This project's funding goal was not reached on September 10, 2012.
About this project
The only fitted hard shell case that acoustically amplifies the sound from your iPad, and fits both the iPad 2 and 3!
iMore.com - "[...] all generations of the iPad suffer from really low audio levels from the external speaker [...] hence the need for these types of devices."
iPadevice.com calls the Safe & Sound inovative and practically limitless,"A complete and versatile accessory for all purposes, with another positive aspect: the price." (translated from original text using Google Translate)
Tech Reviews and Help owner Craig Bennett II - "I like the idea"
ilifegeeks.com - "You can listen to music, play videos, make FaceTime calls and anything else for which you would [otherwise] require an external speaker for a louder volume."
MacEditionRadio.com executive producer Harris Fogel - "It's a great idea!"
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What Is The Safe & Sound Case?
The Safe & Sound case for iPad is a dual purpose hard shell case offering both protection and acoustic amplification that feels more like an extension of your iPad than just another accessory. With the Safe & Sound case, your iPad is safer and sounds better, without losing any of its functionality, including the use of a smart cover.
Improve Sound Quality
The key feature that makes the Safe & Sound case stand out is its acoustic sound box, which reflects sound waves back toward you off of a single smooth surface. This means that sound waves reach your ear with greater amplitude and little interference, resulting in clearer, louder audio, optimizing your iPad's built-in speaker.
Take a look at this video to see why your iPad needs the Safe & Sound case:
The Safe & Sound Difference:
This video uses a sound meter to demonstrate how effective the Safe & Sound Case really is by comparing the same 10 seconds of a song, one with the Safe & Sound, and one without. The volume on both iPads is all the way up, and the audio levels of the video haven't been altered in any way.
You can clearly hear the difference in quality, and the sound meter confirms that the Safe & Sound boosts volume by as much as 5db.
The Safe & Sound case is made of a Polycarbonate/ABS plastic alloy, known for having greater flexural strength and impact resistance than standard ABS plastic, providing superior protection for your iPad. The Safe & Sound snaps onto your iPad by clipping around the front bevel of each corner, letting you take improved sound quality wherever you go. These clips sit slightly above the screen, meaning you can place your iPad face down on a flat surface without risking damage to the screen. Of course, the Safe & Sound case also allows the use of a smart cover.
We've designed simple, sophisticated packaging that not only commands attention visually, but points out the case's key features in order to appeal to consumers. The Safe & Sound fits into the packaging the same way it fits onto your iPad, which is also demonstrated with a graphic explanation on the back.
Where Are We In The Process?
Currently, our injection molding manufacturer has our CAD files and color specs, and the order for printing and die-cutting of the retail packaging is queued up and ready. All we need now are order quantities and the funds to make it happen. As soon as we've received successful funding we're ready to hit the GO button and have the plastic parts manufactured, the packaging printed, and the two assembled and delivered sometime in December, just in time for the holidays.
How Kickstarters Will Impact The Project
In addition to providing the funding we need to make the Safe & Sound Case a reality, backers will also have an influence on the case itself. Currently, we've chosen three standard colors that the Safe & Sound will be available in: Black, White, and Red. Once the project ends however, we'll be sending out a survey polling backers to determine the fourth standard color. Whatever color the Kickstarter community chooses will forever be a standard color in the Safe & Sound Case line-up.
Thank you for your support!
We've taken this project as far as we can on our own with the creation of our 3D printed prototype. The next step is to make the tools for injection molding and begin production.
Developing a product is an expensive process, and without help from the Kickstarter community, the Safe & Sound case will never be more than a prototype. Here are just a few things the money we raise will go toward:
- Mold Tooling
- Injection Molding
- 3D CAD Designers
- Printing / Die-cutting
- UPC registration
Just by visiting this page and showing interest, you've helped to support the Safe & Sound case, but what we really need are backers. Every dollar helps push us closer to our goal of getting the Safe & Sound case out there on the shelves, and to show our appreciation for your support, we've designed six rewards with something for every level of backer.
Pledge now and become a part of making this world a little more safe and sound for iPads everywhere.
The irony of a video promoting a design that improves audio quality, having poor audio quality, is not lost on us. JSwansonDesign focuses on 3D animation, motion graphics, video editing, and design, so we're not usually the ones actually shooting the video. As a result, our audio recording equipment isn't exactly HD production quality (e.g. the GIANT lapel mic clipped to John's shirt). We did the best we could with what we've got, and were promise the video's audio is not a reflection of the quality you'll get with your Safe & Sound case.
Currently, the Safe & Sound comes in a smooth (SPI_B1) finish, which, while not being a slick surface, is not considered "non-slip." However, we are in the process of researching a non-slip finish, whether it be directly through the manufacturer as a standard element of the case, or as an additional spray coating available as an optional add on to any "pre-order." We expect to have this resolved before the end of the Kickstarter campaign.
The physical differences between the iPad 2 and the new 3rd generation iPad are only by tenths of a millimeter. While this does pose potential problems, the Safe & Sound Case is designed so that it can flex and bend in order to accommodate these slight differences, fitting snugly on both iPad models.
Apple, iPad, and Smart Cover are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. No endorsment is implied. At this time, Apple has not yet approved the use of the Made For iPad icon on the packaging of the Safe & Sound case. An application for its use is being processed. The UPC code shown on the packaging is not the UPC code associated with the Safe & Sound case. The Made For iPad icon and UPC code are stand in images for design purposes only.
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