Sookbox Puts Personal Cloud Up on Kickstarter

The Massachusetts-based company is looking to fund three media server products.

Thanks to the web, there’s an unlimited amount of content available at our fingertips. Besides an endless amount of movies, TV shows and music, there’s always all of those photos, emails, and other documents. There’s so much, it’s hard to keep it all together — even inside that trusty portable. To bring everything together, there’s Sookbox.

Sookbox creates a Personal Cloud for all of your owned content. From there, 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.

All of the above has been beta tested. Now, Sookbox just needs to get more products and more promotion. The company has launched a Kickstarter campaign, with hopes of raising $200,000 over the next month.

“As a way to introduce ourselves to tech enthusiasts and ‘early adopters’ in the market, there’s no better option right now,” said David Sukoff, Sookbox’s owner. “Successful Kickstarter fundraising campaigns have launched brands and can give companies like ours a big boost in development and industry buzz.”

Sookbox is currently accepting pledges, with the Stream Runner available for as low as $65. The Sookbox MS also has an early-bird price of $175, with the Sookbox BDS going for $1,500. The campaign will run through Wednesday, August 21, 2013.

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