Glowdeck Is a Must-Have Notification Center, Wireless Charger + Speaker in One
Let’s face it, your smartphone needs a BFF. It gets tossed around all day, every day: From bedside dock to smart purse to the charger at your desk, then maybe paired with a Bluetooth speaker at your friend’s house (Will it ever see Vifa again? What a whirlwind!). Well finally, we’ve found it a pretty constant companion in Glowdeck, your smartphone’s new home base. The rectangular desktop device is a notification center, wireless charger and speaker in one. And let’s just say, it’s going to seriously streamline your digital home life and give your phone a much-deserved rest.
At its most basic, Glowdeck is a wireless smartphone charger — just place your Qi-compatible phone on the center third of its surface to juice it up. Once it has reached 100% power, Glowdeck will automatically disable the charging surface to preserve the lifespan of your phone’s battery ‘cause, you know, it and your phone are cool like that.
You can totally let your phone cozy up to Glowdeck because once it’s down, it doesn’t need to be picked back up for basic functions like talking or texting. Instead, press down on Glowdeck’s surface to activate a voice assistant that responds to audible commands through its embedded noise canceling mic, which also works as a speakerphone.
Its stereo speaker system is high quality, too: Primed with an advanced Bluetooth module to transform that podcast streaming on your muffled smartphone into a smooth sonic experience that the whole room can enjoy. This 3-in-1 gadget is starting to seem like quite the overachiever, right? Just wait until you meet Streams.
Streams is a WiFi-enabled OS that’s smart. Really smart. Like, close to Samantha OS levels of smart. It syncs with your phone to bring you ALL of your digital notifications in ONE swanky stationary place. Once you enable the alerts and updates you want to see using the Glowdeck app, the device will display general info about each one you receive on its front-facing (though maybe a little too small?) screen. It will also log the event in your app, so that whenever you scamper off with your smartphone, your notifications are similarly organized on mobile.
If a digital display and audio cues aren’t enough to grab your attention at home, then the sleek LED light display sure will. Glowdeck is tricked out with a 56 multicolor LED array, which makes the device’s base glow when you receive a notification (ahh-ha, the name makes a lot more sense now!) The customizable feature can even be synced to your music in real time, providing quite the bedside light show.
So yeah, there’s a lot going on with Glowdeck. BUT all of its high-tech features really seem to flow, and that makes the device seem insanely inviting (plus, it would look pretty neat next to your turntable, right?). We’re not the only ones who think so. Glowdeck has more than doubled its Kickstarter goal with just under a month left before its campaign ends. For $190, you can spruce up your pad with a black acrylic edition (available wooden versions will cost you $215) and finally give your phone a place to call home.
Did Glowdeck floor you? Would you buy a home notification center for your place? What other kinds of gadgets are you using to help streamline your digital life at home? Tell us in the comments below.
Getting the word out about your brand takes time, drive, and ingenuity. And it doesn't come easy for many entrepreneurs. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're chatting with Selfmade alum Taylor Morgan McPherson, founder of Sustainable Sparkle Bar, about ways in which she scored press as a solo startup brand and what she learned from Selfmade to take her brand marketing up a notch.
B + C: How did you know Sustainable Sparkle Bar was your business to start?
Glitter has always been my thing, so when I started my event company I decided to make it my niche. I started telling people I threw glitter-themed parties where people would get sparkled with glitter body art and makeup. Six months after that I applied to my first festival and to work with SUR restaurant in West Hollywood.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
I honestly can't say that I've had a specific strategy that I've followed when it comes to getting my business off the ground. I have a PR background so I was just constantly pitching new business and posting on social media.
B + C: What's the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?
I would say creating a stable income and revenue stream. With a seasonal, event-based business it can be very up and down.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
The relationships I made and the push to start an email database.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I love what I do and I believe in myself 100%. Staying motivated isn't the hard part. Pushing myself to do the work and staying accountable is the hard part.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip? Do you use any apps that help you manage your business?
I keep multiple to-do lists, hand-written and digital. I also tell clients and partners that I will have something to them by a certain time or day so I have to stick to it.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Just do it, take the leap. And don't worry about what anyone else says to thinks.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Issa Rae, I'm so inspired by everything that she's created being a creative and a black woman. It's my dream to have my own show one day based on my life and where I give advice and talk about the world. She's doing it and making people laugh and giving people joy. And it's based in LA. Watching Insecure only further cemented my dreams of wanting to live in LA.
B + C: How did you hear about the Office Depot scholarship?
One of my friends that I met through Camp No Counselors saw an IG ad for it and nominated me.
B + C: What has receiving the scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start/grow your business?
It's completely helped me level up and take my business to another level. Selfmade helped me host my first virtual event and taught me how to set up my website to sell tickets to events and get RSVPs.
B + C: How have Office Depot services or products helped you accomplish more in your business?
I got new cards to send in all of my orders with my discount code on them. I also bought a really cool 4K camera that I now use for my social media.
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