There is now yet another way for you to record those cringe-worthy encomiums to the many virtues of the new bride or groom.
The bootstrapped SpeechBooth, founded last year and today emerging from a private beta, is offering an iPad Air 2-based setup that can help capture everyone’s good wishes.
“They say everyone has a year of [attending] weddings,” CEO and founder Dan Slagen told VentureBeat. His was last year, when he was a guest at ten weddings.
“By about the fifth wedding,” he said, “I noticed there was no nice way to leave a video message” for the happy couple.
The SpeechBooth kit, shipped to the wedding and set up in minutes, contains an iPad mounted on a tripod that also includes an extension microphone and a light. A custom app invites the guests to choose whether to address the new wife or husband, or both, and allows guests to test record a submission and then review and approve the final version.
After the day’s events, the unit is packed up back into its shipping containers and returned to SpeechBooth. Within seven days, the Boston-based company posts to the cloud downloadable files of all the raw 1080p HD footage, as well as an edited version that includes snippets from every recorded testimonial.
Though called SpeechBooth, there’s no actual booth — unlike those clunky but charming photo/video booths that occasionally show up at weddings and other events. But a booth runs $1,000 to $1,500 for an event, Slagen said, and requires someone to come and set it up — compared to $499 for one SpeechBooth kit, including the edited videotape.
All those drinking and eating videographers and photographers, otherwise known as guests, also can upload their captures to a single place through such solutions as the wedding photo-sharing app WedPics. Slagen sees that option as less focused toward the goal of getting your friends and relatives to say something nice. And professional wedding photographers/videographers, he said, are trying to “catch the overall of the day.”
The company is also targeting such occasions as bar mitzvahs and corporate events. But what if it’s a huge event, such as a wedding styled to India’s standards, with over 1,500 attendees?
Slagen told us that such a challenge has not yet been encountered, but, if it were, every guest’s recorded tribute would be included in the edited highlights reel.
“Right now, the average wedding brings in about 60 to 70 speeches, but our storage capacity [in the iPad] allows three times that right now, and we haven’t run into storage issues,” he said. The app shows an alert if capacity is reached.
“If someone has a larger wedding or event, we can send multiple kits or work with people to customize a larger storage capability,” Slagen told us.