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A tiny Wi-Fi development board. Arduino + Wi-Fi + ARM Cortex M3 + wireless programming + REST API = awesome.
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Next Generation Spark Product

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Dearest backers,

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

Development update

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.

The Spark Telegraph
The Spark Telegraph

Kickstarter?

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

hello@spark.io

Zachary Crockett, Tieg Zaharia, and 18 more people like this update.

Comments

    1. Creator Bob Allison on April 2, 2014

      I'm in!

      You know, not so outrageous. Open a session and key our messages to each other.
      The ultimate geek speak. Probably take the NSA a decade to catch on.

    2. Creator Evaristo Ramos on April 1, 2014

      shut up and take my money!!

    3. Creator Stefano on April 1, 2014

      Happy 1st of April :-)

    4. Creator Espen Sae-Tang Ottersen on April 1, 2014

      Clever! That's actually a pretty sweet looking morse code thingie. I made an Arduino sketch that decoded morse code once (to help me teach myself morse). Would have been cool to connect something like this to the Arduino to make it look more authentic.:-D

    5. Creator Louis Wegner on April 1, 2014

      Also, try not to sell out to Facebook if you can help it?

    6. Creator John on April 1, 2014

      I would hope there would be the possibility of supporting RFC1149?

    7. Creator Justin on April 1, 2014

      heh, cleverly done.

    8. Creator Louis Wegner on April 1, 2014

      Can't decide if legit, or elaborate Aprils fools. Seems feasible though!