Top 8 Kickstarter Gadgets
This device allows you to watch and record live TV from five devices, such as smartphones, tablets and notebooks. Connect an antenna, USB hard drive and network, and Simple.TV will stream live television content simultaneously anywhere in the world.
Simple.TV takes free over-the-air broadcasts and converts them into a digital format that can be played on many devices. The connected hard drive allows you to record your favorite shows and watch them on the go.
Prior to Kickstarter funding, the Simple.TV team won the CNET Best of CES 2012 award for Best of Show in Home Entertainment. Armed with accolades and press, the startup turned to Kickstarter to raise $125,000, which would fund the final touches on hardware and software design as well as a large order with manufacturers. The company hit its goal within eight days, and by the end of the 30-day funding period, Simple.TV had raised more than $225,000.
The Simple.TV boxes were originally scheduled to ship in August, but production delays pushed delivery back to later this fall. Still, backers remain positive. “They realize that we’re building something completely new,” said Mark Ely, founder and CEO of Simple.TV. “The words of encouragement have been fantastic.”