[I am] one part creative, one part strategist, one part producer, one part inventor, one part video editor and one part South Indian.
– Gramovox co-founder and CEO Pavan Bapu on his Linkedin Profile
When the gramophone was introduced in America in the early part of the 20th century, it was magic.
In the 1920s, families across America would gather round the Magnavox R3 horn speaker to listen to music, radio dramas and news.
It was entertainment experienced in a collective manner, the old-fashioned way.
Not the individual experience of entertainment you see today of people hooking up two slim white wires into their ears to listen to Lady Gaga and podcasts! 🙁
Now Indian-American Pavan Bapu is trying to restore the old magic of the gramophone to a new era with the Gramovox project.
Inspired by the 1920s Magnavox R3 horn speaker, Gramovox is touted as “a marriage of vintage and modern aesthetics.”
Users should be able to pair any Bluetooth-enabled device to the Gramovox.
The Gramovox speaker has a 15-hour battery life and a 30-feet range.
Co-founder and CEO of Gramovox, Pavan has just launched the project on Kickstarter to raise funds to get the Bluetooth horn speaker into mass production.
The goal is to raise $100,000.
If Pavan succeeds in raising money for the project, Gramovox should ship in May 2014 in the U.S. and Canada and a month later in Europe.
As of 9:14AM (Eastern Time) today, Gramovox had received pledges from 20 people for $5,161.
Since there are another 35 days left, I think the Gramovox fund raising ship should easily sail through Kickstarter.
A Kannadiga from Chicago, Pavan has a B.A. in Journalism, Communications, Film from the University of Illinois.
I can’t wait to stream the great Kannada romantic song Kanasalu Neenae, Manasalu Neenae from my iPhone to the Gramovox.