About this project
Why do people with hearing loss need a neckband?
Hearing aids can be uncomfortable and tedious to clean. Sometimes they also carry with them social discrimination and labeling. In addition, they are expensive and usually two of them are needed!
‘NUGUNA Neckband’ was designed to keep the wearer safe, engaged, and aware, whether they choose to use a hearing aid or not. While being discrete and fashionable it allows them to be in control of their environment through vibration alerts of surrounding high pitched sounds. At the same time, it keeps them connected and socially engaged through alerts of social media notifications, phone calls and messages.
An essential product for the elderly and people with hearing loss
Improve the lives of people with hearing loss who do not use hearing aids. And, provides better awareness to people with hearing loss who use hearing aids.
The new Casar donation Reward is now available.
NUGUNA Neckband OFF (NNF-001) which usually retails for 198 USD is offered for 99 USD. This is offered under the new Casar donation Reward and 10% of these pledges will go towards foundations that benefit those with disabilities.
Alert of sound’s direction
The built-in microphone measures the ambient noise. If the sound has a higher pitch than the set level then the left side, the right side or both sides of the neckband indicate the direction of the sound through the vibrations.
- Indoors: The sounds of voices, the doorbell, microwave alarm, alarm clock, ring tone, SMS Social media notifications can be perceived through vibrations.
- Outdoors: The sounds of car horns and bicycle horns can be perceived through vibrations.
Natural Disaster Notice
Provides natural disaster alerts from USGS (United States Geological Survey). Use the smartphone app to control disaster alert vibrations. *Service is available in Worldwide.
- Earthquake alerts information can be detected. (OFF model)
- Warning of tornadoes, typhoons, volcanoes and forest fires can be detected. (Will be develop during 2017, ON model only)
1. NUGUNA NECKBAND OFF (NNF-001)
- Works without a smartphone application.
- Press the button on the right side of the neckband to adjust the sound threshold.
2. NUGUNA NECKBAND ON (NNO-001)
- All functions of NNF-001 are activated.
- Can be configured with a smartphone application. You can set up a wake-up call vibration and set various vibration frequencies for your phone calls, SMS and Social media notifications.
3. NUGUNA NECKBAND ON PLUS (NNO-001+)
- All functions of NNO-001 are activated.
- Provides natural disaster alerts. (Will be developed during 2017, expected $50 for 1 year of service)
-Demonstration of our product's functionality.(Offline model)
A demonstration of NUGUNA Neckband and its mobile app's functionality.
Fedora Lee CEO
10 years' experience in mobile communication (PM, planning, development, system) 5 years’ experience in social networking service This project was conceived to help his mother, Who is an elderly person dealing with hearing loss after losing her hearing in the right ear.
Agnes Han Accounting
Agnes is part of our global team. Previously in charge of the account of US franchise Yogurland and 678USA. A CPA based in California, Agnes is in charge of our finances and campaign.
John Yoon COO
Has extensive marketing and sales experience in the European and South American markets. His cousin’s hearing loss motivates him to pursue this project.
KS Kim Media Design
A global citizen who spent eight years in the United States and another two in India. Plans and produces our high-quality videos and media design. His promotional videos truly capture the possibilities of our products.
BW Lee R&D Engineer
Nothing is impossible for him. A leading engineer in his field, he designs and develops all of our applications, servers and APIs.
Jonathan Barkai Global Manager
Israeli/ Swiss living in South Korea. He deals with our international contacts and keeping our customers satisfied.
With our working prototype complete we are currently working with our selected manufacturing partners to finalize all the details. Here is our product's history.
UFirst has consistently endeavored to improve the quality of life of people with hearing loss. We have launched NUGUNA neckbands after an extended development process. We promise to ship within 5 months from the end of the Kickstarter campaign ends. In case we cannot deliver within 5 months, we will cancel the order and issue a refund.
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Risks and challenges
NUGUNA Neckband is a wearable device, designed to assist people with hearing loss. It is a wearable band, worn around the neck and is not intended to replace a hearing aid.
Our product is an "electronic device" and is not categorized as a "hearing aid". It is not considered a medical device. It has passed all regulatory requirements for electronic devices.
As all tech Kickstarter campaigns justly state, it is inevitable to have unexpected obstacles within the timeframe of manufacturing up to delivery. Our job is to reduce such possibilities to a negligible size. All five of our managers have years of previous experience working with concepts and prototypes to full production and working with manufacturers. We have been in conversation with reliable suppliers and production facilities for the past months in preparation for NUGUNA NECKBAND as well.
General shipping costs and frees regarding international shipping have also been accounted for in our reward tiers. We have been having meetings with various reputable global shipping companies to find the best reliable deal for our backers from any part of the world.
NUGUNA NECKBAND has been rigorously tested and prototyped throughout the past 2 years. Since its conception in September 2015, the primary factors in editing the models were affordability and mass-producibility without losing the key qualities as an awareness device for people with hearing loss. Therefore, at this stage of its development, we are confident in the logistical and practical aspect of manufacturing NUGUNA NECKBAND. Please check out our Prototype Gallery at the top of this page for details. All we need now is your help and support to bring this piece of awesomeness to life!
We will be diligently posting updates on the process and keep an open line of communication with the community. If you ever have any questions, concerns, or advice, do not hesitate to reach out here on Kick Starter or any of our social media platforms. Transparency is power!
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