CEDIA Expo Q&A: Sookbox Stores Digital Media in Personal Cloud Servers
We take a look at the Sookbox product line, and national sales manager Jim Lespasio previews the company's booth at CEDIA Expo 2013.
Sookbox creates a Personal Cloud for all of your owned content. Users can access that cloud and serve up media to different rooms or devices, all from a favorite handheld. There’s even the option to create different zones.
Sookbox is a software company at heart, but the company needs a way to deliver that software to the masses. Hence, the Sookbox product line. First conceived at MIT, the startup just announced plans to move into the production phase - but could use a little help. Now, Sookbox has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund three different products.
First up is the Sookbox BDS, aka “Big Daddy Server.” This is a Linux-based computer with the Sookbox software, four independent HDMI outputs and options for 16 audio zones (stereo). It also has 2TB to store all of your music and video.
If you don’t need all of the above, the Sookbox MS is a smaller solution with just one video output, one audio output, and no internal storage. The latter is easy to remedy if you want that later on, via an external hard drive and the MS box’s USB port.
The last in the line is the super-tiny Sookbox Stream Runner. The company is actually hoping to make this Linux computer smaller than a deck of cards by the time it ships. However, that small form factor can provide a wealth of entertainment almost anywhere. Just hook it to your home’s wireless network and it will snag an IP address. From there, it will create a whole new zone, all without any wiring. It does work in conjunction with one of the other Sookbox products. However, after the initial setup, the Stream Runner can operate independently from your home network. That way, you can take your content on vacation, to a neighbor’s house, to the office, and more.
Sookbox is making its first ever trip to CEDIA Expo this year. Jim Lespasio, Sookbox national sales manager, gives us a preview of what to expect from the company while in Denver.
What would you say to dealers who are already familiar with your product line?
Please visit the booth for a demonstration of our latest products and features.
What would you say to dealers who are stumbling across your company for the first time?
Sookbox provides homeowners the ability to simultaneously deliver different types of content (audio, video, and online media) from multiple sources to different zones in the home – and all through one single, easy to use interface on a tablet or smartphone.
With support for 16 audio and four video zones, the Sookbox BDS also boasts 2TB of storage and IP-addressable Ethernet connectivity, allowing homeowners the ability to stream both Internet- and cloud-based content.
If an integrator stops by your booth with only five minutes to spare, what’s the one product he should examine or one question he should ask?
An integrator should ask how our patented technology will not only provide an affordable solution and solid margins, but also create supplemental, in-home customization work.
What’s your most memorable CEDIA moment?
Seeing as this is our first CEDIA Expo, our most memorable moment to date has been selecting our booth space on the exhibit hall floor map!
Do you have any giveaways, contests or quirky features planned for CEDIA?
We will have giveaways for interested attendees.
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