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$6,459
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
143
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, September 1 2015 3:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

 "No way these are my earbuds!" - Chris K.

"I can't wait to give this to my daughter, nieces, and nephew for Christmas! But, the t-shirt is mine!" - Sharon.

Rocking the headphones!
Rocking the headphones!

What are Scutes Headphones?

Did you know that if you took out the speakers from the expensive headphones on the market, you would still be left with a quality made and comfortable headphone? Did you know that is exactly what we did? We created a high end headphone, minus the speakers and its electronic parts, literally saving you hundreds of dollars.

Scutes Headphones is a high quality and innovative way to combine your earphones with our specially designed headphone cabin to create an amazing listening experience! Who says comfortable and quality headphones have to cost hundreds of dollars? Scutes are speakerless headphones designed and built to maximize and refine the earphone listening experience by blocking out the exterior noise, while keeping the audio in.

Exploded view
Exploded view
Open View
Open View

 "I can't believe the quality of the audio!" - Jess Z.

Scutes Prototype 2.0
Scutes Prototype 2.0

To capture the unique shape of the iPhone 5 and 6 earbuds, the chamber has been designed to capture the dual channel output so you can feel the bass! To make them more convenient for easy carrying, Scutes Headphones are collapsible!

WHY?

There are a lot of people who prefer headphones over earphones, mainly because earphones can easily fall out of the ear, or the loose fit allows for external noise to annoy your listening experience. Many adults can afford to go out and buy them, which they do. But, think about the millions of teens and young adults, middle school all the way up to college, who have the peer pressure of having the "it" products on the market, but can't afford it. What happens next is that the burden is passed onto their parents. Sure, there are some parents willing to shell out for the overpriced headphones, but for most, they can't find the means. This ultimately creates the haves and the have nots. That's why Scutes was created, to provide a more even playing field of having the "it" product. No more needing to buy expensive headphones!

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So what if the most expensive part of the headphones, the speakers, were eliminated, yet all the awesome aspects of the headphones were in tact? By eliminating the speakers and the electronic components from the headphones, we can drastically lower the cost, while offering styles that rival the hottest looks on the market. Now you can use your earphones that come with your smartphone and combine it with our uniquely designed headphones to capture the power of earphones you're already enjoying.

We know there are plenty of options for more expensive earphones and headphones on the market, and there are people who can readily afford it. That's not who Scutes was created for. Scutes was built to offer an affordable, yet high quality, option in comparison to the over priced products that range in price from $200 to $400! As a consumer you inevitably pay a higher price for the look, design and name brand behind the headphones and earphones. The reality is, buyers are mainly paying for the look and design. It seems that the bigger the headphones, the more companies charge.

Oh and what happens when the speakers on these expensive headphones break? You have to buy a new one. Not with Scutes! Just replace the inexpensive earbuds.

Field Camo Headphone
Field Camo Headphone
Gray Sky Headphones
Gray Sky Headphones

Personalized Scutes Coverz

A unique aspect of Scutes Headphones is the ability to personalize your headphones with the interchangeable magnetic Coverz. You can change the look of your headphones by choosing a design that shows your emotions, favorite sports team, charities, and many other options. You will also have the option to customize your Coverz with your own design through our website! Now you never have to get bored with the same headphone look.

Different Disk Options
Different Disk Options
Scutes Disk
Scutes Disk
Red Racer Headphones
Red Racer Headphones

It's our goal to always give back when it comes to causes that are important to you. Whether it's 25% or up to 100% of the proceeds, all of the personalized Scutes Coverz considered as charity, we will happily give back to that organization. Please contact us about any charities that you feel should be created for the Scutes Coverz. We know that every charity is important, but there are two that will always be given 100% of the Coverz proceeds. Always.

White Knight Headphones
White Knight Headphones

The Affects of Directly Inserted Earphones

According to the Stony Brook School of Medicine, "many young people are losing their hearing at alarming rates due to the excessive noise exposure from portable stereo earphones." Of course both earphones and headphones have potential for ear damage based on the volume and duration, but the direct insertion of an earphone can increase the potential damage to the ear canal. Loud sounds cause molecules to form in the ear which damage the small sensory cells, resulting in potential long term hearing loss. This is called Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL). Protect your ears!

Anatomy of an ear
Anatomy of an ear

When inserting the earphones into the Scutes Headphones, one can minimize the impact of the audio directly straining your eardrums. Instead, Scutes Headphones disperses the audio through the chamber, thus lessening the chance of irritation and damage to the eardrums.

Scutes T-Shirt (S,M,L)
Scutes T-Shirt (S,M,L)

Wait, why is it called Scutes?

Well there’s a perfectly good reason. Turtles are protected by a hard shell which has a layer of skin called, you guessed it: scutes! (Latin for "shield." In the same manner, the Scutes Headphone acts as a shield for your earphones. Now your earphones can stay in place while staying active in a stylish pair of headphones.

Production Timeline

- July 29 - August 31: Kickstarter and Continued prototype testing

- Sept 1: Production Tooling

- Oct 1: Full production commences

- Nov 15: Product sent out to Kickstarter backers in time for the holidays!

We Need YOUR Help!

We need each of you to help us so we can provide inexpensive headphones to all those who can't afford to overpay.

- Testing: We have tested multiple ear pieces to ensure the current design captures all audio output from the earphones, while minimizing nearly all external noise gaining the approval of our beta testers.

- Quality: Our engineers will continue to work on different aspects of the internal earpiece in order to enhance the user's audio experience.

Risks and challenges

There's a saying "You are only as strong as your weakest link." This is certainly true when it comes to audio. Our engineers have worked tirelessly to maximize the audio capacity and comfort of the Scutes Headphones. We have discovered that certain earphones work better than others, so enhancing the weaker earphones have been our biggest priority and we plan to continue our R&D to further enhance the total user experience.

We have scheduled the delivery date of November, 2015 as a safe date in case of any unforeseen production delays, but our goal is to get this to you even sooner. We will be sure to constantly update you on the progress.

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