AcoustiGrain fully acoustic wooden speaker base for the iPhone. Add over 10 decibels with no electricity. Luxury meets technology....
Greetings Kickstarters! Thank you for checking out the AcoustiGrain Project. I hope you enjoyed my video, and luckily you now have an idea of what my project is all about. Here are the......
A little about the Acoustigrain:
The AcoustiGrain is a strictly acoustic speaker base for the iPhone. The base holds the iPhone upright, while channeling the sound from the iPhone speaker through a standard horn-shaped chamber facing the listener. When the sound is played through the AcoustiGrain, it is substantially louder than using just the iPhone speaker alone. And because of the natural resonating characteristics of the horn chamber, there is no power requirement. You can use the AcoustiGrain anywhere you like and enjoy improved sound in a simple yet aesthetically pleasing base.
Why'd you come?
Through my own experiences with the iPhone, I have found a shortcoming with the performance of the on-board speaker. As do many people, I like to listen to music while I get ready in the morning and while showering. No matter what I tried, my iPhone (and only portable music device), was just not playing music loud enough for me to enjoy. After many people I encountered agreed that the speaker was lacking in volume, I decided that this irritating problem could have a pleasant solution. Not wanting to clutter my bathroom with more wires, the AcoustiGrain was born.
I have created a Kickstarter project to bring my invention, the AcoustiGrain, to the largest possible audience, in order to both raise funds for production and also to get feedback and opinions for improvement. While I have a deep love of music, acoustics, and product design, I want to make a product that suits your needs, not my own. With your support, I will be able to make a product that suits your taste and needs in order to solve the irritating problem of not enough volume from our iPhones.
Why'd you stay?
With the funds pledged through Kickstarter, You will be receiving a production version of the AcoustiGrain. Currently the design is in prototype phase. Your funds will go initially towards research and development, including the purchase of an audio response analyzer and a small acoustic chamber for testing. This will allow for the best design possible at a minimal cost. Once the optimal horn size and shape is determined, production will begin and You will receive the very first production batch of the AcoustiGrain.
AcoustiGrain Original and Vibrant Series
The AcoustiGrain Original will be made of 100% natural American Black Walnut with a pure Tung Oil finish. The Original is the flagship model due to its elegant look that blends in with any decor, and the warm sounds that the wood provides. These will be cut using precision CNC equipment, and will be assembled and finished by hand. ***NOTE: While I plan to use walnut, I am very open to material suggestions from all Kickstarters. If successful, a variety of wood options could be offered.
For those who want to add some color to their sound, the AcoustiGrain Vibrant Series will be made of molded, environmentally-friendly, strong and durable, urethane plastic. Because they are plastic, the Vibrant Series will come in one of five colors: black, white, red, blue and purple. The plastic will give a sharper, edgier sound, and the durability of the plastic makes it ideal for enhancing your sound on the go. ***NOTE: Like the Original, the colors listed for the Vibrant Series are planned but not set in stone. This is your opportunity to be get involved in the project.
Any good Kickstarter Project has an exclusive offer just for those of you who pledge for its success. And this project is no different.
For those of you who really like the elegance and richness of the AcoustiGrain Original, I will offer a limited batch of 50 customized AcoustiGrain Originals just for Kickstarters. You will be given the option to have a monogram carved onto your AcoustiGrain. This would be great for an office, gift, or just to make your AcoustiGrain Yours!
For those who love the idea of the AcoustiGrain Vibrant Series, I will offer an exclusive version in metallic silver, only for Kickstarters. There will be no limit for this color, but once Kickstarter orders have been filled, the silver AcoustiGrain will be retired.
Thank you for stopping by the AcoustiGrain Project page. Go Kickstarter!
See the AcoustiGrain Original in action.......
Initial testing indicates decibel levels are between 5 and 20 db higher depending on frequency. Overall volume increase will be at least 10db higher with the AcoustiGrain, and probably more after R&D is complete.
The AcoustiGrain opening was made to fit iPhones using the Engrained iGrain wooden case. However most iPhone cases fit into the AcoustiGrain, and you can use the AcoustiGrain without any case at all.
Unfortunately this version of the AcoustiGrain does not work with a charger (it's kinda the point). However, as the funding continues, I will keep making prototypes, which hopefully will allow the use of the data cable.
Absolutely not!. The power exerted from the iPhone is the same either with or without the AcoustiGrain. However, if you play your music quietly or are happy with the iPhone speaker performance, you can actually save power using the AcoustiGrain with your volume set at a lower level.
pledged of $7,500 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on July 12, 2011.
Jun 7, 2011 - Jul 12, 2011 (35 days)
Pledge $1 or more
If you like our product and want to see it succeed, we will put your pledge to good use in making the AcoustiGrain a hit. Pledge as little or as much as you like, and we will forever recognize you on our Kickstarter dedication webpage.
Pledge $10 or more
$10 gets you a one of the very first production AcoustiGrain Vibrant Series at an introductory price (retail price will be $14.99). You can choose from any of the standard colors. Purchase as many as you like for $10 each, but please add $4.99 per unit for shipping in the US, and $9.99 for shipping to Canada. International Shipping is available, but the cost depends on your country. Please contact me for an estimate.
Pledge $15 or more
$15 gets you a Kickstarter-only AcoustiGrain Vibrant Series in Metallic Silver. This color will only be manufactured for Kickstarter supporters and will not be offered in stores. Purchase as many as you like for $15 each, but please add $4.99 per unit for shipping in the US, and $9.99 for shipping to Canada. International Shipping is available, but the cost depends on your country. Please contact me for an estimate.
Pledge $25 or more
For the luxury purist, get the AcoustiGrain Original made from American Black Walnut for an introductory price of $25 (retail will be $29.99). Purchase as many as you like for $25 each, but please add $4.99 per unit for shipping in the US, and $9.99 for shipping to Canada. International Shipping is available, but the cost depends on your country. Please contact me for an estimate.
Pledge $35 or more
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If the AcoustiGrain Original interests you, but you want something even more special, we will offer a very limited run of custom monogrammed AcoustiGrain Originals for $35 each. We will carve the monogram of your choice (three letters only) onto your AcoustiGrain, making it truly Yours! Please add $4.99 per unit for shipping in the US, and $9.99 for shipping to Canada. International Shipping is available, but the cost depends on your country. Please contact me for an estimate.