About this project
Pitch it to me quick...
Jumpshot is a fully automated solution for solving PC frustration. Launch our app and enjoy an elegant interface and secure web surfing while we work our magic in the background.
Jumpshot is remarkable in three major ways:
- A strong focus on user experience. Effortless to use, conversational feedback and a social game based on earning Karma.
- Much like a surgeon, we sedate your PC before beginning our work. This allows our software to run without interference from viruses.
- Crowd driven. Jumpshot gets smarter every time someone uses it.
Say that again... but with an animation.
We can do that...
Ok I'm listening, who's it for?
Jumpshot is perfect for a variety of situations:
- You purchase a brand new Windows computer and want to get rid of the annoying pre-packaged junk software that came with it.
- Your Anti-Virus has failed to remove a virus and nothing seems to be able to get rid of it.
- Your PC performs sluggishly in comparison to friends and co-workers with similar computers.
- You want some insights on the health of your computer hardware and network connectivity.
- You're a savvy technogeek who gets called by friends and family with PC problems and need something simple to empower Grammie with.
- You crave an adorable USB memory stick.
Sounds cool, what can Jumpshot do?
Meet Officer Pete, Jumpshot's captain and chief. Next to him is Grime. Grime embodies all of the evil crud (e.g. spyware, adware, viruses, bloated services, etc.) that makes you dread using your PC.
Officer Pete's passion is fighting Grime with his expert team of minions. Each inoculation of Jumpshot comes armed with Officer Pete and all his minions. While your PC is sedated and you're either surfing the web or relaxing away from the computer, the Jumpshot minions are feverishly working behind the scenes. Each minion has a different specialty and many get smarter with experience. Here's who we have on the job today:
The minions do their work then report back to you in a conversational manner. Additionally, new minions (features) are being trained as we speak. Read on for how you can help decide which future minions make the team.
Alright I'm in, but is it *really* easy to use?
Absolutely. We utilize the highly scientific "grandma test" as our barometer for success. You launch the app, we'll take care of the rest. Here's an overview of the entire experience starting with the misbehaving PC in the center:
Show me the warez.
Jumpshot USB Sticks
Our pride and joy. High quality Jumpshot USB memory sticks that pop out a spring loaded connector when you squeeze their belly (hehehe that tickles). The sticks are available in three designs and two models. An 8GB USB 2.0 model and a 32GB USB 3.0 model. All of them come pre-loaded with the same fully functional version of Jumpshot which takes up less than 200MB. You're free to use the remaining space any way you like.
The USB sticks are compatible for use as storage on both Mac and PC. The Jumpshot software however runs on PC only. The Jumpshot software operates exactly the same regardless of which character you choose. It's just based on your preference for which stick you want to show off to your friends. You can use any of the sticks to run Jumpshot on multiple computers.
From left to right, Kobayashi, Officer Pete, and Sir Jeffrey:
That's an actual picture taken of early prototypes atop of one of our desks. The manufacturing process is still evolving as we're committed to making a quality product. No limbs falling off, breaking USB connectors, missing monocles or lost top hats. Here's another shot with the USB connector popped out on Officer Pete and a vintage filter thrown on for good measure:
Early Access to Jumpshot
Before the USB sticks and other swag ship out in November, we'll give our backers early access to Jumpshot if we meet our funding goal. Those who pledge first will be at the top of the list. With early access, you'll be able to launch our Windows app that can run Jumpshot directly on the hard drive (without a USB), or you can create a Jumpshot USB or CD using your own media.
During this free usage period, we encourage you to use Jumpshot on as many computers as frequently as you like. (See "How will you charge for Jumpshot as a service?").
We've got a blue Officer Pete t-shirt and a black heathered Kobayashi v-neck. Both are extremely soft and do well in the wash. In fact, we recommend a wash to really break them in and let the colors settle before first wear. An awesome feature we love about both shirts is that they're tag-less.
We've got stickers designed for Officer Pete, Kobayashi and Sir Jeffrey. They are low gloss, easy to peel, stick well and measure 3.5 inches across.
The tattoos are 1 inch wide, and 2 inches tall. They are applied via mild pressure from a wet towel over 30 seconds. Through our own testing, we've found them durable for a week even through heavy exercise. If you tire of your temporary ink before then, it's easily removed with an alcohol swab. Currently available in Kobayashi and Sir Jeffrey.
How will my support help?
We're a scrappy self-funded startup and we've gone pretty far on our own. Our dream is to leverage the momentum and cash from our backers to truly "kick start" Jumpshot into a viable standalone product. The money will feed directly into USB manufacturing, advancing the Jumpshot engine and driving future improvements:
- USB stick manufacturing: We've got some great working prototypes but in order to make the finished USB sticks a reality we must meet a minimum order.
- Feature direction: We respect your opinion and each backer gets a voice in helping guide us to initial public release.
- Spreading the word: We don't have millions of dollars to throw at advertising like the other guys do. We're relying on impressing you and hoping for word of mouth to spread.
If you get funded, what's on the horizon?
We have a ton of neat ideas on what direction to take Jumpshot and need your help to prioritize them. Just a sample of what's on our road map:
- Rate my setup: How does your hardware stack up to the average? How about your network speed? Would you like a suggestion on a small hardware upgrade that could go a long way?
- Software updates: Locating the proper updates can be a pain and typically require multiple reboots. We can handle this automatically during sedation (i.e. upgrading browser plugins, Windows patches, etc.).
- Network insights: What devices are on your network? Is your neighbor on your WiFi? Want us to automatically tune your WiFi router for maximum performance?
- Social network protection: Privacy policies change regularly on Facebook, etc. and can be confusing. Want us to manage this for you?
The list goes on and once we've picked up some momentum, we'll be opening up that dialog with you.
How will you charge for Jumpshot as a service?
Good question. Quite honestly, we have a few ideas we're tossing around but we want more feedback from you.
Jumpshot software can run from USB, CD, or straight from the web without any media at all. We've priced the USB stick rewards without factoring in a price for the Jumpshot software service itself. Our backers are getting the USB sticks at a 20% retail discount for early adopters and a 15% retail discount for all other backers.
We may keep portions of Jumpshot free for all, but charge for certain new features. Or provide a subscription service and charge for expanded use for IT organizations. Once we decide on our pricing model for the service, rest assured that our Kickstarter backers will receive favorable first time pricing and extended free usage before we start charging for anything.
I want more technical details.
You got it. Jumpshot is comprised of three main components. Let's begin with the Windows app. Single file executable. Nothing to install or uninstall. The main piece of impressive technology here is our patent-pending ability to configure the PC to start Jumpshot automatically on the next boot. How? We write a one-time modification to the Windows bootloader to reboot into Jumpshot automatically without having to mess around with the PC BIOS (pressing F12, ESC or whatever just in time to change the boot order). Next, the system will reboot.
Advanced users can also utilize a Jumpshot USB/CD to boot the PC cold or change the BIOS to load it automatically. Most people won’t likely use this option unless their Windows environment is so bad it can't load any apps or get Internet access.
Jumpshot runs in a custom Linux environment. With the help of some talented open source developers, we automatically load the correct drivers for the person's PC, no matter how old or decrepit it is. We're constantly adding more support every week as we see more exotic systems.
We then automatically attempt to connect to the Internet and prompt the user for assistance if we can't find a connection or find ourselves trapped in a captive portal (like you get at hotels). Once connected, we pull down the latest Jumpshot engine code which consists of about a dozen different components that run in parallel and communicate with one another. This is all proprietary code that has been in development for almost two years and in testing for over one year. As the Jumpshot engine loads, it automatically mounts and attaches itself to every hard drive on the PC that contains an installation of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8. A simulation of each users run-time environment is created and then each of our minions go to work applying their specialty.
Our engine interfaces with these Windows instances forensically through disk. This is what we're referencing when we use the friendlier term "PC sedation". The fact that we are able to make changes to a "sleeping" system's Windows installation through Linux is a key differentiator that sets us apart from the other guys. This allows us to easily wipe away malicious viruses, spyware, and bloatware which may be more stubborn and hard to clean due to the fact that the Windows system is actually running.
The engine is powerful in its own right... but it's fueled by a brain. Enter the cloud. Because Jumpshot’s intelligence is in the cloud, every user gets the benefit of real-time crowd driven results fueled by other users. The local engine is in constant communication with our cloud infrastructure that we've built on top of Amazon Web Services. The brain is responsible for all our knowledge processing, number crunching and other heavy lifting. We built on Amazon for scalability in handling bursts of users and ability to spontaneously dedicate new hardware for behind the scenes processing.
Who are you guys?
We both graduated from Tulane University with degrees in Computer Science and have spent the past 10+ years working in the computer security industry. More on us:
An Internet connection, at least 512MB of RAM and any of the following versions of Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 7, or 8. Please note that if your Internet connection is not working in Windows, it is likely due to software, and will function through Jumpshot.
Not yet, the Jumpshot software runs on Windows only. The USB drives will function as a regular storage device for MacOS. Some day in the distant future, we may port our software to MacOS as well.
Jumpshot works exactly the same regardless of which model or design flash drive you get. The only differences are the amount of free space for your personal use and the data transfer rate. USB 3.0 is significantly faster than USB 2.0.
No. The Jumpshot software operates exactly the same regardless of which character you choose. It's just based on your preference for which stick you want to show off to your friends.
No. With the eventual public release of our Windows app, you'll be able to run Jumpshot directly from the app (without a flash drive), or you can create a bootable Jumpshot USB / CD using your own media. However, until general availalability (some time next year), we're only pre-releasing the service to backers who pledge at any of the flash drive reward levels.
No. Jumpshot is not anti-virus, we can't *prevent* an infection. Your AV is running every time you boot Windows. Jumpshot is a solution you use periodically or as needed.
Jumpshot will be available free for unlimited use during the early access period. In fact, we encourage you to run it on as many grimy systems as you can get your hands on. The unlimited free early access period for backers will last until at least March of 2013. At which point we'll offer a discounted service rate to backers only.
We'll be using the early access period to collect feedback, measure our monthly cloud costs, and determine a pricing model for the service.
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