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Democratically influence the music that plays around you with piq. Now, you control the music at social spaces. Read more

Boulder, CO Hardware
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Democratically influence the music that plays around you with piq. Now, you control the music at social spaces.

Boulder, CO Hardware
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About this project

At a glance: piq's Kickstarter

What is it? A tiny jukebox! Allow the people around you to choose what plays next in any social space.

Why do we need the money? Your pledges will be used to cover manufacturing and design costs, so we can deliver piq to you on schedule.

What are the ideal pledge amounts?

$99 is the ideal pledge - you get a piq box!
$99 is the ideal pledge - you get a piq box!

Backers who pledge $25 will be rewarded with a Sponsor Badge that will make every song you ever piq at any location stand out. 

You go to a party, and the music sucks.
What do you do?

piq is a jukebox for social spaces -- a tiny device that allows you and your guests to democratically influence what plays next. Everyone's a DJ with piq!

Music by the people, for the people
Music by the people, for the people


Why are you doing this?

We're obsessed with music, and there's a constant soundtrack to our lives - at work, and at play. And one day, we realized that there's a problem with music in social spaces: 

Everyone is plugged in to headphones, and lost in their own digital world. And we believe music should bring people together.

And that's when we thought -- wouldn't it be cool if anyone could pick the music that plays in a communal space? That way, the headphones come off and people are far more connected. It also empowers people to influence the mood of their space via music. 

The simple act of piq-ing a song makes people more involved, creating serendipitous conversations and brand new connections. And thus began our campaign for music democracy.

What is it exactly?

  • piq is today's jukebox - an interface between groups of people and the music around them. 
  • piq is an intelligent collector of social capital - songs that are voted up on piq play first, songs that are voted down... they play eventually. 
  • piq remembers your musical history to create radio stations based on music you like: so even if you don't feel like piq-ing songs, there's always great music.

How does it work?

See for yourself! An early piq prototype in action
It's easy to piq, and you can have our social jukebox running in three simple steps: 

  • Connect the piq box to speakers
  • Connect to your music/music services*
  • piq a song!

The Story of piq

A timeline of piq... from a Rapid Prototype to the first design concept
A timeline of piq... from a Rapid Prototype to the first design concept

piq started as a project to improve the studio ambience of BDW - a graduate school in Boulder, Colorado. The very first prototype was built with a Raspberry PI and open-source software (the production version uses a specialized board and home-grown, organic and, gluten-free software). 

First prototype! Built with a Raspberry Pi and Open Source Software
First prototype! Built with a Raspberry Pi and Open Source Software

And a few months after developing this prototype, we secured our very first sale! And yes, it did look like this:

Our first sale, housed in the very same cardboard that Amazon shipped a Raspberry PI in.
Our first sale, housed in the very same cardboard that Amazon shipped a Raspberry PI in.

"From the moment we installed piq, the office has been abuzz - people are always raving about or berating songs that play, creating a fun atmosphere. piq really brings people together"

~Robert Reich from Victors & Spoils, our first alpha customer!

piq, presenting to Boulder Newtech - a 400-member strong startup community of entrepreneurs, providers and collaborators.

We've focused on running lean and letting you, our potential users, imagine how the jukebox would work. After 20 live demos, 10 installations and over a thousand songs piq'd, our user interface began to evolve!

Evolution of the piq interface
Evolution of the piq interface

So, who are you guys?

Introducing Team piq (from Left to Right):
Introducing Team piq (from Left to Right):

Aayush Iyer - Co-Founder/CEO: With a background in advertising and a passion for Hindustani Classical music and Jazz alike, Aayush leads the marketing and business development of piq. He has been to over three parties till date.

Matt Flesher - Co-Founder/Design Lead: Matt turns knobs for a living as nationally touring artist with Robotic Pirate Monkey. He's skilled in visual design and tries to use AngularJS whenever he gets a chance.

Grant Sprunger - Co-Founder/Tech Lead: Grant comes from a little town in Ohio, and has consulted with multiple global non-profits in the past. He has experience building large-scale systems that make businesses work.

Kyle Miller - Hardware Lead: Kyle loves to solve hardware problems, and has experience with embedded systems and electrical design.

Joe Saperstein - Copywriter/Developer/Swagger: Joe keeps the piq team running - assisting in front-end development and reaching out to the community.

Technical Details

We've finalized on the hardware specifications of piq, and as you can see, are very close to nailing the final design too: we've contacted suppliers for manufacturing and assembly, and all we need are your pledges to turn piq up to eleven!

*We built the piq prototype using Spotify's libspotify package. The piq prototype will use your music files, and we're actively working on support for popular services like Rdio and Pandora(More details in the Risks and Challenges section).

And finally, since we love open-source, every pledge over a dollar {or even a Tweet} will give you instructions on how to build a basic jukebox.

Pay-with-a-tweet coming soon. Till then, consider pledging a dollar?
Pay-with-a-tweet coming soon. Till then, consider pledging a dollar?

Risks and challenges

piq wants to make your music experience simple and fun. Part of this involves working with services that you already love and use. For example, whilst building our prototype, we used libraries from Spotify since they offered a large library and the power to choose.

We love other music services too! We're actively reaching out to and seeking conversations and introductions with music providers like Rdio, Pandora, MOG and many more services. We rely on their approval to make it available. However, piq will always support your own music files as well.

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FAQ

  • Rev. 1 of piq will NOT serve as an amplifier, and the audio output is a 3.5mm audio jack.

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  • piq has WiFi and Ethernet built in.

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  • Our first jukebox was built on a Raspberry Pi with Open-Source software. We wanted people who pledge anything - a dollar, or even a Tweet to feel like they're a part of the music democracy movement. This is a start.

    We'll keep tweaking the open-source code too.

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  • We believe in piq, and hope you do too. When you choose to part with your hard-earned cash to back our idea, we want to use it to make piq as good as it can be. This means we don't want to allocate a budget making swag or anything that isn't hardware or software.

    We hope that makes sense to you, and if it doesn't feel free to send us an email!

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  • The piq prototype already works with Spotify using their freely available packages. piq's hardware and software has been designed and considered to work with any music service - however, as a young hardware company, the logistics and effort getting the attention of big music services is significant. We're actively pursuing partnerships, and will keep doing so.

    That being said, piq has been designed with this in mind, and future service/API changes or even new services will be updated to all devices - including those already installed by our users.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    $1 reward

    86 backers

    piq loves open source! We'll share code and instructions to build a basic jukebox.

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    $5 reward

    10 backers

    A unique thank you Tweet from piq... one backer a day, no matter how long it takes!

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    $10 reward

    7 backers

    A unique thank you Vine from piq... one backer a day, no matter how long it takes!

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  • You selected
    $25 reward

    7 backers

    Make your music piqs stand out, with a SPONSOR BADGE next to every song piq'd

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  • You selected
    $50 reward

    4 backers

    SPONSOR BADGE + piq together - pledge with a friend and we'll send a piq for the two of you to share, because after all piq is about community.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $89 reward

    68 backers Limited (32 left of 100)

    SPONSOR BADGE + Early Bird! Get a cool ten bucks off piq, and gratitude for being amongst our earliest customers! (International Backers - Please add $20 for shipping outside the U.S. Thanks!)

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  • You selected
    $99 reward

    19 backers

    SPONSOR BADGE + Be among the first owners of piq. Music democracy starts now! (International Backers - Please add $20 for shipping outside the U.S. Thanks!)

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $125 reward

    14 backers Limited (351 left of 365)

    ABOVE + piq + Your favourite song plays in every piq around the world, on your birthday! (International Backers - Please add $20 for shipping outside the U.S. Thanks!)

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  • You selected
    $250 reward

    5 backers Limited (45 left of 50)

    ABOVE + LIMITED EDITION piq in a gorgeous BLACK finish. (International Backers - Please add $20 for shipping outside the U.S. Thanks!)

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  • You selected
    $500 reward

    1 backer Limited (24 left of 25)

    ABOVE + LIMITED EDITION piq + FIRST AMONG EQUALS: Your first music piq of the day will play next, no matter which piq box it's added to.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $1,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    ABOVE + CUSTOM piq: The piq design team will work with you and design a unique case that screams you!

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