5 Lessons I Learned From Swimming With the Sharks (Shark Tank, That Is) - Huffington Post May 30 2014
It's now been almost 5 months since the Shark Tank episode featuring Eyebloc aired. That's enough time to have let those wounds heal properly. Actually, it wasn't nearly as brutal as the editing made it seem, and it was a wonderful learning experience that has helped me grow as an entrepreneur.
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We all know the new XBox One is always watching us in our living room. But did you know that the over 23 Million XBox Kinects in our living rooms also could be used to watch us? We designed the XBox 360 Kinect cover to ensure you have the option of opting out of being watched. You can buy the 3D printed version now on Shapeways
Here is a rendering of what the version will look like once we start manufacturing the plastic Xbox Kinect Cover in the USA
Webcam Hacking Is No Laughing Matter, but this is Funny January 01 2014
CJ lives in DC and a friend of his created this clever (and funny/sad) video emphasizing the need to use an Eyebloc webcam cover. Jeremy is spied on while celebrating his bday...with only cats.
Keep your private life private with Eyebloc.
Eyebloc Going into the Shark Tank Jan 10th! December 12 2013
Eyebloc is going in the Shark Tank! Founder and CEO CJ Isakow will appear in the first episode of 2014 of ABC's Shark Tank on January 10th to pitch Eyebloc to five of the savviest investors in the world. Our friends at Inthecapital wrote a followup article about the big news:
"It's just a real simple product, a simple idea and it will be fun to see where this takes it" - CJ
It was an amazing experience preparing for the show, filming in Los Angeles, and meeting the sharks. While its a simple idea, there is a true business opportunity to help keep private lives private.
Shark Tank returns January 10th on ABC at 9 PM EST or check it out on demand. Watch to see if Eyebloc manages to catch a shark.
Where do the hottest tech companies in DC show off their latest solutions? Tech in Motion hosts events around the country, and this week they invited Eyebloc to demo our product. We look forward to discussing our technology. We plan to highlight 3 things:
- Webcam spying is a real and growing problem. Its irresponsible to not cover your laptop web camera
- Innovators can utilize 3D printing to bring their ideas to life. Eyebloc went from idea to Amazon.com in 30 days
- Introduce our next product, a webcam cover for X-Box Kinect
Thank you Tech in Motion for recognizing Eyebloc as an innovative DC company, and Webcam spying as a threat to our freedom.
Come join us at Tech in Motion event
You don't have to look like Miss Teen USA to be a victim of webcam hacking and internet blackmail. This normal teenage boy fell victim to a criminal who extorted thousands of dollars from him after hacking his webcam. Presumably he was doing things in his room he didn't want on the internet.
Here is an except from a recent article in Vice
"According to reports, this scam is becoming increasingly common. Hackers trick someone into installing a remote access application, switch on their webcam when they’re doing something "indiscreet," then Facebook message them a copy of the video, and threaten to show it to their parents/significant other/boss/whomever the person in the video would least like to see it. In short, it’s a crime of that type of psychopathic genius I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.
In the case of Hector Hernandez, the scheme paid off to the tune of $1,700 in three installments, money he was able to get his hands on by pawning $100,000 worth of jewelry he stole from his family (which doesn't seem like a very good deal.) The scammers probably used a trojan horse to install the remote access tool or “RAT virus”, as they’re calling it on TV news, on Hector's computer. "
Webcam hacking is a serious issue that has the potential to affect all computer users, no matter age, sophistication, or looks. Remember: it's better to be careful than to be blackmailed. Don't forget to cover your webcam.
Founded in Washington DC, our nation's capital, Eyebloc is a big fan of new media company Inthecapital.com. We were thrilled this week when they covered Eyebloc and the role we can play in thwarting webcam hackers.
"The perv hacking her webcam was recently caught by the FBI. But that doesn't mean the problem is gone. Webcam hackers are out there, and chances are you have no idea if you've been a victim. The most practical and definite solution at this point is to cover your camera. And Eyebloc is an easy-to-use solution that you pop on your computer when you're not using the webcam, and pop off when you are."
Read the entire article here: Eyebloc Prevents Webcam Hackers From Spying on You