Oivo: The Smallest Backup Charger for iPhone (Canceled)
Oivo: The Smallest Backup Charger for iPhone (Canceled)
Isn’t it frustrating when your phone dies and you don’t have a charger, battery-pack or USB cable with you? Worry no more, Oivo's here!
Isn’t it frustrating when your phone dies and you don’t have a charger, battery-pack or USB cable with you? Worry no more, Oivo's here! Read more
About this project
Oivo lets you recharge your drained battery on-the-go and always stay connected, without having to think about it. This might not happen often, but Oivo is the best solution when it does. No cables, no AC power, no fuss. Just add ordinary AA batteries and charge your phone.
Oivo is compatible with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus!
Take a look at our Press Kit.
How It Works
Charging your iPhone with Oivo is really easy. Open the two magnetically connected halves and put the iPhone on the Lightning connector. Place the batteries on the metal battery connectors, and finish the job by positioning the other half on top. Congratulations, your iPhone is being charged!
A Small Solution to a Big Problem
Oivo is an iPhone charger disguised as a key ring. That way it's always with you, always ready to recharge your drained battery, and small enough to fit even in the tightest of the pockets.
Use Your Phone While Charging
Oivo fits snugly into your palm, so you can make that important call as soon as your phone wakes up.
AA Batteries: The Truly Global Power Source
The great thing about AA batteries (単3) is that you can find them everywhere. You probably have at least two sets of batteries at this very moment at home – in your remote control, flashlight or alarm clock.
And when you’re on the go, you can find them literally in any store in any country, from big metropolises like New York, London, and Tokyo, to the most remote villages in Asia and South America. As batteries are a worldwide standard, you don't have to worry about buying converters for different power outlets when travelling.
Another awesome feature – you can easily use rechargeable (both NiMH or NiCd) batteries and never worry about buying new ones!
Bring Your Phone Back to Life Fast
Oivo recharges your drained battery as quickly as a regular AC charger with 1 amp. Using one set of batteries Oivo recharges your iPhone up to 100%, and there is always some juice left to power your home devices.
The efficiency of the Oivo charger depends on the quality of the batteries and the type of electrochemical cells used.
Colour in Your Pocket
You can choose between any colour you like, as long as it's black (or white). And if you're interested in a limited edition Oivo, grab the Kickstarter Green Limited Edition. Only 300 of those will ever be made!
Sturdy and Splash-Proof Construction
Oivo is designed for life on the go. With its impact resistant and splash-proof construction, it's made to sustain all the strains of your busy schedule. All the metal parts feature a thick anti-corrosion coating, ensuring a long lifespan.
And It Works as a Stand as Well
It doesn't only charge your iPhone, you can use Oivo also as a stand in both portrait and landscape orientation!
Oivo has the official Apple Lightning connector built inside. It is designed to power the iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C. According to our sources, the soon-to-be-launched iPhone 6 features the same Lighting connector, so Oivo will be compatible with the brand new iPhone as well.
The Magical Magnets
There are 10 neodymium magnets in every Oivo. They hold the two halves tightly together when Oivo is just a quirky key ring, and they keep the AA batteries in place when Oivo is charging. Magnets are strong, but they are smartphone and credit card safe!
Design and Development
We spent ten months of brainstorming, development, and prototyping to bring Oivo to the world. We started from scratch with a challenging goal – to solve the single overarching problem of every smartphone user: the drained battery at the wrong moment.
We wanted to make something really small in size because gadgets are only useful if you have them with you at the moment of need – with you, not back at home or in the car.
We were thinking hard about possible power sources that are available anywhere around the world. The AA batteries were the only logical choice, as they can be easily bought in every store; they are affordable, and you can use them to power the device while you walk, talk, or have a drink.
The Eureka moment came when we realized that we could ditch almost all of the casings and only use the top and bottom parts and connect them with strong magnets. The magnets would then come to serve a double purpose – to hold the two halves together and to hold the batteries in place while charging.
The Geeky Corner
Smartphones require a stable voltage supply between 4.75V and 5.25V. That's why Oivo uses a Texas Instruments Buck-Boost Converter which provides a constant 5V output. The buck-boost converter is based on a fixed frequency, pulse-width-modulation (PWM) controller using synchronous rectification to obtain maximum efficiency.
We are aiming to build Oivo under the IP64 standard. This means complete protection against dust and splash water.
Apple MFi and Manufacturing
We developed Oivo under the Apple MFi (Made for iPhone) program, and Apple has already confirmed our product plan.
Oivo will be manufactured by an Apple licensed factory in Shenzhen, China. We have been working together since April, and we've made sure our charger is ready for mass production. This means we have developed not just a working prototype but actually a device that can be manufactured in large quantities.
We know that hardware products on Kickstarter have a reputation for being late. That's why we invested all our money and already started the gruelling process of making moulds for the plastic parts.
We bootstrapped our way to designing, developing, and making Oivo a mass-production-ready gadget. We've put all our savings into the plastic moulds, but in order to make that final step, we need you.
The minimum order quantity for the factory that will make Oivo is simply too big for us. That's why we are looking for your support. With your backing, we will be able to buy the plastic parts, connectors, electronic components, and circuit boards in bulk, thus bringing the cost down and making Oivo affordable for everybody.
Oivos will be with you before Christmas. We will have two distribution hubs, one in US for the US and Canadian backers and one in Europe for EU and the rest of the world.
But where is the Micro USB?
The process of making a product for Apple under the Apple MFi license is much harder due to numerous standards and policies that have to be met in order to use the official Lightning connectors. That’s why we concentrated our resources on only one version.
If you would like to see the Micro USB version come to light, please support us with the symbolic 2$ pledge, and who knows, maybe we will smash the target goal and offer the Micro USB version as a stretch goal.
Marin Medak, CEO – A uni dropout who knows a thing or two about electrical engineering. Enjoys challenging himself and others; known for leading and participating in a four-man rowing expedition across the Atlantic. Yes, really.
Luka Stepan, Design – Not only the most bearded team member, Luka is also a helluva designer. Won several awards while sharpening his skills on projects for Samsung, Artemide, LG, and Panasonic.
Tadej Beravs, Engineer – His PhD in electrical engineering is much more than just a piece of paper. He can actually build stuff! We imagine it, and he makes it.
Tomaz Cerne, Project Manager – Although he has a PhD in electrical engineering, he’s not really into the super-nerdy stuff. He prefers to make sure all things run smoothly.
Brina Brisar Gucek, Media Relations – She is the best cook we know and even better at talking to people. The one who succeeds in pissing her off, will receive a six pack. Sorry, but you’ll be thirsty.
Primoz Mahne, Brand Communications – Take him away from a sailboat for too long and this guy gets all grumpy. Hold that urge in check, and he delivers inspiring brands and quirky team descriptions.
Ziva Jalovec, Social Media – The most Internet connected person in our team. Her iPhone battery never lasts more then half a day. We love this kind of user.
Video: Bright Visuals
Photography: Urban Stebljaj
Business advisor: Peter Ruzic and Studio 404
Risks and challenges
Hardware products on Kickstarter have a reputation for being late. That's the reason why we waited to launch our campaign until Oivo was not just a working prototype, but actually a gadget ready for mass production. We've been developing it under the Apple MFi program together with a reliable manufacturer that is also licensed as an Apple MFi manufacturer, which means their products meet the highest standards.
However, no project comes without risk and challenges. Oivo will be manufactured in Shenzhen, China, which is the perfect place for manufacturing electronic products, as the whole supply chain is already set in place and manufacturers know what they are doing. By carefully choosing the factory, we made sure to minimise the risk of delay, and we are positive that Oivo will be with you before Christmas.
We promise to keep you up to speed with the project after the campaign and give you frequent updates about the progress.
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