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About this project

Is your iPad or iPhone hard to hear sometimes?

We really enjoy our iPads® & iPhones® and use them all of the time. The speakers on these devices have been designed to direct sound off to the side, which makes listening to videos or music less entertaining. To alleviate this problem, we often found ourselves cupping our hands around the speaker in order to redirect the sound. However, this position becomes uncomfortable after a few minutes and limits how you can hold the iPad/iPhone.

To solve this:  the SpeakerSlide™ plugs into the iPad or iPhone and redirects sound towards you, the user.

The increase in sound is remarkable. Movies, music, games, etc. come alive and are much more enjoyable.

The SpeakerSlide:

  • Works instantly.  Just plug it in.
  • Listen by yourself, share with others, or fill an entire room with sound.
  • Notifications are louder (voicemail, text messages, phone calls, etc.).
  • No batteries, cables or connections to fuss with.
  • iPad model fits the iPad Air™, iPad mini™ iPad mini ™ with Retina display
  • iPhone model fits the iPhone 5, 5c and 5s. 
  • Apple-esque design, look, and high quality feel.
  • Fits with practically all cases and covers.
  • Can be used while charging* or not.
  • Designed and Manufactured in the U.S.A.

* To use while charging requires the Apple® Lightning™ cable supplied with your iPad® or iPhone®. 

* Will not work with aftermarket third party Lightning™ cables.

How it started

We purchased our first Apple product, the original iPhone, on the day it was released in 2007. Since then we have become big Apple fans, using iPads, laptops, Apple TV, and of course the latest versions of the iPhones.

During the 2013 holiday season we purchased our first iPad, the Air model, and fell in love; using it constantly. While watching movies and video conferencing with friends and family, we would hold the iPad with our hands cupped around the speaker. After a little while our hands would become cramped and sore; ultimately creating an uncomfortable and less enjoyable experience.

We were constantly thinking of creative, new ways to redirect the sound, but also recognized that the solution had to work in any situation a user may encounter.  

For instance, your iPad may need to be charged while watching a movie. So, we knew in this scenario the SpeakerSlide needed to work while being charged or not, and it does.

The next scenario to consider was using the SpeakerSlide with cases and covers. Again we knew it had had to be designed to fit all of Apple's, and most third-party’s cases and covers, and it does. The SpeakerSlide can be adjusted farther away or closer to the speakers, allowing clearance for cases and covers (see FAQ).

SpeakerSlide for iPad while charging
SpeakerSlide for iPad while charging
SpeakerSlide for iPad with Apple Case
SpeakerSlide for iPad with Apple Case
SpeakerSlide for iPhone while charging
SpeakerSlide for iPhone while charging

Design

Over the past five months we have meticulously reviewed every millimeter of the SpeakerSlide in order to perfect each surface, curve, and line. Our goal was to create an item that feels solid and of high quality. A product that wouldn't interfere with your use, but rather enhance it.

We designed countless version of the SpeakerSlide and the finalized prototype far exceeded our expectations.

We think we've done just that!

SpeakerSlide for iPad Drafting
SpeakerSlide for iPad Drafting
SpeakerSlide for iPhone Drafting
SpeakerSlide for iPhone Drafting

The SpeakerSlide will have the same appearance and feel Apple users have grown accustom to using.  

It will be manufactured from polycarbonate plastic and have a highly polished finish. This is the same type of plastic Apple uses for their products: all chargers, iPhone 5c, Time Capsule, Airport series, and many other products.

Stretch Goals

Initially, the SpeakerSlide will be manufactured in Jet Black and Bright White for the iPad. After our funding goal is reached, we will offer stretch goals. For each additional $5,000 raised, we will offer a new color bringing the total available colors to six.

SpeakerSlide Colors
SpeakerSlide Colors

After we reach $40,000 we will offer an iPhone model as well.  Detailed information regarding the stretch goals will be announced as we move closer to our funding goal of $20,000.

The Steps

If you would like to see additional images or videos, please feel free to check out our website, at www.speakerslide.com

We certainly hope that you find this campaign as exciting as we do!  If you have any questions, please just ask. Thanks for your interest and pledges.

With kind regards,

The SpeakerSlide Team

Help Spread the Word

Please use links below
Please use links below

www.facebook.com/speakerslide

www.pinterest.com/SpeakerSlide

www.twitter.com/Design_R_Studio

www.vimeo.com/speakerslide

www.youtube.com/user/speakerslide

Please note: Apple, iPad, iPhone, Time Capsule and Airport are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.  The SpeakerSlide is not associated with the Apple corporation.

Risks and challenges

The SpeakerSlide product is very straight forward and we believe poses very little, if any, risk or challenges in being completed.

We have consulted with numerous plastic manufacturers and injection molding manufacturers. They have all reviewed the SpeakerSlide in detail and are confidant manufacturing will not pose any problems that cannot be overcome quickly.

Every injection mold requires fine tuning and testing before entering the manufacturing phase. If the injection mold for the SpeakerSlide demands a little more time then is expected a delay of two to three weeks may be necessary.

We have not yet selected a plastics manufacturer, but are expecting to hire a manufacturer that is less than 50 miles from our design studio. This will provide opportunities for us to be part of the manufacturing process and ensure that tolerances, performance, and finishes meet our high expectations.

You will certainly be hearing from us every step of the way. We are looking forward to keeping you informed throughout the tooling, manufacturing and shipping of the SpeakerSlide.

Thanks again,
The SpeakerSlide Team

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