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OKO is a smart frame with a social life

This multimedia frame allows you to share all of your content with friends via Wi-Fi. 

The picture frame has been a fixture on mantels for decades. Yet, most of us can admit that looking at the same photo can get old rather quickly. So as the world becomes increasingly connected, one Barcelona startup has made it their mission to revolutionize the seemingly unchanged accessory. Instead of manually having to take apart the back of frame and insert a new photo, OKO enables its users to wirelessly beam the content that they want to see straight from their smartphone.


And it’s not just personalized photos either. Instead, the “first online multimedia touchscreen frame” connects to its accompanying mobile app via Wi-Fi, allowing owners to share their music playlists and favorite videos with other units in their network.

Unlike those before it, OKO has bolstered its social savviness as well. In doing so, the frame gives users the ability to update, change and replace its pictures and footage by pulling content based on various hashtags — meaning, it can display everything from a user’s Instagram streams to their latest Vine loops.


OKO even allows for the transmission of text and voice messages, whether that’s a friendly reminder upon arriving home or a video of the grandchildren for grandma. What’s more, users can dress up their place a bit with a collection of artwork for a dinner party or set the mood for a romantic evening for two. The possibilities are endless.


“To send other kind of text messages, there are already other applications (WhatsApp and Facebook) but you sometimes need to send a text message that you need them to be read when they are or arrive home, and you can’t risk them having their smartphone off or not reading the text,” the team writes.

“Or, maybe you are thinking of using a Post-It, but if you’re not home, how are you going to put it? Sometimes Post-Its remain unnoticed… with OKO the message will be received.”


The gadget is comprised of a high-quality color touchscreen, a removable and completely customizable case, Wi-Fi connectivity and can be powered either through its built-in battery or an AC plug. While the frame currently comes in only one size (10”), the team reveals that a larger one (21”) is in the works. In addition, future iterations may include voice recognition, cloud compatibility and a camera for video chat and gestural interaction.

Want to add an OKO to your home’s decor? Head over to its Kickstarter campaign, where the CIMNE TIC team is currently seeking $70,000. Delivery is expected to get underway in May 2016.

17 smart crowdfunding campaigns you may want to back this week

Every Friday, we’re taking a look at some of the smartest, most innovative projects that have caught our attention on Kickstarter and Indiegogo over the last seven days. 

MetaWear Coin


This low-power IoT platform is comprised of a coin-sized Bluetooth dev board, sensors and an SDK, enabling you to develop your own wearable products with ease. MbientLab is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.

Pocket NC


This five-axis desktop CNC mill would be a welcomed addition to any Maker’s workspace. Pocket NC is currently seeking $70,000 on Kickstarter.



This USB light puts high-quality, sun-like color rendering right in the palm of your hand. Relio is currently seeking $55,578 on Kickstarter.



This smart frame allows you to share all of your media content with friends and family via an accompanying app. CIMNE TIC is currently seeking $70,000 on Kickstarter.

3DSimo Mini


This multi-functional pen not only 3D prints objects in thin air, but solders, burns and cuts as well. 3DSimo is currently seeking $70,000 on Kickstarter.



This smart and stylish toothbrush is looking to reinvent oral hygiene. T.brush is currently seeking $274,661 on Kickstarter.



This dev board connects directly into your vehicle’s control network and allows you to reprogram its features to your liking. Conrod is currently seeking $77,786 on Kickstarter.



This sensor attaches to a tennis racquet to measure every aspect of a player’s game, analyzing strokes, the spin and speed of the ball, as well the accuracy of each shot. QLIPP is currently seeking $30,000 on Indiegogo.

Silk by Saffron


This smart LED bulb automatically adjusts its color temperature so you get light tailored to your circadian rhythm. Saffron is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.



This open source kit lets you to transform any part of your body into a controller by analyzing muscle and motion patterns. Gesto is currently seeking $75,000 on CrowdSupply.

Luzi Smart Lamp


This intelligent lamp uses therapeutic light, personalized sound and voice commands to help you fall asleep faster and wake up more refreshed. Luzi is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.

Kiwi 3


This plug-and-play dongle links to your car’s onboard diagnostic port, retrieves info and then wirelessly transmits it to your mobile or wearable device. PLX Devices is currently seeking $25,000 on Kickstarter.



This Bluetooth-enabled water fountain for cats not only encourages better drinking habits, but helps you keep tabs on your kitten’s H2O intake right from your smartphone. Pura is currently seeking $100,000 on Indiegogo.

Xkey Air


This wireless keyboard lets you play music anywhere from any mobile device. The CME team is currently seeking $10,000 on Indiegogo.



This hands-free, high-definition wearable display attaches to a wide variety of glasses via a magnetic docking station, giving you the ability to interface with any application. Vufine is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.

Plug ’N’ IoT


This unit makes creating an IoT gadget as easy as plugging in sensor, dragging and dropping the necessary library and uploading the code to the board. Avionics Control Systems is currently seeking $39,733 on Kickstarter.



This portable recorder can capture high-quality 24-bit/96 kHz audio with the press of a button and then stream recordings over Bluetooth. Mikme is currently seeking $25,000 on Indiegogo.

Did you happen to miss last week’s notable campaigns? If so, you can check them out here. Also, if your project is powered by Atmel MCUs and you’ve been featured on our blog, be sure to download the respective badges here for use in your ongoing marketing efforts. 

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