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The People People Transparent Speaker offers a clear(er) choice for music and design lovers everywhere
We met People People at CES 2012 almost a year ago. Like everyone else, we had seen the design all over the web a couple of weeks before, but there it was, live and in the flesh. It was freaking gorgeous!
Talking to Per Brickstad of People People, we totally got their take on consumer electronics- “Home audio components are not all that atttractive, don’t always sound that great, and are pretty much disposable.” We have to agree.
The Transparent Speaker is designed to fit in perfectly with any decoration by presenting the drivers in a simple, iconic manner that looks great, sounds great, and allows for wireless connectivity.
The simple, iconic design seems to have found a fan in Pop Music too! A couple of weeks ago, the speaker made an appearance in the new will.i.am and Britney Spears video for “Scream and Shout”. Pretty awesome placement if you ask us.
We look forward to bringing our Swedish friends to CES again next month and letting people get their hands and ears on the Transparent Speaker. For now, jump on over to Kickstarter and pledge to be among the first to get the Transparent Speaker when it becomes available!
Engadget – “…a potent sound-pusher, but also as a highlight of industrial design.”
Wired – “…perfect for someone who wants to add some boom to their room without clunky cubes dissing their design aesthetic.”
Cool Material – “…it just looks freakin’ sweet.”
psfk – “…effortlessly blends into any environment instead of sticking out against the decor.”
VentureBeat – “…beautifully designed and sounds great, but it’s also built to last more or less forever.”
Hope you’re set to bring in the holiday spirit and cheer because we certainly are! Holidays are about family and a lot of us will have to travel in the coming weeks to see our loved ones. But sometimes, travel is impossible or difficult, so families are turning to teleconferencing and telepresence. People are staying in touch using Skype and FaceTime on their iPads or Android Tablets more and more these days. Here at Stage Two, we’ve been working on launching something exciting and innovative that makes staying in touch even better. We are pleased to finally announce the newly designed Swivl!
Swivl officially launched their Kickstarter campaign today, and you can check out their live campaign page, HERE.
As the first motion platform on the market, and one of the very first to crowdfund a product with technical complexity successfully, we launched the first commercial version of Swivl in Spring of 2012. Fast-forward to today, the newest Swivl will soon be ready to bring new functionality to homes, schools, and businesses.
The new Swivl is a multi-purpose motion and tracking platform for mobile imaging, teleconferencing and more. Sporting an all new form factor and design, the new Swivl works with new and old iPads, iPhones, DSLRs and Android devices. It packs a smooth, highly adjustable pan and tilt motion system into one sleek form and automatically follows you for self-captured video. It can make your iPad your remote control for your DSLR, or it enables engaging telepresence controls with another mobile equipped Swivl.
Support the new Swivl by visiting their Kickstarter page, and check out the pledge that’s right for you. If you have an iPad, Android Tablet, or DSLR, you gotta get a Swivl!
AllThingsD: Hands free camera dock adds DSLR and iPad support
Engadget: Swivl announces two motion tracking docks with support for tablets and DSLR
Forbes: “..this is an exciting project for photographers to keep their eyes on.”
Cool Hunting: “…even better suited to time lapse photography and landscape video capturing.”
Venturebeat: “..giving users a powerful tool for use in a variety of recording applications..”
Laptop: Two new Swivls for photogs and video-conferencing
CNET: “..makes being in your own videos even easier.”
Slashgear: “..the company made some huge changes.”
VideoMaker: “..the new Swivl is a score.”
Just on Thursday, the Stage Two team brought you news about our client, Transporter, officially launching their Kickstarter campaign. Well, four days and over 300 backers later, Transporter is already more than halfway to its campaign goal of $100k!
As we mentioned in the last post, we also attended GDGT at the Metreon in San Francisco that same evening. Along with the Transporter team, we met a lot of great people. It was great to let so many folks get their hands on Transporter and get their direct feedback. It was such a success to see people come away genuinely impressed with a device that keeps your data synced online, while keeping it safe and private. It looks like people are ready for a hard drive that keeps your data online, off-cloud and private.
With 31 days to go and the funding goal within reach, we’re excited and downright giddy for the Transporter. Well done guys; we’ll see you at $100k and beyond!
Engadget (Insert Coin) – http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/06/insert-coin-transporter-the-collaborative-cloud-storage-hub/
Mashable – http://mashable.com/2012/12/09/transporter/
Mashable (via Yahoo) – http://news.yahoo.com/video/share-private-data-backups-transporter-184703466.html
Can you believe it’s already December?! The Stage Two team has been hunkered down with all kinds of terrific, upcoming announcements this month, and it starts today.
Today, our client Transporter officially launched their Kickstarter campaign! Here is their live campaign page http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/transporterguy/transporter-a-new-way-to-share-access-and-protect?ref=live.
Transporter is an online, off-cloud social storage solution to privately share, access and protect all of you valuable files. For example, if I work on this very blog post in a Word document, I can save the document on my Transporter, and then share it with the rest of the Stage Two team onto their Transporters.
Also, Transporter is completely off the cloud, so it’s totally private without requiring the user to agree to any sort of Terms and Conditions. You don’t have to hand over the rights to YOUR own content. On top that, it has a larger capacity than other cloud storage solutions, and there are no, ZERO recurring fees.
And lastly, representatives from Transporter will be at GDGT tonight at the Metreon in San Francisco! Please help us fund Transporter and check out the pledge that’s right for you!
Client News-Extreme Reality Delivers the First Full-Body Motion Game for Standard Webcams Everywhere
Happy post-Thanksgiving to everyone out there! Hope you guys enjoyed the extended weekend, time with family and friends, and of course, stuffing yourselves silly. Thanksgiving is definitely tough to beat!
Thankfully (pun intended), the holiday provided a nice, and much-needed, bit of relief from all the exciting work building up at Stage Two. Yet, here we are, back in the office with more awesome news from Extreme Reality.
Extreme Reality announced today they are releasing PandaMania, the very first full-body motion capture game specifically made for a standard 2D webcam. That means no more consoles or additional hardware to buy, just your existing PC webcam and download the game off the Windows App Store – it’s that simple!
Also, the company decided to go even one step further. Extreme Reality opened up their software development kit (SDK) to game developers interested in creating their own motion-capture game.
Not only is Extreme Reality releasing a game that is the first-of-its-kind, but lending a hand to aspiring game developers and ensuring the continued growth of the gaming industry is pretty cool. That speaks volumes to the type of people Extreme Reality has, and we’re proud to represent them.
From of all of us here at Stage Two, it’s never too early to wish you all happy holidays, stay tuned for more news to come soon!
At Stage Two we are constantly working with awesome, early stage companies that are pushing new, up and coming technologies. But it’s even more exciting when they partner with a big tech juggernaut like …. Samsung! Today our client, Extreme Reality, announced it has teamed up with Samsung to bring its Extreme UI gesture control software to the international technology company’s Series 5 and Series 7 Windows 8 All-in-One PCs.
Get ready for the next gen of computer technology where the mouse and the touch pad will feel like things of yesteryear! There has been a lot of progress surrounding gesture control technology and Extreme Reality has been extending its market leadership over the past few weeks. In October, the company announced the addition of Trip Hawkins, founder of Electronic Arts, to their Board of Directors. Last week, they announced a technology partnership with NEC, and this week, Samsung.
The beauty of Extreme Reality’s Extreme UI software is that it can turn any standard 2D VGA camera into a 3D motion capture system. Basically, Extreme UI offers simliar functionality to Microsoft’s Kinect without any special equipment requirements or extra equipment. Soon, consumers will adapt to the entirely new experience of using gesture controls for common tasks such as changing the volume or channels in the media player to navigating an e-book, recipe, even their smartphone with a simple wave of the hand. Pretty sweet!
Look for more big announcements from Extreme Reality in the weeks leading up to CES 2013!
It’s always fast-paced, exciting and busy here at Stage Two. Even with the holidays approaching (or as we like to call the holidays… CES Prep), there’s no rest for the weary, right? Trust us, it’s a good thing!
Today our client, Extreme Reality, announced that NEC has chosen Extreme UI to power gesture controls for the company’s VALUESTAR Family of All-in-One PCs. Extreme Reality’s state-of-the-art gesture control technology gives consumers an entirely new way to interact and control their PCs. You can read all about it HERE.
The company’s Extreme UI software tracks the user’s palm and responds to hand gesture commands, providing an alternative to the standard point and click interface. This is only the beginning for Extreme Reality and its motion control technologies, stay tuned for big news to come in the next few weeks!
If you have ever lived in or even visited smoggy Los Angeles, you know how terrible the unpredictable 405 freeway can be. The intersection of the 405 and the 10 has been called the worst traffic jam in North America – and with good reason. Driving there is awful. And as if this six lane parking lot couldn’t get any worse, they are actually shutting down the entire freaking freeway. For a whole weekend. Welcome to Carmageddon.
Never fear, though. Stage Two client Waze has a solution, and a website – beatcarmageddon.com Waze is a community of drivers banding together with a single purpose: eliminating traffic. The traffic and navigation application uses real time data from drivers on the road to help people fight, avoid and extinguish traffic. The company recently announced a partnership with ABC News in Los Angeles to help local drivers fight the impending Auto-pocalypse. That is the kind of innovation we can all applaud.
When the 405 shuts down later this month, traffic in Los Angeles will be a nightmare. With Waze, Angelinos can have a fighting chance of getting through it together.
Waze recently doubled the number of drivers using the app and has been written up in a number of media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. Other press picking up the Waze news include:
After reading this article from Daring Fireball we got the idea that Windows 8 is like that guy who is always modifying his old car. Sure, he has custom rims, tinted windows and monogrammed upholstery. But at the end of the day, he is still cruising around in a ’99 Celica.
While Windows 8 does offer some pretty nifty features- you can view two apps side by side, among other enhancements – the esthetically pleasing demeanor doesn’t equal flawless functionality. Quoting from the page:
I think it’s a fundamentally flawed idea for Microsoft to build their next-generation OS and interface on top of the existing Windows. The idea is that you get the new stuff right alongside Windows as we know it. Microsoft is obviously trying to learn from Apple, but they clearly don’t understand why the iPad runs iOS, and not Mac OS X.
So while Microsoft has built a visually appealing mobile operating system (and it is pretty – see the video below), they tacked this new UI on top of Windows. The result is a potentially muddled experience that aims to power tablets, laptops and desktop PCs. Others have wondered if this new OS is capable of powering both desktops and slates.
Microsoft needs to understand that a great touch OS is defined by restraint and streamlined elegance, while a desktop OS is defined by thoroughness and depth. It is interesting to see how the UI has progressed, but in failing to differentiate mobile from desktop user needs, Microsoft may have just put new spinners on an old Toyota.
TechCrunch posted a great article on new Stage Two client Evoz today. Robin Wauters, an expecting father himself, got a live demo of the Evoz baby monitoring service from Avishai Shoham, the founder of the firm. Robin’s thoughts?
“The verdict? It’s freaking amazing.”
Quoting from TechCrunch:
Imagine if you had an iPhone or iPod touch to spare, and that you’d simply install it in a charger in your young child’s room like you would any baby monitor.
Now imagine that an always-on application installed on the device would let you call in from anywhere in the world to hear how your baby is sleeping (or exactly how hard he or she is crying, or if you’re lucky, laughing or playing). Imagine that you could also opt to receive ‘quiet’ alerts by SMS or email whenever your kid cries for longer than, say, 5 minutes, so you can give the babysitter a quick call to see what’s up after e.g. a meeting or dinner . . . Evoz lets you do all that, and more.
As both Stage Two founders are recent parents themselves, they know the value of a state of the art baby monitoring service. “I have wanted digital baby monitoring since I had my first kid,” said Jeremy Toeman. “RF baby monitors have been outdated since the 70’s. I’m already using this in my house with my newborn.”
We are proud to work with Avishai and the entire Evoz team.
Parents with children under 18 months old and 2 iOS devices are encouraged to sign up for the Beta here.