A tiny Wi-Fi development board. Arduino + Wi-Fi + ARM Cortex M3 + wireless programming + REST API = awesome. Read more
This project was successfully funded on June 1, 2013.
Next Generation Spark Product
We are pleased to share with you an epic new chapter in the Spark journey...
Inspiration and background
Earlier this week, my ritual skimming of news was going strong when I came upon a shocking summary of a headline of an article which claimed that people today are being overwhelmed with information. Although I didn't have time to read it, the message resonated with me deeply: our beleaguered attention spans are increasingly under assault by a siege of ubiquitous media. I stopped texting, paused the video I was watching, and walked straight out of the meeting I was in. I took a long slow sip from my coffee. And I began to wonder if the torrid pace of today's consumer is the very reason we've begun to celebrate certain hallmarks of an era where time was spent more thoughtfully. What else could explain our newfound demand for artisanal carved ice cubes and mindfully mason-jarred, home crafted pickles?
I realized that we all have the same hunger for purposeful connection. We needed a new device to help cut through the entropy separating us from one another, something free from distractions, something deliberate and slow to help shape our most valuable thoughts. Something that would capture the technological romanticism of the 1890s while meeting the accessibility standards of today.
It is with these goals in mind that I am proud to to share Spark's exciting new development.
Introducing the Open Internet Telegraph
Although this incredible project is still in early beta, we wanted to share some details. We haven't checked, but this could very well be the world's first open Wi-Fi telegraph with end-to-end encryption and internet connectivity. We believe in creating a connected ecosystem of devices, but also of people, so unlike the original Telegraph, we will not be charging by the word. In fact, if you own a Spark Core, we won't be charging any monthly fees. Take that text messages!
And, recognizing that not all of our users have mastered the demands of morse code, we've also included an autocorrect feature that will help smooth over common mistakes.
You tell us! If there is sufficient demand, we might consider introducing a new Kickstarter project for the Spark Telegraph with a limited run of beautiful wooden and brass Wi-Fi Telegraphs.
All the best,
Zachary and the Spark Team