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By Lauren Elliott
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Thanks for checking out our project. With your help we can realize our vision of delivering the first stand alone video phone that's so easy anyone 6-86 can use it.

It all started when... I was setting up my mom and my daughter on Skype so we could do free calls and see each other on the computer. I’m the tech guy in the family, so I made sure the software was installed, the video and sound were working, and the icon was visible—so it was easy to just click and call. I found, for numerous reasons, it just never worked out.

My mom always had some issue—the video would freeze, a message box would appear, or she’d unknowingly hangup—then she’d call me. Ironically, we’d end up on the phone trying to get a video call going.

And the video calls to my daughter ended when my granddaughter threw up on the keyboard of her laptop.

UfoneI thought, “There's got to be a better way.” And over the last year-and-a-half, I’ve worked on a design to make a stand-alone video phone that has smooth video and is brain dead simple to use right out of the box. It's called Ufone. And I need your help to bring this design into production.

One Touch ConnectUfone was designed for one-touch instant connect. Tap the screen, and it wakes up. Tap the picture of your mom (or sister, brother…) and there she is in her kitchen making dinner. Video and audio are high quality so conversations are natural. It's connected 24/7, resting in sleep mode when no one is calling. So calls can be as short as a quick tap to say hello as you pass by, or a nice long chat over a cup of coffee. It runs on your home WiFi network so you get free worldwide calling with no monthly bills or contracts.

PortableThe design was inspired by small barbells. You can easily grab it by the middle and set it on the floor in front of the baby for a quick hi Grandma!, then grab it and head out to the porch. Ufone is ruggedized to handle sticky fingers, baby drool and kitchen splashes. Turn it to portrait or landscape and the camera adjusts. The base has a solid stable feel and includes high quality speakers that project from behind the screen.

Works with Cell Phones, Skype, GoogleTalkWith the free Ufone Mobile app you will be able to make live video calls while you're out, so you can check on your parents, monitor your home, even send photos from your phone to other Ufone users. College kids or family members living abroad can call Ufone using Skype, Google or their smartphone.


Some SpecsUfone has an 8” touchscreen, 5 megapixel video camera, real -time video encode and decode, high quality noise cancelling microphone, WiFi, with up to 6 hours of battery life. It’s ruggedized, water resistant and at around 2 lbs, it’s portable. The chipset we’re using processes video “in hardware” for improved performance in video quality and battery life.

And this is just the beginning.
With built in Bluetooth and WiFi we have great plans for add-ons that extend Ufone. Things like mobile apps for remote home monitoring, elder care options like blood pressure readings and an array of cloud-based services.

So here’s where you come in.We are targeting to ship Ufone in Apr/May. Five of us spent over a year working out the technical details, writing software, and refining the design, in our own time. It’s been a blast, and we hope you are as inspired and excited as we are. We need your help bringing ufone into production. Your contribution of $250 essentially pre-orders a Ufone from the very first production run. And only the very first production run will have an artist edition version, with a stunning graphic element from a commissioned artist.

Whether you contribute $1 or buy three, please help us spread the word and share with your friends and family.

Thank you.

Thank you!

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    Fan Club. Want to contribute but not quite ready to pre-order your ufone video phone? You can still help make this project a reality. For your generous support you’ll receive a ufone t-shirt and much appreciation.

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    Be First! You are pre-ordering a Ufone video phone and will be among the first to receive a shipping unit (you and the press). Only the first production run will have a one-time limited edition artist design. Spread the word so your friends and family can connect with you too. Ufone talks with other Ufones, cell phones and Skype users. For shipping within the US please add $10, for Canada add $15, for international add $20.

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    The Duo. One for me, one for you. You are essentially pre-ordering two units of the one-time limited edition artist design and each unit will come with a Ufone t-shirt. These can be shipped to any two addresses so you are ready to connect right out of the box. You will also be recognized on our website and in product documentation. For shipping within the US please add $10 per unit, for Canada add $15 per unit, for international add $20 per unit.

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    FamilyPak. Your Mom will love you forever. Get 3 artist edition ufone video phones sent to three people of your choice. Each unit comes with a Ufone t-shirt and an accessory. Your birthday shopping is done! You will be recognized on our website and in product documentation. For shipping within the US please add $10 per unit, for Canada add $15 per unit, for international add $20 per unit.

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    Winery Launch Party. Let the good times roll… In addition to the Family Pak, we’ll fly you and a guest to California for our launch party at my brother’s winery. It’s sure to be a good time for friends and family. You will also be featured on our website and recognized in product documentation. Flights within the continental US only.

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