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FOCO is a simple sound enhancing device for the new iPad 3 and iPad 2 that works with naked or cased iPads.

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If you missed out on this campaign follow us by viewing the updates section to see the progress, visit our website at www.udsproducts.com or reach out to us at foco@udsproducts.com

Dont forget to check out our other projects on kickstarter Vavo and Capta. Cheers!!

Greetings from UDS

Thank you for taking the time to view our Kickstarter project page. With your help, we'd love the opportunity to bring Foco to the world.

What is Foco?

Foco is Spanish for “Focus”. As the name implies, this low cost accessory is designed to focus the sound from the rear built in speakers of the iPad to the front using simple principles of physics in a way that allows the sound waves to be reflected and redirected. This results in an enhanced and richer sound experience when listening to music, watching movies, playing games, listening to audiobooks/podcasts or anything that requires sound while using the iPad.

Why Foco?

We use our iPads to watch movies and YouTube, listen to music, play games, video chat, for presentations and much more. Unfortunately due to the rear positioning of the iPad speakers the sound is directed away from you instead of towards you, and this can be somewhat frustrating. It isn’t always convenient to carry portable speakers that can drain your iPad battery and using ear phones for extended periods of time gets uncomfortable. Solutions for sound enhancement exist but they are typically bulky, cumbersome, expensive and do not work with cases. Foco compliments the sleek design of the iPad and doesn’t obscure the screen in anyway. Our goal was to create something small, simple, and elegant that also worked with cases.

(Used above with a Belkin snap case - Foco does not cover any part of the gorgeous iPad screen)

Foco blends in nicely with the clean lines of the iPad, uses no batteries, magnets or electricity and is extremely portable so it can go everywhere you go. 

Foco and cases

Foco works very well with a naked iPad and the smart cover.  Since many iPad owners use protective cases (including us) we wanted to create a design that would work with most iPad cases.

Does Foco really enhance and boost your sound experience?

Sound testing was performed using pink noise. Pink noise is the right type of noise to use to calibrate audio equipment. Using the DB Meter Pro app on the iPhone 4 we measured the difference in sound when using only iPad speakers – 89-90db and when using the iPad 3 speakers and Foco – 102-103db

Foco color options

Foco comes in Black and White. Once the campaign is over we will send you out a survey where you can indicate what your color preference will be. All pledge levels have the option for black or white foco selections.

What is Foco made of?

Foco will be manufactured with very dense plastic and a specially formulated PU pad (similar to what we used on our Capta product). This unique combination and design allows Foco to be extremely effective while being very portable and stylish.

What is this PU Pad?

The pad is a specially formulated polyurethane (PU) material that sticks to most surfaces, is reusable and leaves no residue. We picked this material because it is versatile and extremely durable. In our last Capta project, we used the same type of PU pad with excellent results. Our PU pad sticks to more surfaces than a suction cup and works in more situations. Refreshing and removing built up debris and dirt from the pad can easily be performed using running water and allowing the pad to air dry. This is not a new technology as similar products exist in the medical industry such as reusable pads used for heart monitoring, physical therapy, etc. It truly is an amazing material.

What stage is Foco at now?

The Foco design has been finalized and we have all elements needed to advance to final product samples and then proceed with manufacturing.  We have also picked a manufacturer who is primed to begin manufacturing. That’s why we need the support of Kickstarter backers.

Why Kickstarter?

Thanks to our Kickstarter backers we were able to successfully bring our first product, Capta to market. Now we are here with a dream to make Foco an affordable option for iPad users and with the help of Kickstarter backers we can make that a reality. Thank you for your time and support. Cheers!!

FAQ

  • Foco was designed to work with the new iPad 3 and iPad 2. Foco will not work with iPad 1.

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  • The pad is a specially formulated polyurethane (PU) material that sticks to most surfaces, is reusable and leaves no residue. We picked this material because it is versatile and extremely durable. In our last Capta project, we used the same type of PU pad with excellent results. Our PU pad sticks to more surfaces than a suction cup and works in more situations. Refreshing and removing built up debris and dirt from the pad can easily be performed using running water and allowing the pad to air dry. This is not a new technology as similar products exist in the medical industry such as reusable pads used for heart monitoring, physical therapy, etc. It truly is an amazing material.

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  • Thank you for your question. Foco was designed to be used repeatedly on your device - simply stick it, remove when you are done and repeat when you need again. There will be no residue on your device. Thank you again.

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  • Thank you for your question. Light cleaning would be using a damp lint free cloth (lint covers surface and reduces grip) to wipe the pad. Medium cleaning would be running the pad under water and using your fingers to remove any dirt or debris on the pad. If any oils or greasy materials or liquids have gotten on the Foco pad then you could use mild soap and water to clean the pad. The most important step is to allow Foco to dry completely before using again after any of the cleaning steps above. Thank you again.

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  • One of our main concerns was exposure to the climate especially heat. So when we decided to use this material we made sure it could withstand both extremes. Manufacturers testing show a test range of -10f to about 230f where the material will perform optimally. So to answer your question Foco is not affected by being in the sun during the summer months. Its keeps performing as advertised. Thanks as always and please keep spreading the word for us. Cheers!!

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  • Foco doesn't work effectively with the iPhone or iPad 1. The main reason is because of the location of their speakers - At the bottom. Foco follows the curves of the iPad 2 and iPad 3 and because their speakers are located on the edge Foco is able to work well with them. The PU pad makes a good seal on the edges of the speaker of the naked iPad and with this you are channeling all the sound from the speaker through Focos twin cup scoop. This seal around the speaker separates Foco from the competition - No other device has such a tight seal on the naked iPad. This produces a more focused sound which is then directed towards the consumer. You will be impressed by what this little device can do for your iPad.

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  • Foco attaches and detaches from the iPad easily. It is very easy to use.

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    For a $6 “Early Bird” pledge Thank you very much for your pledge and support for UDS and our product Foco. You will receive 1 Black injection-molded Foco with red PU pad and red print at the early bird price. (US shipping is included, Canada add $3, International add $5).

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    For an $8 pledge Thank you very much for your pledge and support for UDS and our product Foco. You will receive 1 Black injection-molded Foco with red PU pad and red print. (US shipping is included, Canada add $3, International add $5).

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    For a $21 pledge Thank you very much for your pledge and support for UDS and our product Foco. You will receive 3 Black injection-molded Focos with red PU pad and red print. (US shipping is included, Canada add $5, International add $7).

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    For a $39 pledge - Multi-pack Thank you very much for your pledge and support for UDS and our product Foco. You will receive 6 Black injection-molded Focos with red PU pad and red print. (US shipping is included, Canada add $7, International add $9).

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    For a $65 pledge - Thank you very much for your pledge and support for UDS and our product Foco. You will receive 10 injection-molded Focos. You can mix and match Black and White colors. World wide shipping included.

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    For a $95 pledge - "The Foco For All Pledge" Thank you very much for your pledge and support for UDS and our product Foco. You will receive 15 injection-molded Focos. You can mix and match Black and White colors. World wide shipping included.

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