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Spiro X1 - Making wired headphones wireless

Remove your outdated headphone wire and plug in the Spiro X1. The Spiro X1 is the reinvented headphone "wire" for the 21st century.

Spiro X1 - Making wired headphones wireless

Remove your outdated headphone wire and plug in the Spiro X1. The Spiro X1 is the reinvented headphone "wire" for the 21st century.

$6,837
pledged of $75,000pledged of $75,000 goal
117
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, June 17 2015 4:30 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 17, 2015

About

A 21st century headphone "wire"?

It's about time.

You love your headphones but hate your wire. You could go out and spend hundreds of dollars to purchase yet another pair of headphones, but why? You own your favorite headphones already; you love their sound and style. The Spiro X1 can make them wireless in the simplest way possible. Pull out your outdated wire, and plug in the Spiro X1. The Spiro X1 was built from the ground up to transform your wired headphones into Bluetooth headphones. It's small, powerful, and sexy. It employs the most advanced Bluetooth technology to stream the best pure wireless sound from your iPhone or Android to your headphones. The Spiro X1 is the reinvented headphone "wire" for the 21st century. 

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How does it work?

Will The Spiro X1 work with your headphones?

Most likely yes. Many headphones on the market have a detachable wire. That means you can unplug the wire, and plug in the Spiro X1. 

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Engineering 

Designing the Spiro X1 implied several engineering challenges for our head engineer, Andrei Aldea. We had to start from scratch, dealing with sub millimeter precision and going through several prototypes in order to get the perfect fit. You can think of it as one giant crossword puzzle, where you don’t know if the letters you see are actually there. After many 1:1 prints and multimeter/oscilloscope checks, we were finally ready to get the initial prototype working.  We wanted to offer the latest in Bluetooth Audio technology available, so after the hard work we’ve done on V0.1 Alpha of the prototype, we decided to upgrade to the newer OVC3960 chip, which added support for Bluetooth 3.0 high speed transmission rate and updated protocols, creating better audio quality on supported devices.

GIF: Andrei Aldea - Head Engineer
GIF: Andrei Aldea - Head Engineer

Our goal in the final version was to get a device that is not only as small as possible, but delicately balanced between battery life, practicality, design, and audio performance. We worked closely with the design team to ensure that we reached our goal so that the user will intuitively know how to use the device: something as natural as walking. We have achieved this.  The device beautifully tells the user its current status whenever paired, charging or running out of battery, and is incredibly easy to operate, with easy to find buttons and plenty of satisfactory feedback for the user.

Design 

As an accessory to the user’s favorite headphones, it was important that the Spiro X1 be unobtrusive and composed of the simplest form. Most headphones have circular ear cups, therefore it made sense for the unit to also embody a circular shape, but smaller. It truly appears to be a companion for any pair of headphones. As a final touch, an LED halo wraps the contents into place, and lets you know when your wireless is either good to go, or almost out of juice.

When designing for manufacturing, this small circular shape makes everything efficient from injection molding to assembly. As a small team with the potential of scaling up, it’s important that all processes remain simple and efficient, regardless of the volume. In case the Spiro X1 gets wildly popular, we’re prepared to crank out thousands without breaking a sweat!

We Need You!

Our team has has been working tirelessly for the past year. We’ve gone from ideas on a white board, to a fully functioning aesthetic prototype.

Now we need your help to bring it to production. The money we raise on Kickstarter will go straight towards delivering you the best product possible, as quickly as possible.

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Risks and challenges

Since we're a small startup, we teamed up with a larger player to ensure that our first customers receive a quality product. We chose Dragon Innovation to help us with manufacturing-related issues. They have reviewed our design, manufacturability and reliability and assisted in estimating the cost and minimum funding threshold. In short, the Spiro X1 is vetted by the pros. Previously Dragon Innovation has worked with over 100 companies, including hardware prodigies such as Pebble, MakerBot, Jibo, Coin, LIFX, Thalmic Labs, Leap, Scout, and many more.

Spiro's Certificate:
https://www.dragoninnovation.com/certificates/58-spiro-x1-by-daniel-greenberg

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    THANKS FOREVER: Your help at any level brings the Spiro X1 one step closer to making the world a more wireless place. For all backers at ALL levels I'll thank you personally on our Facebook page, write your initials on my own Spiro X1 and keep you informed with all the Spiro updates.

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    SWAG SUPPORTER: You get everything in the previous levels PLUS this Gildan Ultra Cotton T-Shirt: KEEP CALM AND GO WIRELESS

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    EARLY BIRD: Get your very own Spiro X1 (Black or White), complete with tons of awesome features. You will be saving at least $15 off of the retail price.

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    SPIRO X1: Get your very own Spiro X1 (Black or White), complete with tons of awesome features. You will be saving at least $10 off of the retail price.

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    SPIRO X1 PLUS SWAG: Get your very own Spiro X1 (Black or White), complete with tons of awesome features and an exclusive Kickstarter Gildan Ultra Cotton T-Shirt: KEEP CALM AND GO WIRELESS. You will be saving at least $10 off of the retail price.

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    SPIRO X1 PLUS ART - Get your very own Spiro X1 (Black or White), complete with tons of awesome features. You will be saving at least $10 off of the retail price. You will also receive a print of the original sketch design, signed by the team.

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    SPIRO X1 FEEDBACK: We'll connect face-to-face, or by phone, Skype, whatever... for three 20 minute sessions to discuss your project, idea or anything else. You also get an awesome Spiro X1 (Black or White).

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    MEET THE TEAM: You will travel to NYC and we can do whatever you want (in reason). You will be one of the first to ever see and use the Spiro X1. I'd love to meet you and thank you for your support in this campaign. Lastly, the whole team will give you one Spiro X1 signed and numbered and then another for use. (Travel and other expenses not included).

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    MEET OUR DESIGNER: You will travel to Maryland to meet our lead designer, Syed Rahman. He was the lead designer on the Micro 3D Printer, and a new venture dubbed Pantry, and he will hang out with you for a day discussing design and startups. You will be one of the first to ever see and use the Spiro X1. He would love to meet you and thank you for your support in this campaign. Lastly, the whole team will give you one Spiro X1 signed and numbered and then another for use. (Travel and other expenses not included).

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    MEET OUR MENTOR - EVAN STITES-CLAYTON: You will travel to San Francisco to meet one of our mentors, Evan Stites-Clayton. He is the CTO and Co-Founder at Teespring. He will hang out with you for a day discussing startups, what it is like to be in Y Combinator and anything else. He may just give you a private tour of the Teespring headquarters. You will be one of the first to ever see and use the Spiro X1. He would love to meet you and thank you for your support in this campaign. Lastly, the whole team will give you one Spiro X1 signed and numbered and then another for use. (Travel and other expenses not included).

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    MEET OUR MENTOR - AMIR SHEVAT: You will travel to Palo Alto to meet one of our mentors, Amir Shevat. He is Google's Startup Outreach Program Director. He will hang out with you for a day discussing startups and anything else. He may just give you a private tour of the Google Campus in Mountain View. You will be one of the first to ever see and use the Spiro X1. He would love to meet you and thank you for your support in this campaign. Lastly, the whole team will give you one Spiro X1 signed and numbered and then another for use. (Travel and other expenses not included).

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD: Get your very own Spiro X1 (Black or White), complete with tons of awesome features. You will be saving at least $20 off of the retail price.

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