Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on October 3, 2013.
About this project
We will be re-launching our Kickstarter campaign, which you can find by clicking here: kickstarter.incync.com
Welcome Kickstarter fans! We are pleased to introduce inCync™ — the world’s smallest, lightest Bluetooth speaker & hands free speaker phone that goes anywhere, fits anywhere, and sounds absolutely fantastic! inCync is the ultimate in wearable technology.
- Listen to music, audio books, and pod casts while keeping you iPhone or Smart Phone safely tucked away in your pocket, purse, or backpack.
- Make and receive phone calls - hands free.
- Listen to turn-by-turn directions from your iPhone or Smart Phone GPS.
- Interact with Siri on iPhone and equivalent voice assistants on Android and other Smart Phones.
The patent pending inCync clips on caps, clothing, purses, backpacks… anywhere that works for you — and weighs only 26 grams (less than 1 ounce). inCync is so light and compact, you hardly know you are wearing it… but don’t let the size fool you. This full-featured audio device has a miniaturized but powerful amplifier that delivers the kind of sound you’d expect from a much larger portable speaker. And when making phone calls over Bluetooth through your phone, the sound quality on both ends of the call is crystal clear. inCync also includes a 3.5 mm audio-out port that turns anything wired into wireless.
Take portable to the extreme enjoying music and phone calls using the smallest Bluetooth speaker & speaker phone ever. For the utmost in wireless freedom, we invite you to experience inCync — the very latest in portable Bluetooth innovations.
inCync Goes Everywhere You Go.
(Small) Size Matters
The inCync Audio System - Micro-Sized but Big on Sound.
Controlling inCync is as Easy as 1-2-3.
One Sealed Connector for Charging and Audio-Out.
Did We Mention Safety?
inCync does not cover the ears so you can always hear ambient sounds like car horns and emergency vehicle sirens. While walking, jogging, or riding a bike you remain fully aware of your surroundings.
inCync Turns Wired into Wireless.
Want to make private calls or immerse yourself in your music? Let inCync convert your wired earbuds/headphones into wireless wonders using its built-in 3.5 mm audio-out jack!
inCync is so versatile — you can now enjoy safe, off-the-ear listening or turn your wired earbuds/headphones into state-of-the-art wireless wonders… or even plug in powered speakers and enjoy wireless music at your next party or outdoor gathering. And with the right set of off-the-shelf cable adapters you can even stream music to your home stereo system!
inCync is Definitely the Ultimate Wearable Wireless Accessory!
Included with your inCync:
Charge your inCync with the Charging Adapter. It's super compact and will charge inCync from any USB port or USB wall adapter. Store your gear in the black Micro-fiber drawstring pouch.
Bonus Item! The Accessory Clip
Everyone who makes a contribution for any reward level that includes an inCync will also receive this handy accessory clip.
Made from heat treated spring steel and finished with black powder coat, the accessory clip will allow you to clip inCync to extra-thick items such as heavily padded backpack straps and thickly padded car sun visors. It also pivots inCync out 90 degrees for optimizing speaker direction and easy access to the buttons. It also makes a handy desktop stand for making speaker phone calls and folds flat for storage when you are all done using it.
inCync Classic and Special Edition Colors
The Story Behind inCync – A Three Year Journey.
Like so many projects on Kickstarter, it all starts with a sketch of an “idea”. Back in late 2010, inventor Bud Wilcox was thinking about how to use the bill of a ball cap as the “speaker” using what are called “exciters”. Exciters are what are used in flat panel speakers. They are similar in design to a speaker (having a voice coil but no speaker cone). Exciters do not make any sound unless they touch a surface (like the flat panel material of a flat panel speaker…or the bill of a cap!).
However with some early experimentation and proof-of-concepts we found that the sound quality would change dramatically from cap-to-cap depending on the material used in the cap bill. Some sounded great, and some sounded not so great! So we ditched the exciter approach and focused on a micro-speaker based product that was not dependent on the material surface (or limited to just cap bills), and that you could clip on to not only the bill of a cap, but to just about anything, making inCync the ultimate in wearable technology.
In late 2011, we started to make some proof-of-concepts using an amp design and Bluetooth design that we had used on another product. The amp was designed to drive small low ohm speakers, and deliver incredible sound quality. We spent considerable time sourcing the best miniature speaker driver to match the quality we wanted and to fit in the smallest form factor.
Big Evolution for a Tiny Product.
By mid 2012 we had a clear path and were busy designing the product, starting with some early form factors which eventually morphed into the finished design you see here today. It took three rounds of prototypes until we were satisfied with the appearance, functionality, and performance, and now the design is complete and ready for the commercialization phase – production tooling, certifications, and first production builds. We work closely with our manufacturing partner in South China and we have planned a "kick off" in person with them in October. Additional trips will be made at tooling completion, pre-production and production builds (see schedule below).
Under the Hood...the nuts and bolts.
inCync electrical, mechanical, and software design is 100% complete with the exception of a couple final tweaks which we will do once we launch with our manufacturing partner.
We are using a proven electrical and software design from a previous product. We are using the same amp IC and amp design, and the same Bluetooth certified module. The module is CSR BlueCore5 chip based and includes CSR CVC (Clear Voice Capture) for improved phone call quality (Noise and Wind Suppression, Echo Cancellation). We know this design very well and the performance is outstanding. Using an existing and proven certified module-based design also reduces the risks and time to deliver.
The battery is a 230mAh Lithium Polymer cell with protection circuit that provides up to 8 hours of music playtime and up to 10 hours of talk time.
The mechanical design is unique in that it all snaps together without any screws to close the housing. The water resistant design involves co-molding of the rubber buttons to the top housing and rubber gaskets that seal the housings. The 3.5 mm charging and audio-out jack has a tethered rubber plug hatch to keep dust and moisture from getting inside. The LED indicator is laser etched rather than using a light pipe. Not only does this look cool, but provides yet another seal from the outside dust and moisture. The ABS outer housing is a satin finish and the ABS inner housing is high polished, providing a nice visual contrast. The buttons have a nice snappy, tactile feel and the metal spring clip is heat treated spring steel with black power coat.
How will we use the Kickstarter funds?
- Production Tooling (Injection Mold, Metal Forming, etc...)
- Assembly and Test Fixtures
- Packaging Development
- Certifications including FCC and CE
- Pre-Production/Validation Build and Production Build
Risks and challenges
The team behind inCync has many years of experience in bringing products from concept to the retail shelves, many of them being Bluetooth audio products. We are also working with a manufacturing partner who is not new to us and that we have a long term, working relationship with. We also have a very stable design and prototype that performs as a production product.
That said, nothing in manufacturing a product is like “falling off a log” and even the simplest of things can become a challenge. However, based on the teams experience this will be more like hiking a large but familiar hill rather than climbing a mountain peak full of treacherous crevasses! In the end, it’s all about the journey – and we have a passion for taking these journeys to success so we hope that you will put your trust in us and come along for the ride!
Below are the risks and challenges (and risk mitigation statements for each) that can occur during the commercialization phase of bringing up any similar product:
- Problems with parts not molding or fitting properly.
The 3D CAD design has already proven to work as exhibited by the prototypes and tools are made from this CAD design. We plan to be at the factory when the first shots are made off the tools and will be there to debug tools in real time rather than sending parts back and forth between China and USA.
- Hardware and Software issues.
We are using an existing electrical and software design that we have used in previous products that are on the market today. The prototypes already exhibit the features and performance as required.
- RF/Bluetooth related issues.
The Bluetooth module is already proven and certified by Bluetooth SIG. The current prototype is working flawlessly without any "dropouts" indicating the antenna has been properly designed. Our manufacturing partner has designed and certified over 50 products with Bluetooth SIG.
- Not passing Certifications.
Because we are using a Bluetooth Certified module and one that we have used in previous products which have passed every time without any issue, we are confident that inCync will pass all certifications.
- Not making schedule.
The schedule is aggressive but achievable by having daily/weekly contact with the manufacturing partner and frequent visits to the factory. If any issues do come up our backers will be notified and will know of any corrective action plan.
You can pair up to 8 devices
Not on most newer devices but if you are asked the pairing code is 0000
I have headphones (or ear buds) that do not have a microphone. Can I still use inCync to make phone calls?
Yes, you will hear the caller through your headphones (or ear buds) and the microphone on inCync will pick up and transmit your voice.
Yes, inCync will ignore the microphone on your headphones (or ear buds) and will default to the inCync microphone.
- (30 days)