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Creating products that enhance the way we interact and enjoy our Apple iPhone and iPod's.


Do your EarPod's fall out or fit loosely in your ears?

We have come up with an innovative and stylish way to help keep your Apple EarPods in your ears.  These good looking accessories didn't just pop up over night.  In fact, we began make-shifting our own headphones several years back.  We did this by taking a piece from one set of earbuds and gluing it to another; in doing so, we were able to prevent our earbuds from falling out.

ES2 - Red
ES2 - Red

These were great when using an MP3 player, but as time and technology progressed we needed something that would work with our cellphones.  While on a trip, I borrowed a naked set of Apple headphones from a friend to make a call.  By the time I finished that call, I was annoyed and my ears hurt from constantly adjusting and fiddling with the headphones just so I could hear my conversation.

ES2 - Blue
ES2 - Blue

After that experience, we began watching and studying how others used and interacted with their Apple headphones.  As we watched and learned, we began to notice that the Apple headphones were everywhere and if we were so adversely affected by the fit of these headphones, then how many others could benefit from having a set of EarSkinz?!  (Thousands? Hundreds of Thousands? Millions? We don't know, but we could use your help to find out!)

ES2 - Smoke / Light Grey
ES2 - Smoke / Light Grey

With the weight of the world on our back, we hired a design firm and began designing and perfecting our first model (ES1) for the original Apple earbuds in 2011.  We had just finalized our design and were ready to launch when Apple introduced their brand new headphones they call EarPods.  Fortunately, we were not at a complete loss.  After taking a set for a test drive, we found that these new EarPods sounded better, felt better, but they still didn't/don't stay in our ears any better.

ES2 - Pink
ES2 - Pink

Borrowing from what we learned while developing our first model, we went back to the drawing board and designed and created a brand new addition to the EarSkinz family.  We call this new creation, ES2 - The Ultimate EarPod Accessory.  Designed exclusively for Apple EarPods, EarSkinz improve the comfort, fit, and sound of your Apple headphones while adding a touch of color for personality.

ES2 - KS Green
ES2 - KS Green

Every iPod and iPhone comes with a set of these puppies and with a set of EarSkinz ES2's attached, there's no reason why you should ever have to go out and purchase another set of $30+ dollar headphones just to get your headphones to stay in your ears.  We promise that once you’ve tried a pair, you won’t be able to use your Apple headphones without a set of EarSkinz!!!

ES2 - Turquoise
ES2 - Turquoise
ES2 - Purple
ES2 - Purple
ES2 - Charcoal
ES2 - Charcoal
ES2 - Yellow
ES2 - Yellow
ES2 - Orange
ES2 - Orange

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EarSkinz are Easy to Use

Choose your color(s) and simply slide your EarSkinz over your EarPods and begin to enjoy a hassle free listening experience.

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ES2 - Product Features:

  • Soft plastic material directs sound into your ear canal to enhance acoustic clarity
  • Elongated design improves stability and helps to block outside noise.
  • Delivers massive bass and improved sound
  • Enhance the comfort and fit of your iPod/iPhone earbuds
  • Fully detachable, EarSkinz can be easily removed and cleaned with soap and water (must be removed before washing)
  • One size fits all

Designed exclusively for Apple EarPods (included with every Apple iPhone 5, iPod Touch 5th Gen, iPod Nano 7th Gen).

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EarSkinz, for any listening occasion.

ES2 Packaging

Similar to our ES1 Packing, the packaging for ES2 will come with a set of matching EarSkinz and will be presented as a complete product.

ES2 - Packaging Renderings
ES2 - Packaging Renderings
ES2 - Packaging Renderings
ES2 - Packaging Renderings
ES1 - Original Apple Earbuds Packaging
ES1 - Original Apple Earbuds Packaging
ES1 - Original Apple Earbuds Packaging
ES1 - Original Apple Earbuds Packaging

Prototyping

We have thoroughly designed and tested multiple variations of our EarSkinz to ensure a true fit, form, and function of our products. We accomplished this by creating multiple prototypes from our CAD model.  The first step was to create an inexpensive rapid prototype using a 3D Printer.  After reviewing the prototypes and making minor adjustments to the CAD model, we created a single-cavity steel mold to further validate the manufacturability of our design.

ES2 - Sketches / ES2 Concept, and ES2 Phase 1 Rapid Prototype
ES2 - Sketches / ES2 Concept, and ES2 Phase 1 Rapid Prototype
ES2 - Single Cavity Steel Mold
ES2 - Single Cavity Steel Mold
ES2 - Phase II and Phase III mold samples.
ES2 - Phase II and Phase III mold samples.
ES2 - Phase IV - Samples from Single Cavity Steel Mold
ES2 - Phase IV - Samples from Single Cavity Steel Mold

With this tool, we were able to push the boundaries of our design and fine tune it to perfection.  This tool has been great, but it was never intended to function as a production tool.  In order to produce higher quantity of parts at the lowest possible cost, we need to build a mold that will maximize production efficiency while keeping part costs to a minimum.

So here’s where you come in.

With our design finalized, we are ready to begin production, but we need your help financially and socially to make our project a success.  In order for our project to be successful, we need to raise enough financial capital "cash" to cover the costs of building our production tool and filling the initial order.  To accomplish our social goal, we ask that you help up us reach as many people as possible while our project is under way.  Tell your friends, family, lovers, strangers on a train, or anyone else you can think of about our project.

Manufacturing and Production Plan

Once we accomplish our goal, the lead-time to build the production mold is approximately 2-3 weeks, with another 1-2 weeks to sample parts.  Once we give our final approval, we expect to have the first shipment of parts ready to go in as little as 4-6 weeks after funding.

The funds gathered here will be used for:

  • Tooling Costs
  • Manufacturing Costs
  • Raw Materials
  • Licenses and Legal Fees
  • Packaging and Shipping

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What if you don’t have EarPod's or an iPhone or iPod, or a non Apple user, you may ask?

Then our first model (ES1) is right for you.  Although reverse engineered to fit the Apple earbuds, ES1 will also fit over many traditionally (similarly) designed earbuds.

ES1 - Original Apple Earbuds
ES1 - Original Apple Earbuds
ES1 - Original Apple Earbuds
ES1 - Original Apple Earbuds

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ES1 - Product Features:

  • Soft plastic material directs sound into your ear canal to enhance acoustic clarity
  • Helps block outside noise
  • Deliver massive bass and improved sound
  • Enhance the comfort and fit of your iPod/iPhone earbuds
  • Fully detachable, EarSkinz can be easily removed and cleaned with soap and water (must be removed before washing)
  • One size fits all

Compatible with iPhone 4 / 4S / 3G / 3, iPod Touch 4/3/2/1, iPod Nano 6/5/4, as well as iPod Video, Photo, iPod with color display, Mini, Shuffle (with or w/out microphone).  ES1 will also work with other similarly designed earbuds by brands like Sony, Panasonic, Seinnheiser, SkullCandy, Bang & Olufsen and many more.

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Rewards

EarSkinz T-Shirt (Option 1)

EarSkinz T-Shirt (Size S, M, L, XL, XXL)
EarSkinz T-Shirt (Size S, M, L, XL, XXL)

EarSkinz T-Shirt (Option 2)

EarSkinz T-Shirt (Size S, M, L, XL, XXL)
EarSkinz T-Shirt (Size S, M, L, XL, XXL)

Are EarSkinz patented?

EarSkinz are protected by one or more U.S. and/or foreign patents or patents pending. We value our creativity and will pursue all legal avenues at our disposal to protect it worldwide.

Thank you!

Note: EarSkinz will retail for $10.95.  Apple logo and Apple are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

http://canhekick.it/projects/950059615/earskinz-for-earpods

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The risks and challenges of our project are extremely low. All the hard work is done, our designs are finalized, and we are ready to begin production. The remaining challenge ahead is how to tell the world about this exciting new product. In order to accomplish our goals we need to reach as many people as we can while our campaign is underway and ask that you join us in our efforts.

Once funding is in place, our challenge will be producing and delivering large quantities of EarSkinz to each of you as quickly as possible. We have been working with our Asian and American suppliers to create an amazing product and we are confident that no matter how many orders we receive, we will have your order(s) shipped within 4 to 6 weeks of funding.

Thank you for your faith and support!

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - As a thank you for being one of the first 500 to support our project, you will receive one pair of ES2 (For Apple EarPods) in our "KS green" crafted exclusively for our KickStarter campaign.

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    EARSKINZ - Receive one pair of ES2 (For Apple EarPods) in your choice of color. Choose from pink, purple, light grey, charcoal, navy, turquoise, yellow, orange, red, or our "KS green" crafted exclusively for our KickStarter Campaign.

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    MEMBERSHIP LEVEL - Receive 6 pairs EarSkinz in your choice of style and colors and also receive one limited edition slate gray American Apparel Earskinz T-shirt. As a member of our advisory board, you will get an exclusive first look at new products, be able to help select colors, and have first access to products for purchase.

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