Revolutionary framed high-definition screen and integrated computer, Electric Objects’ EO1, has officially closed its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter today (August 7th). The project’s 2,237 backers raised $784,719.
The EO1 hangs on walls and brings art from the Internet into the user’s home. It is designed to fade into the background, like a photograph or painting. It becomes a part of the home and gives the user a chance to enjoy the Internet at a slower, more considered pace.
Features of EO1 include the following:
- No keyboard
- No mouse
- No alerts, avatars, slideshows, feeds or docks
- Matte finish, minimal brightness
- One single, beautiful cord (much like a Macbook Pro)
- Easily wall-mounted or set on a stand, which is sold separately
- Easy setup. Instantly connected to any account via WiFi
- Energy efficient. Consumes about as much energy as an average lightbulb
The company’s pitch reads, “Discover new art from our diverse community of artists, designers, developers, and photographers, or upload your own. Over the past 20 years, a new generation of artists and technologist have engaged with the Internet as a medium for creative expression, creating visual work that pushes the edge of culture and technology.”
Partners to Electric Objects are the New York Public Library Behance, Giphy, Museum of the Moving Image, Digg, To.be. Artists featured are Nicolas Sassoon, Casey Reas, Sara Ludy, Yoshi Sodeoka, Pasquale D’Silva, Erica Gorochow, and Patrick Modberg.
Sharing details about its partnership with the New York Public Library, Electric Objects stated in a recent update, “As the Library continues to digitize materials and open up new data sets, there is a dazzling range of digital historical content with which to play and make. For this residency, we’re asking applicants to make use of materials from NYPL’s Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division.”
Participating artist will have access to:
- 20,000+ historical maps, atlases, and other geographic documents
- 19th century city data (old NYC building footprints, addresses, residential and business info)
“Artists will also receive a cash stipend, an EO1 developer kit, dedicated work space at the Library, and access to curators, librarians, and library technologists.”
In regards to the timeline details, Electric Objects noted, “Development, testing, production, and shipping should take 9 months, or get it 4 months early by participating in our Beta Test program. Our calendar leaves generous room for error, so we don’t expect it to take longer than this.”
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