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YodelTECH Inc.By YodelTECH Inc.
First created
YodelTECH Inc.By YodelTECH Inc.
First created
CA$ 24,028
pledged of CA$ 60,000pledged of CA$ 60,000 goal
117
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, March 25 2016 6:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

YodelUP is a revolutionary smart-phone connected wearable device that lets you control your music and instantly talk to a friend or a group of friends – just like a walkie-talkie.

YodelUP comes in four different colors to match your style:

Stay connected, be in control and shred that powder like never before!

No one likes to stop in the middle of a ski run and remove their glove in freezing weather to answer a call/text, or to skip a track if they’re listening to music on their phone. But we all need to communicate with a friend or family member to coordinate when we’re on the mountain. And anyone who likes to rock out to music while riding would like better control of their music. We have a solution – and it doesn't require you to give up your favorite gear and buy pricey helmets and gloves with built-in controls.

Whether you are on a chairlift, carving down a hill, or getting air-time, and regardless of your skill level, you can use YodelUP to take your experience on the slopes to the next level. By keeping you better connected to friends and family, you can have more fun, share more moments, and stay safe.

Say goodbye to taking off your glove and reaching for your phone to make a call or control music. Keep your phone warm and safe in your pocket, and let YodelUP handle mountain communication and music control.

YodelUP is all about maximizing your moments on the mountain and sharing your experiences with friends. By pressing the Yodel button, you can instantly talk to a friend or a group of friends – as if you’re using a walkie-talkie. 

YodelUP works together with Zello, the Walkie-talkie app, to bring you the next generation mountain communication - allowing you to have live conversations and to share experiences in real-time. It is faster than calling, easier than texting and it doesn’t require you to take your gloves off. And the communication range is unlimited thanks to data transmission over the cellular network. Connect YodelUP to your Smartphone, download Zello, add your friends and you are ready to go!

Here are a few example use cases:

  • You’re flying down the hill, and your buddy is right behind you. You barely make it over a hidden rock. You use YodelUP to warn your buddy right away.
  • You’re on the lift, and you feel like telling a joke. Well, it’s your lucky day – because you have a YodelUP.
  • You're frustrated by having to wait for the slowest person in the group to catch up. Well, if you had a YodelUP, you could just take off and easily meet them up later.
  • You’re late, and driving up the mountain to meet with your friends already on the slopes. You wonder where they are. You pull out your phone and YodelUP your buddies.
  • You’re on a big family ski trip and your kids are practicing “pizzas & fries” with an instructor on the bunny hill while you’re pulling off some insane carving in deep powder. You have peace of mind because you have YodelUP and know that your kids are just one click away.
  • You’re a skiing instructor, and you wish there was a better way to convey instructions to your students. Your students download the app and add you as a friend. Now you use YodelUP to instruct your entire group in real-time.

Controlling your music on the mountain has never been simpler. YodelUP enables you to easily play, pause, adjust the volume or skip tracks by pressing large, snappy buttons. Sync your tunes to your mood as you’re carving away!

Now you can have a conversation with a friend sitting next to you on the lift, and crank up the music when you’re done.

Switching tracks on the fly has never been easier.

YodelUP is a retrofit solution and works with whatever you currently own and love. It comfortably fits over any mitten or glove, and is compatible with all styles of headphones. YodelUP wirelessly connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and is compatible with iOS or Android devices.

Works with any headphone

Thanks to a built-in microphone, YodelUP works with any wired or wireless headphone

Fits any glove

Works with your favourite music apps

Works with iPhone and Android phones

YodelUP is designed for operation in harsh mountain environments. A waterproof and shockproof exterior coupled with a long-lasting battery makes it ideal for extreme conditions.

Special low-temperature battery

YodelUP has a special rechargeable battery designed for operation in extreme low temperatures. It features 24 hours of talk time and 7 days on standby (8 hours of talk time at -20°C). YodelUP is charged via a USB magnetic charging cable (included in the package).

 Waterproof

IP67 Water-resistant means that water cannot penetrate it unless you submerge it in water (more than 1m deep) for more than a few minutes.

 Shockproof

We have designed it to withstand the shock of a hard fall, so it’s the perfect companion for rough-and-tumble outdoor activities.

We’ve paid special attention to design to make YodelUP as simple, intuitive and comfortable as possible. After numerous prototypes and feedback from our early fans, we converged on the optimal balance of shape, size and comfort.

Push the dedicated side button (a.k.a., the Yodel button) to instantly talk to friends walkie-talkie style. Your friends are just a click away.

YodelUP has extra-large buttons so you can easily feel the interface while wearing gloves - allowing for the "no look" control to intuitively control your music without needing to look at the device.

Snappy buttons

The buttons are designed to be snappy so you feel whether you pressed a button or not.

Easily feel the buttons

Special bumps and curves enable you to easily feel the buttons even while wearing gloves.

With a curvature that closely follows your wrist, YodelUP was designed with your comfort in mind. It is very common for gloves and mittens to have a strap with a bulky buckle at the wrist so you can snug the glove tight. YodelUP has a cavity underneath that fits over the strap and buckle to remove pressure points and keep you comfortable even when you wear your glove for an extended duration.

You can strap on YodelUP, or adjust tension of the strap, with one hand while wearing gloves.

Once YodelUP is strapped onto your glove, it becomes part of your glove so it is not yet another thing you need to worry about losing. Thanks to the elastic strap, you can remove your gloves without needing to re-attach or adjust YodelUP. So, feel free to take your gloves off at lunchtime and put them back on afterwards, just as you normally would. YodelUP remains secure on your glove even when you’re not wearing it.

Using a Walkie-talkie app, your smartphone can communicate with others over the cellular data network by using the push-to-talk over cellular (PoC) technology. When the walkie-talkie app is connected to your YodelUP (Bluetooth), you can activate instant radio-style communication with your group by pressing the “Yodel” button.

By harnessing this technology, YodelUP delivers a live interactive communication experience similar to that of a traditional walkie-talkie. YodelUP has unlimited range because data transmission occurs over the cellular network. See how it works:

Zello walkie-talkie app

We’ve partnered with Zello, the world’s number-one walkie-talkie app maker, to bring you the next big thing in mountain communication.

YodelUP is easy to use

Pair YodelUP with your smartphone, add your friends on the Zello app, and select your favorite music playlist. Next, slip YodelUP onto your wrist, connect your headphones – and you’re ready to go!

Connectivity | Compatibility 

  • Compatible with Android and iOS  
  • Compatible with Bluetooth and wired speakers/headphone
  • Compatible with speakers/headphone with or without microphone
  • 'Bluetooth Range' (distance between YodelUP and your smartphone): tested up to 10m (30 ft)
  • 'Walkie-talkie Range' (distance between two YodelUP users): unlimited (as long as you have cellular reception/data)

Device

  • IP67 waterproof
  • Rugged (shockproof)
  • Operating temperature -30°C to +40°C (-22°F to 104°F)
  • Size (YodelUP device): W58 x L66 x H20 mm (W2.3 x L2.6 x H0.8 in)
  • Size (Strap): W38 x L300 mm (W1.5 x L12 in) 
  • Weight: 60 g (2 oz) 

Battery

  • Rechargeable battery (designed for extreme temperature)
  • Play time: 8 hrs at -20°C (-4°F); 24 hrs at room temperature
  • Standby time: 7 days 
  • Magnetic USB charging cable

YodelUP comes in four beautiful colors (Thermal Green, Tiger Orange, Fresh Blue, and Stealth Black) to match your style:

 Introducing the YodelTECH dream team:

We just returned from SIA (North America’s largest snow-sports trade show) where we showcased our product for the first time and were overwhelmed with the positive response. Check out our press release here.

We are a self-funded startup and have already invested substantially in the design and development process, including electrical engineering, firmware development, mechanical engineering, and are nearly ready to begin manufacturing. Once we hit the fundraising goal, your money will go directly into the production and manufacturing process that will allow us to get YodelUP into your hands – and onto your glove!

Ultimately, your support will enable us to bring you a product you’ll love. Please support us, we won't let you down!

We are on mission to address the needs of the modern snowboarder and skier. With your help we want to the make the amazing experience of snowboarding and skiing even better!

Risks and challenges

With manufacturing becoming easier every day in today’s well-connected world, it is still quite a complex challenge. To best prepare for the challenges ahead, we've partnered with reputable manufacturers and suppliers and are working with a network of advisers who can provide expert advice and help us tackle challenges in engineering, production, certification and fulfillment.

We already have fully functional prototypes and have agreements in place with manufacturing partners for both mechanical and electrical components. We have worked with these manufacturers previously and have a great relationship with. We are confident that there is a low risk of delays in manufacturing or component shortages.

As in any new hardware development, unforeseen complications may arise during the production stage. To meet our deadline and commitment to our backers we have allowed for sufficient buffer at every stage of the development timeline. The YodelUP team will, of course, keep you up to date should any unexpected issues arise. We realize there have been hardware projects which experienced extended delays - we have no intention on being one of those projects.

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