Boombotix App Passes $10k Mark on Kickstarter

It’s been just one week into our campaign and we are stoked to see that we’re more than two thirds into our goal. We got picked up by TechCrunch and MacRumors, which certainly helped get some early momentum. Thanks to Wade Roush at XConomy for working with me on doing an interview.  We’re also really stoked to see our loyal fans taking care of the Holiday shopping with the Boombots through the campaign.

better app demo

Some people were a little bit confused by Chris and I getting our groove on from the mountain in our previous app demo so we put together this piece that more clearly demonstrates using this app with two devices and Bluetooth speakers.

the battle ahead

On the app development, Chinmay is working on making the whole Soundcloud library browsable within the app. Right now you can link your Soundcloud account and pull off your own playlists, but we’d like to allow users to search the full Soundcloud ecosystem within the app. This would wrap up our Soundcloud integration and we can then move to Spotify.  We’ve had tons of inquiries on our Android development, but we really just want to make sure we can nail the iOS version of SYNC first.

There is still a pretty long grind to get this project past the funding milestone, but we’re confident we can make it happen. We added a pretty cool backer rewards including prototypes of the new lunchbox sized Thumper Mini PA. We’re hoping we can pick up a couple more press wins to drive some more traffic to the campaign. Nick is working on a short format trailer style piece to get out to some of the press that was interested. Gaining the attention of the press has always been vital to the success of these crowdfunding campaigns. Word of advice would be to really make sure you have phenomenal content to send your press outlets. You only get one shot.

Mini PA system

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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Check it: Tasty iPhone App Designs

Graphic designer gets creative with how hIS iPhone apps look, leaving us hungry for more.

Julian Burford is a Netherlands-based graphic designer.

Wait, no. Let’s try this again.

Julian Burford is a super-talented Netherlands-based graphic designer. Yup, that’s better. And after you check out some of his work below, we’re pretty sure you’ll agree.

The following are some visually tasty treats that Burford concocted. They are, essentially, specially designed iPhone app covers that she came up with to replace the otherwise boring-looking apps that populate our iPhone screens.

There are eight different food products in total and what’s interesting to note is that Burford had to meet a series of Apple’s unnecessarily strict icon guidelines in order to actually do this project.

Weird, right?

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Six Awesome Reasons to Jailbreak Your iOS 5 iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad

Some Background

You may have noticed that more and more people are buying iOS devices than ever.  As a result, I get a lot of questions when inevitably having to hand my iPhone over to someone less in tune to hackery than myself.

Usually people are interested in apps that seem to modify iOS system functionality in some way. Question like “how do you get your folders to scroll?”, or “wtf, you have a left/right swipe-able dock?!” are common. Native apps from Apple’s App Store are considered “sandboxed”, meaning they come with restrictions on hardware access, communication to processes your app did not start (namely other apps), and even things like taking screenshots.  I always end up having to explain what jailbreaking your iPhone is, as all of these less common apps require jailbreaking.

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