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CA$ 11,230 pledged of CA$ 25,000 goal
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CA$ 11,230 pledged of CA$ 25,000 goal
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Nearbuds for AirPods will prevent you from losing your wireless Apple AirPods and provide you with many other fun, convenient and unique features…like these:

Nearbuds for AirPods: They attach magnetically to the back of your charger!
Nearbuds for AirPods: They attach magnetically to the back of your charger!

 

Nearbuds for AirPods: Stash them anywhere!
Nearbuds for AirPods: Stash them anywhere!

 

We’re also throwing in bonus rewards: Many of you wonderful backers will get Nearbuds for AirPods AS WELL AS sets of Nearbuds (Version 1), which are market and shipping ready now! Nearbuds (Version 1) are magnetic EarPod accessories for Apple’s WIRED EarPods.

Check out Nearbuds (Version 1) at the bottom of this campaign.

 

 

From the success of Nearbuds and by popular demand we’ve come up with Nearbuds for AirPods. We’re bringing the innovative functionality of Nearbuds to Apple’s wireless AirPods. You can learn more about our first product, Nearbuds, below, after we've introduced you to Nearbuds for AirPods:

Apple's wireless AirPods cost $250 CDN (approx. $170 USD) including tax. That’s why the reasonable price of buying Nearbuds for AirPods can save you a lot of money and really protect your investment in the long-term.

Nearbuds for AirPods: Magnetic clips with an adjustable strap to keep your AirPods handy and safe.
Nearbuds for AirPods: Magnetic clips with an adjustable strap to keep your AirPods handy and safe.

 

When not in use, you can magnetically attach your two AirPods together either in front of, or behind your neck. When at home, you can stash and store your AirPods to any magnetic-friendly surface for ease and convenience, always knowing they won't end up in the vacuum cleaner, the washing machine or the dog's mouth:)

Nearbuds for AirPods: Adjust the strap to any length that fits your needs.
Nearbuds for AirPods: Adjust the strap to any length that fits your needs.

 

Nearbuds for AirPods: Don't worry, we're here for you!
Nearbuds for AirPods: Don't worry, we're here for you!

 

Nearbuds for AirPods: And we're there for you!
Nearbuds for AirPods: And we're there for you!

 

                                        
Nearbuds for AirPods: Aren't we cute?
Nearbuds for AirPods: Aren't we cute?

 

Nearbuds for AirPods: Yeah, we're cute.
Nearbuds for AirPods: Yeah, we're cute.

 

Nearbuds for AirPods: Take us out on the town!
Nearbuds for AirPods: Take us out on the town!

 

Nearbuds for AirPods fit your AirPods, AND your AirPod charger: 

Nearbuds for AirPods: Clip them on for use and unclip them for charging.
Nearbuds for AirPods: Clip them on for use and unclip them for charging.

 

For charging at home, simply unclip your Nearbuds for AirPods and attach the magnets to the steel hinge on the back of your AirPod charger. For stashing your AirPods when on the go, just wrap the Nearbuds for AirPods strap around your charger and then snap the magnets to the steel hinge on the back.

Nearbuds for AirPods - Put 'em to bed by wrapping our adjustable strap around the charger and attaching them magnetically to the charger's hinge.
Nearbuds for AirPods - Put 'em to bed by wrapping our adjustable strap around the charger and attaching them magnetically to the charger's hinge.

 

   

Nearbuds for AirPods are made with Neodymium rare-earth magnets that hold tight to any magnetic-friendly surface. At present, Nearbuds for AirPods are the only AirPod accessory that come with powerful magnets and an adjustable strap.

Our first product, Nearbuds (Version 1), was overfunded on Kickstarter in 2014, and is designed for use with the Apple® EarPods™ supplied with iPhone 5, 5C, 5S,6, 6+, iPod Nano (7th Gen.), iPod Touch (5th Gen. or newer) or Apple EarPod Model # MD827ZM/A to minimize tangled, lost and damaged headphones. 

Visit our website: www.nearbuds.com

Here's our unboxing video of the FIRST version of Nearbuds:    

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Our research and product testing have shown us that we’re the ONLY AirPod accessory that comes with so many cool features!

With our adjustable strap and super-powerful magnets, we’ve been able to create a fully functional and versatile product that can do more than any other AirPod accessory on the market. 

Furthermore, we’ve done this before!

We spent years testing and re-designing prototypes for our first product: Nearbuds. We learned the hard way that you can’t use glue with magnets in any reliable fashion, so we developed an adhesive-free “Snap-On” technology that means our magnets will never come out of their housing.

Before Nearbuds Version 1.0 hit the market and went on the shelves, they were shipped immediately upon arrival to our backers. When they subsequently ended up on the market, we received our first feedback about the finished product and learned that there were two unforeseen product flaws:

The first problem with Nearbuds Version 1.0 was that the magnets were glued into place, and they began to come out of their housing approximately 15% of the time.

The second problem was that the plastic arms would occasionally snap when the Nearbuds were twisted around the oval stem of Apple's EarPods.

These issues were unacceptable to us, so we pulled all the existing Nearbuds off the shelves and went back to the drawing board. We also felt really bad about having mailed a flawed product to about 15% of our great backers.

We decided to re-make and re-design the Nearbuds molds to alleviate the need for the magnets to be glued into place. We also prototyped and tested several types of rubbers and plastics to increase malleability in the arms without sacrificing their grip. Our manufacturer was a huge help in these regards.

During this time, we received feedback from several distributors suggesting that we should make the packaging look more distinct and professional. With the help of two of our closest advisors, we went ahead and completely redesigned the packaging. Due to other unforeseen circumstances, this process was equally if not more challenging than developing the product itself - but we learned even more about how to do all this stuff right!

It took exactly one year from the moment we realized we’d sent a poor- quality product to some of our backers, to the day we were proudly able to send all our backers a complimentary set of the newly packaged and perfected Nearbuds Version 1.0

We may run into unforeseen problems with this current campaign: Nearbuds for AirPods, or maybe we’ll learn all about some new ones, but we give you our word that if you back this project, we will deliver your reward.

 

 

Here's our Kickstarter campaign for the FIRST version of Nearbuds back in 2014 where we raised CA$ 20,217 with 91 backers: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2024830331/nearbuds-and-their-nearbuddy-magnetic-earbud-acces

AMT – May 20, 2016: 
Thanks for a super gadget for my iPhone. 
So easy to use and yes, they keep my earbuds near, and safe!
 Wow! You sure went above and beyond to honour your commitment to Kickstarter backers of Nearbuds.
My Nearbuds from your first batch arrived on time and work really well. Then you sent me a second set, for free! You wrote it was a gift because there was a problem with a few sets in the first batch you sent out. My original ones still work perfectly so I gave the gift set to a friend.
Now I can’t imagine working out, or gardening, without my Nearbuds.
Thanks for your integrity.
Good luck to you. 
A.T.


Max Russell – May 29, 2016: 
Wanted to give some feedback. I think the Nearbuds are an amazing product. So much so that multiple people in my office have purchased them following seeing me with them. I think you dealt with the initial feedback very well and adapted the product to make it as fit for purpose as possible. The result is a great product that you ever so kindly gave to your initial backers free of charge a second time. 
Great product, great company and a great CEO. 
Thanks again,
 Max Russell.

L. Prpich – May 28, 2016: 
I love my Nearbuds – thank you!
I’m not sure what’s more annoying for a podcast addict – constantly losing my earphones or forever untangling cords. Nearbuds have solved both problems for me. No more fishing around in my bag and pulling out a gnarly mess.
In a world that’s drowning in cheap, anonymous junk, it’s great to know that quality products are still designed by a local, independent inventor who was sparked to turn his creative mind to the task of solving life’s little irksome problems. I’ve been more than pleased with the quality of the product, too. After several months of daily use, my Nearbuds still look brand new. I even liked the packaging they came in! 
Good luck with this simply ingenious product. I have no doubt Nearbuds will be a huge success. 


L. Kirk – May 20, 2016: 
I LOVE this new invention! They are brilliant and so simple! Makes the headphones easy to keep track of, they don’t tangle, and you can clip them together simply!! I use them all the time!


G.W. - February 27th, 2017: Good morning, Just wanted to let you know my husband loves his nearbuds, uses them for his jaybird freedom. He really needed something to keep from losing them. These are amazing thanks again.

5.0 out of 5 stars  Cool gadget By Amazon Customer on July 6 2016 Verified Purchase So happy to have my Nearbuds especially when I'm at the gym. What a cool gadget! Great design and well made too. Thanks.

5.0 out of 5 stars These are so handy:) By Amazon Customer on July 24 2016 Super cool!

 5.0 out of 5 stars No more missing earbuds! By Amazon Customer on July 16, 2016 Love my Nearbuds. Keeps my earbuds handy. I just stick mine to the whiteboard beside my desk! And they're great at the gym too when I'm working out. No more tangled mess.

5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted with my Nearbuds! By Amazon Customer on June 8, 2016 Verified Purchase  
- super handy accessory for my Apple earbuds  
- top quality  
- really easy and fast to use. Earbuds now snap together behind my neck in a jiffy, for safe storage  
- I keep my earbuds and jack on my fridge. Just grab them as I head out the door.  
- fun to be first with the latest great gadget!  
- ordered more as cool gifts, for only ten bucks

We're very grateful to anyone who chooses to support us in any way!

A huge thanks to the amazing and wonderful people from the companies listed at the top of this campaign for their early adoption and continued support. We are most grateful to all of you for believing in us from the start and helping us out so much along the way!

We would also like to humbly thank Geoff Marshall Design, the Inktion Temporary Tattoo Company, Symbion Creative Performance, Meghan Cefaratti Graphic Design, Christina Clark (Videographer/editor), Claire Sanford (Photographer), Kale Reum (Post-production) and the entire MacKay clan (immediate and extended) as well as the Lund community (near and far) for all their varied brilliance, hard-work and ongoing enthusiasm and consultation.

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

When we launched the Nearbuds (Version 1.0) campaign in 2014, our first Kickstarter project, we really had no idea what kind of challenges and obstacles lay ahead for us, even after our funding goal was reached.

Thankfully, the campaign was successful and the product was delivered, as promised, to all our awesome backers. The time in between those two miraculous moments was where the true adaptation and evolution occurred.

The biggest risks and challenges of that first Kickstarter project were the ones that we couldn't foresee. That still applies to this next project, but we’re grateful to have learned so much already from having navigated this process once before and we feel very confident about Nearbuds for AirPods.

For our first campaign, we weren’t experienced enough to know if our delivery dates were realistic. We missed our estimate by a couple of months but all of our backers were very patient and understanding.

There are so many factors beyond your control as a product creator. You can't do everything yourself, and the people you work with are unlikely or unable to feel the same sense of urgency for your project as you do.

Also, we handpicked a team of specialists (videographers, patent and trademark lawyers, graphic designers, photographers, digital artists, mechanical engineers, brokers, manufacturers, copywriters, business consultants, marketers, etc.) to develop Nearbuds Version 1.0 into a high quality and exceptionally presented product. All the spectacular people on our team are always in demand, and if we want the best talent we often have to work around their schedules and respect the responsibilities they have to both themselves and to others.

For the reasons mentioned above, we've been more careful in setting our expected delivery dates this time around. We'd rather beat than miss a deadline!

Thanks so much for your interest!

Luke MacKay
Founder
www.nearbuds.com
info@nearbuds.com

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    One x Nearbuds for EarPods Version 1

    Awesome! This is the first product from our original successful Nearbuds campaign on Kickstarter.

    Designed for use with Apple® wired EarPods™ supplied with iPhone 5, 5C, 5S,6, 6+, iPod Nano (7th Gen.), iPod Touch (5th Gen. or newer) or Apple EarPod Model # MD827ZM/A.

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    Note to all previous backers: When we reach our funding goal, we'll be in touch as to how to offer a refund on your shipping for this campaign.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

    Super sweet! You'll be our first customers and the first people in the world to own a set of Nearbuds for AirPods, compatible with Apple's new wireless AirPods.

    Not only do you get the powerful magnetic clips, but they come with an adjustable strap so you can carry and store your AirPods without ever worrying about losing them!

    Value: USD$ 19.00 / GBP£ 15.00

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    Note to all previous backers: When we reach our funding goal, we'll be in touch as to how to offer a refund on your shipping for this campaign.

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    If you have any questions, feel free to contact us and we'll be sure to respond as soon as possible.

    Much appreciated!

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    2 x Nearbuds for AirPods AND Nearbuds V1

    Amazing! We'll send you two sets of Nearbuds for AirPods AND throw in a set of our original Nearbuds Version 1.

    Value: USD$ 37.50 / GBP£ 30.00

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    If you have any questions, feel free to contact us and we'll be sure to respond as soon as possible.

    Much appreciated!

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    Brilliant! We'll send you 3 sets of Nearbuds for AirPods AND 3 sets of Nearbuds Version 1. These are great one of a kind gifts for family and friends!

    Value: USD$ 75.00 / GBP£ 60.00

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    Could we be so lucky?

    If anyone backs us to this extent, we'll be eternally grateful. This gets us so much closer to our goal and we'll make it worth your while!

    We're currently working on prototypes for two more related products, and we'd love to have a consumer to try, test and give us feedback about their designs. You'll be given copies of the first prototypes for testing and be given working versions of these products to keep, as soon as the designs are streamlined and we all like the quality.

    We'll also give you Nearbuds for AirPods and Nearbuds Version 1. How many you get is highly negotiable:)

    Value: USD$ 750 / GBP£ 600

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