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$386
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
7
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, February 28 2014 8:33 PM UTC +00:00

About

Our product started from one, simple incident

I remember one day where I received a phone call while in my vehicle, and I brought up the speaker option on my phone and put it in my cup-holder. I wasn’t able to get the best sound out of it. However, I did realize that the cup-holder amplified the sound of the phone and its direction. After experimenting with the concept of acoustics, I got the idea of creating a unique and light-weight smart phone case that can boost and clarify the sound of a handheld device without the use of batteries or any added bulk. And that’s how our journey began.

I shared my idea with a team of people and together we did our research on smart-phone cases in the market of case-type products. We saw products with main functions but we wanted more. So We decided on a concept where we can implement more than one function. Thus creating a phone-case that can act as both a sound-amplifying device and a kickstand.

However, we arrived at another problem. For this to work, we saw that this could add bulk to the case, so after multiple sketches, we arrived at a concept that took up the least bulk and visual weight where the kickstand is built right into the function of amplifying the sound of the phone.

Concept Sketches/3-D Rendering
Concept Sketches/3-D Rendering

After numerous research, design prototypes, testing, modifying, rendering and reviewing our initial concept design, we’ve finally created the case we believe is ready for the market.

 And we named it: The SmartSound Case

SmartSound Case can be used in many ways. It is the perfect complement for using hands-free mode, video chat mode like FaceTime and Skype. It’s also perfect, for watching internet TV and videos on Netflix or Youtube or as a desk or alarm clock or whenever you need it most.

Unique Additional Features includes Camera Flash Reflector that maximizes the brightness of the flash when taking pictures or used with a flashlight app.

So far we have received two US Patents. US 8433377, US 8412289 and we hope to reach a world-wide patent.

-UPDATE

Here at SmartSound, we are striving to benefit the lives of people by making products that make your life easier. Our SmartSound case was thought of by the Co-founder Austin Oh, who saw potential in products that had multiple uses. The result was a phone case with more functions without the added bulk or the requirement of batteries.

-OUR KICKSTARTER

Previous SmartSound Cases were functional but lacked some of the design aspects we included after tester feedback. The material at first was a little difficult to handle and wouldn't grip as well in the hand, we then addressed the issue and put it into our concept idea notes. Other issues from the older models included the material and hardiness which we also took into note. Something we also wanted to do was to push the sound quality further. The prototypes would have an adequate sound improvement and we wanted to push that further and direct the sound flow more efficiently. Unlike prior cases, we are trying to Kickstart a better and more upgraded product which includes an improved/longer sound channel, protection using TPU material, and overall improvement in design(non-slip grip). We are in the process of creating SmartSound cases for major phone brands such as the iPhone 5 and 5s alongside Samsung phones such as the Galaxy S4 and we need your help for this to happen. With your help, not only can we reach this goal, we can also be able to obtain a world-wide patent which can help us reach markets around the globe.

OUR GOAL

We are currently trying to raise funds for mass productions and create a line for major phone brands (such as Apple iPhones) so we can get our products into your hands. So far we have manufacturing agreement with ShinWon Solutech, based in South Korea. With your pledges, we will also be able to apply for a world-wide patent which, in short, means that the profit will benefit the US economy in the long run. We are in the last-stages of development and with your funds, we can see to it that our products will be available and distributed world-wide.

Timeline & Milestones
Timeline & Milestones

Risks and challenges

The old models of the Smartsound Smartphone case were for marketing test purposes and we have received reviews and comments. After customer feedback, we have come up with an updated model of the SmartSound Smartphone Case.

We are in need of funds for mass production starting with one model but also we would like to expand our production to fit into Apple, HTC, LG, Motorolla and other major smartphone cases.  Since intellectual property is critical for fostering innovation, we would like to see the funds can be reached to apply for world wide patent as well.    

We realize that our funding goal is quite high as are our aspirations, but with your help, we can tackle the financial problem more efficiently and you can rest assured that we will still follow through and get our products to you. Our manufacturers, ShinWon Soletech, have received our designs and are ready to put them into production once we raise enough funds. With your help, we can reach these goals.

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