SQueo: Water Resistant Bluetooth Speaker
SQueo: Water Resistant Bluetooth Speaker
Listen to your music and make phone calls anywhere, drop SQueo™ in water or sand. It works with any Bluetooth device.
Listen to your music and make phone calls anywhere, drop SQueo™ in water or sand. It works with any Bluetooth device. Read more
About this project
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SQueo™ is a water-resistant, dust and sand proof, Bluetooth speaker handset. We wanted to create a timeless design icon that we hope will make everyone's life a little easier.
SQueo™ connects to your phone wirelessly, you can play music or answer phone calls just about anywhere, while your mobile phone, computer or tablet are safely tucked away, protected from dusty or humid environments like the beach or the shower.
SQueo™ WORKS WITH ANY BLUETOOTH DEVICE
If you have a Bluetooth phone, Mac or PC, you can:
- make and receive phone calls in private mode or hands-free by using the built-in microphone
- select tracks and control music volume
- utilize Siri software and speech recognition modules
Specifications and Details
SQueo™ works with any Bluetooth device, be it your smartphone, Tablet, Mac or PC.
SQueo™ - Bluetooth Speaker and SpeakerPhone enables easy Bluetooth pairing for connection to any smartphone, tablet, Mac or Pc by simply following these steps:
1. Turn SQueo™ on and put it in pairing mode
2. Enable Bluetooth connection on your device and scan for available devices
3. Pair your device with the SQueo™
4. Now you are ready to listen to music and make / answer your phone calls with SQueo™.
1. Portable and lightweight
2. Magnetic connector
3. Hermetically sealed speaker
4. Water resistant (SQueo™ is going to be certified as IP68)
5. Floats when dropped in water
6. Sand, dust and dirt proof (SQueo™ is going to be certified IP68)
7. Vibrant and timeless colors
8. Quality sound
9. Screwless minimalistic device
10. Pleasant to touch and easy to use
SQueo™ has an infinite list of uses uses: check out our Pinterest Board “With SQueo™ you can” to discover lots of different environments that SQueo™ can be used in.
Here are just a few of them:
- Enjoying outdoor activities: swim or sail and don’t worry about getting your SQueo™ wet: go skiing or trek across the desert and don’t worry about snow or sand.
- Taking a shower or a bath: enjoy singing while in the shower or in the bathtub, all hands free.
- Bathing your kids: forget about the water splashing and let SQueo™ float in the tub, playing your child's favorite tunes.
- Cooking: use SQueo™ in the kitchen.
HUMID & WET ENVIRONMENTS
SQueo™ is going to be certified as IP68, the second digit referring to the intrusion protection level against liquids, with 8 being the highest point on the scale.
It has a hermetically-sealed speaker and a magnetic charger. These two unique features mean SQueo™ can be immersed in water for 30 min at a depth of 1m or be covered by sand or dust and still function perfectly.
DUSTY & SANDY ENVIRONMENTS
The first digit of IP68 specifications refers to the intrusion protection level against solid foreign objects, with 6 being the highest point on the scale.
This means that SQueo™ provides complete protection against dust and sand.
The SQueo™ device has a stylish and contemporary finish, with a subtle matte exterior in five colors :
SQueo™ gives you freedom
We would like for SQueo™ to become an indispensable companion in your daily routine. In addition to that, by making the impossible possible in terms of communication, we hope that you will enjoy experiences that you had only dreamed of before SQueo™.
SQueo™ was designed for people who:
- love new technology
- love design
- love listening to music
- love making and receiving phone calls, sending text messages and emails
There are no age restrictions here!
SQueo™ is easy and intuitive to use, you and / or your kids will have no problem using it.
HOW IT ALL STARTED:
…So we thought, “Whether you are caught in the rain, taking a shower or at the beach, let’s build a better, cool looking device with good sound quality”.
It was a fascinating concept. We then created a virtual image of a waterproof speaker that allowed you to listen to music and receive phone calls too.
A waterproof mobile? We were looking for something a little more fun and less boring.
Something that is well designed, easy to use and with a soft touch. A device that our children will look at 20 years from now and will still say: Wow this is cool!
When we came up with the speaker phone idea, we immediately began to draw several hypotheses of what SQueo™ would become.
To visualize it better we self produced SQueo’s first prototype out of cardboard, MARK I, by putting together components that were available to us, all wrapped and secured with office tape.
The outcome was a very raw and simple piece, but it helped us focus on and develop what SQueo™ is now.
As for the main concept… it took us time to reach the perfect solution, we made several attempts, adjusted it, redesigned it until we finally finalized it. It took time....
The following step was a market research, in order to find out what kind of Bluetooth speakers, speaker phones were already sitting on the shop shelves. We found out that the market was filled with incomplete products, each featuring good individual characteristics, but none of them gathering a complete set of winning features.
Usually waterproof devices have a plastic cap that covers the recharging socket.. if you forget to close it and the device comes in contact with water... well, the device is GONE!!
This is not going to happen to SQueo™ customers.
So we started to think about how to solve this problem and after a while we came up with the brilliant idea of removing the socket and installing a magnetic connector instead !!!
This solved the issue and allowed us to make appealing and more refined design... and more importantly leave our future customers anxiety free.
We wanted SQueo™ to be both reliable and beautiful, that’s why test after test, we reached the alchemy of the screwless design. This was both a technical and aestethic solution. Of course removing the screws offers the device a beautiful minimalism, which on its own makes SQueo™ a timeless piece of design.
SQueo™ technology is based on the highest level of waterproof capability so far reached (the IP68). In order to achieve this, the device had to be hermetically sealed and the idea was to conceive a device that is assembled by compression of the two main covers with a rubber isolating element in between.
SQueo™ was entirely conceived and designed in Italy.
We take great pride in the result – cutting edge technology in an iconic design, yet a thoroughly tested and completely practical solution to modern technology’s vulnerability toward the environment.
We also take pride in working with manufacturers who share our vision of quality and efficiency.
The manufacturers we chose are located in Shenzhen, China.
We have personally inspected the factories and verified that they are fully certified and satisfy all the necessary health, safety and quality control requirements.
What your contribution will help us do:
In addition to the money we have already invested in developing SQueo™, we still need further funding for:
1. the improvement of SQueo™ Ring Holder design and functionality
2. injection molding tools
4. the first production run
5. package development
6. shipping costs
BE A PART OF THE SQUEO™ PROJECT
With your support, it WILL happen.
Risks and challenges
Timely fulfillment of promises is a priority for us.
Before launching SQueo™ on Kickstarter, we had already taken it off of the drawing board. Having lavished a great deal of care and attention to the development process, we have now reached the pre-production phase.
We produced many prototypes, resulting in the near-final ones you can see in our video and on our website so that SQueo™ is as reliable and functional as possible.
We are planning to make some final adjustments to the ring holder design before beginning full-scale production.
From our team’s previous projects we have plenty of experience at tackling the various issues that may arise during the production process, and therefore have full confidence in our capacity to mass-produce SQueo™.
Together with our manufacturers in China, as a trusted source of know-how in producing high quality hi-tech products, we are sure we will introduce a superb product to the market.
Although we do not anticipate any delay in production, it is possible that for quality control reasons we may have to temporarily stop production to ensure that no sub-standard products are shipped. The last thing we want to do is deliver a product the customer will not be delighted with.
What we need now is your support; so please give us the chance to reward your investment with an experience like no other.
Thank you, in advance
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