quip: Beautifully Simple Bluetooth Speaker
quip: Beautifully Simple Bluetooth Speaker
Welcome to Objest. We create beautifully simple audio objects.
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About this project
We are Objest. We're a team of designers, thinkers and engineers with decades of experience in consumer tech. We’ve come together to create a range of home audio objects that combine quality, beauty and wit.
The first is a cheeky little chap called quip!
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Quip is a portable Bluetooth speaker with a difference.
Firstly, it looks good. It’s not a clunky black box. It’s not a cheap, bright bit of plastic. It’s the kind of object you’d want in your home. Not just another piece of high tech but something easy to understand and effortless to operate. Merging home, art, lifestyle and fashion.
Secondly, it sounds good. Really good. Wave goodbye to the tinny, buzzy audio you’ve come to expect from Bluetooth speakers. Quip delivers rich, room-filling sound.
That’s because we’ve partnered with Sontia, a Sheffield-based company who design high-end digital sound processing products for the likes of LG, THX and a number of other global brands.
Few tech products are designed with any particular home or space in mind. They are made as neutral as possible, so they’ll fit into any home. It doesn’t have to be this way. Tech products are capable of adding warmth and character to the spaces we live in.
We often think of products as having two main states - on and off - yet they also play another hugely important role of adding character and personality to the home. In the same way furniture, textiles and objects all add texture, colour and tell a story about who we are and how we live.
That’s what Quip does. Its pillowed, die-cast aluminium body is beautifully tactile, alluring and robust. It feels like it belongs in your home. The pillowed form is mirrored on the top surface and is punctuated by a central User Interface.
If you’ve ever used a smartphone, you already know how to control Quip. It has a capacitive touch interface. It’s breathtakingly simple to control the volume and navigate between tracks, and allows users to engage and disengage incoming calls. The power and pairing buttons are captured neatly within the band at the back of the product along with a micro USB for charging.
Pairing two Quips allows you to enjoy cinema-style surround sound in your home. Whether listening to music, watching a movie or gaming. It really is that easy!
With the help of Sontia we have developed a product with a clearer, richer, room filling sound. Quip has also been enhanced by using CSR aptX Bluetooth technology to produce rich, less compressed, beautiful sound. Within the device, the speakers sit in an off-axis arrangement to minimise distortion and the build quality means there are no buzzy vibrations.
The result is simple. Quip sounds amazing.
Quip draws on decades of British design, engineering and technology expertise to deliver a world-class product. We’re proud to be designing and manufacturing Quip in the UK. We think it’s a better product because of it.
One in six British manufacturers have re-shored back to the UK since 2011. This is something we want to be a part of, in so doing being more agile, shortening our supply chain and being more responsive to local markets
Quip hasn’t come out of nowhere.
Objest is made up of some of the most talented people in the business. For years, we’ve been drawing, designing, modelling, refining, prototyping and testing Quip. Along the way, there have been flashes of genius, happy accidents, and an awful lot of blood, sweat and tears...
From early card models to 3D prints and SLA prototypes. Our process has been focused and robust. These early models informed later prototypes that were machined from aluminium and ABS to replicate actual material for acoustic testing. This has given us a more accurate representation of the final acoustics.
We started basic acoustic testing in late 2012. Since then we have gathered hours of test data refined algorithms and developed the DSP (Digital Signal Processor) ready for implementation.
Development so far
After many months of building, testing and collaborating with our partners the design is ready to be productionised. We have built appearance models for physical evaluation and working acoustic models for testing.
Now, it’s almost ready. We need to complete a final round of debugging. Then we can start tooling up and streamlining our manufacturing processes, along with ironing out any final issues, before pressing ‘Go’.
Our team has a background in the arts, music, engineering and product design. We have the skills, but also the passion. We love what we’re doing.
Some of our best memories revolve around music. Gigs and festivals we went to. That delicious dinner a friend cooked. The Sunday morning coffee. This is what inspires us and gives us a natural connection to the arts, product design and music.
That’s why we made Quip. Because music matters to us. Because we knew we could make listening to music in your home a better experience than it is right now.
Who is Jared Mankelow?
Originally from New Zealand, Jared started his career as a cabinet maker 'They used to call me Steptoe. I would rummage through the off cut bins at lunch time collecting and storing pieces of wood to later fashion into whatever I dreamt up'. It was his contact with the design team at the furniture firm that sparked his fascination with design and lead him to study Industrial Design at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand.
Working within the furniture industry in New Zealand gave him the skills and spatial awareness required to design memorable, engaging products. However it was while working at IDEO that he started to hone his craft. Working in a highly creative, thought provoking environment laid the perfect foundations for experience based design. Dipping in and out of different disciplines gave him a better understanding of the linkages between brand, product, graphic and experience design.
Moving to London not only meant new faces, new places and an excuse to travel more, it also brought the new challenge of working for one of the best design consultancies in London, Tangerine. Tangerine has rich and compelling design heritage and was the first port of call for Sir Jonathan Ive, Senior Vice President of design, Apple. Working with intensity for clients like Samsung, LG, Konka, Huawei and Wistron gave unparalleled exposure to the inner workings of some of the world's largest electronics brands.
He moved on from Tangerine to Therefore product design. A company based in the heart of London with a commercially focused approach to well designed, thoughtfully engineered products. The entrepreneurial flair and culture within the business taught Jared how to design with an eye on production processes whilst ensuring design intent was still king.
More recently Jared worked at Conran. In some ways the perfect posting, combining aspects of furniture, lighting and object design with consumer electronics. Exposure to Terence gave him an insight into not only a great business mind but also the thinking behind one of the most influential designers of the last 50 years.
Jared is well travelled, a lover of coffee and has a passion for design, photography and music. Having spent many summers at festivals as a semi professional photographer, he rubbed shoulders with some of the most influential DJs in the business. What did he learn? - music makes people happy!
Thank you to all of those wonderful people who have shared our vision. Finally special thanks to the crew at Swing Delux for the use of your sweet tunes! https://soundcloud.com/swingdelux
Join us for the ride
Bringing new tech products to the market isn’t easy. You need to spend a lot of time and money on product development, prototyping, testing and tooling years before you see any return.
We’re operating on a very lean budget and we know that, with proper investment, Quip will succeed.
Your money will be used to pay for die cast and injection moulding tools. It will help us buy stock, pay for the certifications we need, and develop our online presence so we can tell more people about Quip.
The more support we receive, the more we can do. We’ll be able to bring Quip to market quicker and we’ll be able to get to work on some of the other products we have lined up.
Quip is just the start. With your help, Objest can become another British success story.
Kickstarter is full of smart, creative people. Innovators, artists and progressive thinkers. You are the people we want to have on board.
Thank you for your support. We look forward to welcoming you into the Objest family.
Risks and challenges
Developing new products can be extremely complex and requires a broad bandwidth of skills across brand, mechanical, product and electrical design. We have been rigorous in our approach, testing and prototyping but no development venture is entirely without risk.
If the project is successfully funded we will proceed with final testing and tooling. We are under no illusion there are still many long hours ahead and other risks and challenges that may arise such as CE and FCC certification. To mitigate the risk we've partnered with a number of industry experts across product development, engineering and design.
One of the final Challenges is to keep the Kickstarter community informed of our progress. This is as the project runs but equally importantly when pledge rewards are sent out.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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