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Disentangle from the cumbersome earbud cord; add new functionality to your digital lifestyle. New from Timbuk2 founder, Rob Honeycutt.
1,543 backers pledged $144,463 to help bring this project to life.

New packaging concepts

Posted by Elroy Project (Creator)

Brook Banham is hard at work creating more packaging concepts.  (Man, I love this guy's work.)  Please let us know what you think about these latest ideas.  

Also, everyone should check out another Kickstarter project that Brook is involved with at Red Hand.  They're well on their way to a successfully funded project.

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    1. Markus Reimer
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      One of the reason's I back this product is that it *doesn't* use a spring loaded clip.
      I currently use a MW600 and is on my third one right now, all previously have broken in the clip...
      (The one I currently use have now been "upgraded" with a ribbon and two magnets using some super-glue...)

    2. Jimmy Liu on

      I don't know if many of you have ever owned a timbuk2 messenger bag or any of the timbuk2 product like but they're pretty damn durable and excellently made. Every bag definitely shows an abundance of quality, I backed this project knowing it would be the same with the Elroy. I would be very surprised if the Elroy was made like some cheap perishable product I could buy from Walmart.

    3. Elroy Project 2-time creator on

      Jason and Christina... Regarding the clip on the back on the Elroy, there were a few reasons we chose this method over the standard spring loaded clip.

      1) Complexity. Our ultimate goal is to make this entirely in the US and that means doing what we can to eliminate complex manual labor tasks. The standard spring clip has three parts: The pivot, the spring and the clip. These have to be assembled. Sometimes there are ways to incorporate the mechanism into the mold prior to the injection process but there still you have a manual process and reduce the efficiency of what can be a highly automated process. The spring clip we designed is very easy to manufacture and is very simple to attach in final assembly.

      2) The positioning of the pivot point. A spring clip mechanism required the pivot point to be at least 10 or 15mm down from the top edge of the unit. That means, if you clip this to a shirt collar, the Elroy unit will be sticking up that much higher than the top of your collar. On some clothing it's not a problem. For t-shirts, sweat shirt or any article of clothing with a tighter collar, this means the top of the unit is kind of jabbing into your neck. With the spring clip design we chose, the unit actually sits BELOW the collar by about 5mm.

      3) Lanyard placement. I actually haven't talked about this in the Kickstarter at all, but some people have mentioned they'd like to be able to wear Elroy on a string lanyard around their neck. With the standard style clip the Elroy would flip forward when attached to a lanyard. The design we chose allows the Elroy to hang much more vertically.

      I think you'll find the clip we chose to be quite substantial. You'd have to work pretty hard to bend or break it. My style of doing things is to kind of over-build. I'd rather add a penny or two of cost to improve quality than to remove a penny or two to risk failures. It drives costing guys mad, but I know in the long run it always pays off.

    4. Christina Stilwell on

      I'm also with Jason Page on the clip. I think a spring loaded clip would be much better. The metal clip could get bent & it will be hard to bend it back into shape. With the spring loaded clip it's less likely to fall off. Plus u could sell replacement parts to fix either one I guess. I just like his ideal. Wanted to put my two cents in on his ideal also. Thanks Jason for pointing that out.

    5. Christina Stilwell on

      I like the ideal. But I'm like some of the other backers. For kickstarter I don't see the purpose of the cardboard packaging? I could see it for selling in stores. The enter packing is a great design & like one backer said it would be awesome for it to double as a charger/stand. I like that ideal very well. All in all ur the designer of Elroy & u will pretty much do what u want. So I fell that we don't have much of a choice. But it's a great design all around. Keep up the great job. I liked the YouTube video u done on how well the ear buds stayed on Elroy. I think u answered a lot of questions on how well the ear buds stayed into place on Elroy. Thanks for sharing that video.

    6. Robert Feng on

      Why would you put the package in a package? The logic of that is pretty wasteful no matter how recycled the paper card is or isn't.

      What ever happened to functional with the smallest footprint possible? Look at how the ipod packaging evolved. Let your product speak for itself. All that dressing just feels like you are hiding something.

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    8. Matthew Voshell on

      This is COOL! i'm really liking the path he's taken..paper should be biodegrabale nicely.. .and you can use the base.. smart very smart..

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      Barb Allendorf on

      Really like that you are recycling, and besides that it looks great.

    10. Andrew P Heffron on

      Nice. So that plastic tube would be pretty durable?

    11. Jason Page on

      The packaging looks good to me. As a person who keeps the boxes of every piece of gear he buys I care surprisingly little for the retail/aesthetic aspects of it and care more about the packaging having a minimal environmental impact. It might be nice if you'd offer to ship the Elroy in a "frustration free" style cardboard zip mailer for those of us who want this thing to have the smallest carbon footprint possible. As it is I'm a little more concerned about how the metal "clip" is going to do compared to the spring clips on my other headsets than I am about the packaging.

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      Shawn Mitchell on

      Love that the inner case doubles as a carrying case/stand!
      Keep up the amazing design work.

    13. Penn Dalton on

      Would cost a little more, but what if you made that last design with the endcap/stand into a charger stand, so the packaging could be reused?