The jukebox may be dead aside from a few still floating around in diners, but the team behind Fon wanted to reimagine it with an interesting little twist.
In comes Gramafon, a social jukebox that integrates with Spotify and Facebook, allowing your friends to not only control the tunes, but gain access to your Wi-Fi.
Essentially, it’s a redesigned Wi-Fi router, something that Fon has a lot of experience as it specializes in unique Wi-Fi hotspots built around crowdsourcing.
The company is hoping to raise $250,000 through Kickstarter to bring Gramafon to the masses, and here’s how it works:
- Connect Gramafon to speakers or your sound system
- Plug it into your Internet modem or connect it via Wi-Fi
- Use any Android device or iPhone to access its Wi-Fi
Since it’s integrated with Facebook, only your Facebook friends can connect to the Wi-Fi with no password necessary, and once they’re in, can customize a Spotify playlist that outputs directly through the Gramafon.
If Fon hits its Kickstarter goal of $250,000 by May 15, it plans on shipping out an initial run of 6500 units sometime in July.
The company also has plans to integrate other music services such as Rdio, Deezer, Google Play Music, Soundcloud, Grooveshark and more.
Currently at over $35,000 of its funding goal, you can pre-order the Gramafon in black for $50, and a limited white edition for $60.