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NZ$ 3,665
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15
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, August 18 2015 9:36 PM UTC +00:00

About

Welcome to JUCEBOX

JUCEBOX is the only device connector that has unlimited potential to connect every device and building control system on the market in any communication protocol.

The size of a small laptop and placed near your router, JUCEBOX controls your home or business devices through your computer, smart phone or other smart device controller.

JUCEBOX is here to help you spend LESS time controlling your devices  – It’s your personal assistant that makes all your devices talk to each other and knows what you like.
JUCEBOX has an extraordinary range of intuitive scenarios already setup for easy scheduling – the only boundaries are your imagination.

Examples include:

  • Water your garden based on weather forecasts or sensors in the ground when it needs it.
  • Increase security while you’re away by making your security system talk to your lights and sound system so the house looks and sounds lived in.
  • Interact with your security system with cameras and voice activation so you can talk to people at your front door when you are miles away.
  • Wake up to your coffee machine already warmed up.
  • Have JUCEBOX wake you up if the surf report meets your specifications.
  • Arriving home or at your holiday home? Have JUCEBOX check your security system, set the house to the right temperature and open your garage door as you pull up.
  • JUCEBOX can control your social media and backup any photos added to Facebook into your Dropbox or any other requirements you have.
  • JUCEBOX can prepare your smart appliances, music and comfort before you arrive home if you’re having guests over for dinner.
  • Tell Siri a word to action your favourite setup with lights, music, and security for romance, movie or party time.
  • Customise your house and scenarios to reduce the time spent trying to control devices and spend time with your family and friends.
  • JUCEBOX can do whatever you can imagine with today’s current devices.
  • Customise different zones in your home or building.
  • Feel safe with JUCEBOX interacting with baby monitors or other smart sensors to protect the ones most precious to you.

One JUCEBOX controller can connect to everything in your home, no matter what devices you choose. JUCEBOX connects any chosen device, is future proofed, powerful and stable built to last a lifetime. 

JUCEBOX – control your world

So how does JUCEBOX work?

There are billions of devices in the world today and the majority of these communicate in one of four main device languages. In some cases ports or gateways can be bought to connect devices, but JUCEBOX eliminates the need for these, able to communicate in all main languages and providing access to an extraordinary range of devices.

Every device within a home or business can be controlled to some extent, whether just by turning it on or off, or in more elaborate ways, with sliders, selections and options. JUCEBOX is designed to identify these actions and give you unlimited control of all your devices.

JUCEBOX consolidates all building control languages and devices and centralises IoT connectivity into one Universal Device Communicator. It’s functional drag and drop GUI will consolidate hundreds of different device languages into a single user-friendly language with the JUCEBOX daemon handling all the translations in the background at phenomenal speeds. As a user, all you will need to know is simple commands such as on/off and volume up/down etc.

So JUCEBOX can talk, but what exactly can it control? 

Most people think that a smart home means all new devices, but with JUCEBOX, it is the system that is smart and devices can be integrated, no matter what the age or version. That means your home is future-proofed in a real and valuable way. 

And JUCEBOX lets you think outside the square, connecting all kinds of devices that aren’t in that usual circle of communication – the perfect device to control your Internet of Things (IoT) and automation devices in one eco-system. 

Your heat pump, security alarm, baby monitor, AV, lighting, IoT, smart devices and more can all be brought together.

Connect your irrigation system to your weather-centre, close your blinds to cool or heat your home to save energy; connect your heat-pump and lighting to your garage door controller for a warm welcome home. All are possible with JUCEBOX and a few small accessories.

Personal security can be taken to new levels with JUCEBOX; unlocking or locking doors, turning on lights, opening gates, closing blinds, or even sending text messages, email alerts and more, anything you need to make you feel safe and ready for any eventuality. 

In fact, devices that aren’t considered ‘smart’ such as light-bulbs and power-points can have a wireless controller added and controlled by the JUCEBOX also.

For businesses, monitoring data from all devices such as energy consumption, water consumption, HVAC and other variables are all possible by retrofitting using smart IoT devices and a JUCEBOX, bringing legacy systems up to the latest technology.

JUCEBOX is, in effect, a small BMS. Within a commercial building JUCEBOX will give simple and clear access to the integrator so that building owners can run their buildings more efficiently, as well as controlling the things that need to be controlled. (JUCEBOX Enterprise is in the pipeline for even larger buildings).

There are also huge B2B efficiencies to be gained by improving interoperability between devices and systems, through improved communication of information using JUCEBOX. The JUCEBOX Ecosystem is at the forefront of this coming IoT revolution.

And JUCEBOX will continue to be updated to work with new devices and new languages as they occur. Wherever something turns on, or off, and you want to control it, think JUCEBOX.

User Interface Concept Only - Look and feel may change
User Interface Concept Only - Look and feel may change

JUCEBOX Genesis

The JUCEBOX project was founded by Kiwi-German, Ulrich Frerk, an expert in home automation and friend, tech distributor Chad Carter in early 2014.

Like so many others in their field, both loved gadgets and devices but were frustrated with the limitations of the technology they worked with. 

They set out to create a solution; a universal communicator that would allow all their devices to talk to each other and would allow them to be controlled from anywhere, no matter the language, version or manufacturer.




The result was the Operating System and first operating prototype of JUCEBOX.

The JUCEBOX Operating System ('jOS') was immediately put into operation in more than 100 sites in Switzerland, Germany and New Zealand, operating on platforms including Raspberry Pi, Apple OSX devices, Intel NUC devices and 4th Generation touch panel hardware.

With various limitations in each of these hardware platforms, the team developed a dedicated high-end piece of hardware that includes every communication protocol and connectivity option available, able to cater for any new devices, languages and technologies.

Now, with both jOS and the hardware design completed and operating effectively together, all that remains is development of the Graphical User Interface (‘GUI’), to bring a fully featured JUCEBOX into the global marketplace.

Testing and Proof of concept

The video below shows JUCEBOX controlling KNX, Z-Wave, iTunes, Global Cache and Apple TV.

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The video below shows interfacing between protocols.  At the start we turn off the Philips HUE with a Z-Wave Sensor then control from KNX to iTunes at a very high speed of control. The Philips HUE changes colour when the Artists name 'Bob Marley' plays in iTunes.

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The video below shows JUCEBOX in action at TEDxWellington where we integrated with Twitter to bring an idea about Colour and emotions to life by tweeting an emotion and seeing the colour response on screen almost instantly.

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FUNDING

We will use funding in the following areas:

  • Complete product case design for manufacture; 
  • Develop Graphical User Interface (GUI) drag and drop functionality;
  • Test and certify full list of current device languages supported by JUCEBOX; 
  • Create installation macros; 
  • Complete ‘developers kit’ for site customisations for advanced users; 
  • Finalise ‘auto-discovery’ for CEC devices; 
  • JUCEBOX Cloud Service GUI development. 

Current Hardware Prototype

Specifications

  • Bluetooth 4.2 (IPV6) with on-board WiFi for future expansion;
  • Zigbee and Z-Wave custom made board with large antenna for long range and stability;
  • LoRa Wireless board for future expansion;
  • 3 IP Ports (1 Live, 2 for future features);
  • RS232 Port;
  • IR Input for remotes (Tested with Bang and Olufsen BEO1 remote - this will become active in Q3 2016);
  • Extra USB and mPCIe expansion slots for future additions or expansion;
  • Front and Rear USB;
  • NFC

Hardware Pictures

Below is the drawings on the design of the casing, Using Aluminium and Silicon and Plastic, We are making the case with 100% Recyclable material.

Functions Home/Commercial

PLAN – Want to wake up in the morning for the Surf or Snow if conditions are right? Let JUCEBOX check reports for you and if it’s looking good wake you up at 5am to your favourite energising songs. If conditions aren’t right, you can have an uninterupted sleep in!

ALERT - Set you alarm with JUCEBOX, When its time to get up, Philips HUE lights activate over 20min to wake you slowly, Turns on the Music, and your coffee machine is warm and ready to go.

LIGHTING – Control lighting in your home to alter the lighting spectrum and receive health benefits associated with the right , Light can effect how you are, your sleep and the way you work, the JUCEBOX can manage this for you helping you live life better. 

AUDIO/VISUAL – Control SONOS or other Audio/Video from a smart switch and take away the need for an mobile device or tablet.

SMART DEVICE INTEGRATION – Interface all systems together; Have the ‘Cube’ Sensor open the Window and let Oxygen in when its needed or turn on the heating or cooling to help the room be healthier and energy efficient. 

SECURITY – Are you home alone? Tell SIRI or your mobile assistant that you’re home alone and JUCEBOX can lock doors and set the external alarm so you feel safe. When you wake up, say you’re safe and the house opens and the alarm unsets.  

SCENARIOS – While driving home have your device ask if you are heading home; If yes, the JUCEBOX sets your preferred temperature, updates your security status, opens your gate when the GPS shows you within a few meters, checks your security system status and deactivates if safe, turns on the lights and play your favourite music on arrival, and update you with important emails on your TV screen.

CHOOSE LOVE – Why rely on your smartphone to sync the Watch or Fitness Band or other devices? With Bluetooth on board, save time and let these sync when you are close to the JUCEBOX, reducing the amount of time you spend interacting with your smartphone giving you more time with your family & friends . 

EFFICIENCIES – Use Bluetooth Becons to have lighting or music follow you around the building. Use your imagination anything is possible.

PERFORMANCE – Control the colour spectrum and brightness of your lighting to improve concentration and performance levels of your staff. 

ENVIRONMENT – Manage lighting more efficiently with sensors to reduce energy consumption and provide a comfortable environment for your staff. 

EFFICIENCIES – Manage HVAC more efficiently with more information available on power use you can analyse efficiencies across all your system.  

CONTROL – Connect building control and management systems with IoT Devices; Connect an Aeotec Sensor to the JUCEBOX to allow Temperature Reports to KNX and Presence Detectors to connect to the alarm.  

EXPAND – By linking legacy sysyems to JUCEBOX, expand your systems’ functionality with no limitations. 

SECURITY – Link your security systems to access control, lighting and cameras to better monior and improve security. 

MANAGE – With a few extra devices, manage information flow and reporting to better analyse data and find areas to add value to your business.

Technical Information

JUCEBOX can process thousands of commands per minute. Even over the JUCEBOX Cloud Service, synchronization over multiple JUCEBOXs happens in seconds.

JUCEBOX Operating System (‘jOS’) consolidates hundreds of different device languages into a single user-friendly language with the language daemon handling the translations between each device language in the background at a phenomenal speed directly in the jOS engine.

The Engine is designed as a Daemon
 in Unix. A daemon is a computer program that runs as a background process, rather than being under the direct control of an interactive user. Programmers of MIT coined the term after taking the name from Maxwell’s demon, a famous thermodynamic experiment that constantly works in the background, sorting molecules.‏ 

Excessive and complex protocols can be unified with our jOS engine. 
The example below explains the trick of how a Sony TV over LAN converts the dynamic volume to decimal usable scaling in order to respond with 0-100 percent from the slider. 

In this case the original HEX-String 06a0520003004A00 gets elevated and converted:

[COMMANDS]; SETVOLUME;06a052000300\#00;;{%*0.74,%*1,%HEX2} // values from 00 to 4A – shifted to jOS-values 0 – 100″

In our protocol we simply send <TV><SETVOLUME=23></TV> to set the volume to a level of 23%. Also on the other side of the 2-way communication is the mapping of the dynamic feedback back into percent values – this generates a feedback event from the daemon: <TV><VOLUME=23></TV>:

[MAPPINGS];

0206A892000300\##;VOLUME;;;{%/0.74} // values from 00 to 4A – shifted to nomos-values 0 – 100”

Our Team

 Integrators and Professionals

JUCEBOX is the perfect tool for professionals or anyone working in device integration. With JUCEBOX in your arsenal, any project will become simpler and more rewarding, providing solutions to problems you didn’t even anticipate.

With JUCEBOX you’ll be able to resolve so many of your tech issues remotely, saving a costly trip to site and improving client satisfaction.

JUCEBOX incorporates years of home and building integration experience and will be the best choice for integrators around the world.

Concept Mockup of the Cloud Interface
Concept Mockup of the Cloud Interface

 Our JUCEBOX Cloud Service, under development, will allow control and configuration of multiple sites, including KPI monitoring and suggested service and new product solutions to improve efficiency and savings for their customers. This is not required for JUCEBOX to run.

JUCEBOX already has the support of many major brands and support for all main device languages.

 JUCEBOX is set to become the trusted connector for all leading technology brands meaning that before a new product gets to market, JUCEBOX will already be speaking it’s language.

Timeline

JUCEBOX can be quickly commercialised and released into homes and businesses of the world. When successful Kickstarter funds are received the team will move into product and packaging design, for completion by the end of 2015. After Beta testing production is expected to begin in in the 1st quarter of 2016, for deliveries starting the 2nd quarter to all our backers, investors, partners and our first customers.

Goals

If we reach our Kickstarter pledge of $250K, we will release the first version of JUCEBOX as outlined.

Stretch Goals

If we reach $500K, we will release JUCEBOX Cloud Service at the same time as the JUCEBOX.

If we reach $750K, we will develop JUCEBOX Commercial Building User Interface for release at the same time as the JUCEBOX.

If we reach $1M, additional special features and products will be developed for release with JUCEBOX.

Technical Details

More technical details can be found in the FAQ, if it is not there please contact us, or post a question.

Risks and challenges

The JUCEBOX team have been developing, testing and refining the prototype now for nearly two years. It has proven to be stable and effective and it presents a world of possibilities - even beyond our own expectations. And everywhere we've taken this product, device manufacturers and integrators have taken notice and pledged to support the new commercial version of JUCEBOX, as soon as we get the funds we need to get it into production.

So our challenge is simple; to raise the money, get JUCEBOX into the marketplace and let you all utilise it to control all the devices in your world - in every way you can imagine. JUCEBOX will be first to market in this category, with an unbeatable product that becomes the leader in its field. Our difference, and our challenge, is to be the company that can work with EVERYONE; every device, every supplier.

It’s a big dream, but something we relish the challenge of, and with your support, we can achieve.

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    You get 1xJUCEBOX engraved with your name, Plus a 24-Month Subscription to the Cloud service once up and running.


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