Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on April 23, 2014.
About this project
WE ARE RELAUNCHING IN SEPTEMBER WITH NEW FEATURES!
Dear Fellow STREAMERZ,
Due to demands from backers for additional features we have decided to place this campaign on hold until September when the production model will be released.
Click here to go to the new Kickstarter campaign - when it is expected to be officially launched in September or the STREAMZ web store in the interim where you can pre-order STREAMZ and view specs., renderings and photos of the pre-production and production models.
Based on the many requests received we are considering adding the following features:
1. Upgradeable SD memory card slot
2. 96kHz/24 bit DAC based model
3. An on-board touch panel display
Let us know if you have any other suggestions and we will try to get them in!
Thanks to all of you for your feedback, suggestions and support.
We'll see you in September!
THE STREAMZ TEAM
Welcome to the World of STREAMZ™
Experience Your Music in a Whole New Way
STREAMZ is the world’s first smart headphone that incorporates a wireless WiFi and Bluetooth Android music player that allows you to instantly listen to your CD quality music and media without the hassle of using a separate wired music player.
STREAMZ Sets Your Music Free
STREAMZ sets your music free by eliminating the need to use a separate music player or smartphone. Simply press a button and enjoy instant entertainment. It's really that easy.
STREAMZ plays all your music and audio including Pandora® and Spotify® plus locally stored CD quality music straight from the headphones. You can even watch a movie, a TV show or play a game with earth-shattering audio using an optional TRANZ Bluetooth transmitter.
They’re 100% WiFi and Bluetooth, so you can throw away your cables!
STREAMZ patent pending, breakthrough technology will change how millions of people experience their entertainment.
STREAMZ Plays it All
- Stored music from the STREAMZ Onboard Memory
- Online music services such as Pandora®
- Home Audio TV / Movie / Games with optional "TRANZ" module
- Smartphone calls and other phone music and media
- STREAM FLAC/ALAC Music from your Google Drive
Stream FLAC/ALAC Music From Google Drive
With STREAMZ you will for the first time be able to play CD quality FLAC/ALAC music at 44kHz/16 bits stored from the headphone’s built-in memory or from your own Google Drive®.
You can upload your own FLAC/ALAC or buy from the STREAMZ MUSIC music store (see below).
Help Us Add VOXXI Voice Control
With your Pledge, we are adding a microphone, a Google® Voice interface called “VOXXI” and our "MAUI" software developer’s kit. We are also enhancing the ergonomics and mechanical design. To view renderings of the future STREAMZ V1.0 Production model design you may visit http://www.streamzmedia.com/.
The Evolution of Wearable Entertainment
STREAMZ is a new form of wearable entertainment that we like to call “exotainment”.
During the past decade the world has experienced a revolution in personal mobile entertainment. Over 500 million people now enjoy music whenever and wherever they want, in the privacy of their own mobile personal, private world.
Many people would prefer a simpler, higher quality way to enjoy their music and media without requiring a separate music or media player.
When it comes to entertainment people want the best quality and they want it now! People want to easily play all forms of entertainment whether it is music, TV, games, movies and online media.
STREAMZ are the natural progression of simple, "smart" devices, like smartphones, smart TVs and smart watches.
STREAMZ V1.0 Conceptual Design
STREAMZ PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
The following are the planned deliverable specifications of this STREAMZ project. Specifications may vary at time of delivery.
·Frequency Range · 20 Hz – 20 kHz - Dynamic Range · 115 dB
·Type · Cushioned over ear cup - Connection · Wireless & wired
·Dynamic Speaker · Two 50 mm, 32 ohm dynamic
·Stereo analog Input · 3.5mm connector
·ESS Technology Sabre ES9023
·2 Channels of 48 kHz sample rate with 16 bit depth
·DNR · 112db -12MHZ Oscillator -Hyperstream™ & Time Domain Jitter Eliminator
·WIFI · 802.11 B /G /N - Bluetooth · V2.1
·System Memory · 1GB DDR3 ·Storage · Up to 36GB, model dependent.
·Right Keypad · Four Selectable Controls
·Play – Pause – Skip FWD – Skip REV
·Left Keypad· Four Selectable Controls
·Vol Up – Vol Down – Mode – Function
POWER AND CHARGING
·5VDC AC/DC Charging Adapter
·Built-in lithium polymer rechargeable battery
·LEDS · Indicate the system and battery charging status
TRANZ Bluetooth Transmitter
The TRANZ is a small module that connects to a stereo output and transmits audio from analog audio sources such as a home TV Audio Video Receiver (AVR). Note - The TRANZ Bluetooth Transmitter is only required to listen to external analog audio sources such as a home TV Audio Video Receiver (AVR) and is not included in all Pledges.
STREAMZ Manager App
The STREAMZ Manager App runs on the Android and iOS mobile Smartphone/Tablet operating system devices such as the Apple iPhone/iPad, Samsung Galaxy and many other devices.
STREAMZ Manager allows you to access and setup the following settings:
-System Configuration -WIFI & Bluetooth -Android App Setup
STREAMZ SMARTPHONE SOFTWARE APPS
There are several Android and iOS STREAMZ compatible Smartphone Player Apps available on Google's Play Store and Apple's iTunes Store.
STREAMZ Smartphone Player Apps Features (varies with App)
·Browse and play music stored on the STREAMZ or on a Smartphone.
·Browse and play online music from Google Drive & other services.
·Stream music stored on networked (NAS) DLNA devices to STREAMZ.
-Transfer music to STREAMZ from Smartphone, Google Drive or other source.
STREAMZ Player App Availability
STREAMZ Certified Android Player App: BubbleUPnP
STREAMZ In Testing iOS/Android Player App: PlugPlayer
STREAMZ In Development iOS/Android Player App: www.Zappo.TV
For more information on STREAMZ Certified iOS and Android Player Apps please visit www.streamzmedia.com.
WHY STREAMZ SOUNDS SO GREAT
STREAMZ delivers unprecedented sound quality by integrating BLUWAV'S high fidelity audio electronics including a 48kHz/16 bit Digital Analog Converter (DAC).
With STREAMZ you can now directly play CD quality 44kHz/16 bit music in formats including:
·Lossless FLAC and ALAC (Apple Lossless)
STREAMZ Plays Music that's 4 Times The Quality of MP3 and iTunes
The STREAMZ plays 48kHz/16 bit music files at 1.4 Mbits per second while MP3s and iTunes only play at 320 bits per second or less.
INTRODUCING STREAMZ MUSIC
300,000 CD Quality Albums in the Cloud
STREAMZ MUSIC is the world's largest selection of CD quality music.
Download or stream* your CD quality music to your STREAMZ headphones. Choose from over 300,000 albums in FLAC, ALAC or WAV formats. Enjoy music how it is meant to sound with over 4 times the bit rate quality than MP3s and iTunes or "AAC" music.
Special Kickstarter Bundled STREAMZ MUSIC Rewards
STREAMZ MUSIC rewards are available with preloaded CD quality music on your STREAMZ. To learn more about STREAMZ MUSIC visit www.streamzmusic.com .
HOW WE GOT HERE
STREAMZ is a spinoff company from Mozaex who introduced the world's most popular Blu-ray 3D Media Server and the award winning BLUWAVS HDMI 7.1 HD Surround Headphones.
STREAMZ is the culmination of 30 years of developing media products for companies including NEC®, Gateway®, Dell®, IMAX® and many others.
In the process of designing the BLUWAVS 7.1 Headphones, the company discovered it would be possible to incorporate the necessary BLUWAVS electronics inside the headphones.
That pivotal moment was the catalyst for the creation of STREAMZ!
STREAMZ Predecessor - BLUWAVS 7.1 Headphones
The World's First HDMI 7.1 Surround Headphones
BLUWAVS Prototype with 3D Printed Plastics
After several iterations of the headset we designed the world's first HDMI 7.1 HD Audio Headphone Receiver called "The Blender" that supports 7.1 DTS® HD Master™ and 7.1 Dolby® TrueHD™.
BLUWAVS 7.1 Fiji Headphones with Blender Receiver .
BLUWAVS Headphones Wins CEPro 2012 Best Award
In 2012 we were honored to receive CEPro's Best Award for BLUWAVS 7.1.
BLUWAVS 7.1 Fiji at T.H.E. Show Newport Beach May 2013
Douglas Kihm, CEO, gave a demonstration of BLUWAVS 7.1 Fiji to renowned headphones expert Tyll Hertsens of Inner Fidelity at The Home Entertainment (T.H.E.) Show in Newport Beach to a welcomed warm response!
Tyll who has reviewed more than 300 headphones opined: "I've heard a number of multi-drive surround headphones and without exception they all suuuucked! So as I sat down to have a listen to the Mozaex BluWavs 7.1 surround headphones my expectations were pretty low. Surprise, surprise, they sounded pretty damned good." “...the BluWavs system did manage to deliver surprisingly good performance in this regard. Well done!” .
The Birth and Design of STREAMZ
We set out and integrated the necessary BLUWAVS 7.1 components into the world's first Smart Streaming Headphones.
STREAMZ R&D Process
Hardware, Firmware, Audio and User Interface
A. A basic system design layout including the following hand drawn ear cup layout and initial CAD mechanicals shown below were designed with the main building block including the Android based Processor, Embedded Processor, the GPIO, the AMP boards, the Speaker boards and the cabling was laid out.
Original Hand Drawn Ear Cup Mechanical Layout 2012
Conceptuals of STREAMZ 2012
B. The boards, the keypad flex-strip circuit and the plastic and metal mechanicals were designed.
C. Prototype plastic mechanicals were made using both 3D printing machines and RTV casting molds.
STREAMZ 3D Plastic Prototype 2013
D. The Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) and flex-strip key pads were prototyped, assembled and tested using the rapid prototyped plastic and metal chassis.
STREAMZ Prototype PCBs, Batteries, Cables, Ear Cup Assembly 2013
E. The firmware was loaded on the embedded and Android based processor. We debugged the firmware and performed the first successful functional tests playing music loaded onto the headset and from Google Drive.
F. We choose a 48kHz/16 bit Digital Analog Converter (DAC) plus the proprietary 50mm speakers and the BLUWAVS amplifier design. The digital gain control used on BLUWAVS was also used for the on ear-cup master volume control.
G. Finally we tested two more revisions of firmware with voice synthesis and source selection from onboard player to streaming directly from Pandora and Spotify.
H. The prototype User Interface that we have come to call “MAUI” for Media Access User Interface is based on both the onboard keypad controls or optionally from a Smartphone using a Smartphone App.
I. The final functioning prototype was demonstrated at CES January 7th, 2014. .
STREAMZ Alpha Functional Prototype - 2013
The first prototypes were built and international patent applications filed.
STREAMZ Beta Final Functional Prototype CES - Jan. 7th 2014
STREAMZ were released to rave reviews at CES Las Vegas Jan. 7th, 2014.
Current State Of R&D of Kickstarter Features
We have begun development of the three added features as follows:
A. Microphone. The electrical interface from a microphone has been defined based on the existing embedded microprocessor and Analog to Digital Converter interface lines and on-board electronics.
B. Voice Synthesis (Synth) and Recognition (Recog). Basic Voice Synth has been developed and proof of concept tests of Google Voice Recog have been completed.
C. MAUI API. The basic Media Access User Interface (MAUI) Application Programming Interface (API) as been defined based on the currently used Mozaex MOZI API. The STREAMZ MAUI and Mozaex MOZI API's are only available to authorized developers. .
STREAMZ Production Model Design
The overall mechanical ergonomics including a thinner and more rugged enclosure is being improved in the Production Model. To view renderings of the future STREAMZ V1.0 Production model design you may visit http://www.streamzmedia.com/.
Your suggestions and feedback on this Kickstarter are welcomed!
Here are a few sneak peeks of the Pre-Production CAD designs. .
Pre-Production Alpha CAD Conceptual Design .
STREAMZ V1.0 Timeline
- Month 1 - Complete Mechanicals and Electronics
- Month 2 - Complete VOXXI MAUI V1.0 Soft/Firmware
- Month 3 - Tooling and prototype complete
- Month 4 - Production run complete .
How We'll Use Your Support
1. Release the STREAMZ MAUI API
The company is going to release our "MAUI" Developers Application Programming Interface (API) specification so that developers can release new game changing STREAMZ Apps. MAUI = Media Access User Interface
2. Add a Microphone.
Adding the microphone will break the sound barrier (so to speak) and usher in a plethora of exciting new Apps that will literally change how people search, select, play and control the playback of a wide range of media.
3. Release the Production Mechancial Design
The Production V1.0 headset will have a more ergonomic mechanical design with narrower, thinner frame design that will be more conducive to mobile, active wear. Refer above for conceptual CAD designs. To view renderings of the future STREAMZ Production V1.0 design you may also visit http://www.streamzmedia.com/.
4. Pay for the Parts, Assembly, Testing and Service
We will need to purchase the parts, assemble and test the units plus provide exemplary service to all of our valued customers around the world.
5. Deliver the Absolute Finest Smart Headphones in the World
We are going to draw upon our 30 years of experience to deliver to you the absolute finest quality Smart Headphones that will change the way you experience your world.
To Our Fellow STREAMERZ
Thank you for helping us make history!
This is just the beginning of a renaissance where people can enjoy pure, untouched CD and studio master quality music anytime, anywhere.
With your pledge you can help us change how millions of people will someday freely stream their world of entertainment.
Thank you for your pledge and for being a part of a revolution in Smart Streaming Headphones!
Keep on Streaming! … The STREAMZ TEAM
STREAMZ DREAM TEAM SHOWN:
Back Left to Right:
Wil Bown - VP Software Engineering.
Cory Fassler - VP Operations.
Douglas Kihm - CEO, Founder of Axonix, Mozaex and STREAMZ. Co-designed in 1979 the world's first digital music recording and playback system at Dr. Stockham's "Soundstream" (SLC UT).
Tyler Sinquefield - General Manager, Project Director.
Joel Beasley - Graphics Designer
Front Left to Right
Danny Blanchard - Director of Mechanical Engineering
Tyler Gilbert - Senior Electrical Design Engineer
Ian Tate - Audio Engineer Extraordinaire.
Kevin Hooker - Product Manager
Chad Josewski - 3D Animation Designer at Mandrakefx.com. .
Risks and challenges
Risks and Challenges
We are fortunate here at STREAMZ to be able to draw upon the established, 30 years of world-class engineering, production and support experience at Mozaex.
The STREAMZ TEAM's expertise in the design, production and support of leading edge products is second to none in the industry.
Our greatest challenge will most likely be to satisfy the multifaceted needs of our Pledgers. We will strive to balance our priorities to meet these varying needs of our Pledgers. We are committed to meet or exceed each of these needs of our Pledgers including:
1. Ease of Use
2. Sound Quality
4. Universal Media Compatibility
5. Enhanced App and Hardware Features
6. Product Reliability and Ruggedness
6. Responsive Customer Service
7. Simple "EasyUp" Online Firmware/Software Updating service
Our second challenge will be to quickly ramp our manufacturing. We plan to take advantage of Mozaex’s established manufacturing resources to meet the expected fast growth in demand. While we utilize our established off-shore manufacturing, the final assembly, QC testing and inspection will be performed at our Salt Lake City Utah USA facility.
Finally we will put a high priority to ensure that we create an open, freely exchanging development environment for our world-wide community of STREAMZ App developers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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