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By Girish Karnani
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1 Voice: Music, Technology and Style. On the go.

1 Voice Beanie Features:

1) Convenience and comfort: No more ear buds constantly falling out of your ears, or worse, giving you an earache. No more dangling wires.

2) Superior audio quality: Sound disks and our Bluetooth receivers are built right into the beanie for unbelievable sound quality.

3) Warmth: The beanie is made of a tight knit to keep you toasty on a chilly day.

4) Style: Look good as you enjoy your favorite tunes while going for a run, commuting to work, or hitting the slopes. 

The 1 Voice Story:

1 Voice was started by fashion industry veteran and avid runner and skier, Girish Karnani. Girish was frustrated dealing with his ear buds constantly falling out of his ears while being active, along with the earache he would get when he wore them under his beanie for an extended period of time. His frustration led to the birth of the 1 Voice Beanie.

Girish decided that with Bluetooth technology so easily accessible in everyday life, there was no reason why there should not be a winter beanie with built-in wireless headphones. He used his fashion expertise and contacts to develop a warm, comfortable, stylish beanie. He then partnered up with Bluetooth audio experts to identify sound disks that can be sewn into the beanie directly over your ears. Then, they sourced a Bluetooth controller that is sewn onto the back of the beanie so that anyone can listen to their favorite music while running, skiing, or just walking to work.

How The 1 Voice Beanie Works:

The 1 Voice Beanie is simple to use. It connects with any Bluetooth enabled phone or audio device. Once paired, you can play, pause, and control your track and volume directly from your phone.The beanie has a built-in battery that allows for 6-8 hours of continuous playback, and is easily recharged with the USB charging cable that is included with the beanie.

1 Voice Beanie Demo:

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Sizing And Style:

The 1 Voice Beanie is unisex and one size fits all.

The Technology Behind The 1 Voice Beanie:

While working on a consulting project, Girish was fortunate enough to meet Grace Tan, a Managing Partner at Langder Technology Co.,an Asia-based company. Langder has over 10 years of experience manufacturing audio equipment with an expertise in creating Bluetooth devices. Girish and Tan brainstormed ideas on how to optimize on both product design and sound quality.  They developed the basic product concept for a winter beanie with built-in wireless Bluetooth headphones.  They also determined a production method that would allow for quick and efficient production cycles.

Once the technology side was taken care of, Girish turned to one of his long time business partners, Kenny He, the owner of Shaoxing Soya Manufacturing, to work on the actual beanie production.  The goal was to manufacture a beanie warm and comfortable enough to house the Bluetooth receiver and sound disks.
 
Girish sent this basic sketch to both Kenny and Grace and with some careful collaboration, the 1 Voice Beanie came to life.
My Masterpiece
My Masterpiece


The initial challenge was to create sounds disks, a battery, and a Bluetooth receiver that were small enough to be housed in the beanie so our customers would not notice them. What we needed was smaller than industry standards. Our first prototype came out near perfect, except for 3 problems:

Initial Prototype
Initial Prototype

1) The actual beanie was too big -  This was an easy fix, and we changed our specs to match some of the more popular beanies in the market. 

2) The sound disks moved around too much - We initially stitched down the area around the sound disk, but not completely. As a result, the disk would fall out of place and slide around between the two layers of the beanie. We thought to completely stitch down the area around the sound disk, but we knew that people would like the flexibility of having the sounds disks movable so they can position them over their ears. What we decided on was to stitch down and close off a small area around the disks so our beanie customer can move them to the left and right about 1.5 inches and up and down 0.5 inches.

Actual 1 Voice Beanie - Sound Disk Location
Actual 1 Voice Beanie - Sound Disk Location
Actual 1 Voice Beanie Sounds Disks And Receiver
Actual 1 Voice Beanie Sounds Disks And Receiver

3) The Bluetooth receiver was too big and too visually unappealing - The key to fixing the size problem was attaching a small lithium ion battery to the back of the receiver chip. Even though the battery is tiny, it allows for 6-8 hours of continuous music playback. We changed the receiver color to a solid black to blend into the beanie better.

Actual 1 Voice Beanie Receiver
Actual 1 Voice Beanie Receiver

Manufacturing And Distribution Plan:

Over the last few months we have been able to perfect every step in the manufacturing process and we are ready for production. Our manufacturing partners have sourced all the raw materials, and have promised a turn-around time of less than a week.

Using relationships built through Girish’s fashion brand, Girish has been able to negotiate steeply discounted air freight rates so transit time from Asia to New Jersey will only be 2-3 days.

1 Voice has partnered with Alpi Logistics, a 3rd Party Logistics warehouse located in central NJ, to manage the warehousing and shipping of the beanies. Alpi guarantees a 24 hour turn-around time once orders are submitted to them.

Alpi Logistics
Alpi Logistics

We are extremely confident that the 1 Voice supply chain is set up efficiently, and we are even more confident that if funded, we will be able to ship out the 1 Voice Beanies to our backers in time for the holidays.

Help Get 1 Voice Started:

Over the last few months, the 1 Voice team has worked hard to get the beanie designed, manufacturing up and running, our distribution warehouses in place, and our marketing team built. We have even been able to create sales partnerships so that the beanie can be distributed as soon as it is in stock. Now it is time to place our bulk production order, and get 1 Voice launched. The $5000 we hope to raise will do just that. Please support us at whatever level you're comfortable with. For a pledge of $40 you can get a 1 Voice beanie at an amazing price which is $29.99 less than the intended MSRP.

Join Us and Help Spread The Word:

We're excited to get the 1 Voice beanie launched on Kickstarter. After you support us, we would love it if you could help us spread the word and share our video with your friends. You can also find us on Facebook.

Thank you so much for your support!

-Girish

Risks and challenges

With production, distribution, and the product design in place, we have been able to eliminate as much risk as possible. Our most important priority, and thus our biggest fear is not being able to ship our backers their 1 Voice beanie promptly. However, because of Girish’s extensive experience in production, manufacturing, and distribution we strongly believe that backers will receive their 1 Voice Beanie before the holidays.

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    1 VOICE VINYL STICKER :: A 2" vinyl cut out sticker. Perfect to show support on your car, laptop, helmet, or wherever. Comes in Black/White

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    1 VOICE WINTER BEANIE W/O HEADPHONES:: You get a 1 Voice black winter beanie without headphones built-in. The beanie is very warm, and has the 1 Voice logo embroidered on. This beanie is perfect for the upcoming winter months. We will definitely throw in some 1 Voice swag as well.

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    1 VOICE BEANIE IN BLACK:: You get the 1 Voice Beanie in black so you can enjoy your favorite music while on the go. Best part, we expect domestic delivery before the holidays.

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    1 VOICE BEANIE IN BLUE:: You get the 1 Voice Beanie in blue so you can enjoy your favorite music while on the go. Best part, we expect domestic delivery before the holidays.

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    1 VOICE BEANIE IN BLUE AND BLACK:: You get the 1 Voice Beanie in both colors so you can enjoy your favorite music while on the go. Best part, we expect domestic delivery before the holidays.

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    7 X 1 VOICE BEANIE IN BLACK:: You get the 7 1 Voice Beanies in black so you can enjoy your favorite music while on the go. Best part, we expect domestic delivery before the holidays.

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