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What is the Allo?
The Allo is the world’s first all-in-one bike mount and speaker developed and designed specifically to make using a smartphone more convenient in the hopes of increasing visibility and avoiding distractions while riding. The Allo gives riders an easy way to access all of the functions of their smartphones while riding so they can focus on what's important: the road.
Allo's unique design, gives riders the power to:
- Use any of your preferred apps without taking the phone out of your pocket so you can focus on what's going on around you!
- Control and listen to your music with the touch of your finger. No earbuds needed!
- Get directions/navigate. You can hear turn by turn and see where you need to go on screen!
- Make/answer phone calls with ease and without fumbling for your phone.
The Allo Design
The Allo is made up of two main pieces: the speaker/case and the bike mount. You can secure the mount onto any bike handlebars. The speaker/case piece holds your smartphone and has a top piece that unclips, allowing you to slide your phone into the 3.5 mm jack at the bottom. The speaker/case slides in and out from the bike mount so that the Allo can be used off the bike as well. The speaker is powered by two AAA batteries and has a range of 80-90 decibels.
Once the Allo has been attached to the handlebars, simply flick the switch on the bottom to turn on the speaker and you can use your smartphone just like you would normally but now with your bike! The Allo puts everything at your fingertips!
The Road to the Allo
After seeing many people riding while distracted and illegally use their earphones or holding their phones with one hand while biking, I wanted to create a way to be able to access my smartphone easily. I was surprised to find that there was nothing on the market that did what I was looking for.
So, I decided to make something myself.
I bought a bike mount and cheap speaker and then used a paper clip to hold them in place. When I found out my crazy contraption actually worked I thought, "Everyone should have one of these!" This was okay for proof of concept but I needed something more durable and stylish.
With the help of a friend who was passionate about industrial design, I began sketching different designs of the Allo to see how I could make it more durable and stylish while still holding a built-in speaker.
After a few of these iterations, we decided on this "napkin sketch" of the Allo.
I knew what I wanted the Allo to look like but I still needed to build a physical product. Prototyping is expensive and I couldn't fund it on my own. After a successful pitch to private investors, I raised just enough money to develop the CAD files and build a prototype.
With enough funding to begin designing the Allo, I enlisted KH Chong, a design engineer at Redpoint Engineering to make the CAD files and Allo prototypes.
We began by working on finalizing the overall design and perfecting the details in terms of looks and functionality.
As you can see, we went through a few different designs:
After some edits to these concepts, we created the final design of the Allo main piece.
Once the design of the speaker/case of the Allo had been finalized, we moved on to perfecting the mount so it could fit on all handlebars.
After we finalized the exterior of the Allo, we needed to make the actual prototypes. In order to do this in a cost-effective way, we decided to use the electronics from the same type of off-the-shelf speaker I had used to make the 'proof of concept' of the Allo. We, we simply removed the electronics from the speaker and inserted them into the 3D printed exterior of the prototype. Obviously the final version of the Allo will have its own set of internal electronics.
With the electronics inserted, we finally had a working prototype with all the final features of the Allo!
With a working prototype, it was almost time to reveal the Allo to the world. To determine our launch strategy, I worked closely with my dad, Ron Miller, VP of Strategy for Allo and Mary Frances Knight, VP of Operations.
With 40 years of entrepreneurship experience starting five different companies, my dad has guided me throughout the founding of Allo. He advised me throughout the negotiations with Redpoint and other companies and taught me how to make executive decisions. His knowledge has allowed me to become a young entrepreneur. He serves as the advisor and has played an integral role through the development of the product, the company and the Kickstarter campaign on all executive level decisions.
Mary Frances Knight has assisted me throughout the process of launching Allo by helping me direct and create the video, website and other ways of promoting the Allo.
Now all we need to do to get the Allo to your handlebars is enough funding for the first round of production. Help support the campaign here on Kickstarter by claiming an Allo reward and supporting by sharing the campaign with all the bike lovers you know!
Why do I need Kickstarter?
I want to create a design that would make accessing your smartphone more convenient for anyone that loves to bike and here's where I need your help! We already have a working prototype but I am unable to mass produce it because tooling and production are high in cost. This is why I'm on Kickstarter. People want to use their smartphones while biking, but find that they can't without using earbuds or trying to bike with one hand and use the phone with the other. Creating the Allo helps make accessing your phone easier and faster so you can focus on the road instead of your phone.
The Allo Team
Production RoadMap and Timeline
We've already got our prototype, we just need your support to take Allo to full production. Here are the details of our production roadmap:
Risks and challenges
There is always some inherent risk involved when creating a new product and delays can happen for many reasons. Rest assured that I will do everything in my power to ensure my backers are well informed and that they receive their rewards in a timely manner.
Although I have a couple prototypes, we have yet to mass produce the Allo. Because of this, we may run into some unexpected manufacturing set backs. Our main risk is delay, we will be working hand and hand with our production team and have already started working with manufacturers to mitigate as much delay as possible. As supporters of the campaign, you will receive regular updates on the status of the Allo.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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