This project's funding goal was not reached on June 27, 2012.
This project's funding goal was not reached on June 27, 2012.
This product started like many other ideas. We had a need, tried to find a product and couldn't. In my kitchen, cooking one night, I decided that I really wanted to listen to a song on my iPhone, but the home stereo I had on was over in the living room. I didn't want to have to dock my phone, or keep walking back and forth. So I looked at what my options were.
First, I could buy a very expensive new speaker system or new receiver, but I didn't need or want new speakers. I just needed a new a way to play my music on the speakers I already had. Then I read up on the AppleTV. Again, it would work, but it's almost $100 dollars, only has optical output and had a bunch of features I didn't need or want (I can already watch Netflix ten other ways). Not what I was looking for.
So, being the engineer that I am, I grabbed my notebook and started working through the concept of what I wanted.
That's when the TuneBridge was born. A simple, low-cost, wireless audio receiver. No extra features, steps, cables, or cost. We had the concept down, so we moved on to actual the design phase.
That is where we are today. We have developed a proof-of-concept and prototyped it. Now we are ready to finish development and move to a production ready product.
TuneBridge is a wireless audio streaming device. Using the Apple's AirPlay® protocol, you can stream almost any audio from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to the TuneBridge and play it through your favorite speakers, receiver, TV, etc.
The TuneBridge has two audio outputs: Stereo RCA and a 3.5mm (headphone-style) jack. This makes TuneBridge compatible with almost any device that has a line-in or audio-in input. The unit is powered by an included external power supply.
Here are just a few of the many uses for the TuneBridge:
There are two ways to use the TuneBridge. You can directly connect to it or connect it to an existing WiFi network. Either way, using it is a breeze.
Direct Connect Process:
Network Connect Process:
Playing Audio on iOS device:
If you choose the Kickstarter Edition reward, you will get the first production units, and it will be a limited edition (500 units) color scheme complete with the "funded with Kickstarter" logo.
Launching a new product is never cheap. Launching a consumer electronic device as a start-up company is just flat-out expensive. That's where you come in. If funded, we will primarily use the Kickstarter funds for the following:
Frankly, this is a challenging project that we simply won't be able to do without your support. So thanks for reading and THANK YOU to all who support us!
So you like the idea? Now, who is Brandon Fierro and can he actually make this thing? Valid questions.
First, about my credentials. I am a Mechanical Engineer with degree from The Georgia Institute of Technology. I currently work in the consumer electronics industry and I've brought 4 ground up designs to market working with a inter-disciplinary team. I have worked with numerous suppliers in both the US and Asia and have a working relationship with several contract manufacturers.
For this project, I will be working with a team of electrical engineers and software developers. The base architecture for both hardware and software is already established. Final design will be dependent on the success of the Kickstarter campaign. Certain options are more or less viable depending on initial order quantities.
Currently, we have prototyped an electrical development system and proven out the hardware/software concept. We have also created design models to verify that the size, shape and look of the TuneBridge are what we want. The mechanical design is almost tool-ready, pending a few changes driven by the electrical design.
The TuneBridge will be an injection-molded plastic housing with a integrated PCB. For production, I will be using a trusted contract manufacturer. Our team will provide all detailed design documentation and work directly with the manufacturer throughout the production process.
Right now, I've had preliminary conversations with suppliers and contract manufacturers. If the project gets funded, I will be able to very quickly move into production. Below is a conservative production schedule from date of funding. Based on my experience, there is substantial opportunity to shorten this schedule. However, I'm a firm believer in "Under Promise, Over Deliver".
4-6 weeks: Finalize production product design and release to contract manufacturer.
10-12 weeks: First piece samples will be ready and engineering units will be built to verify production components. All necessary certifications applied for.
14-18 weeks: First assembled, final production units ready. Final check of electrical and software.
20-24 weeks: First units ship to customer.
This means Kickstarter backers will start receiving units in the first half of November. All other retail units will begin shipping later that month.
We've had this question asked several times, so we decided to just add a section.
1.Cost: The Airport Express is $99 vs. the TuneBridge at $59.99 (target retail price). That's almost 40% less.
2.Multiple Units: Because the TuneBridge isn't a router it's simple to set up multiple units on one network. Simply connect each TuneBridge to the network, use the app to give them unique names and you're done. With the Airport Express, you have to configure each unit as a wireless repeater.
3.Direct Connect w/ 3G: With the TuneBridge, you have the option to connect directly to it without the need for an existing wifi network. It does so using an ad-hoc network that allows your iPad or iPhone to continue using data over its cellular connection. The Airport Express cannot create ad-hoc networks so once your iPhone connected, it would no longer be able to access data for things like e-mail, web, or internet radio.
The guys at Bicom have a great product, and for us less than ideal timing. They just happened to launch right about the same time as us. We didn't steal their idea, nor did they steal ours (I've been working through this concept for 7 months). Also, these are two different products with two different feature sets. The TuneBridge isn't going to make a hardcore audiophile cry tears of joy and the playGo AP1 has features and a price for a much different market segment. Bottom line, they are both cool products and we wish the guys at Bicom all the best.
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Yes! We've just added two new reward options for international buyers! Note: We will include an adapter plug for your local sockets.
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