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A beautiful touch-screen, Wi-Fi connected digital frame that lets you email photos into your loved one's home in seconds.
A beautiful touch-screen, Wi-Fi connected digital frame that lets you email photos into your loved one's home in seconds.
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Skylight: Beam Photos To A Frame In Your Loved One's Home

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MAGICALLY SEND PHOTOS INTO YOUR LOVED ONE'S HOME

Skylight is a beautiful touch-screen, Wi-Fi connected photo frame that lets you email photos from your phone or computer directly onto your loved one's Skylight - from anywhere in the world!

How It Works: Three Easy Steps

1. Connect your Skylight to a power source and it automatically powers up

2. Our simple touch-screen UI lets you connect to Wi-Fi in <60 seconds

3. Send pictures to your Skylight's dedicated email address, and they arrive in <60 seconds

Skylight's Features: Designed To Delight

  • Effortless set up. Skylight sets up out of the box in 1-2 minutes. It automatically detects available wi-fi networks, and the touch screen lets you connect to one easily.
  • Just email photos to Skylight. Each Skylight has a dedicated email address, and you can send it photos in batches as email attachments from your phone or computer.
  • Touch screen functionality. Our touch screen UI makes it effortless to swipe through photos, delete photos, and freeze the frame on a favorite photo.
  • Everyone in the family can send to one Skylight. For example, Grandma could get photos from all her grandkids.
  • You can send photos to multiple Skylights at once. For example, if you give a Skylight to Mom and Grandma, you can send photos at the same time to both devices.
  • New photos notification. A clear notification makes it really easy for the Skylight owner to see when new photos have arrived. They can tap the notification to see the new photos.
  • "Heart" button to thank the sender. If your loved one wants to tell you they really liked a certain photo, they can just tap the heart button and Skylight sends an email to you letting you know.
  • Automatically get new future features. Skylight software will improve over time, and every time we add something cool like video or text-on-photo, you'll get that feature too.

A great gift for loved ones

Treasured photos used to have a special place in our homes. But these days, with all the photos we share over Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, etc, the really special family photos get lost in the fray.

Digital frames tried to solve this, but have always come up short. They're complicated to use, and what's worse, no one ever updates them since they require a USB or memory card to add photos. The photos you want to share are on your phone or laptop, not a USB.

We wanted to create an affordable, beautiful device that would make it effortless for us to surprise our loved ones with photos. Enter Skylight: it sets up effortlessly, lets you send photos from phone or computer in seconds, and photos arrive in <60 seconds.

Product Specs

Plug & Play: Skylight is perfect for parents and grandparents who just want a frame that works without any hassle. After you turn it on, it automatically detects available wi-fi networks, and the touch screen makes it easy to connect to the one of your choice. From there, Skylight will display any photos you send to it in a chronological slideshow.

As soon as photos are added to Skylight, they are automatically resized to fit in the 7-inch high quality display. The LED screen will present your best shots in a 1.7:1 aspect ratio and photos will be rotated to their proper orientation automatically.

Specifications:

  • Display size: 7-inches (17.8 cm) 
  • Display type/backlight: LED
  • Display resolution: 1024x600
  • Aspect ratio: 1.7:1
  • Image file format: JPEG, JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF
  • Transition Time: 8 seconds
  • Time from E-mail to Frame: <60 seconds

Package Contents:

  • Skylight Digital Photo Frame & attached power cord
  • Getting Started Guide

Our Story & Timeline

It's been an incredibly rewarding journey for our team. We met as graduate students at Harvard, and had a simple wish: to create a new way to share photos with our loved ones. Many months later, we've turned that idea into a product! Along the way, we built dozens of prototypes in our dorm rooms, had hundreds of customer conversations, and poured our hearts into this project. Now we are ready to take it to the next level, and need your help to start large-scale manufacturing and share Skylight with the world!

Our friends who tried the alpha units liked them, and gave us great feedback. After we upgraded the hardware and software experience, our beta testers absolutely loved the new product! Here are some testimonials from our earliest testers:

I am actually so excited for Skylight - what an incredibly cool product! My whole family lives outside of the US so I've never been able to share things with them as much as I've wanted- and now I'm really excited to.
- Michelle Cho

Skylight is literally the most exciting present idea I have seen so far!!! So great, in fact, that I volunteered to spread the word. This phone-to-frame idea makes it amazingly convenient for our generation to help our parents/ grandparents/ people far from us stay engaged in our lives. My dad is definitely going to think there is magic involved...!

- Nara Lee

I love Skylight. It makes sharing pictures so easy with my family. With 20 grandchildren across 4 states, it helps my parents share and celebrate some of the best moments in the lives of their grandchildren.
- Jaren Nichols

 Now it's your turn to experience Skylight! 

Thank you!

Thanks to our friends and family for supporting us through this project, to Professors Joseph Fuller and Tom Nicholas for providing invaluable advice, to our videographer Evan Carter for doing such a great job, and especially to the Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and the Harvard Innovation Lab for giving us the support and space to launch this company!

Risks and challenges

As in every hardware product, many disciplines need to come together: hardware design, software development, manufacturing and supply chain. After extensive testing with real customers in a private beta we feel very confident that we have a great product. However, the main risk for our project is that for the time being we rely on two manufacturers, and this impacts our ability to mitigate production and shipment delays.

After having a successful campaign, we will be able to diversify our suppliers and hold inventory to make sure we can commit to quick, accurate delivery dates.

With YOUR help we will be able to grow up as a company and have in place the supply chain logistics to deliver a flawless customer experience. THANK YOU!

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    Help us spread the word!

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD gets the SKYLIGHT!

    Be one of the first to back us, and we'll send you a Skylight at a significant discount to retail price ($119).

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    EARLY BIRD gets the SKYLIGHT!

    We know you wanted to be among the first to back us, and that means a lot to us! You'll get your Skylight at a discount from the full retail price ($119).

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    Hooray, you'll get your very own Skylight! Photo sharing nirvana awaits.

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    EARLY BIRD DOUBLE: 2 SKYLIGHTS

    Get two Skylights at this limited, early bird rate. Retail value: $238.

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    2 SKYLIGHTS

    Prevent Skylight envy! Get a second Skylight for yourself or another loved one. Retail value: $238.

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    EARLY BIRD TRIPLE: 3 SKYLIGHTS

    Get the three Skylight family pack at a limited, early-bird rate. Retail value: $357.

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    3 SKYLIGHTS

    Third Skylight is the charm! Get the three Skylight family pack - and it's faster than backing us three times. Retail value: $357.

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    5 SKYLIGHTS

    Skylights for everyone in the fam? We've got you - this reward gets you 5 Skylight frames. Retail value: $595.

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    7 SKYLIGHTS

    Are you ready to give Skylight to all your close friends and family? Great, with this reward you'll get 7 Skylight frames. Pictures will be flying everywhere! Retail value: $833.

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    9 SKYLIGHTS

    You must be a True Fan. Thank you, and welcome to the Skylight inner circle! We will send you 9 Skylight frames, and invite you to meet our team and participate in future product workshops and media events. Retail value: $1,071.

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