Boombotix SYNC iOS App Launches on Kickstarter

Boombotix SYNC is Group Play for iOSWhen I started Boombotix in 2009, it wasn’t long before we carved out this vision to bring a bunch of friends together to have our own little flash mob. We were surprised to see that there wasn’t really any technology that allowed us to sync on mobile networks. I spent the next several years in search of a team that could tackle the project with me. Five years ago, this technological feat was not even possible. Over the past several months, I’ve seen the light at the end of the tunnel on this project. We’ve managed to prototype this app and get it close to a certified MVP (minimum viable product).

As we get more users onto the app, we will have to cover the additional costs on the server load. We also want to make sure we can get our team to polish up some features to bring this product to a launch-ready state. Were adding a jog dial to allow listeners to fine tune their stream to sync with the DJ and improving the stability.

The radio industry has changed a lot in the last decade. Boombotix SYNC is a technology that has the potential to enable anyone to broadcast over mobile networks. This could change the way we listen to music. I’d like to ask that you check out our Kickstarter project and see if this is something you and your friends can enjoy. We’re asking for as little as $5 to support the development and launch of Boombotix SYNC on iOS. With enough support, we have also opened up a stretch goal to develop the app for Android users as well.

Boombotix Team on Kickstarter

 

How to Use the Boombotix SYNC App

If you are looking to set up a mobile surround sound system, the Boombotix app is amongst the first that enables you to set up a streaming audio network over wireless 4G/LTE networks. All you need are several friends with iOS devices and you can set up the most mobile surround sound system ever conceived.

This article covers some of the basic functionality of the Boombotix SYNC app. As we incorporate new features into the app or refine existing ones, we will keep this article updated to reflect the most recent product state. Let us know if you have any questions.

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Boombotix App Synchronic Opening to Alpha Testers

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Several years ago I started a project trying to figure out how I could get my friends to sync up their Boombots. There were a lot of technical hurdles to jump through. A lot of wireless protocols have limited range. I tired FM transmitters, lugging WiFi routers around and even tried to press play at the same time with my friends. Recently Samsung released their new phones with GroupPlay in which users could synchronize music with multiple phones over WiFi. This was cool, but not THAT cool. One of the things I envisioned was being able to get everyone’s content sync’d over a mobile network (3G/4G/LTE). Using a mobile network, friends could stay synchronized over a greater range thus allowing full mobility. Whether it’s biking, skating, skiing or hiking, this technology was optimized for life in motion. As networks have increased in speed recently, the possibility is now a reality.

I went through a hand full of developers that found the program to be too tedious and technically challenging. After all, it was. We had to use an oscilloscope in order to detect latency issues between devices. There is an extensive look up table that has to take into consideration all of the different latencies associated with using Bluetooth vs. line-out, different operating systems, and handsets. This list of challenges only gets to be bigger as more devices are added to the mix.

I files a patent several months ago around synchronizing mobile devices over an NTP server. To me, this project represents my biggest technological contribution that I’ve ever done. In getting this product to market, there will of course be more challenges, but having a shippable product is a really relieving step to be at. Now we’re looking to open this alpha version up to a select number of users within the Boombotix community soon. I’ve set up this sign up list for those interested in participating in the early testing. Our Google doc filled up and I thought this list would be much better to protect everyone’s data security anyhow.

You will receive a notification when you have been selected for Alpha testing. I’ll be putting together a pretty extensive user guide for the app shortly along with a video demo.

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