About this project
The HiddenHUB is the first truly smart speaker. It does things no other speaker system can do; it detects when you’re home, adapts the audio to the shape of your room, and surrounds you in the most immersive sound experience.
The HiddenHUB is always thinking and always on the job; it brings the concert hall to your living room. With its intelligent sensors and proprietary logic board, the HiddenHUB analyzes a room’s layout and dynamically adjusts its audio profile to fit that space. It distributes the frequencies and individually regulates each driver’s power in order to evenly fill every corner of the room with rich sound. This means no more dead spots; no matter where you are in a room, you will always experience the perfect audio set up.
Best Audio Quality, Period
Wireless technology performance differs, especially in terms of audio. Depending on your needs, some will work better than others. For example, Bluetooth is great for portable devices, since it consumes very little power; these devices can have a pretty good playtime while running on a relatively small battery. While this is great for portable speakers, up to 90% of the music information is lost when compressing the audio files so that they can be handled wirelessly via Bluetooth. The HiddenHUB uses Wi-Fi audio protocols to transfer 100% of the audio information and deliver full, lossless, CD-quality music every time. That, combined with the HiddenHUB’s cutting edge acoustic design and adaptive sound technology, means you have the ultimate smart speaker.
Natively compatible with all mainstream technologies, the HiddenHUB will allow you to set up multiple speakers around the house to create a true MultiRoom experience. There is no need for bridges or complicated apps; it works natively in AirPlay, DLNA and Bluetooth. If you don’t have a Wi-Fi network, the HiddenHUB will create its own 5GHz Wi-Fi audio streaming network with the press of a button. Play the same music across all speakers or different songs in each room from local devices.
Create a grand entrance. The HiddenHUB knows when you are coming home and can automatically start streaming your favorite music where you left off. Welcome home!
The HiddenHUB is also backwards compatible, wirelessly connecting to both the HiddenRadio and HiddenRadio2. Those act like satellites to the HiddenHUB, expanding the great audio to more intimate spaces.
Away from your computer or your phone? Control your music directly with the HiddenHUB. Surrounding the perimeter of the HiddenHUB is the SmartDial, a capacitive touch sensor that gives you absolute control. With a simple swipe or tap you can adjust the volume, play, pause, change tracks and even adjust the brightness of the accent lights to set the mood.
We have designed the HiddenHUB to be the centerpiece of any space. Gone are the days of having to hide large, clunky speakers in the corner of a room. The HiddenHUB is like a piece of art that you will want to display front and center. Sitting on a coffee table, bookshelf, or even mounted on the wall, its iconic circular industrial design will complement any environment. It will command your attention with its minimalist aesthetic.
Compact Size, Unbelievable Sound
Size really does matter. You won’t believe the power, bass and clarity that the HiddenHUB creates, while still compact enough to sit on a bookshelf. Coming in at only 8.5” x 2.5”, or about the size of an 8” LP record, it ingeniously fits four High Definition drivers and a powerful subwoofer. The HiddenHUB pumps out soul-shaking sound and will have your neighbors banging on your door to turn it down.
High Technology for the Best Audio
The HiddenHUB is built with the most cutting edge technology available. With a glass fiber, reinforced polymer endoskeleton, it has the most adamant structure possible to ensure crystal clear delivery of even the most powerful bass. Armed with four High Definition drivers and a heavy-duty, powerful, neodymium subwoofer, the HiddenHUB has an amazing frequency response and full sonic range. Its outstanding, distortion-free, feel-in-your-chest bass response is perfectly balanced with the crispiest highs to give you a full sonic experience just as the artist intended.
Switch it on and set the mood. The HiddenHUB comes with its own Smart LED illumination. Simply turn it on and adjust the brightness with the SmartDial to create the right mood alongside your favorite music.
Straight out of the box, the HiddenHUB is ready to go. Compatible with all mainstream technologies and most wireless audio protocols, there is no need for bridges, complicated apps or fancy setups; it will easily integrate with your current set up. Seamlessly control it from any smartphone, tablet, computer or smartwatch. The HiddenHUB will play from any source or music service so you can continue to stream your favorite music or play straight from your local library.
Seamless Integration with Apple TV
The HiddenHUB is the perfect High Definition audio complement to your HDTV. Connect wirelessly to your Apple TV or via the optical input port to get a full home theater experience.
For the HiddenHUB remote we are using an innovative Low Power RF technology. This technology not only allows you to have instant responsiveness, but also to use it from anywhere in the house! It has the same range as a Wi-Fi network - up to 100m! And best of all, no need to replace the battery or recharge it for 2 years!
With 12 hours of battery life and its own network, you can take the booming sound of the HiddenHUB anywhere you want, always providing 100% lossless audio quality.
The HiddenHUB is the most exciting project we have ever developed. There is absolutely nothing on the market that comes even close to delivering the features, technology and design of the HiddenHUB. With the second generation HiddenRadio2, we have achieved a great step in terms of sound quality and technology advancements. We are now making an even bigger leap with the HiddenHUB and cannot do it without the support of the community.
Share the Love
Word of mouth goes a long way; the community spreading the word about our projects has gotten us where we are today. So, as an added bonus, we are going to give a free protective carrying case to every backer who shares this project on Facebook or Twitter.
We have developed multiple prototypes in order to dial in all the details, from basic acoustic samples to pre-production working prototypes.
Here is a quick video demonstrating how easy it is to connect the HiddenHUB to two HiddenRadio2's in Satellite Mode.
We’ve just completed product development and testing and we are now beginning to tool for mass production. We need your help to build the molds, get certifications and make this new, revolutionary product a reality!
We are looking forward to having you join our project.
All the best and thanks again for stopping by,
John + Vitor
Risks and challenges
The HiddenHUB is an exciting yet complex product. It involves a deep understanding of mechanical, electrical and RF design. Prior to coming to Kickstarter, we completed the product development and submitted our design to significant quality and performance tests through numerous prototypes.
We now have a fully tested and prototyped design that is ready for DFM (design for manufacture) and tooling. If the project is successful, we will then proceed with the tooling development in order to go from prototype to mass production.
Naturally, as in any other venture, there will always be risks. In mass production, unforeseen issues can arise at any moment; however, by implementing production safeguards and conducting a high level of research, we’ve dramatically reduced these risks. Our production partner has a deep understanding of mass production and we have learned to work together seamlessly over the years. The delivery date provided is an estimate based on the schedule agreed upon with our manufacturing partner. On top of that, like on all our previous Kickstarter projects, we are 110% committed to bringing the project to life and delivering what we promise. Like we did in the past, we will give 100% transparency to our backers so that they are up to date with all production developments.
In addition, HIDDEN is part of the PCH Accelerator Program. PCH manages manufacturing for the biggest names in the the industry, these include Apple, HP, Amazon and many others. This provides another level of security and assuredness.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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