Fon Officially Launches Its Social Music Router Gramofon.
Fon has created business running 13m Wi-Fi hotspots around the globe. Now the company has decided to expand into the digital music industry with a device called Gramofon
The device has been described as a “modern cloud jukebox”, the device has revealed itself today through a crowdfunding campaign running on Kickstarer. where Fon is hoping to raise somewhere around $250.000 for pre-orders on there new gadget,
It’s a cheaper priced alternative to connected hi-fis from companies like Sonos, Gramofon owners will plug the device into their audio system or speakers, connect it to the internet with the use of other an Ethernet or Wi-Fi, and then utilize an application on their iPhone or Android smartphone to stream music through it.
Fon’s initial music partners include Spotify for on-demand streams and WahWah for more personalized radio. It has also listed Facebook a a partner for the device’s social aspects, people will be able to log in using their social networking accounts at any place, and then control the music that currently playing.
Gramofon purchaser will also become Fon memebers, able to access the company’s network of hotspots, however, with a Fon existing router, this means “sharing a bit of Wi-Fi at home”, allowing for other Fon members within range to use their internet connections.
Fon stated that it has been working on the devices for more than a year already, initially in its New York office as a prototype based on the Raspberry Pi computer, before setting up a team of dedicated engineers at span, rebuilding it with a chip from Qualcomm. The company has said it plans to produce over 6,5000 units in black and white edition, and will begin to ship them sometime in July.
The first 300 will go to the people who manged to pledge over $30 on Kickstarter, with more available at $40, $50, and $60.
“We chose Kickstarter because crowdsourcing is a principle Fon was founded on. We want the whole world to have the opportunity to get this first,” said Fon’s chief operating officer Alex Puregger in a statement.
Gramofon’s crowdfunding campaign beings just as the one for Neil Young’s Pono music player begins to reach its final hours. Pono is a portable music player with its own digital store that sells high-resolution downloads, and has successfully raised over $6.1 million on Kickstarter, in a campaign that will end during April 15th. Fon is hoping that Gramofon will have a similar appeal towards all music lovers.