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Last updated October 30, 2015

tone: world's thinnest amplifier for smartphones

A universal amplifier designed to enhance your music experience without any electrical components.

tone: world's thinnest amplifier for smartphones

A universal amplifier designed to enhance your music experience without any electrical components.

€1,612
pledged of €6,000pledged of €6,000 goal
37
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, October 30 2015 2:13 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 30, 2015

About

We are passionated about the digital lifestyle. It’s a force that drives us everyday. So we wanted to create an amplifier that it is unique on its own. An amplifier that works with every smartphone. An amplifier that is thin and light. An amplifier that brings the tiny sound of in-built speakers to the center stage.

The smartphone has become an extension of your life. Of course you like to play music wherever you are. But the tiny in-build speakers are not strong enough to fill the room or to set up a striking atmosphere. Often they are even on the far side of your smartphone.

You know electric-powered bluetooth speakers. Obviously you have to carry a heavy speaker with you. By streaming music to the bluetooth speaker your smartphone’s battery is drained. It can be empty earlier than appreciated and with it the atmosphere is gone. So our aim is to create an amplifier for you that does not need a battery.

Meet tone. The worlds thinnest amplifier for all smartphones.

Different prototypes to define the best shape
Different prototypes to define the best shape

In our design phase we made and tested a couple of prototypes always striving for one that intensifies the sound best. We tried different materials, from cardboard over plastics to metal and also different shapes until we found the best sound. With tone we designed a product that is simple and easy to use.

Tone is made of an aluminium composite panel with thin aluminium surfaces and a polypropylene core. This innovative material has been engineered and patented in Germany and we are proud to use it for our project. The panel is ultra thin, flexible and lightweight. The special core material can be used as a hinge that allows multiple bending without breaking. This is possible up to 80,000 times without any damage (tested by RWTÜV). Where wood, metal and low quality plastic get at its limit the composite panel of tone stays flexible and extremely durable. Further the panel can be easily recycled by separating the two components for reusing. 

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We want a quality sound experience but without any electronic technology involved. Tone is a so called acoustic speaker resp. amplifier. It enhances the volume by its shape and structure alone by using the laws of physics. The sound is amplified due to the conical, often bended shape that bundles and intensifies it. The acoustic waves of in-built smartphone speakers are reflected by the metallic surface, as well.

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Due to the lightweight material our amplifier adds only 75g to your pocket but brings endless music listening fun. Unlike other amplifier which may are bulky and hardly portable, tone folds down in seconds to unbelievable thin 3mm. With it it perfectly fits in every bag. Tone is build up in a few simple steps, not to say it unfolds nearly magically. Just grab, skip over and fix it. See for yourself.

While folded tone is only 3mm thin
While folded tone is only 3mm thin
Convince yourself how easy it is to unfold tone
Convince yourself how easy it is to unfold tone
You can use tone with every smartphone regardless of manufacturer
You can use tone with every smartphone regardless of manufacturer

It doesn’t matter which smartphone you have. This amplifier is designed to work with every smartphone regardless of manufacturer. Most of us change their smartphone every 12 to 24 months. Meanwhile amplifier that only suit for this special smartphone type are getting useless. For us it is important to create an amplifier that stays with you. Just put your smartphone into it without the need of special adapters.

Use tone wherever you are. In the kitchen, while doing sports, in the park, on the beach, at a dinner, the possibilities are endless. Set up a striking atmosphere wherever you like.

We have been working on this project for a couple of month. Different prototypes were made to get tone where it is today. Thus we have been sourcing lots of manufacturer to find the perfect one to set up the project. But now we need your help to bring tone to life. With your support we are able to start our first production run. Your support will also help us to expand our range of products with new designs. As we are working on new shapes, colors and accessories to widen our collection. If you are as much excited as we are please pledge our project and share it with your friends.

Get one of the most wanted styled tone by choosing the pledge for 55 €
Get one of the most wanted styled tone by choosing the pledge for 55 €
Show your tone! Just choose the pledge for 85 € to become a proud owner of a personalized tone
Show your tone! Just choose the pledge for 85 € to become a proud owner of a personalized tone

See what you will get for supporting us and make your choice:

                       

CREDITS

Special thanks to the guys from Motello for creating the amazing track "Air" for our video.

"Pretty and Cruddy Beat" by Podington Bear (http://podingtonbear.com/)

Risks and challenges

There are risks and challenges with bringing a new product to market, and we understand the challenges that lie ahead of us. The tone design team has experience as product designers and is familiar with bringing products to life. We already have completed several iterations on our product. Our model is now ready for production.

However, we may encounter unexpected obstacles (manufacturing, sourcing, shipping, etc.). In the past we had to deal with those but we have overcome every single one.

We believe in communicating completely transparent, and promise to keep backers always updated on unexpected issues as well as on achieved major milestones.

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    Pledge €5 or more About US$ 6

    HIGH FIVE!
    Big thanks for your support. You bring tone a step closer to reality. To show you how much we appreciate your support we will provide you with the latest updates on tone. You will be the first to know.

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    EARLY BIRD TONE!
    The first 100 backers will get a tone amplifier at this special price! Be quick before all are gone. Save 20% of retail price!

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    GET ONE TONE!
    Pre-order a tone amplifier and be first to get tone in hand. Your friends will be jealous.

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    Pledge €50 or more About US$ 56

    STYLED TONE!
    Show off your style and choose one of three contemporary illustrations to be engraved on your tone. You will get one up-styled tone amplifier with an illustration of your choice.

    OPTION: Please add 28€ if you want to add a pure wool felt case to this package.

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    Pledge €60 or more About US$ 67

    EARLY BIRD! TONE LIFESTYLE BUNDLE!
    You will get a tone amplifier and a unique tailored case in pure wool felt for protecting your tone on the go. Save 20% of retail price.

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    TONE LIFESTYLE BUNDLE!
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    Pledge €85 or more About US$ 95

    PERSONALISED TONE!
    You lucky one! You will be one who will get a tone amplifier personalised exclusively for you! We will engrave your name on tone and make it especially for you.

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    Pledge €120 or more About US$ 133

    THREE OF A KIND!
    All good things come in a threes! You will get 3 tone amplifer at a special price. One for your home, one for on the go and one for your friends.

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    Pledge €365 or more About US$ 405

    BIG BUNDLE!
    You can't get enough of tone? Congratulations! Pre-order the BIG BUNDLE and get 10 pieces of tone. Have fun and share with family and friends. BEST DEAL for those who have missed early bird.

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