Gramofon is both a Wifi hotspot and a device that turns a sound system into a cloud music player.
Developed by social WiFi company Fon, the Gramofon lets users stream music from the cloud to their sound system. It also lets their friends sign in via Facebook and line up their own selection of music tracks to play.
Dubbed by the creators as a “modern cloud jukebox,” Gramofon also functions as a WiFi hotspot. The owner’s friends can use it to get WiFi without a need for passwords, as long as they are Facebook friends.
Getting the Gramofon to work is easy. Users need to connect it with their sound system or speakers, and connect it with their internet via ethernet or through WiFi. Then they can connect their Android or iOS smartphone to the Gramofon’s signal to start streaming from Spotify or other music hosting platforms.
The Gramofon doesn’t use Bluetooth so users can roam around the house without worrying about the connection getting cut off. The music streams directly from the device.
Fon launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Gramofon to get feedback about the demand as well as gain ideas for software features that can be added before the product is launched.
In an interview with TNW, Martin Varsavsky, CEO of Fon,
We’re established in social WiFi, but we’re certainly not established in music. We’re like a startup. There was a lot of debate within our company as to how good our product was and how to make it better, and so Kickstarter came up as a solution.
The Kickstarter campaign has about a month to go. Backers can pre-order a black Gramofon for $50 and a white one for $60.
Watch the Kickstarter video below.