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Rockit Logs by USMNT Player & Product Designer, Jay DeMerit
Rockit Logs by USMNT Player & Product Designer, Jay DeMerit
Audiophile speakers handcrafted from recovered acoustic quality soft tone woods by former World Cup soccer star to help inspire kids.
Audiophile speakers handcrafted from recovered acoustic quality soft tone woods by former World Cup soccer star to help inspire kids. Read more
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
About this project
Nature Meets Audiophile Sound Quality with Rockit Logs
**All prices is USD**
Reclaimed, Reused & Repurposed in British Columbia by Jay DeMerit.
Rockit Logs are created from acoustic quality wood once abandoned by logging operations, then re-purposed into handcrafted works of visual and audio art by Jay DeMerit.
A funky shape, knot, pattern or crooked grain means no two are alike.
Each Rockit Log has a story to tell: reclaimed from a neglected forest off-cut, left to rot in a pole yard, or part of a fallen tree in an old logging block.
These Western Cedar, Fir and Hemlock trees are recovered in a beautiful valley along British Columbia's Sea to Sky Corridor where logging is prevalent and much waste exists.
Pro Athlete, Designer, Philanthropist, Role Model.
Industrial Designer Turned Dream Pursuer.
Most know Jay as an athlete and probably don’t know that before he trained on a soccer field, he studied to be an industrial product designer at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where he placed emphasis on his education (just in case his professional athletics dreams didn't pan out).
Dream Pursuer Turned Professional Athlete.
Jay's incredible journey is outlined above in the documentary film, 'Rise & Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story.' To help catapult his philanthropist efforts, Jay is bringing it back to where it all started: his training in industrial product design.
Professional Athlete & Role Model Turned Philanthropist.
Proceeds from this campaign will be used to fund the initial hardware investment needed to mass produce the audio technology behind Rockit Logs.
Upon fulfillment to our backers, going forward Rockit Logs will donate profits to the Rise & Shine Foundation which was founded during the first Kickstarter campaign that brought the documentary film to life at the request of fans everywhere.
Audiophile Quality, Soft Tone Acoustic Wood, Portable, Customizable.
With high end Bluetooth audio, a powerful amplifier, and a long battery life, Rockit Logs were designed with powerful sound in mind.
Powerful High Quality Audio
Each log is custom tuned to deliver both timeless style and premium sound quality. While most Bluetooth speakers have a power output of between 1 and 5 watts, Rockit Logs boom at 60 watts of pure audio power.
Soft Tone Wood Acoustic Profile
Western Cedar, Fir and Hemlock soft tone woods are used to create a sound profile unlike anything you've heard before. These same woods are used in guitars and violins to deliver full acoustic profiles that provide warmth and amplify quieter tones.
Long Lasting Battery Power
With advanced lithium battery technology, Rockit Logs boast over 10 hours of battery life at full volume! An accompanying USB port lets you charge your devices so you'll never go quiet.
Designed to be Portable
At around 12 inches in diameter, Rockit Logs are made to be easily portable with grab and go handle.
Customize Your Own Design
Choose from one of our staple designs, celebrity showcases, or completely design your own!
Bluetooth or Aux Connection
Rockit Logs don't require any setup and can be paired with any Bluetooth compatible device or connected through an AUX cord for home audio systems.
Jay DeMerit's Celebrity Partnerships with Rockit Log Speakers
Limited Edition Rockit Logs - These partners have specially designed their own Rockit Log to reflect their style and personality. These special designs are only available for the Kickstarter campaign.
*Limited to (2) autographed Rockit Logs for each influencer.
Check out below for images and descriptions of the Rockit Log rewards:
Rise and Shine by Jay DeMerit
Get an exclusive Rockit Log Speaker designed by Pro Soccer Player Jay DeMerit for $299! Get this exclusive design signed by Jay himself for $499!
Jay DeMerit has one of the most unique success stories the sport of soccer has ever seen; a story that was Kickstarted into a documentary film called "Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story" back in 2011.
An MLS reject that backpacked to Europe and climbed the English soccer pyramid from the 12th tier to become the captain of Watford FC in the English Premier League, he also represented the US Mens National Team, playing every minute of his team's games throughout the World Cup of 2010 in South Africa.
He finished his career in 2014, after captaining the Vancouver Whitecaps in their first four seasons in MLS. Then he started his own stereo company and now looks to finish the Rise & Shine Foundation.
THE DESIGN: The burn of the grain represents the phoenix rising from the flames, as Jay had to do through many challenges and adversities he has faced to make it in his 10 year professional career. The black on black cone and speaker adds a sleekness to the design and the gold screws represent the diamonds in the rough that Jay is now trying to find and polish at his Rise & Shine youth mentorship/camp-out soccer camps that he has started for teenagers in the mountains of Pemberton, BC.
PROCEEDS: After Kickstarter, proceeds from every "Rise and Shine" log will be donated to the Rise and Shine Foundation, helping people to Dream Big and find their passions through unique experiences and mentorship.
The Snow Queen by Ashleigh McIvor
Get an exclusive Rockit Log Speaker designed by Gold Medalist Skier Ashleigh McIvor for $299! Get this exclusive design signed by Ashleigh herself for $499!
Ashleigh McIvor DeMerit is one of Canada’s golden girls. Born and raised in the ski town of Whistler, BC. she grew up chasing her friends over cliffs and through gullies. She thrived on pushing the limits, which helped her become the 1st ever Olympic Gold Medalist in the sport of Ski Cross at her home games in Vancouver 2010.
THE DESIGN: The whitewash of the wood is sign of the snow that has brought her so much success on skis. The gold back cone, the front screws, and speaker mark the color of the medal around her neck, as she stood on the top of the Olympic podium in front of her friends and family, hearing the national anthem of her proud country.
PROCEEDS: After Kickstarter, proceeds from every sale of "The Snow Queen" will be donated to the Rise and Shine Foundation, helping people to Dream BIG and find their passions through unique experiences and mentorship.
The Keeper by Tim Howard
Get an exclusive Rockit Log Speaker designed by Pro Soccer Keeper Tim Howard for $299! Get this exclusive design signed by Tim himself for $499!
Tim Howard is one of the most decorated and fierce characters to ever grace a soccer goal. Once voted the Premier League’s Best Keeper for Manchester United, he found his true home wearing the blue of Everton FC in the English Premier League.
He has also represented the US Mens' National Team over 110 times and in 3 World Cups. He is now leading the Colorado Rapids of the MLS. Tim see’s the power in detail, a fashionable thinker that expresses a lot of his passions through the art on his body.
THE DESIGN: The grey wash is a reflection of the rocky mountains of his new home in Denver, CO. The black speaker and cone adds subtlety and style, two things he always tries to live his life with. The blue screws represent the stripes of the American flag, a country he has always been so proud to represent, and also in honor of Everton FC, the club that was the staple point for his undeniable legacy in the sport.
PROCEEDS: After Kickstarter, proceeds from "The Keeper" logs will be donated to America Scores Denver. Providing its innovative soccer, poetry and service learning programming to nearly 320 DPS students in ten west Denver elementary schools.
The MVP by Steve Nash
Get an exclusive Rockit Log Speaker designed by Pro Basketball Steve Nash for $299! Get this exclusive design signed by Steve himself for $499!
Steve Nash is a true basketball hero. Proud Canadian and 2 time NBA MVP. Not only does he have an affinity for behind the back passes, he also likes natural wood products reclaimed from the back yards he grew up in, in beautiful British Columbia.
THE DESIGN: The clear stain shows the grain of the reclaimed British Columbia wood. The black on black speaker & back cone speak to the silkiness that he graced the hard court with. Each screw color represents a team he represented during his illustrious 19 year career. Canada. Lakers. Suns. Mavericks. All teams that helped create a legacy that will forever remain in the lore of basketball greats.
PROCEEDS: After Kickstarter, proceeds from every sale of "The MVP" will be donated to the Steve Nash Foundation, assisting underserved children in their health, personal development, education & enjoyment of life.
Boston Strong by Eliza Dushku
Get an exclusive Rockit Log Speaker designed by Actress Eliza Dushku for $299! Get this exclusive design signed by Eliza herself for $499!
At the heart of Watertown, MA, you’ll find an actress with a true sense of community. She back flipped in Bring it On, killed vampires on Buffy, and also starred in many other hit series such as Tru Calling and Dollhouse. Eliza appreciates hand made goods and lives life against the grain, while always representing her craft.
THE DESIGN: The clear stain shows the true nature of the wood. The lips icon that is burned into the wood along with the red screws is the way that she usually signs off to her fans around the world, showing her appreciation and love. The black cone represents the sultry characters she has rocked the screen with, and the gold screws are a sign of her character. Strong, hard working, and as good as gold.
PROCEEDS: After Kickstarter, proceeds from every sale of "Boston Strong" will be donated the Camp Hale Girls Program, creating a stronger sense of community through youth development in Boston’s historic South End.
Don't Fake the Funk by The Funk Hunters
Get an exclusive Rockit Log Speaker designed by Music Duo The Funk Hunters for $299! Get this exclusive design signed by them for $499!
Based in Vancouver BC, Nick Middleton and Duncan Smith elevate their signature bass heavy sound with their own stunning custom-curated visuals and animated stage presence. Spend an evening with this charismatic duo, and you'll see that their lifestyle is as relaxed as the west coast, but their sound is global and booming.
THE DESIGN: The black wash is a reflection of the night, and of the bat mobile, which helps save the souls of the cities, much like the music coming out of the speakers when these guys hit the decks on a nightly basis. Orange is the color of funk, bringing brightness and some extra flavor to the dance floor. FUNK isn’t just part of their name, it’s a part of their lifestyle, so this log has it burned right into the face, so you always know what to bring when you press PLAY.
PROCEEDS: After Kickstarter, proceeds from "Don't Fake the Funk" will be donated to the Music Heals Charitable Foundation, supporting a wide range of music therapy services to communities in BC and across Canada.
Cream of the Crop by Sean Pettit
Get an exclusive Rockit Log Speaker designed by Pro Skier Sean Pettit for $299! Get this exclusive design signed by Sean himself for $499!
Sean Pettit is only 24 years old, but since Red Bull signed him as their youngest ever athlete at 13, he is already a legend in his sport. A big mountain skier that has won countless competitions over an incredible career so far, Sean has an affinity for going big and beyond.
He has been featured in many of the top ski films and has taken home silverware at the prestigious Powder Awards for "Best Male Performance" twice, as well as "Best Natural Air", and "Best Man Made Air".
THE DESIGN: The dark brown stain matched with the cream mixes a classic style with a modern sound. The gold screws and bullet add flair and prestige, both qualities that Sean tries to bring to the mountain everyday.
PROCEEDS: After Kickstarter, proceeds will go to the McMorris Foundation, creating a more affordable, accessible, and inclusive sport culture in Canada
El Heffe by Jeff McConnell
Get an exclusive Rockit Log Speaker designed by Portmanteau Stereo cofounder Jeff McConnell for $299!
Portmanteau Stereo Co.'s co-founder and resident party professional Jeff "El Heffe" McConnell brings you a design with Karats in mind. He'll beat you in a scooter race, out pace you on the dance floor, and make you laugh until you cry, the "El Heffe" design will confirm your party "Boss" status.
THE DESIGN: This log represents the staple point colors of Portmanteau Stereo Co., black & gold. The black wash of the wood is mixed with a 18k gold plated speaker grill, for the extra protection that the party boss needs, but with the prestige only a boss should have. The metal handle accents are also plated in gold, making sure this party log is ready for the best of times.
PROCEEDS: After Kickstarter, proceeds will go to his charity.
The Stork by Eddie Lack
Get an exclusive Rockit Log Speaker designed by Pro Hockey Goaltender Eddie Lack for $299! Get this exclusive design signed by Eddie himself for $499!
Eddie Lack is from Sweden. The Swedish are known for being innovative, smart, and creating sustainable design-combining form + function better than most. His love of music stems from the many nights he has been on the decks as DJ Lacklustre.
He laughs at that nickname as the only night he got booed off stage was the night that Chuck Norris cried. And we all know that never happened.
THE DESIGN: His real nickname is "The Stork", so the whitewash of the log represents the feathers of the birdman. The red back cone brings the storm as he currently graces the net of the Carolina Hurricanes in the NHL. Eddie started his career in Vancouver, so the blue screws represent his love for the Canucks fans and the city that he still holds close to his heart. Finally the gold of the bullet speaker represents his home country of Sweden, a country full of hockey greats he hopes to one day become.
PROCEEDS: After Kickstarter, proceeds from every sale of "The Stork" will be donated to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, aiding in the care of sick children across British Columbia.
Pemby Fest by Pemberton Music Festival
Mountain air & the best musical acts on the planet come together once a year in the valley of Pemberton. BC for the Pemberton Music Festival.
Pearl Jam, Snoop Dogg, and Kendrick Lamar are just a few that have stood on the main stage in awe of the beautiful country views that Pemberton Music Festival has to offer. We want to you to experience one of the best and brightest music festivals around with an exclusive opportunity to take in the festival as a VIP.
The purchase of this "Pemby Fest" Rockit Log comes with two VIP passes to the festival, as well as access to other unique experiences around the festival. Now you can rock out at home, AND take in all of the sights and sounds throughout a fun filled 4- Days.
$199 - House Designed Rockit Log - Clear or Dark Stain
Choose between Clear Stain or Dark Stain with silver accents via a backer survey at the end of the campaign.
$249 - Customize Your Own Rockit Log
Choose the color of your back cone, screws, and the bullet in the center of the speaker to make a Rockit Log totally your own.
$499 - Suitcase Stereo by Portmanteau Stereo Co. + Custom Rockit Log
The first product of Portmanteau Stereo Co. was the retrofitted vintage suitcase stereos. We built our reputation for quality through delivering vintage suitcase stereos to customers around the world.
To maintain portability, we've upgraded our battery to a high quality Lithium pack that delivers 10+ hours of constant playback at high volume. Plus, we've reduced the weight by half, making it easier than ever to tote with you. Recharge time has been cut down to under 2 hours so you can keep rocking all weekend long. The latest Bluetooth module uses AptX technology to deliver crystal clear sound at ranges up to 15m. Our new 2 x 100 watt amps deliver the power and sound quality you expect from Portmanteau.
Get your Suitcase Stereo with your new Rockit Log. Backers will be able to choose their color and style of suitcase. Please reach out with additional questions.
$1,999 Coffee Table by Portmanteau Stereo Co. + Custom Rockit Log
Not only does the Bluetooth Coffee Table Stereo look amazing, but it packs some serious sound- enough to rock your entire room!
Each table was designed from the ground up, with elegant style and superior sound. The central base of the table is specifically crafted to produce deep bass response with a powerful 10" subwoofer. Flanking the subwoofer are four full range stereo speakers chosen to deliver clear full range sound at all volume levels. The amp delivers 160W to the subwoofer and 80W to each of the stereo channels.
The brand new Bluetooth module enables connectivity with smartphones and computers at ranges beyond 15 meters with crystal clear sound for anything from Jazz to Electronic Dance music.
Get your Coffee Table with your new Rockit Log. Backers will be able to choose their stain and accent color of coffee table. Please reach out with additional questions.
$1,750 - Beer Pong Table by Portmanteau Stereo Co. + Custom Rockit Log
We can't think of a better pairing for your tailgate party, bar, man cave, or games room than this one-of-a-kind Beer Pong Table Stereo!
Complete with inlayed holes for your cups, a plexi-glass roof & inlayed moat for your friends that spill, and 350W of pure music power to make sure your beer pong games are always ROCKIN! The system comes complete with four 6" full range speakers boasting 60W of power each, customizable w accent colors of your choice.
Comes standard with 4.1 Bluetooth connectivity and a 100W subwoofer for that extra bass kick, so no matter where you put it, you'll have yourselves a party! One side comes complete with a CNC'd Portmanteau Stereo Co. logo, but the other side is free for a logo of your own!
Whether its a company logo, fraternity or sorority, your favorite sports team, or just your name, we can personalize it just for you. Shipping will be to Canada and US only; prices to be announced.
The Technology Behind Rockit Logs
With the funds raised from this campaign, we will be updating Rockit Logs with even more features, including USB charging, batter indicator lights, built in volume control, and aux plug.
- 12 hr + Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery
- 6" Full Range Speaker
- Stands Approximately 12" Tall
- Weighs Approximately 12 lbs
- Power Amplifiers: 60W Class D
- High Performance Bluetooth Audio (V4.0+, NFC)
- Long Battery Life: 10+ hours on a single charge
- Battery Gauge
- USB port for charging
- 3.5mm Aux in
Rise & Shine Foundation Mission Statement:
To empower young athletes by helping them identify their strengths and providing them with the tools they'll need to Rise & Shine through whatever their passions may be.
Inspired by the award winning documentary film 'Rise & Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story,' the Rise & Shine Foundation will promote the key messages of the film such as hard work, perseverance, self-belief, and a DREAM BIG mentality.
Funds managed by the Rise & Shine Foundation will eliminate financial and logistical roadblocks faced by many and enable the Rise & Shine Retreat to open its doors to more participants, inviting them to join in on the wide variety of skill-building activities in addition to sports camps, in an all-encompassing mountain retreat.
The 3 Goals of the Rise & Shine Foundation
- Goal 1: Facilitate Rising & Shining: Every kid should have dreams and aspirations, whether they are sport-focused or related to their passion for arts, music, or food! As former professional athletes, Rise & Shine Retreat founders Ashleigh and Jay DeMerit recognize the valuable life lessons and sense of empowerment that can come from sports and recreation. Most importantly, the contribution these activities make to overall emotional, mental, and physical health allows participants to be productive, happy members of society.
- Goal 2: Be Inclusive: We want to make sure that every kid has the opportunity to take part in our program, so we have created the Rise & Shine Foundation -- our charitable element to enable those who would not have access to the funds required to join in, with the help of our favorite supporters and various fundraising initiatives.
- Goal 3: Get the Community Involved: Part of the Rise & Shine project is focused on creating a strong sense of community. Jay grew up in the tight knit community of Green Bay, WI and Ashleigh was raised on the spirited family values within the ski town, Whistler, BC. It is important to them to help enrich their communities, and the two of them look forward to doing that in Pemberton for the entire surrounding area. Whether it is using the food from the farms produced next door, running free clinics in sport for the local kids, or promoting local businesses, community is key.
Risks and challenges
The final challenges are continued sound improvement, a more integrated user interface, and cutting down on production costs. The manufactured cone will solve a lot of these challenges, but in order to get them produced, we have to buy them in numbers that start up budget can’t afford. We will continue to build on our battery life and also want to add a USB into the produced cone for on-the-go charging. With the help of the Kickstarter campaign, we hope to turn all of these improvements into a reality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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