What's the big idea?
If you know what FM transmitter systems are then you know EXACTLY what Übercaster is. FM transmitter systems have multiple FM receiver devices. Its bulky, chaotic to manage, unnecessary, and expensive.
The Design Philosophy is Simple: Less Is More.
Übercaster uses WiFi to seamlessly broadcast audio to smartphones, both iOS and Android devices. ONE device and eliminated all the unnecessary FM receivers.
The Übercaster will offer less than 50ms audio latency and cost at least 8 times less than typical FM transmitter systems.
Describe the nearest player in your field.
Exxothermic(http://www.audioeverywhere.com): A System that Broadcasts audio from screens to smartphones supports iOS and Android.
Art Processor(http://www.artprocessors.net): Museum and Tour guide focused broadcasting system. Only supports iOS.
How are you different from that player?
Exxothermic: Not-Portable, Infrastructure setup required. Doesn’t just work out of the box.
Art Processor: Not-Portable, costs about $10k to setup.
Übercaster may not support as many clients as others, but it is portable and can be used for multiple applications.
How does this idea scale into a big business?
Kickstarter campaign in 2-3 months for market viability and crowd funding purposes. If the campaign is successful, I will be able to scale quickly due to my partnership with an indian manufacturing firm and a large distributor of audio related products, Williams Sound.
Why are you the one to run with this idea?
This project is a continuation of my Engineering Senior Design Project which I started in Sept 2012 at Calvin College. I truly believe that the markets I described can use this too to amplify the experience.
What is a $5,000 experiment you can do to move your idea forward?
I need to purchase more dev boards and wifi modules to mod and beta test at participating venues. I need couple more smartphones for testing purposes. I need to license and purchase softwares for further product development.