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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 14 2015
Last updated October 15, 2015

CORE : Roam (Canceled)

Wicked fun and built for excitement, CORE is the safest and most versatile speaker you've ever worn.

CORE : Roam (Canceled)

Wicked fun and built for excitement, CORE is the safest and most versatile speaker you've ever worn.

$12,879
pledged of $11,500pledged of $11,500 goal
35
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 14 2015
Last updated October 15, 2015

About

CORE CAD Composition. Say that five times fast
CORE CAD Composition. Say that five times fast

           Initially, outside of my group of friends, I had no idea that anyone else might want a CORE until I wore my earliest prototype while longboarding with those friends, and in a two-hour ride, got stopped repeatedly by people asking where they could buy one!

When I coached track and cross country we’d use one with the team to pump us up long hills and the straightaways back home. I started noticing how great it was at motivating each team member to dig and stick with the pack that had the music. I realized that for what was rapidly proving to be an increasingly interested, diverse group of athletic and recreationally active community members, if anyone was going to make CORE, I wanted it to be done right by the people who were going to use it most.

Please visit our Instagram  (@coreroam) for photorealistic  renderings of the goal CORE design! (Photorealistic images prohibited on  Kickstarter)
Please visit our Instagram (@coreroam) for photorealistic renderings of the goal CORE design! (Photorealistic images prohibited on Kickstarter)

There are three main pieces that make up every CORE

- The speaker and its casing

 - The plastic ring that the speaker in its casing locks into

- The strap for hands-free portability

CORE needs YOUR help to go from hand-crafted novelty construction to refined manufacturability. I intend to use all of your backer input, and the influence of our reach goal achievements, to further develop the end design before we head to manufacture.

With a slim, compact design, volume output loud enough to be heard farther away than the length of a football field, waterproofing, impact resistance, bluetooth connectivity, a ring of super-bright LEDs, phone-call compatibility, and modularity for both strapped wearability and desk usage, you can tell I tried to hit all the bases in an active lifestyle’s speaker use needs and desires.

What color is YOUR CORE?
What color is YOUR CORE?

This campaign is about fun, but beyond just the pure excitement wearing one of these around brings, it's also about bringing to life a long-held dream of portable audio convenience, immersion, and conscience. I’ve always wanted to feel like I was in my music, and after a couple close brushes with death while using earbuds to get to that groove, I was convinced there was probably a much better way to find that feeling! Piles of stenciled EVA craft foam, a ripped-up speaker, a middle school backpack, and some soldering later, the first CORE took to the streets of Manhattan, maybe saving me and my reckless running habits from an untimely death-by-taxi.

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                                        (This is when we realized we needed lighting)

          My friends and I have always engaged in an array of athletic activities, from hiking and running, to downhill mountain biking and nightly dog speed-walkings, and it’s in those times and places that we each found different needs for the versatile device that CORE gradually became.

 One of my greatest desires for CORE was that it be as sexy and charismatic looking as it was functional and practical. Classic-looking futurism was definitely the design goal. 

Earliest conceptual drawings of CORE design
Earliest conceptual drawings of CORE design

  Many nights and days of 3D CAD modeling software training, design research, and some tinkering have brought on the most recent iteration of the CORE device, and we’ve come to a point where the only thing left to do is broaden our horizons and find out how many other people out there could benefit from, and desire a safer immersive music experience.

CORE will always attempt to keep up with manufacturing developments to ensure the lightest, most powerful, and versatile speaker device and user experience possible. 

It feels wonderful to finally be waiting for your help to get CORE off the ground. It's been a winding journey of dedicated excitement, time, and effort, and I'm so happy to finally be sharing it with you. Every point on the above timeline is a distillation of years of conceptualization, creation, and concretization. Though I so badly want to rush you CORE right now, I will make sure that the CORE you receive is the product I'm most proud of, and dedicate my time to that pursuit, to do my best to make the process meet my completion date expectations. 

Before we wrap up though, we need to talk about some seriously awesome attributes I want to bring to CORE's arsenal, and how you're going to be affected by them as one of CORE's founding members!

It is my intention that every one of these attributes makes it into either the first batch, or future versions of CORE. As one of CORE's founding members, you will be given unique access to these future versions, and offered identification codes that get you massive discounts on those attribute-buffed products. Let me give you a glimpse into what you might be able to get this time around, as well as at a reduced price in future forms! 

Hey there! My name's Zach, I was born and raised in and around Palo Alto, in California's Silicon Valley. Active lifestyles in California are almost a habitation requirement, and the innovation and startup culture in Palo Alto is the salt of life and fiber of our being. Though the Golden State will always be my home, my passions lay amongst energetic masses and vibrant cities, which is why I moved to New York City and New York University for college, and consequently how CORE came into being.

Being from the startup tech nest of Silicon Valley, but of the famous Big Apple, has given me a unique perspective on the kinds of things I've found important in a hectic, driven atmosphere, the core of which is fueled by the things we love and desire, like music in our routines. Everywhere you go, whether it's blended into the back of your day-to-day, or takes center stage in the realization of your accomplishments, music envelops your life. It's with CORE that I hope you find that you become a more prominent beat in the sound of your own experiences. 

Thank you so much for being a part of the CORE family

    

Risks and challenges

Every project is made up of bashed-through, worked-around, hurdled-over, and finagled-out issues and obstacles. I think all of these instances are best described as the bread and butter of building a business. Though I’ve never been a part of a professional product design team, within the last several years I’ve developed a versatile and portable speaker I’ve been proud to wear and use, and I hope and believe you will be just as excited to use CORE as I have been making it. All along the way there have been frustrating barriers to CORE’s creation. I eventually got tired of trying to articulate the speaker’s dimensions through pencil sketches, and learned how to make millimeter-accurate designs in AutoCAD. Whenever I’ve hit a roadblock, or in my case got hit by the roadblock, it’s always ended up being fun to invent a way around it. Whatever challenges come CORE’s way, during this campaign, or with your help, beyond, you can expect that I will not only find a way to overcome or use them, but that I’ll be excited to do so.

I anticipate one of the biggest challenges in CORE’s Kickstarter campaign to be finding the right manufacturer, and then the best reward fulfillment shipping method. I have been in contact with several manufacturers and supply chain management / freight-forwarding companies, but from the moment I press submit on this campaign to the moment you receive your reward from me, you should know that I will be doing my best to work with those groups to ensure that your unboxing reveals the highest quality CORE device possible. Full transparency of process is actually something I’m very excited to include you all in! Apart from Kickstarter posts, I would love to bring you all in to visual breakdowns of the campaign’s progress over Instagram and Snapchat!

Something else I want to make very clear:
PLEASE DO NOT USE CORE IF YOU ALSO USE A PACEMAKER
Speakers require large magnets to produce the sound we hear, and it is currently unknown whether CORE's magnet, being so close to the area pacemakers are usually placed, would disrupt pacemaker functioning. If you have a pacemaker, please check with your doctor before using CORE.

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    THIS IS IT! Thank you SO much for your help, your support means a lot to me, and to the success of this campaign.
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    GOLD BRUSHED ALLOY HARD-CORE STICKER, I will send you a signed transparent CORE emblem file over email or Facebook that you can vanity post as one of the CORE founders, and your name will be written on our Founders Wall in our studio!

    Thank you again, you rock hard

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    VIRTUAL BEAR HUG: Thank you so much for your donation. Without you, the CORE Kickstarter campaign couldn't succeed. Your name will be written in gold sharpie on our Founders' Wall, and I'll send you a picture of it :)
    (This reward also comes with all other reward levels!)

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    CORE DRIVE Limited Edition, Kickstarter Exclusive Sticker

    Whenever I strap my CORE back on and go for my run, it makes me feel like people might be able to see the energy exploding out of me. Let CORE Drive YOUR active lifestyle.

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    HARD-CORE Limited Edition, Kickstarter Exclusive Sticker

    A version of this sticker may just become CORE's main logo, but this one will never be printed again! Stick this bad boy on a skateboard or other cool place and send me a picture, I'll feature the coolest ones on our Instagram feed and website.

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    CORE DRIVE Ultra Limited Edition (ONLY 50!) Posters
    High gloss, 18"x24" posters of the CORE DRIVE artwork that I will, unless you want yours in mint untouched condition, sign and write a personalized thank you on in gold sharpie :)

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    ONE CORE, HARLEQUIN -
    MEGA EARLYBIRD SPECIAL
    (Expected retail $139.99)

    Harlequin Monochrome CORE and Shadow Black strap with silver ring clip

    (To avoid confusion: 'One CORE' means you will receive the CORE speaker, as well as the strap with its ring for clipping in. These items will not yet be offered separately to account for individual customization.)

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    ONE CORE, HARLEQUIN -
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    Harlequin Monochrome CORE and Shadow Black strap with silver ring clip

    Goes great with tuxes as well as mud stains

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    TWO COREs, HARLEQUIN -
    (5% price reduction for each CORE from Mega Earlybird Special!!)

    Harlequin Monochrome CORE and Shadow Black strap with silver ring clip

    For that buddy you ride, run, and romp with!

    Oh, by the way- you can get TWO here for $90 less than they're likely to be sold in retail for when the Kickstarter campaign is over. I spoil you ;)

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    You just singlehandedly funded the entire campaign.
    Not only are you awesome, but because your donation is so impactful in CORE's development, I would like to offer you CORE's chance to be impactful in your own endeavor's development.

    For your pledge of $10,000 , regardless of whether it happens in this campaign through our 150K reach goal, or after the campaign in retail, you will have the opportunity to advertise whatever you would like on the first versions of our advertisement-adorned COREs.

    You will also receive up to 10 COREs alongside the other rewards, and I will invite you in to sign your John Hancock on our Founders wall when it's up.

    Whoever you may be, I look forward to meeting and working with you. Thank you so much for your investment and your belief in CORE.

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