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Add motion sensing technology to your headphones and get an unparalleled immersive sound experience

Think back to your last live concert. Sound engulfs you. You can hear every instrument from its place on stage. Every sound as the singer struts around. You hear others clapping, screaming, talking, from all around you, at all at the same time. It's overpowering and amazing.  

Whether you are listening to live music or your home theater, when you put on headphones that big “open” sound is now stuck inside your head...it’s unnatural, uncomfortable, and underwhelming.  How can you bring that life-like experience to your headphones. Rondo!

Introducing Rondo Motion: the first affordable wireless motion sensor for headphones

Learn more about Rondo and the Dysonics technology from our recent chat with Robert Scoble

Rondo Motion works out of the box with Rondo Player for iOS (FREE download available).  A single button press quickly pairs Rondo Motion with your device, then you are on your way.  Rondo Player uses proprietary technology to pull the sounds out of your headphones to create a more life-like and realistic sound.  However, as you move your head, even just a small amount, the sounds in your headphone move with you, thus collapsing the life-like surround experience.  This has always been a problem with 3D audio systems, until now...Rondo Motion continually sends your head motion to Rondo Player which then adjusts the audio sent to your headphones keeping all the sounds fixed in space as you move around.  The result is the privacy of headphones with the quality and experience of not wearing headphones. 

The Rondo Motion case shown is a 3D printed prototype.  Actual case will be injection molded and look much cleaner.
The Rondo Motion case shown is a 3D printed prototype. Actual case will be injection molded and look much cleaner.

This technology hasn't been commercially viable until now.  Low-latency motion sensing technology + fast and power-smart wireless connectivity + high-performance processing are all needed to make this product a reality.  We've wanted to build Rondo Motion for many years and we are happy to finally be able to offer it to you!

Key features:

Ultra-compatible: The Rondo Motion band design allows it to attach easily to your existing over-the-ear / on-ear headphones (no earbud attachment) so you can enjoy the benefits of Rondo Motion without having to buy new headphones.

The stretchable band design allows Rondo Motion to be attached to nearly all headphone bands
The stretchable band design allows Rondo Motion to be attached to nearly all headphone bands

6-axis motion sensing: At the heart of Rondo Motion is a 3-axis accelerometer and a 3-axis gyro.  So, no matter how you move Rondo Motion has you tracked!

Bluetooth-enabled wireless: Leveraging the latest in Bluetooth connectivity (Bluetooth v4.0 - Low Energy) to ensure low power consumption, fast pairing, and reliable communication for today's and tomorrow's devices.

Rondo Motion currently supports all iOS devices supporting Bluetooth v4 (Low Energy).  We are currently bringing the technology to OSX and Android devices.
Rondo Motion currently supports all iOS devices supporting Bluetooth v4 (Low Energy). We are currently bringing the technology to OSX and Android devices.

16 hours+ of continuous usage: Rondo's lithium battery ensures continuous listening to immersive music for more than 16 full hours.  And when you need to listen to more it quickly recharges via USB!

Supported Devices and Platforms

Rondo Motion requires a device with support for Bluetooth v4.0 (low-energy).

Supported iOS / OSX Devices:

  • iPhone 4S, 5
  • iPad 3, 4, mini
  • iPod Touch 5G
  • All Macbook Pro Models from 2012 and later
  • All Macbook Air Models form 2012 and later
  • All iMac Models from 2012 and later

Targeted Android Devices

  • Google Nexus 4, 7, 10
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II

Rondo Motion currently works with Rondo Player for iOS.  We are in the process of developing this app for OSX and Android.  Your support helps make this possible!

Future Applications

Rondo Motion will work out of the box with the Rondo Music Player for iOS (Android and OSX versions in development).  However, there are a number of different applications we are excited about in a broad range of markets, including:

  • Gaming
  • Tele / Video conferencing
  • Navigation
  • Human Interface Device

Your support will help us bring headphone motion sensing to these markets.

The History of the Design

One of the most difficult design problems was to not just to make sure the device was small and had a long-lasting battery, but we wanted the sensor to work with as many different styles / designs of headphones as possible.  So we spent a lot of time looking at various ways you could attach a motion sensor to headphones.  We looked at adhesives, velcro, magnets and various band ideas before we decided on the final design.  Even a cleaver band design has to be evaluated to make sure the case is able to be injection molded.  

Our band solution keeps the sensor firmly attached to the headphones (it won't get knocked off when bumped...like magnetic attachments), doesn't require any modifications to the headphones, and stretches to account for headphones of different shapes and sizes.

An early magnetic attachment concept
An early magnetic attachment concept
An early band design
An early band design
A modified band design.  Ultimately the band attachment was too difficult.
A modified band design. Ultimately the band attachment was too difficult.
The band design that ultimately lead us to the final design
The band design that ultimately lead us to the final design

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Make a pledge to get this awesome American Apparel t-shirt
Make a pledge to get this awesome American Apparel t-shirt

Why we are seeking funding?

We are excited to finally bring this product to market!  We've done all the hard work from R&D to prototyping and final production planning.  Now we need your support get the device FCC approved, buy all the components, and begin manufacturing.  This is just the beginning of motion sensing for headphones and together we can bring this technology to market.  Thank You!

Are you a Developer?

Do you want to write an app that uses Rondo Motion?  If you are interested in a developer SDK we want to hear from you.  Contact us at: developer@dysonics.com.

The Dysonics Recording Technology

The Dysonics technology not only works with your existing music, but we provide a revolutionary way to capture live events.  Think Google Street View for Audio.  We are working on exciting new recording and playback technology.  If you are a musician who enjoys pushing the boundaries of traditional recordings, then visit the Dysonics website for more information and email us.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

With your funding help, we would only need to get the device FCC approved before starting manufacturing. We estimate all devices will ship in Summer of 2013.

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