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Former Android Smartwatch Designer Joins Words with Friends Exec to Unveil A Smart Multimedia Screen for the Home

New retro-inspired multimedia device brings people together with video conferencing, YouTube and GoPro streaming, and personal and private channels for sharing and viewing photos and video

San Francisco, Calif., – WEBWIRE

(October 25, 2016) - The invention of the kitchen TV brought entertainment to the home’s central gathering place. Fast forward to now - the kitchen is still the hub of the home but smartphones have sucked us into screens for one-on-one interactions rather than gather-around interactive experiences. Enter Loop, launched today as a multimedia device to help friends and families stay connected. Inspired by the kitchen TV, it re-imagines how we connect and enjoy photos, videos or online content, together.  
See it for yourself:
Loop is a three-in-one device: a communication tool, family media player and voice controlled smart screen for the home. Televisions are vehicles for streaming video services. Social media is the new morning news. In a space uninhabited by smartphones, tablets and TV, Loop is an interactive device designed so everyone can view and share content that matters most to them on a single screen. Users download the Loop app and instantly connect with other Loop owners to share photos, video conference and watch videos. It acts as an entertainment hub - featuring several popular, must-have channels like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Flickr, GoPro and more.
Features include:

  • Communication Device
    1. “FamilyTime,” Loop’s video chat, lets you connect in real time with family and friends across the country or across the world
    2. Allows friends and families “tune in” to the content they want to view
    3. Photos and videos can be shared on public or private channels and accessed anywhere, anytime
    4. Easily send content to multiple Loops + channels at once with the Loop app

  • Family Media Player
    1. HD screen size and a powerful speaker blow tablets and smartphones out of the water
    2. Favorite YouTube channels and GoPro footage streamed on a single, portable device
    3. Stream videos straight from smartphone to Loop, and make watching content on a single screen actually enjoyable

  • Voice Controlled Smart Screen
    1. Voice and gesture control technology allow for hands-free communication
    2. Display recipes and connect to other smart home devices

All of these features are housed in a retro, 1950’s-inspired design, fueled by modern hardware and software that incorporates a dial for easy browsing. With its focus on streamlined features and ease-of-use, Loop is simple enough for all ages and technological abilities.
“We see an opportunity in the home that sits between the 80-inch televisions and the small mobile screens we hold in our hands. We wanted to build a device that had both communal and social elements in it. With Loop, we packaged modern technology into a simple and elegant design to deliver a new experience in the home. As a result, we’re changing the way families gather around and experience content together,” said Brian Gannon, founder and CEO of California Labs, makers of Loop.
Developed by the engineers and leaders of the LeapFrog Tablet and Words with Friends, the world’s most popular mobile word game, Loop is building an engaging and fun experience in the home.
Loop is available for purchase now, and its first batch is on sale for a limited time starting at $199 for a single unit, $179 each for two units and $149 each for a set of three or more units. Loop will ship in both the U.S. and internationally, with first delivery starting by the holidays.
To find out more and purchase your Loop now visit:
About Loop
Loop is the multimedia device for the home that connects you to the people and things that you love. Created by California Labs and developed by co-founders Brian Gannon and Ethan Ballweber. Graduates of Highway1 product accelerator, the company is well-funded and launched Loop without any crowdfunding. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

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