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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.
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.
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!!
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