Chirp creator Patrick Bergel has a new post up on Techcrunch, where he introduces the idea that drives everything we do here – The Internet of Sound. In the post he explains what the Internet of Sound (or ‘speakernet’) is, why it’s a powerful idea whose time has come, and how sound is going to complement existing networks.
“Sound is in many ways the first, and yet the most neglected, network — a bridge over the last few feet, a medium that goes where other networks cannot. We can now repurpose ATMs, TVs, toys, radios and tablets to be part of the Internet of Sound — if it carries audio, it can send data… “
Read the full post here http://techcrunch.com/2015/07/26/the-internet-of-sound/
Chirp crowdfunding campaign is now officially CLOSED and overfunded by 188%!
So from me (and all of us) – Thank you.
When we started out, we had good reason to think that Chirp would reach 100% of our target – but we had no idea that we would get as far as this.
With over £750K from 365 investors, we are delighted with the outcome.
Once again – many thanks to all supporters and friends, from everybody here at Chirp. You’ve been awesome.
The campaign is formally closed, but in case for some reason you missed the chance to get involved, it is still possible to express your interest in further investment via Crowdcube.
We’d be happy to take a look at these on a case-by-case basis, so feel free to get in touch.
And now, a major announcement.
GQI UK is a London based Venture Capital investment firm, with a focus on companies engaged in the development of fintech and data innovations. GQI UK is the UK subsidiary of Guanqun Chicheng Investment Management, a leading player in the peer-to-peer lending market in China.
As part of the strategic investment, Chirp and GQI UK intend to investigate commercial opportunities for Chirp in the Chinese market.
We are excited to welcome GQI aboard, and we look forward to the next phase of Chirp with GQI’s support.
With this latest investment, we are now well set to accelerate our plans to connect hundreds of millions of devices worldwide using Chirp technology.
Stay tuned for big things to come!
More at TechCityNews
When the clock strikes midnight tonight, we close our crowdfunding campaign.
This is absolutely, positively and definitely your final chance to join with over 355 investors who have backed us to the tune of over £740K so far, some distance above our original target of £400K.
In short, with the help of the crowd, we are now officially rocking it.
Thank you all for joining us. And if you haven’t yet – now’s the time!
Chirp today announces the release of Chirp (1.7.1) for iOS which now includes integration with music platform SoundCloud.
The integration was originally produced at a 36-hour hackathon at MusicTechFest in Umea, Sweden. The team subsequently decided to roll the new functionality into the main Chirp app.
SoundCloud users can now chirp favourite tracks to each other with just one button.
Patrick Bergel, Founder at Chirp says:
“We love music, and we love SoundCloud! It’s a fantastic venue for discovering and sharing music, and a positively delightful platform to work with technically. It’s our pleasure to let SoundCloud users share tracks with each other using Chirp technology. This release is also a great showcase of our platform’s ability to plug into large external datasets containing millions of objects for easy, one-button sharing.
With the latest app upgrade, and the release of our new SDKs, we’re aiming to build what we call the Internet of Sound, or ‘speakernet’ in which millions of devices can quickly and easily chirp data of any kind, from music to passwords to payments – using sound.”
As one of our test users said: “It’s like magic!” – we agree. Grab the new app for yourself, why not?
Today we announce a new partnership with BleepBleeps, a family of connected devices for parents.
We’re super-excited to be working with BleepBleeps.
As well as being beautifully designed, insanely charming and highly practical objects, BleepBleeps have tapped into an exploding market for connected devices in consumer wellness. This is clever stuff, and very much aligns with our thinking on how connected objects will become a valuable part of people’s lives.
BleepBleeps products include a tiny portable motion alarm (Sammy Screamer) that can be attached to anything from luggage to fridge doors. When moved, the device creates an audible bleep and sends a remote notification to your phone. It is now on sale in MoMA Design Store NYC, Colette Paris and Design Museum London.
BleepBleeps will embed Chirp technology into an upcoming device to be announced.
Founder & CEO Tom Evans says:
“Chirp is such a cool product! It really is changing the way we communicate. We’ve long been admirers from afar but now this partnership means we can truly integrate this fantastic service into our devices and open up a whole new world of possibilities for connected products, families and children.”
We’re looking forward to forthcoming BleepBleeps products chirping data securely and privately to parents’ phones!