Gramofon: Modern Cloud Jukebox

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The Gramofon is a new cloud streaming device that shares music from all your devices to your soundsystem. The WiFi ready device allows you to use your smartphone as the remote control, directly controlling the music coming out of your home sound system from limitless sources.

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Connect the Gramofon to your sound system and then either connect it to your house WiFi with an ethernet cable or wirelessly. Once the hardware is set up, connect your Android or iOS smartphone over WiFi and you can begin streaming from services such as Spotify. The device measures a mere 80 x 80 x 42mm and the simplistic and sleek design will find its place nicely alongside your speaker system be it white or black.

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The Gramofon comes from the same guys behind Fon - a project for people to share their WiFi and create a huge free web of WiFi hotspots across the world, essentially crowdsourcing WiFi. Now, they have turned to crowdsourcing Kickstarter to help get their new creation out of the labs and into the marketplace.

With all this WiFi experience behind them, it is worth noting that there is no Bluetooth at work here. Bluetooth is known for its loss in quality for wireless music and users may also often experience issues if the phone is not close enough to the receiver. WiFi on the other hand has a much wider and powerful range meaning you can travel your house (unless you live in a mansion) with no worries of the music cutting. Furthermore, the use of WiFi over Bluetooth allows more than one user to control the music, so you and your friends can enjoy DJing the playlist together.

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Funding just $50 to the project will get you a black version if the project is successful. The first production run, set to ship in July 2014, will manufacture just 6500 of the devices and orders past the 6500 will be delayed - so if you want one right away get in ASAP. As stated on their Kickstarter page, "This is the most valuable and least expensive it will ever be."

If the campaign runs successful, the team has promised to draft in more guys from the Fon team to catalyse further production and improve on its features. Currently, the device can only stream from Spotify, however below is an image showing the other music services the team are working on including:

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 Click here to check out their Kickstarter campaign.



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