Interested in a sleek looking media hub? A Hong Kong based startup may just have the answer. Ezeecube is a modular media hub that handles all media content and wirelessly syncs photos from your phones, organizes them automatically & keeps them safe at home.
They are currently running a campaign on IndieGogo to get support and funding. Early backers can get the Ezeecube at a discounted price from US$199, with normal retail price set at US$299.
Specifications of EzeeCube
CPU: Freescale iMX6 Cortex A9 Dual core full 1.0 Ghz (MCIMX6Q5EYM10AD)
RAM: 1GB DDR3 64bits 1066Mhz
Memory: NAND 4G eMMC 8GB
Storage: 1 Terabyte, 5400RPM, 2.5″
Ethernet: 1000mbps (through limited to 470mbps)
HDMI: HDMI v1.4
WiFi: IEEE 802.11 2.4Ghz
What I like about it
It runs XBMC and the modular design allows users to stack accessories such as blu-ray player, TV tuner STB, additional HDD, IR transmitter etc without any wires or driver installation. As XBMC currently supports PVR / tuner Live TV integration, it should be pretty straightforward to set up. The founder also added that it would be compatible with DVB-T2 for Singapore broadcasts. It is a simple, elegant implementation for a media hub and can also function as a NAS. The default 1TB internal storage space should be handy for most people. You would need to leave it permanently on but as it is a low power linux-based chipset – EzeeCube can act like a network attached storage (NAS) and can save any kind of files from windows and mac computers via inbuilt FTP server.
The modular design helps keep costs manageable and scales to your needs – although the US$299 retail pricing is definitely on the pricier side. Costs would also increase rather quickly due to the single supplier, but that helps ensure the unified look. Beauty comes at a cost.
StartUps are always a difficult journey, and the team shared they have been going at it since Jan 2013 – They began as a 3 members team and now have 8 members helping in development, sourcing, production, legal and marketing. They are currently largely self-funded and focusing on the Indiegogo campaign now. Post funding, they would also be interested in strategic funding post campaign to speed up software development and hardware production.
Interested? Head over to EzeeCube’s campaign on IndieGogo to find out more.