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Ugo. - The only 3 in 1 portable wireless device (dock-speakers-charger) for mobiles devices for a quick charge and music on the go! Read more

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Ugo. - The only 3 in 1 portable wireless device (dock-speakers-charger) for mobiles devices for a quick charge and music on the go!

About this project

COMPATIBLE WITH ALL SMARTPHONES!

A 3 in 1 portable bluetooth device combining a docking station, two bluetooth speakers and a battery pack for all your mobile devices.

With Ugo. the long battery life will permit you to charge, depending of model more than 150% smartphone charge. So this leaves battery life also to listen to your music.

Strong enough to hold an iPad
Strong enough to hold an iPad

And all that for a more reasonable price than all 3 devices bought separately. Bought separately, a simple portable docking charger, a bluetooth speaker and a portable battery pack for charging could easily be more than 140$ + taxes (all together). 

Gadgetsin: "conveniently charge your iPhone 5 or wirelessly play music…"

Gizmochunk : "Ugo docking charger revamps your portable devices for good. ... enlivens the nostalgic flair of audio cassette cases."

- Matt Renna, Designer - Queen City Dry Goods, Vermont, USA.

"I'm psyched to have one for myself! " 

Lysanne Sabourin, Designer at LSD (Lysanne Sabourin Design) - Montreal, Canada

 "J'ai hâte d'avoir le mien!" (translation: "Looking forward to get mine!")

Life & Leisure, January Kickstarters  | Lycos Video: " Ugo resembles a tape, but its actually a device that acts as a docking station, extra battery pack and Bluetooth speakers."

askmen: " It weighs in at less than 5 ounces and battery life lasts up to 10 hours on a charge. Ugo will be available in gold, black or silver once it ships in June."

Our Project 

With new mobile devices, you can use your smartphone for watching videos and listening to music... But there is a new issue. Dead batteries ! 

Introducing Ugo. 

A portable and rechargeable docking station with embedded bluetooth speakers for mobile devices. We started designing it with a powerful battery, providing you with a quick charge on the go. This compact docking station is intended for your smartphones, digitals tablets and portable music devices. We’ve added a touch of nostalgic flair, bringing back the familiar audio cassette case from the eighties. 

A portable rechargeable docking station with 2 embeded bluetooth speakers for charging mobile devices
A portable rechargeable docking station with 2 embeded bluetooth speakers for charging mobile devices
A Nostalgic flair from the 80's
A Nostalgic flair from the 80's
Opposite side featuring 2 speakers
Opposite side featuring 2 speakers

CHARGER.  There will be two ways to recharge your mobile devices: via the micro USB port or by using the Ugo. docking station.

MUSIC.  Ugo. will allow you to listen to your music your way: wirelessly or with a cable.For those who would like to listen directly from a cable : just connect the 3.5mm connector to your smartphone. It will be equipped with 2 embedded speakers. The built-in Bluetooth auto-pairing and linking features will ensure a simple and fast setup.  Making it a breeze to listen to and control your music wirelessly!

Charging and playing music directly from docking station
Charging and playing music directly from docking station
Charging and playing music directly from a cable
Charging and playing music directly from a cable

Finally, to recharge the Ugo. battery:use the provided cable and just plug it in your computer ‘s USB port or use any USB power Adapter and plug it in an electric wall outlet.

What makes Ugo. different? 

Three things! 

FIRSTLY, Ugo. will allow you to listen to your music while charging your electronic device, something that most of the other mini-speakers don’t offer.

SECONDLY,  It is equipped with two speakers instead of just one like most other mini speakers.

FINALLY, it also makes the perfect docking station for listening to music or watching videos.

Moreover, you get a 3 in 1 device in a retro and compact format !  And all that for a more reasonable price than all 3 devices bought separately.  Bought separately, a simple portable docking charger, a bluetooth speaker and a portable battery pack for charging could easily be more than 140$ + taxes (all together). 

Strong enough for docking an iPad!
Strong enough for docking an iPad!
3 devices in just one : docking charger - 2 bluetooth speakers - powerful rechargeable battery
3 devices in just one : docking charger - 2 bluetooth speakers - powerful rechargeable battery

Market competition

Mini rechargeable speakers from market competition: only Ugo, offers 3 in 1
Mini rechargeable speakers from market competition: only Ugo, offers 3 in 1
Headrush is a bulky 2 in 1 device with two bluetooth speakers with only a 1500 mAh battery pack charger
Headrush is a bulky 2 in 1 device with two bluetooth speakers with only a 1500 mAh battery pack charger

Ugo. Technical specifications

  • Dimensions are 22 x 71 mm x 111 mm (0.87 x 2.80 x 4.37 inches)
  • Frame in strong polycarbonate combined with ABS injected plastic 
  • Stainless steel back plate cover for increased stability   
  • Approximate weight of actual prototype is 140 g (4.9 oz) 
  • Actual rechargeable lithium polymer cell of 2100 mAh 
  • Bluetooth technology - version 4.0    
  • Approximate wireless range of 10 meters (33 feet)   
  • Playing time of more than 10 hours (we want 16 hours)
  • Ugo. recharging time of less than 2.5 hours (expected)
  • Output power (speakers) 2 x 1 watts (we want 2 x 1.5 watts) depending of speakers technology.
  • Frequency response expected between 200 Hz - 20 KHz (to be confirmed)
  • SPL (output sound pressure level) of 86 dB at 0.5 meter (19 inches) (we want above 90 dB)
  • 2 Cables included for charging and listening music 
  • Removable Micro USB, 30 pins and lightning connectors for docking charger options.  

BONUS! 

If we reach a stretch goal of 150,000$ we will add new features!

  • A battery management option so that you can allocate the amount or % of battery power dedicated to playing music and the amount for charging.
  • There could be a mobile equalizer application for your smartphone for customizing sound output for bass and treble controls as well as built-in equalizer presets for R&B, Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop and other settings. 
Graphic equalizer example for sound customization
Graphic equalizer example for sound customization
Four new glossy colours to be added to the black and white Original Ugo. with flat top cover (no retro cassette look)
Four new glossy colours to be added to the black and white Original Ugo. with flat top cover (no retro cassette look)
Customized edition colours / Chrome / Gold / Matte Black
Customized edition colours / Chrome / Gold / Matte Black
Stainless steel back plate with laser engraving text option
Stainless steel back plate with laser engraving text option

Who we are

Ugo. Team - designers
Ugo. Team - designers

This product was devised by an electronic product developer and the creative minds of 3 industrial designers. Our passion for design and our constant will to innovate drives us to find new solutions for everyday products.  

Steve Boa, AIS Innovations founder (1997) and owner, is our versatile team player who does 3D drawings and takes care of sourcing and manufacturing. AIS Innovations is a distributor of rapid prototyping, designing, engineering and reverse engineering products company dedicated to providing customers with innovative products.

Steve developed the early stage prototypes with electronic components. He is the lucky owner of 3D printers which permitted us to get many cases. He has launched his own products on the market and has contributed to award winning products for his own clients. Recently, he successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign with another industrial designer partnership.

Carolyne Gratton and Jonathan Villeneuve are two young junior industrial designers with many bright ideas. Jonathan is dedicated to 3D drawings as well as technical challenges. He is also rather versatile and could do some prototype electrical wire welding. Carolyne is definitely styling oriented and takes care of graphic design, colours, textures, market research and trends. 

Finally, myself, I am an industrial designer with more than 18 years experience in product development and manufacturing. In 2004, I funded Skerpa Design an industrial design firm in Montreal after nearly ten years as industrial designer employee. My responsibilities involve all aspects of this project from campaign leader to project manager to design as well as sourcing and manufacturing.

Our Vision

Bringing to life product ideas that will transform and simplify your day-to-day life! 

Where are we at now in the project

We started working on this project last fall 2012 with prototypes that have nothing to do with the actual familiar audio cassette case from the eighties. The initial concept was intended to be a small desktop docking charger with one embedded speaker and the need for listening to music while charging your smartphone at the same time without a huge music docking station. However, through the design process, Carolyne and Jonathan came up with the very cool idea of having this retro case. Then after we decided with Steve to restart new prototypes cases! 

The actual prototype permits us to listen to music wirelessly or with the cable. We need to work with a PCB design company to optimize the charging option both from cable and docking station position so that Ugo. works with most of the smartphones (that use whether micro USB, 30 pins or lightning connectors).

We are now working on PHASE 5 - Sourcing for PCB designer & Board Manufacturer and EMS (for assembly) with potential partners and we are also trying a new pair of speakers that would deliver a better sound. We are currently engaged in talks with companies in the Montreal area for the upcoming phases in preparation for the first initial launch. We just need enthusiastic backers!

PHASE 1 - Sketches and ideation  / DONE!

PHASE 2 - Product development and preliminary 3D drawings  / DONE!

PHASE 3 - Mock-up and 3D drawings improvements / DONE!

PHASE 4 - First prototyping phase (3D printer and laser cutting) / DONE!

First Prototypes were made with existing PCB, speakers and battery from retail market to validate quickly cassette case space potential and strength for holding an iPad.

PHASE 5 - Sourcing for PCB designer & Board Manufacturer and EMS (for assembly) and potential partners / WORK IN PROGRESS!

PHASE 6 - Second prototype phase/ PCB design and programming / WORK IN PROGRESS!

PHASE 7 - Second prototyping phase (3D printer and laser cutting) 

  • PCB design and programming and sound  testing

PHASE 8 - Third and fourth prototyping phase

  • Tooling and injection molds launch and testing
  • Testing battery size space optimization and sound
  • PCB design and programming testing and finalization
  • Test for improving sound performance and quality and certifications for FCC, IC, and CE

PHASE 9 - Pre-production phase set up

  • Purchasing of components 
  • Pre-production samples testing 
  • Pre-production of printed circuit board (PCP) and components assembly and maybe initial production achieved in Canada

PHASE 10 - Production launch

  • Order fulfillment & logistics 
  • Volume production 
  • Shipping to backers !

Sketches and ideation (Phase 1)

Sketching for ideation
Sketching for ideation
Sketches and 3D drawings selection
Sketches and 3D drawings selection

Product development:  preliminary and improvement of 3D drawings (Phase 2-3)

Preliminary 3D design
Preliminary 3D design
Preliminary 3D design with keeping connector cable
Preliminary 3D design with keeping connector cable
Preliminary 3D design with just one speaker
Preliminary 3D design with just one speaker

First prototype with two speakers (Phase 4)

Two speakers for stereo sound
Two speakers for stereo sound
Bluetooth printed circuit board with 4 buttons at the back of the unit
Bluetooth printed circuit board with 4 buttons at the back of the unit
Ugo. prototype with stainless steel back plate cover
Ugo. prototype with stainless steel back plate cover
Ugo. prototype with twin cables (cables will be shorter)
Ugo. prototype with twin cables (cables will be shorter)
Updated 3D drawings for next round of prototype: longer battery life (2300 mAh) and bigger speakers
Updated 3D drawings for next round of prototype: longer battery life (2300 mAh) and bigger speakers
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Our Campaign

Our aim is to get pre-orders for Ugo to raise money, to enable us to launch the initial production of a new and amazing electronic device.

Our campaign won't last forever: just 50 days. So hurry and get yours! 

In fact, the sooner we reach our goal the sooner we can move forward, even before the end of the campaign! After the campaign is over, this product may be sold at a retail price of 115$.

What We Need & What You Get

With funding we will be able to firstly work and pay a PCB Design company that will design the printed circuit board and do the software programming and help us to chose the appropriate component to meet the Certifications for FCC, IC, and CE.  

Then another factory, a board manufacturer, will create the PCB that was designed as well. There will be another factory that will develop optimized injection molds to be provided to an EMS (Electronic Manufacturer Supplier) that will do all the assembly and testing for the first production launch. 

You will also get the greatest multi-functional device you’ve ever laid your eyes on! Encourage us by pre-ordering your Ugo. device today. Help us deploy our product in the first semester of 2014

Project Timelime 

January - February 2014  (PHASE 5 and 6)

  • Second protoyping phase for testing new type of speakers
  • PCB design and programming bluetooth technology

March - April- May 2014   (PHASE 7 and 8)

  • PCB design and programming testing and finalization
  • Third protoyping phase for testing battery size space optimization and sound  
  • Fourth prototyping phase for improving sound performance and quality
  • Certifications for FCC, IC, and CE 
  • Tooling and injection molds launch and tooling testing

May 2014  (PHASE 9)

  • Purchasing of components 
  • Pre-production samples testing 
  • Assembly line preparation 
  • Sample production run 
  • Quality control and assurance 

June - July 2014  (PHASE 10)

  • Volume production 
  • Order fulfillment & logistics 
  • Shipping to backers !

Rewards

Just simply pre-order your Ugo. device of your choice by choosing the colour and finish you want to pledge! Pick from 11 choices!

Pledge $10 or more | This pledge could help us to make Ugo. a reality. 

Pledge $75 or more | Earliest birds only with this pledge you pre-order  - 1 ORIGINAL Ugo. in GLOSSY BLACK FinishGLOSSY WHITE Finish,  GLOSSY RED Finish, GLOSSY GREEN Finish, GLOSSY BLUE Finish and GLOSSY YELLOW  Finish with a stainless steel back plate cover. | Shipping fee included for Canada and US.

Four new glossy colours to be added to the black and white Original Ugo. with flat top cover (no retro cassette look)
Four new glossy colours to be added to the black and white Original Ugo. with flat top cover (no retro cassette look)

Pledge $95 or more | With this pledge you pre-order  - 1 ORIGINAL Ugo. in GLOSSY BLACK Finish or in GLOSSY WHITE Finish with a stainless steel back plate cover. | Shipping fee included for Canada and US. 

Pledge $115 or more With this pledge you pre-order- 1 CUSTOMIZED Ugo. 3 choices available: METALLIC GOLD Finish, METALLIC MATTE GOLD Finish, METALLIC CHROME Finish, METALLIC MATTE SILVER or MATTE BLACK Finish with stainless steel back plate cover that features a laser engraving of 60 characters of your choice! | Shipping fee included for Canada and US.

 
Customized edition colours / Chrome / Gold / Matte Black
Customized edition colours / Chrome / Gold / Matte Black
METALLIC GOLD Finish (painted prototype)
METALLIC GOLD Finish (painted prototype)
METALLIC CHROME Finish (painted prototype)
METALLIC CHROME Finish (painted prototype)
MATTE BLACK Finish (painted prototype)
MATTE BLACK Finish (painted prototype)

We need your support to make this campaign a huge success! 

Thank you!

- The Ugo. Design Team

Carolyne Gratton | Industrial designer 

Jonathan Villeneuve | Industrial designer

Daniel Thibault | Industrial designer & Skerpa Design founder

Steve Boa, Prototype maker and product developer | electronic product developper & AIS Innovations founder

Special thanks to:

Philippe Perreault for his great work for achieving this video.

T. Marbury for revising the text and for his voice.


Risks and challenges

The real challenge of this project is to optimize and fit all of the electronic components into a compact cassette tape case from the eighties! Another challenge will be to optimize the connector circuitry on the docking station for charging. Since our early prototypes were built from existing mini speakers on the market without any space problems, we are confident that risk factors are very reduced.

This project is a kind of soft innovation in terms of product design where risks and challenges are more affected by funds availability and time. We are striving to achieve a prototype refinement for a compact electronic device with the best possible sound and battery capacity before the start of production.

The goal is also to provide a richer and more powerful sound than any existing mobile device such as smartphones or digital tablets.

However, in order to bring down Ugo.’s unit price point we must purchase minimum quantities of a few key circuit board components to reduce the initial production set up cost. In the electronic manufacturing industry, we need to have at least 1000 pre-orders to decrease production costs to a reasonable amount both for the consumers and the maker. Then our ideal goal should be 75 000$. But on the other hand, we are willing to take the risk to pay more per unit with a 55 000$ goal, to get the project taking off.

Our past product development, problem-solving and hands-on experience with factories and suppliers will allow us to successfully manage any obstacles, delays or hidden costs we encounter during the pre-production phase.

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FAQ

  • Very easy, convenient and… fair!
    Your payment on your credit card will be effective ONLY at the end of the campaign!
    AND IF the campaign reach or exceed its goal!

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  • Yes it is! If it's equipped with a micro USB port then your Androîd phone is fine.
    Ugo. will also work with old iPhone 3 and 4 using 30 pins port. Finally, the new iPhones, iPads and iPods using lightning port are compatible of course.

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