About this project
Necksound is a smart wireless wearable that revolutionizes the experience of listening to music and doing sport.
It is a necklace-shaped audio device made with hypoallergenic silicone, with a modern and sporty design that provides top quality sound. Listen to music or talk on the phone while doing any type of physical activity without the need for headphones. Necksound is the perfect wearable to enjoy your private soundscape without being isolated from the world that surrounds you.
Unlike other conventional headphones and hands-free devices, Necksound offers a different, safer and functional alternative. It’s the only device of its kind that combines all essential features.
A couple of years ago, Alvaro, current CEO of Necksound, went out for a run as part of his daily routine. As always he was listening to music through his headphones, so focused that he didn’t hear a car approaching. Fortunately the driver of the car was able to stop quickly and avoided a potentially tragic situation. After taking stock, Alvaro kept on running, but he decided to remove his headphones and place them around his neck. At that moment he realized that he could listen to music without being isolated from the world around him.
That sense of security, combined with the convenience of not having anything pressing against his ears led him to rethink how people listen to music while participating in any type of physical activity. Thus, Necksound was born. After two long years of perseverance, hard work and great enthusiasm, we have created this wearable necklace-shaped audio device: wireless, lightweight, comfortable and beautifully designed.
1. It validates a Dream/Idea/Concept
Having an idea is one thing. Proving that the idea can make a profit is something different. Crowdfunding provides a great opportunity to see where the market stands and how willing people would be to spend money on the product.
2. Global outreach
This validation is a global one. You are making a pitch to the whole world.
3. Real-time Feedback
So now the whole world is listening. They are telling you what they enjoy or don’t like about the product. Best of all, this feedback can be reviewed in real-time.
We need to raise at least €30,000 to finish the final test of our prototype. Then we'll be ready to go into production and create all Necksound devices for backers.
We want you to be part of our dream and take with you the next big step in headphone tech. With Necksound we will create a more secure world and we will all be able to enjoy music without putting ourselves at risk.
We are almost ready to launch. We have suppliers. We have approved budgets. We have the first prototypes. But we need funding to grow and to mass-produce Necksound. So now the only thing we need is your pledge and support, Backer. Be a #necksounder. Help us to make a great piece of technology that seamlessly merges your active lifestyle with your favorite music.
Hypoallergenic silicone coated. Necksound is made from a lightweight malleable material that is both dust and sweat resistant.
An adjustable fastening to better adapt to all kinds of physical attributes. Choose your size for a perfect fit.
Intuitive and user-friendly. Control phone calls, volume and skip songs with the touch of a button.
Magnetic attachment system. Its magnetic attachment system fixes it to your t-shirt which stops the device bouncing around during physical activity, especially activity which requires extreme movements.
It’s safer. Helps avoid accidents
The best headphones often block out any surrounding noise so you can zone out with your favorite tunes. But that same feature can be a lethal one for pedestrians, cyclists and runners. There are many studies that demonstrate a worrying increase in deaths caused by the use of headphones. One of example is from research led by Richard Lichenstein from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He concluded that serious injuries to pedestrians listening to headphones has more than tripled in six years. Some more statistics from this research are shown below:
It helps prevent irreversible hearing loss
Using headphones is recommended neither for safety reasons nor for health reasons. Cranking up the tunes today may lead to the inability to hear them tomorrow, according the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO has repeatedly warned that listening to music with headphones at high volume results in a negative impact on the auditory system and can even lead to a serious risk of irreversible hearing loss.
It fixes securely. No bouncing around
Its magnetic attachment system fixes Necksound to your t-shirt and stops the device moving around when practicing any kind of sport, especially those that require extreme movements.
A stand-alone player. You can leave your phone at home
No need to carry your phone with you to enjoy your favorite music thanks to its 4GB internal memory which stores up to 1000 songs.
Custom designed directional stereo speakers
Necksound speakers are designed to direct high quality sound to your ears. Enjoy a premium audio experience and maintain your privacy without blocking your ears, or disturbing others with loud music. If you prefer complete privacy you can always connect your headphones.
Flexible. Coated with non-rigid, hypoallergenic silicone
Necksound is lightweight, malleable and resistant to dust and sweat.
Place Necksound around your neck and easily adjust it to size. For safety, Necksound can be completely opened up for easy removal. Fix it to your t-shirt using the magnet behind it or you can simply wear it freely. Pair Necksound to a mobile device through Bluetooth and control its features using the buttons on the necklace. If you do not want to carry your mobile phone with you, you can still enjoy hours of your favorite music from its 4GB of internal stand-alone player. You are now set to listen to your favorite music or to make and receive calls.
You will have full control of your music and calls, feeling completely free. Listen to your favorite music without losing important ambient noises. Its integrated noise-canceling microphone allows you to take and make calls even in the noisiest environments. Necksound is easily rechargeable via a USB port or its independent charger.
In order to remove Necksound, hold it and gently slide the magnet you have fixed to your t-shirt.
Designed for daily use to fit your lifestyle, Necksound is incredibly comfortable, whether you are at work, running, cycling, or working out. It is a smart wireless wearable that provides freedom of movement, maximum comfort and above all, greater safety.
Necksound revolutionizes the experience of listening to music and doing sport.
Put simply - we are a group of people passionate about music and sport. And we all have the same dream: to make Necksound a reality. We need you to share our dream and would like you to stay with us at every step of this journey. We will listen to and learn from you during this campaign, so please jump on board and join us.
Necksound SL has spent two years researching and developing this smart necklace. In late 2015, we decided to prioritize to designing the smallest size device possible, so we proceeded to recreate it in 3D.
We validated the different sizes and the most suitable type of material. We made the molds in different sizes to verify that the device electronics fitted properly. Now we have our first prototypes. We have travelled to Mexico to perfect them, to discuss manufacturing details and define the production plan.
Risks and challenges
We are revolutionizing your experience of listening to music and doing sport. Necksound is a great piece of technology, created to satisfy you, making it a truly unique product. You will be part of our company and be one of the first to receive it. When you see Necksound in a store, you will be able to proudly tell your friends how you made our dream a reality.
Going from prototype to production involves a great number of challenges. Our goal is to provide a wearable with the latest unique design. The pursuit of perfection and excellent customer service are our core values. Therefore you’ll be amongst the first people to be told of our progress in the manufacturing process. We offer you the opportunity to be part of our history. As we strive for the highest possible quality in our product, if we experience unexpected problems that improves but delays your Necksound delivery, you will be duly informed.
MANUFACTURING AND DELIVERY
We have created a great team focused on working collaboratively. We are located in Spain and Mexico and we are looking for a fully global reach. The team has extensive experience in design, development and manufacturing of hardware and software, as well as expertise in silicones and injection molds. We are prepared for to begin manufacturing all reserved units and cannot wait to get started.
Technically there will be no obstacles as we are dealing with existing technology. Arranging the soundboard for the speakers to fit the mold is the most complex phase as we are focused on top quality sound reproduction within the smallest size possible. The product is therefore susceptible to very slight size variation in terms of millimeters. However we are prepared and have enough experience to address them as we go. You will always be duly informed of any such variation.
We have validated the different sizes and the most suitable type of material. We have also made the molds in different sizes to verify that the device electronics fitted properly.
We want the whole Necksound community to know that any change in the course of the manufacturing process will be communicated to them.
Our top priority is to ensure the overall quality of the product, to reduce risks by visiting our suppliers and to personally oversee the assembly and testing processes.
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