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By Whimitās
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About this project

Hello –

Quite simply, the AudiO-Owl is the music dock for those of us who prize whimsy over whomp.  Though, that’s not to say its hooters don’t pack just the right punch.

The concept was hatched by Whimitās following co-founder Magnus’ realization that his desktop speaker drivers were in fact staring at him.  This funny little insight sparked what would become the salve for our gnawing frustration with the uninspired speaker enclosures cluttering shelves, counters, and tabletops everywhere.  We’re here with fledgling prototype in hand and the experience and resources to perch the AudiO-Owl in every habitat that’ll have it.

We just need you! O-O

An Owl About Town –

Of course you wanna know what the little guy looks like and why we love him so, right? Well, here's his proto-self perched where you would and wouldn't expect:

Note: the production version of the black AudiO-Owl will feature magenta colored drivers (eyes).  Please scroll down for rendering and color swatches.
Note: the production version of the black AudiO-Owl will feature magenta colored drivers (eyes). Please scroll down for rendering and color swatches.

It's Been a Hoot –

Luckily for all involved, this ain’t our first rodeo…  In fact, folks like Klipsch, Sony Ericsson, and Nokia have invited us (as individuals) to ride some of their bulls right on into the winner’s circle.  You can learn a bit more about us, in our bio.

Morgan and Magnus chillin' (literally) in Copenhagen.  Seems the eye was always with us?
Morgan and Magnus chillin' (literally) in Copenhagen. Seems the eye was always with us?

We’ve got:

  • Our prototype built

  • The engineering/construction drawings ready

  • The materials and components spec’d and sourced

  • A January 2013 production slot lined up with our factory of choice

  • Quality control measures in place

  • Order fulfillment partners and logistics mapped out

  • A whole bunch more stuff, but we're outta* sexy buzzwords

* almost

Available body and driver/accent color combinations.
Available body and driver/accent color combinations.
Go ahead, stalk us!
Go ahead, stalk us!

We’ve established a funding goal of $90,000, to cover the costs of manufacturing the minimum run of AudiO-Owls required to keep the retail price point in line with comparable products.  And by comparable, we mean serve the same function.  Cuz we all know they certainly don’t serve the same feeling!

It's also important to note we've got help and drink insane amounts of coffee.  So, not only do we have super talented/qualified friends, family, and colleagues doing heavy lifting in exchange for AudiO-Owls to call their own, but we'll most certainly be communicating with you throughout the campaign, production, and distribution processes. 

Nuts and Bolts (of which there actually are none) –

Design:

  • Designed and engineered in Sweden

  • Finished in a visually and tactilely stunning "soft paint"

  • Available in Black, White (limited), and Emerald (limited)

Audio:

  • Stereo Pair 70mm 3w Drivers

  • Frequency Response 90Hz - 20Hz

Dimensions:

  • Length: 130mm

  • Width: 205mm

  • Height: 170mm

Connections:

  • The AudiO-Owl features wireless connectivity via Bluetooth, a 30-pin dock connector, and a 3.5mm Stereo Input.
  • The AudiO-Owl is powered via the included micro-USB cable and US-style outlet adapter.

Shown with included cap, for times when the dock isn't in use.
Shown with included cap, for times when the dock isn't in use.

Did Someone Say T-Shirt?

Yep! As you can see in the pledge levels above, if you're someone who's not in for an owl but wants to support and look cool doing it...  Have we got a shirt for you!

Available in M, L, XL, and a size that'll fit the little alien in Prometheus.  The second one.  Not the first second one, but the second second one.
Available in M, L, XL, and a size that'll fit the little alien in Prometheus. The second one. Not the first second one, but the second second one.

Did We Say Thank You For Considering?

For real. Thank you for considering!! Together we can take a step toward surrounding ourselves with the products that compliment and enhance our environments, rather than those we have to "make do" with.

Please share this with as many like-minded folks as you possibly can! That means stuff like linking to this page or the video, liking and sharing our page on Facebook, and Tweeting it up.  A goal not reached is an AudiO-Owl not hatched.  And nobody wants that.

O-O

Risks and challenges

As mentioned above, we're in the fortunate position that our professional lives have had us overseeing the product development and manufacturing process for countless consumer and professional devices. By design, the first version of the AudiO-Owl will require only straightforward and readily available techniques, components, and materials.

Though these factors will minimize any associated risks, the following are worth noting:

- In the unlikely event that our chosen factory does not meet our quality control standards during any phase of manufacturing, a delay may be caused by our attempt to get them back on track, or ultimately moving to another factory.

- In the unlikely event that at the time of manufacturing there is a shortage or sharp price increase for 30-pin "iDevice" connectors, a delay may be caused.

We do not mean to sound overconfident, but wish to convey that we have purposely structured this project as being quite straightforward. We will deliver the first version to delight, and tackle more technologically/logistically taxing elements in subsequent versions.

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    T-SHIRT: Can't go for the full hoot, but still wanna support? We've got big thanks and really cool shirt for ya.

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    BLACK AUDIO-OWL: You just got yourself the talk of your mantle, bookshelf, desk, counter, vanity, WHEREVER... The AudiO-Owl in its proudest matte black.

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    WHITE AUDIO-OWL: If Limited Edition or going above and beyond is more your thing... You gotta snag (snare?) this one... The AudiO-Owl in marble white.

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    EMERALD AUDIO-OWL: Ok, so Limited Edition and hiding in plain sight just isn't enough... You want your little buddy to POP and you can really help us make this project happen... The AudiO-Owl in majestic emerald.

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    GRAFFITI AUDIO-OWL: You are one of the chosen 10. Like Magnus' painting in the video? You should see what he can do when the temperature isn't below zero, and his paint caps aren't frozen! In return for your monumental gesture to push us over the top, Magnus will hook up your owl with a one-of-a-kind paint (feather?) job.

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