About this project
Welcome, and thanks for checking out the HiddenRadio2! We have spent the last 18 months listening to our backers and the community, to what they wanted most out of a portable speaker. You asked for this and here we have it, welcome HiddenRadio2!
TIMELESS DESIGN, ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY
The new design is a natural evolution and, again, amazingly simple. All visual distractions have been removed to make everything about your music.
It may look similar on the outside, but under the hood it has been completely re-engineered. To deliver ‘best in class’ sound, we completely reinvented the speakers inside, fine tuning and optimizing them for our design and unique form factor.
UNBELIEVABLY POWERFUL, IN A COMPACT FORM
While big speakers typically deliver great bass but poor high frequencies, and smaller speakers tend to give great highs but no bass, our proprietary neodymium dual speaker system combined with our custom software allows for amazing highs and deep, powerful lows. With new engineering solutions, we’ve also managed to more than double the speaker chamber, delivering even deeper bass. Once you hear it, you will need to remind yourself how small and portable the HiddenRadio2 actually is.
WE ADDED MULTI SPEAKER BLUETOOTH
We finally made it! After almost two years of listening to the many requests and undertaking a lot of research, we are thrilled to introduce our MultiPoint feature. This means that you can link two HiddenRadio2’s to one phone and create a wireless audio set-up for your home, easier than ever before. Place the speakers in different areas for a seamless sound experience, or set up two speakers alongside your iPad or computer to create an incredible portable stereo.
MAGIC LIFT TECHNOLOGY
Simply touch the cap or hit play on your phone, and the cap magically lifts, revealing the speaker hidden beneath, as your HiddenRadio2 begins to stream crystal clear music in 360-degree sound. Not only does the elevating cap provide protection from the elements, it also creates a larger bass chamber that delivers deeper bass than ever before.
INTELLIGENT TOUCH CONTROLS
Using an intelligent capacitive touch sensor in the cap, you can operate your music directly from the HiddenRadio2. By simply tapping the cap, you can play, pause, adjust the volume, skip forward or back, fast forward or rewind, answer a phone call, or even activate Siri!
IT’S ALSO A SPEAKERPHONE
Receiving a phone call? Touch the cap and the HiddenRadio2 turns into an incredible speakerphone. We’ve added top-of-the-line noise cancelling microphones to make your call sound even better.
WE ADDED NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION (NFC)
The intelligent cap sensor also uses NFC, meaning you can instantly sync your HiddenRadio2 with an NFC-enabled phone. With more and more devices featuring NFC, you will be more future-proof than ever.
WE’VE REINVENTED THE SPEAKER
Most speaker companies use off-the-shelf speakers and repackage them in a different box. This type of cookie cutter design and functionality means that you will never have a speaker that is perfectly tuned or optimized for your needs. For this reason, we have redesigned the speaker itself. Using extensive research, we have built custom speaker drivers from the highest-quality materials, previously only used in large expensive sound systems.
HiddenRadio2’s unique speaker drivers and cone design spread the sound evenly throughout the room for a full, 360-degree audio experience over 90dB.
Here is a direct comparison with one of the market leaders, the Mini Jambox, while playing a range of music styles.
And here are the frequency response curves of the HiddenRadio2 compared to some of the market leaders today.
We have made the HiddenRadio2 the most advanced speaker on the market. To do this we have created the most advanced feature set of any compact speaker on the market.
THE HIDDENRADIO2 STORY
Since our original HiddenRadio Kickstarter, we’ve continuously asked our backers and the community one question: what do you most desire from a portable speaker?
We listened to all of our community’s feedback and worked tirelessly to make the HiddenRadio2 simply the best wireless speaker ever.
Working with the feedback from the community, we then started brainstorming and sketching on what the new speaker could look like, and how it would function. Moving components around is a little like a compact game of Tetris, where moving one part affects all the others.
To learn how it would function in the real world we then set about creating prototypes. This process begins with creating 3D models and 3D printing them. We then glued in speakers in different combinations to find out what is the best configuration to deliver the best sound.
Once we had a basic idea of the prototype design we then started integrating the concept with our research and development team to get the design ready for something that can be produced with our partners.
The last step was refining all the parts and creating full working prototypes with all the necessary finishes to provide complete proof of concept.
In our current state we have complete proof of concept and are now integrating the design with our factory in order to create the injection tools needed to manufacture the speaker.
We’ve just completed product development and testing, and we are now ready for production. We need your help to build the molds, get certifications and make this truly unique, yet timeless, product a reality!
• $61k: Injection molding tools
• $40k: Bluetooth and international safety certifications
ONLY THE BEST QUALITY
The HiddenRadio team has been working in the consumer electronics industry with global corporations for more than 15 years, and we have deep experience bringing amazing, successful products to market; we have also learned a great deal from the original HiddenRadio experience. We will be implementing a new, world-class manufacturing process with our partners - who for over 30 years have delivered high quality audio products for Fortune 100 companies like Apple, Philips, Hitachi and many more - to help drive consistent quality and customer satisfaction. We have already invested 18 months of research to ensure the very best components and the most innovative, efficient design.
On top of this, we are also working with a global engineering consultancy in Hong Kong to help manage manufacturing and deliver the highest quality products, which we then test, one by one, with a 3rd party testing house to ensure each product passes a high set of stringent standards.
BE A PART OF THIS GREAT PROJECT
The HiddenRadio2 is the clear and simple answer to both unobtrusive home decor and absolute sound quality. We can’t wait to share this great project with you. When you see the HiddenRadio2 on your own shelf, and the shelves of retails stores - you will know that YOU helped make it happen!
Thank you for stopping by - we hope you enjoy our new project as much as we do!
John + Vitor
Risks and challenges
HiddenRadio2 is an exciting yet complex product. It involves a deep understanding of mechanical, electrical and RF design. Before coming to Kickstarter we have completed the product development, and submitted our design to all significant quality and performance tests through numerous prototypes.
The point we find ourselves now is a fully tested and prototyped design, ready for manufacturing. If the project becomes successful we will then proceed with the tooling in order to go from prototype to mass production.
Naturally there will always be risks in any venture; but by implementing production safeguards and conducing a high level of research, we’ve dramatically reduced these risks. On top of that we are 110% committed to this product and ready to address any possible issues that may come on our way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Bluetooth is the industry wireless standard - if your device has Bluetooth, it’ll work with HiddenRadio2. This means is will work with all Apple devices, Android, Windows or any other product that has Bluetooth.
This version does not have FM radio. The reason for this is that there is limited space on the circuit board. As we added a lot of new features such as the multi speaker functionality this means we couldn’t fit FM radio. We also spoke with our backers from HiddenRadio1 and the majority said that they now stream radio via their smartphone.
We have decided to keep “HiddenRadio” for three reasons:
1. Because it is the new generation of our previous product
2. Radio is going more and more towards Internet radio. Despite the technology being totally different now –packages of data, instead of radio waves in the air, the technology or service also kept the name “radio”
3. If we had changed the name to something other than “HiddenRadio”, there would be people asking: “Why is it called with a different name when it is clearly an evolution of the previous product?”
Due to the Bluetooth constrains, they are all made of high quality engineered PC/ABS, with a scratch resistant tri-coat metallic finish for the Platinum and anodized looks, and non conductive vacuum metallization + scratch resistant coat for the Black Chrome version. All these finishes make sure that it functions well with the touch capacitive sensors, as well as the Bluetooth antenna to ensure maximum responsiveness and reception.
You can set the speakers up to in different areas of your house to play the same music (Multiroom mode) or you can set them up alongside each other to play in true stereo with separate left and right channels (Stereo mode).
The sound is significantly better than the previous one. As shown on the video, we use now a dual speaker neodymium set up that delivers much higher quality high and low frequencies as they are generated independently by dedicated speakers. We have also now increased the back volume (which is basically the sealed chamber sitting behind the speaker), which is directly responsible for bass quality. On top of that, we have also added a back pipe, which is responsible for tuning the bass and delivering the proper frequencies. Not only it is superior to HR1 in volume and quality, but also when compared to main competitors on the market. We are going to share some more information on the sound in the upcoming updates.
The USB jack is located on the exact same location as the LED, but on the back side of the product. This is a significant improvement from the last version, and allows easy access to the micro USB all the time, even when the cap is down.
Yes, it is. The HiddenRadio2 has also a line-in function. It is combined on the micro USB jack. We will provide the cable.
No, you can also remotely open it via your phone.
The rechargeable battery lasts up to 25 hours. Meaning the HiddenRadio2 is the best in class, and has got plenty of juice to ensure your party goes well into the next day and beyond.
The HiddenRadio2 comes with a micro USB cable. This allows you to charge it with your existing smartphone charger or any available USB port on your computer. This is the same approach used by Jambox and Apple. We also prefer this choice as it is more environmentally friendly.
The reason we use Bluetooth is that it is the most compatible wireless protocol. It also does not require a WiFi network for it to work while Airplay does. The other problem with Airplay running on a WiFi network is that WiFi uses much more power than Bluetooth. The great thing about Bluetooth is it makes the speaker portable, improves the battery life and is compatible with most products on the market whether they be Apple, Android, Windows, etc.
The app allows you to seamlessly connect multiple units together and manage whether they are playing the same music or running in stereo (left + right channels). You can also program the alarm clock to automatically wake you up in the morning or a timer to shut down the device when you go to sleep.
The moving mechanism, as well as the product build quality are both very reliable. We have strict quality controls that include accelerated life cycles (over 5,000 opening cycles), vibration testing, temperature, humidity, drop tests, etc. We also subject every single unit to testing via an external 3rd party.
On the first HiddenRadio1 we actually had the speakerphone working in all the prototypes via using the mic on your smartphone and the HR1 as the loud speaker. Once we went through approval with Bluetooth certifications this was removed by the software team at the last minute. This time round we are using more advanced software and we have placed a dedicated mic on the HR2. This functionality is already written into our software and follows the Bluetooth certifications exactly.
It reaches over 90dB @ 1W/1m
RMS power can be totally misleading. The perceived power is not dependent only on the watts alone. It depends also on the size and specs of the speaker component. This means one amplifier with a certain wattage could give totally different acoustic results in terms of power perception, depending on the speakers connected to it. We prefer to use the 1W/1m measurement, expressed in dB (in our case, 90dB), as it is much more objective and not misleading.
We are 110% focused on delivering the best HiddenRadio2 possible. At this stage we do not want to get side tracked by offering things that we haven’t tested nor do we want to bait backers to make the project generate more money. From the beginning we designed the best speaker we could; including absolutely everything we felt would make this the most advanced speaker on the market.
The phone needs to be within the Bluetooth standard range from the master device (33ft/10m). The slave device needs to be within range from the master. This means you could have the second speaker 20m away from your phone. These rules apply both for when the speakers are being used in Single mode, Multiroom mode or Stereo mode. Please note that the Bluetooth standard is 33ft/10m line of sight, the signal can be degraded if it needs to travel through walls, especially walls with metal in them.
Absolutely yes, as long as the device (your computer, smartphone or music player) from where you are running the streaming service (Spotify, Pandora, etc.) is Bluetooth compatible.
We’re very proud to say that we WILL have both AAC and Apt-X codec. This means you can now play CD quality sound on the HiddenRadio2, this truly makes it one of the most advanced speakers around.
Videos can be a little tricky, as many sound characteristics, subtleties and details cannot be properly captured. Further in the process, we plan to share frequency response graphs comparing us to the main competitors. Such graphs are much more reliable and can objectively show all sound information.
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