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An acoustic amplifier for your phone that is optimized for better sound.
An acoustic amplifier for your phone that is optimized for better sound.
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Bheard Sound Pod by Bhold - Rock On, Little Phone ♫

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As a backer, you would help bring the Bheard Sound Pod to market by opening up the mold and scaling its production. 

What it does

The Bheard Sound Pod amplifies and significantly improves sound quality from your phone speakers. The sound pod enhances the highs, mids and lows of your audio to deliver richer, more balanced sound. Listen to your music longer and enjoy it more with this 100% acoustic speaker. Use it to amp up your music when hosting friends, when you're cooking or when you're taking a shower. Or, take a phone or video call with it as the sound pod works as an excellent speakerphone as well. See 10 Ways to use it here.

Bheard Sound Pod
Bheard Sound Pod

Here's a demo video to show it in action:

Recorded on an iPad. Audio quality is generally very difficult to capture so its real life sound is much better. For more demo videos, see this YouTube playlist.

And here's a vine (first, turn on the volume by clicking on the volume button in upper left of the frame): https://vine.co/v/OKtEWXHAK32/

Bheard Sound Pod in Blue
Bheard Sound Pod in Blue
Prototype Bheard Sound Pod (final Bheard does not have logo on the front)
Prototype Bheard Sound Pod (final Bheard does not have logo on the front)

Why it's awesome

The bass sounds just amazing when you play a song with a bass line in the sound pod. This is a big part of why the sound pod delivers rich sound. 

The sound pod's been acoustically optimized through many versions, 37 versions in 6 weeks, through Bhold Labs, a rapid prototyping and beta testing program using 3D printing. This ensures that the final version is more usable and thoughtfully designed for you. 

Bhold is the first to introduce the concept of rigorous "beta testing" for physical products to create better design, an entirely new way to use 3D printing.

Here is an illustration of the timeline of the design.

Evolution of design for the Bheard Sound Pod
Evolution of design for the Bheard Sound Pod

It's a new and unique shape that is impossible to make in a hard material by any process other than 3D printing and extremely difficult to make in more flexible materials such as the production material (a type of TPE). We've worked hard to make the Bheard in one complete piece to keep its design intact. We'll create a mold for it despite its difficult curves and undercuts, which normally most would shy away from, and produce it elegantly in one beautiful piece. 

The Bheard Sound Pod is a never-before-seen patent-pending original design. Its striking shape has made it one of Bhold's most recognizable and iconic objects.

Prototype Bheard Sound Pod in 3D Printed Ceramic
Prototype Bheard Sound Pod in 3D Printed Ceramic
Prototype Bheard Sound Pod in 3D Printed Ceramic
Prototype Bheard Sound Pod in 3D Printed Ceramic

What the media says about Bhold

"The shear inventiveness of the company’s online catalogue speaks volumes for the genuine design talent behind Bhold’s business." -3D Printing Industry

What the experts say

Matthijs de Deugd, Head of Marketing at Ultimaker: 

"The Bheard Sound Pod is a clever concept that strikes a wonderful balance between function and design. I love that Bhold uses 3D printing technology to beta test to create something better, something I haven't seen with other designers before. The sound pod is also just a very cool aesthetic shape that drew me in right away."

Mohammed Abdoolcarim, Product Design BS & MS, Serial Entrepreneur:

"As someone who loves music, I've always been looking for a travel size companion to amplify my music when I'm out and about, on the beach, in my hotel room or just lounging by the pool. The Bheard Sound Pod is the perfect fit. It's super lightweight yet packs a punch to my music needs. Best part is, it doesn't require plugging, charging or pairing. I love the Jambox, but charging it can be a pain and pairing with multiple phones is a pain too. The sound pod works right out of the box and is a lower cost alternative than bluetooth speakers. I highly recommend the Bheard to anyone looking for a portable and lightweight speaker!"

Specifications

Bheard fits almost any phone (Note: orange is a prototype-only color)
Bheard fits almost any phone (Note: orange is a prototype-only color)

Fits any phone up to 3.15" wide, including iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Notes.

Material: Silicone-like rubber, with the benefits of both durability and flexibility.
Dimensions: 4.1" w x 4.1" d x 3.9" h 

Prototype versions fit phones up to 2.8" wide, the size of most non-tablet phones. Dimensions: 3.2" x 3.2" x 3.1"h

Seen in exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Design.

Made in the USA.

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More on me

At the Bhold studio
At the Bhold studio

I'm an MIT & Stanford grad and former Googler who is passionate about problem solving and design. I worked at the intersection of technology and creative my entire life and I love exploring the interaction between art and science, of aesthetics and practicality, of relevance in our daily lives and timelessness.

At Google, I worked on growing consumer products including Chrome, Wallet and Google+ and empowering partner communities such as publishers and developers. Throughout my undergrad and grad years, I studied math.

I'm also from a manufacturing family. The concept for Bhold came from my frustration with how we manufacture today. I believe that we could learn to make things more efficiently. From there, I started to make and extensively test my first design, the Bsnug.

I coined the term "responsive product design" to refer to the type of iterative and relevant design that's now made possible by new technology such as 3D printing.

In the span of one year, I led Bhold to strong recognition from both the maker and design communities. With your help, I hope to continue to design for you!

My credentials include:

  • One of 100 makers nationwide invited to the White House for their first ever Maker Faire, as hosted by President Obama himself, 
  • Press features in the New York Times, Real Simple, Cool Hunting, ELLE, MAKE, Metropolis and many more,
  • Two-time Designer in Residence at the Museum of Arts and Design during the "Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital" exhibit, as invited by Shapeways,
  • Featured booth as one of 5 designers invited to demo at premier design event WantedDesign's NYCxDESIGN workshop series.
  • Editor's Choice award by MAKE

Ultimate Backer Special - I LIKE TO BE DONE WITH HOLIDAY SHOPPING

Bsteady Car Mount - Be hands free in the car. Arched to fit any phone.
Bsnug Wrap - Wrap as much or as little as you need
Bsnug Stand - A wrap or stand on the go
Bstrong Hook - Hang anything off a table edge
Bholdable Mug - Double-walled, to keep the heat inside
Btipsy Too Sake Set - A double-walled set to sip in style
Bneat Organizer - Winds and protects your earbuds
Bspacey Combo Organizer - Bneat pairs with a Bstrong 
Bbouncy Cable Clip - Holds thick cables in place
Bspun Cable Wrap - Spin and hold thin cables in place
Bjacked Charger Cable Set - For all your charger cable needs
Bheard Sound Pod - Curved to improve your sound

*All items in the Ultimate Backer Special are 3D printed, even the ceramic!   

Bhold t-shirt, by American Apparel in 100% combed ringspun cotton

Bhold t-shirt, front
Bhold t-shirt, front
Bhold t-shirt, back
Bhold t-shirt, back

Bheard Mini Keychain, 3D printed in nylon

Bheard Mini Keychain, front side view
Bheard Mini Keychain, front side view

Photo credits: "Bheard Sound Pod" and overall composition, "Bheard Sound Pod in Blue" and "Prototype Bheard Sound Pod in 3D Printed Ceramic" by Steven Grande, Jr, "Prototype Bheard Sound Pod (Gray)" by Melanie Wesslock, "Evolution of design for the Bheard Sound Pod" by Jun Oshima, "At the Bhold studio" by Alyssa Kirsten.

Special thanks to: My dear family and friends, the Bhold team, Bhold Labs testers.

Please see video credits for more thank you's!

- Bhold, Design made better by technology

Tags: Music, Design, Product Design, 3D Printing, Acoustics, Sound, Speaker, Speakerphone, Phone, Smartphone, New York

Risks and challenges

You'll be the first to receive the production version of the Bheard Sound Pod, an innovative design that uses the latest manufacturing technology to give you better sound on your phone.

The biggest risk is in not getting the word out enough to raise enough funds. We've worked hard to minimize the risks by doing outreach to friends, family and early supporters of Bhold ahead of time to help spread the word. If you like the project, please help us spread the word to your followers!

In order to deliver the product in a timely way, and to support local production in general and sustainability longer term, we're making all Bheard Sound Pods in the USA. This is great in that it allows us to be more responsive to you.

I've reviewed and signed off on the final prototype and the package design is ready. I've planned ahead in the schedule for fulfillment.

I operate in a very scrappy and resourceful way, so I will address any setbacks head on. I have a great deal of experience operating successfully under tight timelines. I believe in open communication and will keep in good touch with all backers on progress, challenges and setbacks.

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    I LIKE TO GIVE IT SOME MORE. One Bheard in each of the 6 color options, a Bhold T-shirt, a Mini Bheard Keychain AND an early adopter preview of the final design of the next acoustic product made in partnership with global 3D printing company Ultimaker. Be the FIRST to receive the next new product when it's ready. Color options include Black, Blue, Red, Yellow, Green, Purple. Perfect as a holiday gift for you and for others.

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