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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!
Today, Stage Two is proud to announce Silicon Valley legend, Trip Hawkins as a member of the Board of Directors for our client Extreme Reality!
The EA, 3DO and Digital Chocolate founder brings decades of knowledge and insight to the gesture control company. News Alert! Trip Hawkins will be attending the 2013 Consumer Electronic Show with Extreme Reality in Las Vegas, Nevada this January.
Extreme Reality is a leading developer of gesture control technology, dedicated to making 3D motion gaming available to a broader audience of consumers. Any consumer electronics device with a standard camera enables the software, and becomes a full-body motion controlled gaming system.
More exciting things to come for this innovative company! Check out our client in the news.
An interview with Trip Hawkins was also featured on Venture Beat!
Looking for a great place to intern? Ready to set the books down and put what you’ve learned to the test? Come join us at Stage Two and spend the Fall semester in Downtown San Francisco working with some of the best early stage tech companies around!
Who we are…
Stage Two is an award winning consumer lifestyle technology firm focused on go-to-market strategies and strategic public relations campaigns for early stage technology companies.
Our clients are at the forefront of consumer technology trends – from robotics and gadgets to online video, connected television, mobile apps, and networking technology.
Our mission is this: expand the concept of PR to fully include product marketing. We help build the product, create a voice, and manage the brand’s reputation. This full-service methodology means a new kind of media relations firm.
We are looking to hire college level interns who are studying public relations, marketing, media relations or journalism, and want to get into influencer PR/marketing. We are looking for students who have a general understanding of both the bloggers and traditional press in the consumer electronics and consumer web space.
This is an exciting industry, and a chance to get involved with exhilarating projects and learn a lot in the process! We are industry-insiders, tech masters, and pop-culture junkies who know how to maintain a proper work/life balance – whether it’s ending the day early to catch the hottest blockbuster, a Giants game, or having a beer with a client at one of our many local watering holes.
What you’ll need:
- Able to work within a dynamic start-up environment
- Fast learner and self-starting with impeccable organizational skills
- Strong communications skills – written, verbal, you name it!
- Good understanding of consumer technology (video, mobile, etc) with a genuine interest in new trends in tech, media and culture
- Decent grasp of new media, including bloggers and social networks (you instagram, you tweet, you generally have too many methods to communicate with your friends, family and other followers)
- Confident and articulate, yet brilliantly creative
- Brownie points to gamers, bloggers, or pop-culture geeks
What we need:
- See above, and…
- Coordinating media lists and event logistics
- Monitoring client and industry press
- Work closely with supervisor on various client projects
- Drafting of pitches and press releases
- Industry research and competitive audits
- Participation in brainstorms and client meetings + drafting of meeting notes and recaps
- And more…
Our office is located in the Financial District, close to BART and MUNI stops, great restaurants/bars, and fine entertainment establishments.
If you’re interested, email the following to Marissa Cazem at Marissa@stagetwo.com.
- A resume
- A short bio
- Your school credit requirements
- Your availability, Monday through Friday
- What about PR excites you the most, and why
Feel free to let us know if you have any questions. Otherwise, we look forward to hearing from you.
Ready to be our newest rock star? We’re waiting…
Stage Two Communications is looking to add a new member to its team to help manage award-winning clients
There are some exciting new happenings here at Stage Two: three of our clients have won three of the most prestigious awards at CES 2012. While we’re busy earning massive amounts of coverage and winning awards for our clients, we continue to add new clients and grow the firm. As a result, we are looking to add new team members to help us keep up with the agency growth.
We are looking for a PR Account Manager with four to six years of media-relations experience to join our hip, fun, experienced and dedicated team of tech marketing and PR professionals. The best candidate will be someone who knows both tech bloggers and tech lifestyle journalists who cover the consumer electronics and consumer web space. A knowledge of apps and the mobile tech space is also a big plus!
Who we are:
Stage Two is a cutting-edge consumer electronics PR and marketing firm. It’s our job to make consumer products popular. From gadgets, to apps, to connected TV, we represent some of the best products and startups in tech. We have fun, but are hard working above all else. Meanwhile, our office is just… well… cooler than yours. When we find some time away from our keyboards, we’re enjoying some drinks, some X-Box, free movies and occasionally Pepper, our official canine Stage Two mascot.
As an Account Manager you will be serving several accounts, liaising with clients, launching products, creating and implementing press strategies on behalf of the clients and working closely with journalists from leading publications to niche tech blogs.
What we are looking for in a candidate:
- Were are a dynamic start-up environment, you need to be able to keep up
- You are a fast learner and a self-starter with impeccable organizational skills
- You are also very reliable and a team player
- You are able to manage and prioritize the needs of multiple client relationships simultaneously
- You have extremely strong communications skills, especially written. We expect “Pulitzer-worthy” writing samples. (Ok, Ok, that was a bit too much, but you MUST have solid writing skills.)
- You have good understanding of consumer technology (video, mobile, etc) with a genuine interest in new trends in tech, media, and culture
- You bring to the table decent grasp of new media, including some contacts with bloggers and social network influencers
- You must be good at distilling complex tech talk into compelling stories
- In addition, the right candidate must be confident, articulate and brilliantly creative
- See above, and…
- Coordination of media lists and event logistics
- Monitoring of client and industry press
- Development, implementation and evaluation of the influencer-marketing strategies for clients
- Media relations: building and nurturing relationships with key bloggers, industry influencers, press/media, analysts
- New media outreach and traditional PR for new stories, company launches, product launches, etc.
- Strategic counsel: understand and explain consumer behaviors to clients. Suggest best marketing, web and pr strategies to enable clients achieve their ambitious business objectives
- Research and evaluate event participation opportunities (speaking, booths, panels, etc.) for clients
- Attend local industry networking events
We are located in the Financial District. There are many restaurants, bars and “cool spots” in the neighborhood.
If you’re interested in this job opportunity, please send the following to jobs(at)stagetwo(dot)com:
- A resume (preferably a hard copy and a link to an online one)
- A short bio
- Your salary requirements
- Why you think this agency is a perfect fit for you
- Which of our clients excite you the most, and why
Any emails without all 5 of the above will be ignored, and probably marked as spam. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions. Otherwise, we look forward to hearing from you!