About this project
The people of LA put Liberty+ through its paces.
We’ve achieved breathtaking audio fidelity thanks to a lab-created material called Graphene; a nanosheet with 100 times the hardness of steel yet only a fraction of the weight. Through laboratory tests, we discovered applying a layer of graphene to a dynamic driver created an astonishing improvement in sound quality.
As the graphene-coated driver vibrates back and forth to create sound, its extra rigidity and lightness ensure precision oscillation. The result: superior sound across the entire frequency spectrum; with a dramatic enhancement for treble and overall clarity.
Everyone’s ears are different. How will we make sure Liberty+ fits everyone, perfectly?
We spent over a year analyzing thousands of ears, inserting hundreds of earphones, and squeezing seemingly infinite eartips. It appeared that a suitable material was beyond current technology. Eventually though, our perseverance paid off as we struck audiological gold.
The Perfect Fit
Liberty+’s in-ear comfort is guaranteed thanks to eartips engineered from liquid-silicon. Softer and more pliable than standard tips, they gently slide into and adapt to any and all ears. The extra-secure seal offers superior sound and isolation with zero discomfort.
The task of inserting total-wireless earphones has turned listening pleasure into arduous frustration. And once they’re finally in, it can still feel like a gentle breeze might pull them out.
To create an instant, rock-solid fit we developed GripFit technology; exclusively for Liberty+. With its innovatively designed casing, Liberty+ slide in then twist to create an exceedingly secure yet comfortable hold.
Liberty+ will use the same wireless communication technology as satellites and drones. The specialized hardware is known as an LDS antenna. Instead of being an independent component of the device, we’ve devised a way for the Bluetooth antenna to integrate with the earphone body itself. This larger surface area means a stronger connection. A stronger connection means music is streamed flawlessly. No skips, no drops.
Bluetooth 5.0 is the ubiquitous wireless technology’s latest iteration. At the time of its release, Liberty+ will be one of the only devices to take advantage of its features.
- Doubled data transmission speed
- Bigger range
- 800% increase in data-transfer capacity
Liberty+’s LDS antenna and Bluetooth 5.0 technology synergize to offer unbreakable connectivity within a 10m range.
With Liberty+ using such cutting-edge hardware, it is essential that the software is intuitive and effortless to use—both on iOS and Android. Using some innovative coding and a huge amount of patience, we have streamlined Liberty+’s pairing process down to 2 simple steps: Push and Go.
After the initial pairing, Liberty+ will automatically connect to your phone as soon as you remove them from the case.
And as you read this, we’ll still be hard at work improving Liberty+’s software further. We promise to create the world’s most user-friendly total-wireless earphones.
Incubating with Anker, the world leaders in portable power, is giving us exclusive access to some of the world's most advanced battery technology.
We're integrating their leading Li-ion cells and power management systems into Liberty+'s hardware. With this energy boost, playtime extends to around 6 or 7 complete music albums. And when Liberty+ runs dry, placing it in the included charging case pushes playtime to an incredible 48 hours.
Amazon’s Alexa voice-controlled AI not only gives immediate access to music streaming services, weather, news, traffic and other real-time information; it puts complete control of your home right at the tip of your tongue. Simply tap Liberty+ twice to access AI assistants.
Liberty+’s extra-secure fit provides exceptional sound isolation from exterior noise. This offers the ideal listening experience but it can sometimes be important to hear the world around you.
With the touch of a button Liberty+ uses its external microphone to relay exterior sounds with flawless clarity.
Waterproof flagship phones are now the industry standard, so it only makes sense for your earphones to be able to go wherever your phone does.
Liberty+ will be engineered with waterproof casing and a specialized hydrophobic nano-coating to resist water ingress. Ideal for sweating it out at the gym or singing in the rain.
1) Liberty+ Charging Case
2) Liberty+ Total-Wireless Earphones
3) 4 x GripFit Jackets
4) 3 x EarTips
5) Micro USB Cable
Zolo is a passionate team of audio luminaries and leading AI talent. Audio engineers who cut their teeth developing iconic products for Bang & Olufsen, Bose, JBL, Sennheiser, and more. Supported by daring AI pioneers and backed by official partnerships with tech giants like Google and Amazon. Together, our vision is: Unite Smart AI with Sublime Audio.
You probably check your phone over 100 times every day. News; weather; music; virtually anything you want is right there in your pocket. But it’s buried beneath app after menu after tap after tap. Pioneering smart assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant have put instant information at the tips of our tongues.
But our speakers and headphones primarily exist to thrill us, to excite us; to play the audio that we love in the highest possible fidelity. So, why shouldn’t smart speakers do just that?
Liberty+ is our debut, the first device to embody our vision. Over the past year we’ve poured our hearts, souls—and anything else we could find—into developing Liberty+. Now we can’t wait to share it with the world. And with Liberty+ leading the revolution, we’ll follow up with a complete generation of smart speakers and headphones.
Here is where you come in. We need backers to support and guide us on the journey. We’re building a community of audio lovers capable of creating magic together. And Zolo will belong to you just as much as it does to us.
We wanted to find a way to reflect our gratitude to everyone who supports Liberty+, while also embodying our zero-compromise ethos. Eventually, our inspiration came from high-end fashion and industrial design.
The Backer Edition earphones will have their Zolo logo embellished with a champagne gold finish. A precious color to represent just how special the Zolo community is. The multifunction button will showcase an exposed carbon-fiber texture, signifying your incredible support during the development process of Liberty+.
The charging case will receive similar treatment. Champagne gold accents for the Zolo logo and precision chamfered edges. With the internal charging bay finished with the same carbon-fiber texture as on the earphones themselves.
The Backer Edition is the only way to stand out from the crowd and show you’re listening to an exclusive part of the future of audio.
Note: Upon reaching the $2 Million stretch goal, you will be able to choose from Liberty+ Backer Edition, Liberty+ Black or Liberty+ White. We will contact backers to confirm preference before we ship.
Risks and challenges
We fully expect to deliver Liberty+ at exceptional quality according to our timeline. However, even the most well planned manufacturing process can meet unpredictable hiccups.
Most likely to present difficulties is the LDS antenna. A sensitive component which requires extensive debugging and testing to create the strongest possible connection—both of which may require time.
Liberty+ use the latest version of Bluetooth (5.0). Because this technology is so new there are some limitations with stereo presentation for calls and voice-controlled AI.
The Android and iOS companion apps will be rigorously tested and optimized to deliver a tight user experience. Depending on feedback, aspects of the app may need to be reworked and fine-tuned.
We will continue working to ensure that Liberty+ exceed the potential of their hardware.
Support this project
- (33 days)