A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
A true piece of craftsmanship
UKU is Unique. UKU is made for you. Every speaker is created on demand and is numbered, addressed to you and signed by the creator.
To ensure the quality of our product, we decided to always make it by Hand, by ourselves, in France. Every aspect from the bonding of the Ukulele, passing by the varnishing of it and ending with building the electronic that supplies your speaker is made by hand with an exclusive expertise.
After verifying the strength of our product at every step of the creation, we simply finish by listening to it, because the sound is our passion.
Our First concern: Quality
UKU is not made to be a cheap speaker. The only thing we care about is quality. We have been prototyping for 1 year for this only reason: to give you the best sound quality within a beautiful object that lasts for years.
After several test, we decided to equip UKU with FOCAL’s speakers. FOCAL is the leader Hi-fi company in France and is well-known by audiophiles anywhere in the world. FOCAL's speakers are designed in France and use high-end technologies like the famous inverted dome tweeter.
UKU has a high-quality sound which is clear and loud.
Our only motivation: a Happy Customer
What motivates our project, is the impact it can have on people. We want to make the best, the most innovative and unusual product for one reason: you, sitting down and thinking “what a great speaker !”.
Opinions on UKU
Some people told us what they thought of our product. Here is what they said:
“I mean… Oh, man, it’s full of bass! This thing is pushing some decibels. [...] And there is not a single crackle! I didn’t expect this tiny object to get that loud! And I love the Design !” Alexis.M
“INCREDIBLE !!! INCREDIBLE !!!” A random guy shouting at us in Paris while walking with the speaker turned on.
“Guys! I saw the design and thought it was good but… You’ve got to make people listen to it! The sound is astounding !” Carole.M while starting to dance
“What a product! I love your design and your vision, I mean yeah! It’s good !” A waitress in Paris.
Made in Art
Our slogan was found by the amazing Pierre-Louis. Here is why :
UKU is made for Art - it’s made to produce music. UKU is made inside Art - The ukulele is a piece of art by itself. UKU is made with Art - in French craftsmanship is Artisanat. For us, there is a real link between art and craftsmanship.
UKU is Made in Art.
Our story, and your future :
UKU is a great story that has been driven by passion since the beginning. The Passion of well-made and valuable object is part of the DNA of the founder Gabriel Chourrier:
“I created the first UKU just for me, I wanted it to be perfect. Of course, the first try was not, but when I saw how people loved my product and how I loved building it, it gave me the will to make something meaningful out of this speaker.
I worked for a year, learning about Acoustic Design and woodworking to make a perfect speaker. After some months, the product was becoming better and better, but I continued to try again until I found the perfect product, otherwise, I wouldn't have shown it to other people. I am a real perfectionist.
UKU’s campaign creation has been a pure adventure, I’ve loved working with some incredibly smart and interesting people which are down below :
Pierre-Louis has been an incredible help in the project and is a now an associate of UKU. We were helped by Laurence, Caroline, and Elodie who are experts in their domains for the technical problems.
Some people are not in the photo above, I’m also thinking of Sebastien Dumas, Samir Tamboura, Benjamin Mercier, Elisa Etcheçahar and everybody that believed in our project.
UKU’s music has been heard up to Paris when on the 30th of June we presented our product to unknown people in the street.
There is only one person missing: you. We are missing you!
Today we need some backers to make our project a reality. We want to develop the future of UKU with you: to ask you about our product. Backing us on Kickstarter is not just about getting a UKU, it’s about being a part of a project made with love, knowing before anybody what will be our future.
As an example, here is one major question that we are gonna ask our backers. Actually, we have been developing UKU with some Linden wood but we want to create differents UKU, with different wood and sound.
When we get there, every UKU will be truly Unique.
Join us for the adventure.
The Annoying Specs :
If you are the kind of people who read user manuals (btw, it’s really smart to do this !), you can checks our specs right there! ;)
You can see more photos and videos of UKU in the prototype gallery.
UKU physical specs :
Dimension : 550*150*55mm Weight: 1.7 kg Wood: Basswood (Linden) Connectors: DC / Jack 3.5mm / Bluetooth 4.1 No Battery. Included in the box : 1 UKU + AC Adapter (The plug would be send depending on your country).
Speakers and Sound specification :
Nominal Power : 2x30W RMS Sensitivity (2.83V/1m): 88dB Diameter: 100mm (4”) Inverted dome tweeter: 20mm Cone type: Polypropylene Frequency response: 80Hz - 21kHz
Risks and challenges
The creation of a company is full of challenges, we are ready to take them on. Here are some challenges that are intrinsic to UKU :
The production: We will have to make the good choices concerning the suppliers and to make the fabrication process better again, to ensure the best quality.
Logistic, shipping and packaging is also a challenge because nobody wants to receive a broken UKU.