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$23,044
pledged of $75,000pledged of $75,000 goal
369
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 13 2014

About

We will be rebooting.  Please visit www.rocketboard.it to check us out and get notified when we relaunch.  Thanks Kickstarter!!

We love to whiteboard.  But we found ourselves looking for a simple way to whiteboard with our teams scattered around the world.  Technology solutions just got in our way.

With Rocketboard(TM), you draw on your ordinary whiteboard with dry erase markers as you normally would.  But once you open the Rocketboard app on your mobile device and point its HD camera at the whiteboard, you'll instantly stream, share and save your great ideas to teammates anywhere.

Patent Pending Computer Vision algorithms detect the whiteboard boundaries, correct perspective, optimize the whiteboard images, and removes people who are blocking the view.  The Rocketboard service provides real-time streaming, archiving, and syncing with popular services.

Want to see your ideas after you've erased your whiteboard?  Browse your Rocketboard archives.  Rocketboard makes it easy to share on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest or Enterprise Social Networks like Chatter, Jive, and Yammer.  It even syncs with your favorite services like Evernote, Dropbox, and Box.  Our backers will vote to help us decide which services we will support, in which order.

No Whiteboard?  No Problem. Works with paper too.

Just find a good place to rest your device above your table and grab a blank sheet of paper.  Here's our CTO Alex, probably writing something genius, no doubt.

A cool feature only for backers (that future users will never get).

Complete Color Control in action
Complete Color Control in action

As our backer, you're providing us with something special, and we want to give you something in return, a cool featured called "Complete Color Control"(TM).

Let's explain... All users will select from a set of standard of palettes to control the colors displayed to their audience and in saved images. Some might choose a palette of tropical colors, others choose a palette with darker hues, etc. You can imagine we might provide some palettes for free and others as an in-app purchase in the future. But you, as our backer, will forever have access to all color palettes at no cost, and create unlimited palettes of your own down to the RGB level if you like - Complete Color Control. Even match the exact colors of your company brand. For all Silver, Gold and Team Edition Backers.

Backers get exclusive functionality and an amazing deal. 

We will release Silver Edition, followed by Gold Edition, and finally Team Edition.  Users on Gold and Team editions will have access to earlier editions once they are available, and then automatically upgraded when their next edition is available.  One you are upgraded, your 1 year subscription period will reset, so you'll have a full year on your edition and enjoy the time on previous editions at no added cost.

September 2014 - Silver Edition early release for iOS only

October 2014 - Silver Edition 2nd release for iOS and Android

November 2014 - Gold Edition early release for iOS only

December 2014 - Gold Edition 2nd release for iOS and Android

March 2015 - Team Edition for iOS and Android

We've assembled a world-class team to complete the Rocketboard product with the highest quality standards.  

Joe Lemay, CEO. Working for companies like Nuance and Salesforce.com, Joe Lemay cut his teeth developing and selling large scale enterpise systems deployed for Fortune 500 companies serving millions of users. In both engineering and sales, Joe experienced the simple power of the ordinary whiteboard. "Whiteboarding engages the senses - standing up, drawing colorful visuals, even the squeak of the dry erase marker as it glides across. When a team is at the whiteboard, there's an energy that makes anything possible."  Joe holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Alexander Tsepkov, CTO. After going through Lockheed Martin's Leadership Development program, Alex noticed a definite gap between the ease of brainstorming on a whiteboard and sharing those ideas later with others. Armed with knowledge from his earlier work in signal processing and image recognition, he decided to tackle that problem. His original startup, Grafpad, aimed to turn the computer screen itself into a whiteboard, generating Visio-like diagrams in real time. To aid the development time, Alex also created RapydScript, a high-performance language that compiles to JavaScript, which has been steadily gaining popularity over the last year. Alex worked at Lockheed Martin and Athenahealth. Alex holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University and a Master's in Systems Engineering from Cornell University. Our R&D partners, Eyenov, Inc.

Rafael Bastos, Joao Fontinhas, and Rui Varela, our amazing R&D partners at Eyenov.  Eyenov is a specialized software development and hardware integration company that helps clients boost product performance with state-of-the-art algorithms, modules and tools to solve multifactorial problems.

Alec Harrison, Luke Peters and Sean Treacy, our rockstar designers and front end developers at Grafton Studio.

A huge thanks to our friends who let us take over their spaces to shoot our Kickstarter video.

Hubspot (Cambridge, MA Headquarters)

WeWork (Forte Point location in Boston)

Brooklyn Boulders Somerville (Rocketboard was born at BKBS, many long nights and weekends working and coding with regular breaks to climb and play)

And thank you to CoFoundersLab for an awesome way for CoFounders to meet.  Without you, Alex and Joe may never have joined forces to create Rocketboard.

Risks and challenges

- “Compatibility” with your device. Rocketboard’s computer vision and image enhancement algorithms work well on devices that have quality cameras with enough processing power. We have great results testing Rocketboard on the iPhone 5 and 5s and the latest iPad mini. But we found that it is important to use the rear facing camera, which is better quality than the front facing camera. Android devices with an HD quality camera quality and good processing power will work well, but we have not tested on the many Android devices in the market . If you have an older iPhone (such as the iPhone 4 or earlier), or an Android without a high definition camera, we recommend using a different device with Rocketboard.
- Ensuring a great experience across a the most challenging of conditions. Lighting conditions such as extreme glare, poor lighting and deep shadows are tricky. We are enhancing our algorithms to work well in a variety of conditions based on data from users.
- Fast Streaming at scale. It’s important that when you write on your whiteboard, your remote audience sees it instantly. To ensure a snappy, reliable service for thousands of global users, we're engineering a streaming layer with a codec that's optimized for Rocketboard images. We are deploying infrastructure across multiple hosting providers in several geographies. Moreover, we will invite new users gradually to ensure our infrastructure is ready to handle new load.
- Integration with popular services. Based on the votes and feedback of our users, we will prioritize which services we integrate with, in which order. For example, you might want your whiteboard screenshots and session recording to be saved automatically with your Evernote, Dropbox, or Box accounts. Or perhaps some users want a simple way to share on Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter directly from the app. Other users will want to share and save in their Enterprise Collaboration platform such as Salesforce Chatter or Microsoft Yammer. We can’t do everything at once, and some integrations may take longer than others. We are committed to delivering on the integrations that matter most to our user base as quickly as we can.
- intuitive User Experience. Rocketboard is not your typical mobile app with just a 2 dimensional interface. It's a true 4D collaboration experience (real-time streaming is the 4th "dimension"), and users need to be guided through a successful setup. To handle this risk, we've hired some of the most thoughtful designers in the industry. They won't say it themselves, but Alec, Luke and Sean from Grafton Studio are UX magicians. With their help, we will conduct user testing and refine the application so it is the most intuitive experience possible when you use it for the first time.

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