Tellybean, a family video call service company based in Finland, has successfully secured its initial €375,000 Invesdor crowdfunding campaign target. The initiative was launched at the end of February and is set to close on Tuesday (April 11th).
“Tellybean was founded to solve a personal problem: how to enable a grandmother to see her two grandsons more often. In this specific case grandma was in Australia and the grandkids in Finland, but we realised that a lot of people face the same problem regardless of distance. Skype was too difficult for her to use and it only worked on small screens. Sitting the whole family on the couch with grandma life-sized on TV was the most natural way to video call and the best way of keeping the kids emotionally engaged. But there was no simple way of doing this.”
To resolve communication problems, Tellybean’s services now allows users to make video calls on compatible smart TV’s and set-top boxes (STBs). The company’s services also work on both mobile phones and computers.
“Today Tellybean’s TV app works on the Android TV platform, with Sony and Philips as main partners. Tellybean has now also developed a second TV app to support the popular platforms of Samsung, LG and Opera TV (which are all Linux-based) and is aiming to launch on these platforms.”
The company revealed that in 2017 it will be looking to launch with LG, start cooperation with Samsung, complete services (launching apps on Samsung, LG, and Opera TV platforms), implement additional features, and secure long-term funding.
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