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Flomio powers up a Kickstarter campaign for its FloJack


Kicking its already very busy year into super high gear, the Flomio team just launched a crowdfunding campaign to introduce its latest project, FloJack, to the world.

FlojackAccording to Flomio, FloJack is a pocket-sized NFC (Near Field Communication) reader and writer that brings the power of NFC to the iPad, iPod Touch and the iPhone. Trggered by touch, NFC is a wireless technology that connects your phone to the devices around it in order to trigger new experiences. Until FloJack, it hasn't been available for iPhone, Flomio says.

Founder Richard Grundy said the team is seeking to raise $80,000 on Kickstarter to produce the FloJack. It's quite an ambitious target for a campaign that ends at 11:59 p.m. Nov. 26 -- but after just one day, the team was already nearly $8,000 closer to the goal.

You can read the story of the product -- including its scaledown from lunchbox size to a device that easily fits in a pocket -- and much more about the technology here.

Flomio, conceived in Grundy's head in September of 2010, an Incubate Miami 2011 graduate and presenter at last year's SuperConf, has had a whirlwind 2012. Grundy shared a few of its recent milestones:

The first three months of this year it participated in the TechStars Cloud accelerator program in San Antonio. In January, Flomio delivered access control to Jamaica Jazz and Blues an over 35,000 attendees. In April, it shined at TechStars Demo Day. The following month, Flomio was invited to join the NFC Bootcamp and tour the world to evangelize NFC.

This summer it completed a seed round, raising $425,000 from RMR Capital, Cloud Power Fund, and others. In August, Flomio acquired the NFC Quick Actions app by Fernando Cejas.

Wednesday's launch on Kickstarter marks another milestone for Flomio. What will it do for an encore? There's still two months left in the year, Flomio.

(Photos provided by Flomio show the team -- Rcihard Grundy, John Bullard, Tim Ronan and Fernando Cejas -- and the FloJack.)