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Ludovica VandoBy Ludovica Vando
First created
Ludovica VandoBy Ludovica Vando
First created
€8,058
pledged of €34,000pledged of €34,000 goal
132
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, May 11 2016 11:42 PM UTC +00:00

About

Introducing Giacinto

Giacinto is the first quality DIY stereo loudspeaker, beautifully designed and easy to assemble. It invites users of any age to listen to music in a more conscious way by offering a sensorial and interacting experience that goes beyond a simple product. 

Meet Giacinto!
Meet Giacinto!

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Why is Giacinto unlike any other Loudspeaker? 

The typical loudspeakers you find on the market are mainly functional or beautiful, but you never know what happens behind the scenes. We believe that products should deliver an experience and have a human touch in order to grow fond of them. So, we designed the first quality DIY loudspeaker that has not only nothing to hide, but that invites you to be part of the production process. In this way we reduce the production time and costs in favor of a higher user experience, while delivering knowledge on how stereo speakers are build. We've worked hard to facilitate the construction and assembling process and to minimize the technology and its components. In this way, with just a few easy steps everyone can build Giacinto!

What you'll find in the pack
What you'll find in the pack

What Giacinto is made of

SKIN

One of Giacinto’s main features is its skin made of recycled leather, a beautiful material that gives the loudspeaker a more human touch. This material has the capability to work as an incredible soundboard and be highly resistant and flexible. For this reason Giacinto is perfect to be presented in an assembling kit, and to be optimized in terms of space and time during the production process.

Skin
Skin

VOICE

Two speakers of 4ohm- 5 W that create the stereo produce Giacinto’s voice. These speakers are placed in two boxes and connected to each other by a mini amplifier. The sounding box and the particular leather material support the sound of Giacinto.

Voice
Voice

 HEART

Giacinto’s heart consists of its custom made mini amplifier of 3W + 3W. The PCB has four connectors’ entrances (one input, two outputs and one power supply) where cables must be attached following the instructions provided within the packaging.

Heart
Heart

 VEINS

Giacinto’s veins are its four white cables connected to the amplifier. Two of them carry the left and right output sound signal to the speakers and the other two provide the sound input and the electric power through a mini jack and a usb plug.

Veins
Veins

Assembling Giacinto

If you ever wondered how a stereo loudspeaker works, Giacinto is the answer to your nerdy question. We simplified the construction process into a few easy steps to make it understandable and accessible to everyone. Building Giacinto is fun, educational and stimulates you to listen to music in a more conscious way through a complete interactive experience.

Packaging
Packaging

Giacinto comes in a silver bubbled shock proof packaging (1kg - 20cm x 26cm x 5cm) that ensures a safe shipping, reduces the storage space costs and avoids the need of additional cardboard boxed. Moreover it allows you to carry it easily everywhere you want! 

Open the packaging and take out Giacinto
Open the packaging and take out Giacinto

Take Giacinto out of the pack and remember that you can always fold it back! In fact, we used recycled leather not only to stimulate your senses and because it looks elegant and more human, but because it allows you to fold it back and forth anytime you want!

Squeezed Giacinto
Squeezed Giacinto

See how flexible it is? We tested many material before choosing this one, in order to guarantee the highest quality, durability and sound isolation.

Components
Components

Take out all of the components! Giacinto's heart is small but resistant. It has been specifically designed for him by professional Italian Sound Designers to ensure the best sound result in the smallest and most manageable size. 

Giacinto comes in pair of two
Giacinto comes in pair of two

In case you were wondering, yes, Giacinto comes in a pair because it's a stereo loudspeaker, which means that a different sound is coming out of each speaker.

Place the amplifier in the middle and connect the cables
Place the amplifier in the middle and connect the cables

The first step in assembling Giacinto is to place the amplifier in the center of one of the two open boxes. Following the user-friendly instructions you'll find in the pack, all you have to do is to insert the four connectors in their correct place.

Close the sounding box
Close the sounding box

Use the screws you'll find in the pack to close the sounding box. We liked the idea of keeping it slightly rough because of the strong contrast with the elegance of leather and to emphasize the concept of assembling kit.

Cable holder
Cable holder

We really really don't like to waste material and therefore focus a lot on designing a smart production process, from the optimization of the space on the sheets before the cut, up to using waste material as something functional. From the speaker hole we made cable functional holders!

Time to give shape to Giacinto!
Time to give shape to Giacinto!

Squeeze it this way...

Last screws
Last screws

...and use the screws to hold the shape. Model it a bit with your hands, don't be scared to damage it, Giacinto is very resistant!

Build the second sounding box
Build the second sounding box

Just follow the same steps as for the previous one and you'll be fine!

and connect it!
and connect it!

You can either connect it to your computer...

and connect it!
and connect it!

...or to your phone! The USB plug can be powered by both your computer or a wall plug through adaptor. 

Ready for customization?

Because making you feel part of the project is so important for us, we decided to work hard to offer you a variety of interesting customization options. 

RECYCLED LEATHER

Traditional color
Traditional color

Giacinto 'Traditional' comes in this basic color of recycled leather but there are other three colors you can choose from! 

TEXTURES

Laser marked skin
Laser marked skin

Leather is a very interesting and versatile material to work with, so we experimented laser marking it, to make it look even more special and unique! The result is incredibly fascinating...

Texture options
Texture options

We designed a range of textures you can choose from, inspired by the different music categories, so that each one of you can find his favorite one based on your very own style and music preference!

Twelve textures to choose from
Twelve textures to choose from
Example of laser marked skin
Example of laser marked skin

Laser marking leather is a very interesting process that happens with laser cut machines in professional labs, specified in this kind of production. It takes time and precision but the result is synesthetic!

PREMIUM LEATHER EDITION

We proudly introduce to you our limited edition premium version of Giacinto. It is made out of high quality Italian leather, manufactured in a Milanese leather lab and produced in Verona, Italy. This lab, like us believes in quality and in the power of material that can awaken emotions and stimulate senses. 

Premium Leather Edition
Premium Leather Edition

 You can choose between these three colors and to add an even more precious touch, we chose to substitute the stainless steel rings and screws with brass ones for the Premium leather version.

RINGS

These are the two ring versions that surround Giacinto's 'voice'. On one hand you have the stainless steel version, on the other you have the brass version. 

Stainless Steel and Brass rings
Stainless Steel and Brass rings

Only in the Premium leather edition you'll get the brass ring and screws included, but we offer you two special rewards, in which you can totally customize your Giacinto and choose any material and color of skin, rings and screws. Moreover, we also leave the option open, to customize it with a unique incision, both for privates and companies (suggested).

Production

We want to show you how much care we put in selecting our providers and collaborators, because it is also thanks to them that we were able to achieve the standard of quality we were aiming for. They did a great job and each actor has its own place in the production line, perfectly synchronized and focused on one single task.

RECYCLED LEATHER & TEXTURE 

Our Recycled leather comes from an italian provider from Monza, specialized in refining this material and producing it in a wide range of colors.

Samples palette
Samples palette

It is then passed to The FabLab, a shared digital fabrication laboratory where you can build almost anything using a mix of digital technologies (3D printers, CNC milling machines, lasercutter, Arduino) and analog machines for prototyping and production of objects/DIY products.

Lasercutting and marking recycled leather
Lasercutting and marking recycled leather

They cut our recycled leather and lasermark the textures and patterns we send to them.

PURE PREMIUM LEATHER

Luxury comes in form of pure leather, produced in Verona and handcrafted in Milano by a small lab and an old folkloristic man called Armando Travi. He treats this material as the skin of a woman, guaranteeing the highest quality possible...what else do you need to grow fond of it?

Cutting Leather
Cutting Leather

 RINGS

The rings are lasercut and engraved by one of the main italian stainless steel manufacturers, called Benedetti S.r.l.. We provide him the files and he sends us lasercut sheets with all our beautiful rings attached, in stainless steel or in brass. 

Lasercutting and engraving stainless steel and brass
Lasercutting and engraving stainless steel and brass

And in case you're wondering what we do with the production waste of the inner circle...well, we created a bookmark you'll find inside of the packaging!

Steel sheet after manufacturing
Steel sheet after manufacturing

 TECHNOLOGY & ASSEMBLING

We tried to keep the technology as much italian as possible and even homemade in case of the amplifier, which has been specifically designed for Giacinto to meet our sound quality goals. 

Welding the speakers
Welding the speakers

Pink Elephant is a sound design studio from Monza, Italy, that prototyped the mini amplifier, guarantees the sound quality, joints the connectors and welds the cables to the speakers. They also created the soundtrack of our Kickstarter video!

As you can see, we are surrounded by a great team that ensures us professionalism and support in every step of the production! 

Future Steps

Our dream is to always provide a constantly-growing synesthetic experience thanks to an accurate research & development process, supported by the best professionals on the sound field and our product and service design skills. We will do this by offering you a range of accessories to amplify your “Giacinto experience”.

SOUND MODULATING FILTERS

Sound modulating filters
Sound modulating filters

In order to give you the best synesthetic experience possible we worked on a particular accessory consisting of sound modulating filters made out of different sound absorbing materials. When placed in front of the speakers, these filters will modulate the various frequencies of the sound, each one in its own way. The aim is to make Giacinto become an analogical and not digital equalizer and to increment the awareness of the listening of music, where the user becomes the creator of its own sound.

Sound modulating filters
Sound modulating filters
  • POLIPLAT | POLIPLAT: Good extent of frequencies absorption: reducing BASS and MID.
  • PE ESPANSO | PE FOAM: Good extent of frequencies absorption: reducing mainly the MID.
  • CARTONE | CARDBOARD: Good extent of frequencies absorption: reducing mainly the HIGH.

Up to now, we produced three different pairs of sound modulating filters but we're already working on new materials, support us to reach the stretch goal and we will make it happen!

Budget

We want to explain to you how we will use the money raised:

About Sinestesia design studio

Sinestesia is a design studio focused on the enhancement of experience and senses, for a deeper interaction of the user with products, spaces and services.

Sinestesia is a conceptual design studio born from the synergy of Lorenzo Appiani and Ludovica Vando and their passion for experience related to objects, spaces and services. Their belief is that functionality and aesthetics are only able to generate synesthesia if multiple senses are stimulated by an interacting experience between the user and what he is touching, seeing, smelling and feeling. From products to visuals and spaces, Sinestesia aims to evocate different senses through it designs in order to generate a long-lasting experience in which body, mind and spirit are involved.

DESIGNERS

*In collaboration with Yangmin Ge, who actively worked with us in the first research and development phase of Giacinto and now still collaborates with us as external provider.

Risks and challenges

As with any project that involves technology, there might always be schedule risks associated with manufacturing and supply chain logistics.

We have a team of talented professionals that are helping us in every step of the process and each one of them has its own task. We put a lot of value in transparency and communication and keep each other constantly updated!
Before launching this project we made an accurate estimation of production time needed in each single phase, a business plan and established with the providers the maximal supplying time of the materials needed.

We compared different shipping company prices and delivery times, but of course it could always happen that the product won't arrive on the exact prearranged day. As you know, couriers can delay the delivery sometimes, which doesn't depend on us.

Moreover, we are already working on future steps which include: sound modulating filters, a bluetooth connection and an app to play with. In case we'll reach our stretch goal thanks to your kind support, we'll go on with the research and development of these future steps, one of which is almost ready, the second in prototyping phase and the third still at the beginning.
Our priority is to produce and deliver your rewards, which will be controlled by us and fulfilled by the rest of the team. In this way we can easily move on designing the future steps, while administrating the reward production and delivery.

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    Pledge €1 or more About $1.18

    Because we want to feel you even closer and love to support artists, we invite you to send us a video/track with a song you composed. Unless it's offensive content, we will publish it on our website and Facebook page!
    To everyone else, thank you for supporting us, it means a lot! We'll keep you updated on news, stretch goals and more!

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    VERY EARLY BIRD GIACINTO

    The first 25 lucky backers will receive Giacinto at this awesome Kickstarter price, which is 68% off the future retail price! The skin is made out of brown recycled leather, that we like to define 'the Traditional'.

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    Pledge €39 or more About $46

    EARLY BIRD GIACINTO

    Other 50 lucky backers will receive Giacinto at this awesome Kickstarter price, which is 57% off the future retail price! The skin is made out of brown recycled leather, that we like to define 'the Traditional'.

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    Pledge €49 or more About $58

    GIACINTO TRADITIONAL

    Buy as many Giacintos as you want at this special Kickstarter offer, you won't regret it! It's the perfect gift at 46% off the retail price and we will send you as many "thank you" as you can possibly think of! The skin is made out of brown recycled leather, that we like to define 'the Traditional'.

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    GIACINTO EXCLUSIVE COLORS

    Because customization is so important for us, we are offering you other three choices of skin colors, also made out of recycled leather: grey, dark gray and black. Think about the color you prefer and at the end of the campaign we will send out a survey to make sure you get your favorite Giacinto!

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    Pledge €79 or more About $93

    GIACINTO ALL COLORS + TEXTURE

    Because customization is so important for us, we are offering you four choices of skin colors, all made out of recycled leather: traditional, grey, dark gray and black. Moreover, we designed twelve different textures (inspired and named by the different music categories) that can be laser marked on the skin. The result is unbelievable! Pick the texture you like the most and the color you prefer and at the end of the campaign we will send out a survey to make sure you get your very personalized Giacinto!

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    Pledge €99 or more About $116

    GIACINTO TRADITIONAL + EXCLUSIVE SOUND MODULATING FILTERS

    This is the most special reward you can get!!! We designed very special filters made out of different sound absorbing materials, that you can attach in front of the speakers in order to modulate the sound frequencies...you'll turn Giacinto into an analogical mixer!
    This filters belong to a long research process we are still developing (and that we will continue to develop in case we'll reach a stretch goal). 15 lucky backers will have the exclusive first 15 working prototypes! Don't miss this opportunity!

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    Pledge €119 or more About $140

    PREMIUM LEATHER GIACINTO

    Luxury comes in form of pure leather, produced in Verona and handcrafted in Milano by a small lab and an old folkloristic man called Armando. He treats this material as the skin of a woman, guaranteeing the highest quality possible...what else do you need to grow fond of it?
    Three different color options: Naturale, Bruciato e Testa di Moro. Choose the one you like the most and at the end of the campaign we will send out a survey to make sure you get your favorite premium edition Giacinto!
    Oh, and we've changed the ring and screw material from steel into brass to make it even more precious, you'll love it!

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    Pledge €139 or more About $163

    PREMIUM LEATHER GIACINTO + TEXTURES

    Pure leather premium edition of Giacinto, brass screws and ring, three color options: Naturale, Bruciato e Testa di Moro. Moreover, we designed twelve different textures (inspired and named by the different music categories) that can be laser marked on the skin. The result is unbelievable! Pick the texture you like the most and the color you prefer and at the end of the campaign we will send out a survey to make sure you get your very personalized Giacinto!

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    Pledge €179 or more About $210

    NUMBERED PREMIUM LEATHER GIACINTO

    We love to make you feel special and offer you tiny precious rewards, some of you know how to appreciate. Only the first 10 produced leather Giacintos will be numbered and signed and sent to you with love and care. Choose your color and at the end of the campaign we will send out a survey to make sure you get the one you prefer!

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    TOTALLY CUSTOMIZED GIACINTO

    Our aim is to make you feel part of the production process and grow fond of Giacinto as if it were human... but we decided to make one step more, inviting you to create your very customized Giacinto! Choose any color and material for the skin, the rings, the screws and any texture you want. And if it's not enough, we invite you to design a new texture or give us references on how you'd like it to look like and even decide to write something on the steel or brass rings! We're curious to hear your ideas and publish the best outcomes on our website, signed by you! At the end of the campaign we'll send you a survey where you can specify all of your desires!

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    Pledge €899 or more About $1,057

    TOTALLY CUSTOMIZED GIACINTO + MEET THE DESIGNERS

    Our aim is to make you feel part of the production process and grow fond of Giacinto as if it were human... but we decided to make two steps more, inviting you to create your very customized Giacinto with us! Visit our studio in Milan for three days and two nights, get creative and feel inspired in our world. We'll give you a beautiful accommodation, show you Milan through the eyes of a local and design together your personalized Giacinto! This is the last reward and it's an experience that we are offering...we would like to share it with you, because experiences last longer than products!

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