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$4,300
pledged of $33,333pledged of $33,333 goal
52
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Mar 11 2015

About

Trace Marx - Dreaming (Feat. KT)

Trace Marx - Takin' Off

Record your music, cell phone calls, and anything else you can listen to with headphones to an MP3, easily, with the RecorderPlugin!!

Once upon a time you could record the radio, the original streaming music, with a touch of a button. Unfortunately, with the removal of the tape player from modern electronics, that’s no longer possible. 

Have you ever tried to record a cell phone call, only to realize how complicated and insecure it can be?

Did you know that most of those apps, and all of them for iOS, are just storing your conversations on their servers; out of your control and vulnerable to attack? 

Well now the RecorderPlugin will allow you to securely store your music, and cell phone conversations; wherever you’d like.  

It’s easy to use! Plug your headphones into one side, and connect the RecorderPlugin to any device, with the included headphone/aux cable, from the other side. Then press the record button, and the audio is saved as an MP3.

  • You can use it to record your music
  • You can use it to record personal and/or business calls 
  • You can record those customer service calls, as well, to make sure you get what you were promised
  • Record your conference calls securely, to go back for notes later
  • Record live sound with the onboard Speaker and Microphone

The base model of the RecorderPlugin comes with 16 GB of storage space, which is good for approximately 300 hours of 128 kbps MP3 recording.

You also have the option of upgrading to either 32 GB or 64 GB of storage. The larger models are especially convenient if you also plan to use the RecorderPlugin as an all around replacement for your current USB drive; as any type of file can be transferred to the device once attached. 

***The RecorderPlugin connects to your computer via USB, (cord included) 

The RecorderPlugin also charges via the USB cable while connected to your computer or any standard USB wall adapter.

Once connected; the MP3 recordings will appear in the window where you can view, edit, and move them from.

Where’d the idea come from? 

As a musician, I’ve had the great luck of having a few of my songs played on the radio; but it’s always been a struggle to record this monumental life event. ;-) 

Also, I’d been working as an “inside phone sales rep” at a software company where my calls were recorded via traditional landline phone, but as a "field sales rep" there was no way to record their conversations with customers for our management to review; as the calls took place via cell phone.

It was while thinking about challenges, to possibly develop a solution for, that I thought about these 2 issues; and The RecorderPlugin shortly after. 

What now?

Now that the prototype is working completely, we are pushing to make it smaller. The 3-D images below show the design of the RecorderPlugin as we expect it to look once the engineering team is finished. This is how we expect the final version of the RecorderPlugin to look when we ship to our kickstarter backers.

The picture & video below show the circuitry for the 2nd version of the prototype. You can see that it’s slimmer and has a more advanced screen than the 1st prototype. The new display also shows how much recording time is left on the device. The design team is currently working on the new plastic casing.

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The engineering team is also currently working on the 3rd iteration of the prototype; that will be even smaller.

What’s next?

We’re currently working with a company, specializing in manufacturing and logistics, that has experience in making sure the hardware is high quality and delivered on time.

The timeline moving forward is as follows:

Feb/March/April – Make lots of friends on kickstarter while enjoying the ride through the campaign and making sure I’m getting enough sleep; with that clock counting down in my ear. ☺

April/May – Finalize the engineering and prototype designs, placing tooling orders, and executing manufacturing agreements/standards

June – Tooling build-out and procurement of the Bill of Materials

July – Part qualification and pre-production builds, pilot production, quality assurance and product validation

August – Begin manufacturing for injection molded parts

September/October - Finalize assembly and shipment process and begin fulfillment

Risks and challenges

We’re working to make the RecorderPlugin smaller and we’re also working on using a more advanced display.

The design team is working on the plastics for the new prototype now, while the engineering team is working on the 3rd version of the prototype; that will be even smaller.

Other challenges we’re currently working on:
• Designing the plastic injection moldings for the manufacturer once we’ve minimized the size of the prototype
• Finalizing an agreement with a manufacturer; we are still considering a few options
• Design finalization for mass production
• Logistics and shipping (a few professionals in the field have offered assistance; this won’t be a problem)

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    A HUGE Thank You! You also get a special shout out in our newsletter, and access to download the Trace Marx album.

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