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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 11 2014
Nepsu IncBy Nepsu Inc
First created
Nepsu IncBy Nepsu Inc
First created
CA$ 20,586
pledged of CA$ 100,000pledged of CA$ 100,000 goal
78
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 11 2014

About

Hello dear followers,

After taking a step back, we figured that it was better to delay the Kickstarter campaign. Here are the main reasons behind this decision:

  • The campaign doesn't reflect well enough the sound quality of the M1
  • Some functionalities of the M1 still need to be confirmed

It will allow us to work on these following points:

  • Complete the prototyping phase and setting up the production
  • Demonstrate the M1's sound quality and compare it to other speakers
  • Demonstrate user experience with the M1.

We wanted to thank all the backers, followers and everyone else who has provided comments and supported us on the current campaign. All backers will be refunded. We will keep you informed of the developments and eventual relaunch!

We invite you to follow us on:

www.nepsu.com

www.facebook.com/Nepsu.inc

Feel free to provide any feedback at info@nepsu.com

Future of Home Automation

In the past decades, many home automation solutions have been designed to provide a set of functions not necessarily related one to another. Actual devices in the market aim to accomplish multiple functions, which makes the prices rise and the product unaffordable for many. Nepsu wants to democratize home automation by offering simple, essential, and relevant products at a fair and justified price. We believe that products must focus on their respective core functions.

The M1 is a Bluetooth 4.0 speaker which allows you to stream your music wirelessly from a device. When placed in a room, the speaker is not just another product in it, but becomes one with it instead. By having a M1 in each room, you can switch from one room to another and, just with a simple click on your device, the music will follow you. It's all about making your home more comfortable.

The M1 is Bluetooth Smart Ready, which means it can use Bluetooth Low Energy mode. We are currently developing and testing for further opportunities to expand the M1's connectivity.

Home automation resides in the combination of simple complimentary products that remain manageable as a whole. Nepsu will be developing a new line of home automation products going beyond home audio. Many benefits of the M1 will appear as it takes its place as the centrepiece of the home automation experience.

Techvibes: "Big dreams have to start somewhere, and the M1 is a great start." http://www.techvibes.com/blog/nepsu-home-automation-internet-of-things-2014-03-11 

A Unique Shape

There are speakers on the market for every possible sound quality and power, but few can be integrated in the environment for true home automation. That's why we created the M1. 

After several sketches, prototypes iterations and surveys, we chose to make a tetrahedral shaped speaker. With no parallel surfaces, there is little sound reverberation, which allows the M1 to produce a clear sound. The tetrahedral shape also optimizes the integration of the speaker into room corners.

Corner Positioning

An empty corner is a discrete opportunity. The M1, when installed in the corner of a room, benefits from a natural sound amplification effect created by the wall junction. There are empty corners in each room of your home!

High Quality Audio

With 40W of peak power, the M1 offers the highest Bluetooth music streaming quality through the aptX Codec. It can achieve data rates up to 352 kbps. Enjoy your favorite songs at their best!

Here's our prototype delivering its performance on a flat table and in a corner where it is meant to be placed. The PCB design is completed and we will have the final PCB prototype in May 2014.

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High Sensitivity Microphone

We also added a high sensitivity microphone to allow the user to take phone calls directly with the M1. No need to interrupt your favourite activities such as working out, cooking, or playing with the kids. 

Stereo Sound

The M1 is designed to be used alone or in a pair to produce stereo sound. Its stereo mode is already configurable with a 3.5mm audio cable for wired music sources. To minimize the use of cables when streaming music from a Bluetooth device, we’re also working on the integration of the TrueWireless Stereo technology. If this feature is successfully integrated, a pair of M1 will offer crystal clear stereo music from two distinct sources without the need of an audio cable.

Standard Connectivity

The tetrahedral speaker is not only compatible with any device using Bluetooth technology such as mobile phones, tablets, and laptops, but it can also be used with others via a standard 3.5 mm audio jack.

Smartphone Apps

In order to enhance the user experience, Nepsu has developed an app, which was designed with our next products in mind and will let you control the music in the room. Experience room transfer with a single click on your smartphone. The Android app is ready and has an easy to use interface enabling the switch from one unit or stereo pair to another. Nepsu is currently working on an iOS version.

Customizable Look

The face of the M1 is crafted in a 1/8 ” brushed and anodized aluminum plate. Choose from one of the three versions of the M1 currently available: Black, Grey and Gold.

The use of the wire is a technical choice since it enables the speaker to be a home automation unit, exactly as we designed it to be. You’ll never have to change nor charge batteries. The speaker is always ready to be used. We chose an elegant wire over the annoyance of dead batteries.

The M1 is powered with a power cable of up to 5 meters in order to reach any electrical outlet to ensure reliable audio output. You can also personalize your M1 by choosing the color of the power cable, either black or white, to better blend in their environment.

Easy & Clever Installation

Our tetrahedral speaker can be placed on a surface just like any other devices, but it can also fit in the corner to benefit from your environment. You don’t have to worry about the installation. We have designed magnetic discs specifically to simplify the installation in a corner.

All you need to do is to follow these simple steps:

  • Put the cardboard guide in the selected corner;
  • Fix the magnetic discs with the screws provided;
  • Place your speaker in the corner.
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Technical Specifications

Until Now

So far, Nepsu co-founders have invested 150 000 $ of personal debts, because we deeply believe that together, we can make your home more comfortable:

  • 100 000$: PCB Design Development – Done
  • 20 000$: Prototyping (3D printing, Component Samples) - Done
  • 15 000$: Solidworks licence and Computer purchase for Design - Done
  • 15 000$: Acoustic testing tools and consulting - Done

We Need You

Nepsu wants to involve you in the process of developing upcoming home automation products, starting with this Kickstarter campaign. The quality of the experience that we're looking to build will require experimentation, and we want you to be part of the testing phases. The feedbacks you will provide us through open forums and blogs will be crucial to overcome the obstacles separating us from true home automation.

The M1 is Nepsu's first step to capture comfort. To make true home automation a reality in our home, we need your help! 




Remaining Expenses:

  • 35 000$: Minimum Stock Order for all components
  • 30 000$: FCC, IC, CE, CSA/UL & Bluetoooth Certifications
  • 30 000$: Injection Mold design & Production 
  • 5 000$: Production Tooling

Timeline

Nepsu Team

Nepsu was established in 2013 in Montreal, a city influenced by Europe's refinement and North America's modern culture, which defines Nepsu's thinking and doings. As the M1 was born and raised in this city, the speaker inherited its charm and character. It is fully designed, assembled, and tested by Nepsu in Montreal to ensure your satisfaction. Nepsu is composed of 5 co-founders!

  • Chief Design Officer: Jonathan Villeneuve, B. Industrial Design
  • Chief Marketing Officer: Trung Hoa Huynh, B.A.A. Marketing
  • Chief Experience Officer: Atanas Grozdanov, B. Ing. Aerospace Engineering (In progess)
  • Chief Technical Officer: Hugo Lauzon, B. Ing. Mechanical Engineering
  • Chief Executive Officer: Julien Tupula, B. Ing. Aerospace Engineering

Pledges

Note: At the end of the campaign, backers will be contacted for color and/or size preferences. All shipping is free.

Risks and challenges

Nepsu has considered several risks & challenges in the planning of the M1's delivery. In order to deliver in time, here is how we tackle them:

INJECTION MOLD PRODUCTION

After investing over 150 000 $ on the M1's PCB, prototypes and software licences, one of the final investments needed to begin production is the injection mold. The price is about 30 000 $ and development time takes about 9 weeks. To mitigate any risks and to be sure that the M1 is moldable, Nepsu has worked closely with an injection mold company in Quebec to ensure the feasibility of the product. Taking all the elements into consideration, the development time will then be respected.

SUPPLY CHAIN

Since the beginning of the M1's development, Nepsu has been working with nearly 20 suppliers to ensure the feasibility of the product. The idea was to eliminate any possible surprises from prototyping to final production. Nepsu has developed a close relationship with its suppliers, and managed to have an affordable cost. Independent audits will be conducted at our suppliers’ manufactures to ensure constant quality of the components. It is surely a big challenge, but we believe that we've taken the right steps to start production.

PRODUCT CERTIFICATION

Product certification was taken in consideration since the beginning of the M1's development. The PCB components and the electrical scheme have been selected and designed to meet the FCC, IC, and Bluetooth Smart Ready certification. The M1's materials were selected to meet the RoHS, CSA, and UL certification. We are currently sending our application form for these certifications, which were forecasted to take around 2 months, right after confirmation from the Certification Authorities. This is why we believe any risk of delay caused by certification is mitigated.

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