Grace Digital

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Grace Digital Inc is a consumer electronics company based in San Diego, CA. Grace Digital, Inc. was founded in 2007, by James D. Palmer and Greg Fadul. Grace Digital is the manufacturer of CES Innovations Award winning audio solutions, with a California based product design facility and research and development locations in Cambridge, England, Taipei, Taiwan, and Seoul, Korea, the company’s main products are internet based radio receivers, audio archiving equipment, wireless speaker systems, and waterproof personal audio devices & gadgets.

Brand names[edit]

Grace Digital launched its wireless home audio devices under the brand name "Grace Digital Audio". The nostalgic turntable devices were launched under the "Victoria" brand. In September 2010, Grace Digital launched a line of waterproof audio speaker cases under the brand "ECOXGEAR".

Products[edit]

Internet Radios[edit]

Grace Digital Wi-Fi Internet Radio Receivers are a combination Internet radio receiver and audio media streaming device that brings all the audio content of the Internet to your stereo system. Acting like any wireless device, once configured to the Wi-Fi signal available, and its security, if any, the Wi-Fi Receiver provides quick access to thousands of Internet radio stations and podcasts from your home music system without having to turn on a computer. The device will also act as a bridge between your computer network and your stereo, it can stream your digital music collection directly from your PC or Mac to your home stereo. Users can also utilize either the full function remote control included, or control via app for iPhone / iPod Touch/iPad or Android smartphone.

Audio archiving[edit]

Products designed and manufactured by Grace Digital allow the consumer to convert vinyl records and cassette tapes to digital files using PC or Mac computers via a USB connection. This is accomplished by recording audio from the original media in real time into the audio recording and editing software Audacity and subsequently saving the recorded audio to a file. The digital file can then be exported to a number of devices, such as an MP3 player.

Home audio[edit]

Grace Digital designs and manufactures a line of wireless weather resistant speakers for use indoors or outdoors. These speakers include a wireless range of approximately 150 feet and battery power.

In July 2012, Grace Digital launched its first device-dedicated speaker dock for the Kindle Fire. Named The MatchStick, the speaker dock will charge the Kindle Fire while the device is docked into the speaker. The Grace Matchstick, previously called the Firedock, includes a full-range front bass ported speaker system, a built-in 16 watts class D digital amplifier, a remote control, and an optional battery.

The G-Dock is a similar speaker dock for Samsung smartphones, includes a full-range front bass ported speaker system, a built-in 16 watts class D digital amplifier, a remote control, and an optional battery.

ECOXGEAR[edit]

The latest addition to the Grace Digital family of products is a line of personal speakers for smart phones and personal music devices. The ECOXGEAR line of speaker cases are rated to the IPX7 waterproofing standard. ECOEXTREME is the original device in the product line, but ECOXPRO adds a waterproof headphone jack for private listening.

ECOPOD is a waterproof case, only including a headphone jack and an optional bike clamp. A clear cover allows the user to see the device, which also can be controlled using headphones which allow interaction with a smartphone.

ECOTERRA is a waterproof boom box for smartphones. The product meets IPX7 standards and floats like the other devices. A clear cover allows the user to see the device, which also can be controlled using headphones.

ECOXPOWER is a pedal powered headlight and GPS/Mobile device charger for use with a bicycle. The device mounts to the hub of the front wheel of a bicycle. When the wheels turn, the internal dynamo-USB power generator charges a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, this battery has a capacity of 700mAh, with an approximate 500 charge cycle battery life. Lighting is provided by an Ultra-bright LED 1W 80 LUX white headlight and 2 rear LED red lights. Lighting time without riding is approx. 1.5 hours with a fully charged battery. A Power Jack & Cable Connection powers & recharges the lighting system for your bicycle & charges optional attached devices. The headlight can be turned ON/OFF from the handlebar mounted wired remote control (included) on your bicycle. A water resistant touchscreen case (included) mounts on the bicycle’s handlebars to hold your Smartphone or GPS Device for use & to charge with the USB converter cable. Designed to fit most bicycles, the device ships with tools for installation.

ECOXBT is a unique portable audio system combining Bluetooth, Lithium Ion Battery & Waterproof Technologies. ECOXBT is a shock resistant, floating, waterproof, full-range rechargeable wireless speaker system. Do everything from streaming & playing your music from your Bluetooth enabled Smartphone / audio device, to answering your calls over the built-in speaker phone!

ECOROX is a smaller portable audio system combining Bluetooth, Lithium Ion Battery & Waterproof Technologies. ECOROX uses all the features of the ECOXBT in a smaller, case with the ability to be mounted to a suction cup mount or handlebar mount, using ¼ 20” Camera mount screw post

Business music systems[edit]

Grace Digital has adapted internet radio and other technology used in their devices to be used in a business environment. Players use internet radio and USB memory for music on hold and overhead in-store music, also known as elevator music.

Grace Digital has 3 devices that support SiriusXM for Business. The GDI-IRBM20 is designed for a business environment and can be rack mounted into an equipment room. The Tuner Pro GDI-IRTP800 was launched in May 2012, which can be remotely controlled in an office or home automation network. This internet radio is certified by the Control4 home automation company. The GDI-SXBR1 SiriusXM for Business radio plays the same music throughout your office and telephone system simultaneously. This device has an online interface so users can manage their business music from remote locations, including day-parting.

History[edit]

In 2007, Grace Digital was founded by James D. Palmer and Greg Fadul. The first products released were an internet radio tabletop and a 7-in-1 Wooden Entertainment Center.

In March 2008, Grace Digital introduced a line of nostalgic turntables.

In May 2008, Grace Digital released outdoor wireless weatherproof speaker systems.[1][2][3]

In June 2008, Grace Digital brings to the market the first Pandora enabled wireless internet radio under $200.[4][5][6]

In August 2008, Grace Digital announced plans to showcase Lars & Ivan hybrid tube amplifiers and complementary speakers for iPod at CEDIA EXPO 2008.

In February 2009 Grace Digital launched USB turntables and cassette recorders, with the ability to download audio to the home computer.

In March 2009, Grace Digital introduced wireless plug and play radios and speakers.

In April 2010, Grace Digital introduced Allegro Portable Wireless Radio.

In June 2010, Grace Digital adds iheartradio to their line-up of radio shows, podcasts and on-demand programs.

In August 2010, Grace Digital Audio introduced weatherproof outdoor wireless speakers.

In November 2010, Grace Digital’s ECOEXTREME is named CES Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering award honoree.

On January 20, 2011, Grace Digital adds Wi-Fi Bookshelf Music System, the first ever internet Radio Bookshelf system with 802.11n connectivity.

On October 19, 2011, Grace Digital introduced business audio systems for music on hold.

In January 2012, Grace Digital introduced ECOTERRA boombox-style waterproof speakers as part of the EcoXGear line.

On August 29, 2012, Grace Digital celebrated 5 years in business.

In October 2012, the ECOXBT rugged waterproof Bluetooth speaker is added to the EcoXGear line.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Fruhlinger, Joshua (2008-5-28) Review of Grace waterproof, wireless, submersible speaker engadget
  2. ^ Kessel, Jason (2008-7-29)Gadget of the Week Colleges.com
  3. ^ Attack of the Show (2008-6-9) G4TV reviews Grace Aqua Sounders G4 TV
  4. ^ Hungerford, William (2008-8-27) Hands-on Review: Grace ITC-IR1000 Wireless Internet Radio with Pandora Support Networking Audio Video
  5. ^ Snyder, Joel (2008-8-11) Internet Radio Appliances Roundup Network World
  6. ^ Moskovciak, Matthew (2008-7-25) Grace Wireless Internet Radio Updated, Now with Pandora cnet

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