta in a Black Acrylic finish. You'll also get your own Streams account and full access to the online beta portal, where you can submit feedback and download updates directly to your Glowdeck as they come out. Includes one power adapter, one USB cable for wired charging (and for installing software updates to Glowdeck), and a detailed product guide.

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      *EARLY ADOPTER* GLOWDECK BETA - MAPLE WOOD EDITION: Be the first to get your hands on a limited edition Glowdeck Beta in a Maple Wood finish. You'll also get your own Streams account and full access to the online beta portal, where you can submit feedback and download updates directly to your Glowdeck as they come out.

      Includes one power adapter, one USB cable for wired charging (and for installing software updates to Glowdeck), and a detailed product guide.

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      *EARLY ADOPTER* GLOWDECK BETA - WALNUT WOOD EDITION: Be the first to get your hands on a limited edition Glowdeck Beta in a Walnut Wood finish. You'll also get your own Streams account and full access to the online beta portal, where you can submit feedback and download updates directly to your Glowdeck as they come out.

      Includes one power adapter, one USB cable for wired charging (and for installing software updates to Glowdeck), and a detailed product guide.

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      *EARLY ADOPTER* GLOWDECK BETA - CHERRY WOOD EDITION: Be the first to get your hands on a limited edition Glowdeck Beta in a Cherry Wood finish. You'll also get your own Streams account and full access to the online beta portal, where you can submit feedback and download updates directly to your Glowdeck as they come out.

      Includes one power adapter, one USB cable for wired charging (and for installing software updates to Glowdeck), and a detailed product guide.

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      GLOWDECK BETA - BLACK ACRYLIC EDITION: Be among the first to get your hands on a limited edition Glowdeck Beta in a Black Acrylic finish. You'll also get your own Streams account and full access to the online beta portal, where you can submit feedback and download updates directly to your Glowdeck as they come out. Includes one power adapter, one USB cable for wired charging (and for installing software updates to Glowdeck), and a detailed product guide.

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      GLOWDECK BETA - CHERRY WOOD EDITION (EXTENDED EARLY BIRD): Be among the first to get your hands on a limited edition Glowdeck Beta in a Cherry Wood finish. You'll also get your own Streams account and full access to the online beta portal, where you can submit feedback and download updates directly to your Glowdeck as they come out. Includes one power adapter, one USB cable for wired charging (and for installing software updates to Glowdeck), and a detailed product guide.

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      GLOWDECK BETA - MAPLE WOOD EDITION (EXTENDED EARLY BIRD): Be among the first to get your hands on a limited edition Glowdeck Beta in a Maple Wood finish. You'll also get your own Streams account and full access to the online beta portal, where you can submit feedback and download updates directly to your Glowdeck as they come out. Includes one power adapter, one USB cable for wired charging (and for installing software updates to Glowdeck), and a detailed product guide.

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      GLOWDECK BETA - WALNUT WOOD EDITION (EXTENDED EARLY BIRD): Be among the first to get your hands on a limited edition Glowdeck Beta in a Walnut Wood finish. You'll also get your own Streams account and full access to the online beta portal, where you can submit feedback and download updates directly to your Glowdeck as they come out. Includes one power adapter, one USB cable for wired charging (and for installing software updates to Glowdeck), and a detailed product guide.

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      GLOWDECK BETA - WALNUT WOOD EDITION: Be among the first to get your hands on a limited edition Glowdeck Beta in a Walnut Wood finish. You'll also get your own Streams account and full access to the online beta portal, where you can submit feedback and download updates directly to your Glowdeck as they come out.

      Includes one power adapter, one USB cable for wired charging (and for installing software updates to Glowdeck), and a detailed product guide.

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      GLOWDECK BETA - CHERRY WOOD EDITION: Be among the first to get your hands on a limited edition Glowdeck Beta in a Cherry Wood finish. You'll also get your own Streams account and full access to the online beta portal, where you can submit feedback and download updates directly to your Glowdeck as they come out. Includes one power adapter, one USB cable for wired charging (and for installing software updates to Glowdeck), and a detailed product guide.

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      GLOWDECK BETA - MAPLE WOOD EDITION: Be among the first to get your hands on a limited edition Glowdeck Beta in a Maple Wood finish. You'll also get your own Streams account and full access to the online beta portal, where you can submit feedback and download updates directly to your Glowdeck as they come out. Includes one power adapter, one USB cable for wired charging (and for installing software updates to Glowdeck), and a detailed product guide.

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      GLOWDECK BEDROOM & OFFICE SET: If black acrylic would look great on your night stand, but you need a wood-finish for the Glowdeck in the office, then this is the reward for you. Comes with 2 Glowdeck beta units in your choice of black acrylic and/or wood finishes (Walnut, Maple, and Cherry). You'll also get your own Streams account and full access to the online beta portal, where you can submit feedback and download updates directly to your Glowdeck as they come out.

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      GLOWDECK COLLECTOR'S EDITION: Want one of each version of Glowdeck? We know how you feel - we have Cherry on our night stand, Maple on our office desk, Walnut on the coffee table, and Black acrylic in the kitchen. For the first 10 takers, we'll make it easier to 'deck out your place.

      Get one of each version of Glowdeck Beta - Walnut, Cherry, Maple, and Black Acrylic - for $200 less than it would cost to buy all 4 individually.

      This reward is limited to the first 10 backers!

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