NeTV2

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May 16, 2018

Funded! And Kebel's Awesome Idea

I’m super-excited that the campaign has hit two major goals: first, we’re 100% funded, so the project is a go! Thank you for enabling me to build this hardware. I’m looking forward to building your NeTV2 and sharing a few stories about my journey along the way.

Second, I’m already getting some amazing feedback about the sorts of things people might do with the NeTV2 – if only they had the right to do it. My favorite so far is a suggestion by Kebel, which he wrote up on GitHub.

The basic idea is a Patreon-like service for actors. The NeTV2 in libre mode feeds video to an AI that recognizes the faces or names of stars. Whenever they come on screen or roll in the credits, the viewer is given the opportunity to send a tip. This would enable fans to support artists directly, through all types of works – not just big budget movies, but also through TV interviews and appearances, as well as through personal YouTube or Twitch feeds. It also enables artists to connect more directly with their fans, as it also gives direct feedback on which scenes and engagements generated the most interest.

If you have an idea for what you might do if you had the legal right to process video, please document it using your favorite linkable editing tool (git, wiki, gdocs, pastebin) and open an issue against the netv2-ideas repository. This helps track all the cool ideas that are currently ephemerally floating around on Twitter and in emails.

While it’s easy to measure and celebrate the monetary progress of a crowdfunding campaign, documenting and gathering great ideas like this is of equal importance.

$23,620 raised

of $15,000 goal

40

days left

157%

funded

127

pledges

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$5

Buy bunnie a beer!

Designing hardware is thirsty work. Your donation will help provide bunnie the sustenance to power through long nights.


$50

Buy bunnie a keg!

It takes a village to mass produce hardware: J.A.R.V.I.S. is fiction, gritty factories are reality. Back this tier so I can pour a pint for all the unsung heroes who mill the steel, mind the machines, pack the boxes and manage the supply chain to create the miracle of a product arriving at your doorstep.


$10

Support the EFF!

Add this to your order and get an EFF Multisticker Sheet. The stickers are purchased full-price from the EFF and bundled into your order, so this is a convenient way to help support the EFF's broader efforts while also supporting this campaign. If you believe in the need to reform Section 1201 but video isn't your thing, please also consider donating directly to the EFF!


$200

NeTV2 - Just the Board

Just the NeTV2 open video development board plus a 12V power supply. For the power developer who has their own JTAG box or the hobbyist who enjoys spending an afternoon provisioning a Raspberry Pi with the NeTV2 dev tools. Back now - post-campaign pricing goes up by $15! Version with large FPGA only available during the campaign.


$320

NeTV2 Quickstart Package

For developers and users who want to skip the screwdrivers and go straight to a SSH prompt. The Quickstart Package is a turnkey solution for open video, optimized for video overlay. It's an NeTV2 dev board bundled with a Raspberry Pi 3 B+, 8 GiB SD card with pre-loaded base firmware package, power supply, and our custom HDMI Flex Jumper, all assembled into a case and fully tested. Ready for you to SSH in and load your application code! Back now - post-campaign pricing goes up by $25! Version with large FPGA only available during the campaign.


$25

NeTV2 - Just the Case

All the plastic parts necessary to protect and mount your NeTV2 dev board: case top and bottom, front bezel, light pipes, standoffs, and screws. If you plan to mate this with your own Raspberry Pi as a video source, you'll also want to get the Custom HDMI Flex Jumper.


$15

Custom HDMI Flex Jumper

Even the shortest HDMI cables don't quite fit inside the NeTV2 case, so we built a custom flexible PCB that provides impedance-controlled differential pairs to bridge between the Raspberry Pi overlay video source and the NeTV2 open video dev board. Make sure to select the correct FPGA image when using this cable, as it leverages the pinout flexibility of the FPGA to optimize signale routing.


$1,000

Making the Case

Backers of this tier get a 25mm space to engrave their name (or pseudonym) in a 10-point open licensed font inside the case. The names will be engraved in the mounting-boss-free area underneath the NeTV2 board mounting.


$10,000

Secrets in Plain Sight

There's an array of cooling holes on the bottom side of the case. But when I look at a 24 x 8 array of dots, I don't see cooling holes. I see 24 bytes (192 bits) that could be used to code a message. Here's an opportunity for one backer to code something that will be milled into hardened tooling steel and stamped into many plastic cases. Final design must have enough holes for sufficient air flow.


$2,500

Deploy, Deploy, Deploy!

Looking to retrofit a set of existing video displays in your office, restaraunt, or store? Get this campaign-exclusive 10-pack deal. It's a bundle of 10 Quickstart Packages. The hardware is fully assembled and tested, so you just have to just SSH in, configure your application, and you're in business.

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We create products for digital video processing.


Andrew Huang


AQS Inc.

Contract Manufacturer

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