About this project
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Use the Holster anytime you're wearing headphones - with any audio source: your phone, your music player, your tablet, or your laptop. It’s super portable - you can take it with you anywhere - it’s small, lightweight, and battery powered. Everywhere you go - you'll feel that visceral punch like you're in the club or in front of a giant stack of speakers.
The device uses a tactile transducer placed on your upper back - this is a special type of audio driver creating vibration rather than sound. These sensations travel through your body to the inner ear where your nervous system translates these felt vibrations into "heard" sounds. The result is an immersive bass experience that no one but you can hear or feel.
The Holster works great with any headphones. It adds physical punch to the best premium models. It completely fills out the low end on inexpensive earbuds. The best headphones get better and lower quality headphones suddenly sound amazing. Either way, there's no going back.
The Holster resembles a small back pack or futuristic gun holster. It's super adjustable and comfortably fits an array of body types both large and small. It's unisex, looking great on men and women. Each Holster has two pockets big enough for your phone, music player, or wallet.
The Holster was originally conceived as an additional piece of gear for silent disco parties. These are dance parties where instead of a large sound system, each attendee gets a set of headphones that are all tuned to the same DJs and dance music. The bassAware team has produced silent discos and underground dance parties in New York City since the summer of 2011. During product testing it became clear that the bassAware Holster can be used anytime you use headphones in general - not just at silent discos.
Beyond silent discos and personal use, the Holster is also a great tool for DJs to use in their monitoring chain while performing. Many clubs and venues have very poor sub-bass monitoring in the DJ booth. The Holster completely solves this problem and allows DJs to simply and easily monitor sub frequencies regardless of the venue.
The Holster has been in development since July of 2012. Since then there have been over a dozen prototypes with many iterative changes and improvements. The bassAware team has multiple patents pending for new and novel aspects of the device. Manufacturing partners and vendors have all been lined up - everything is ready to do the first production run.
The bassAware management team and advisors are veterans of numerous software and hardware start ups: Michael White (founder, product design lead), Damien Miller (co-founder, business development), Tom Ness (finance), and Dave Whitehill (EE design and supply chain).
The bassAware product design team has worked with the top fashion and art brands in New York City and leading audio technology companies: Wheylan Dean-Ford (fashion design), Jess Hooks (pattern making / soft goods supply chain), Aaron Bohenick (3D modeling), Miles Thompson (electrical engineering), and Philip Joseph (identity/graphic design).
All the funds raised through this campaign will be used to build the first production run of bassAware Holsters.
- nylon canvas harness with elastic webbing
- abs buckle and hardware
- two zipper pockets sized to fit a phone, music player, or wallet
- ergonomic abs backing plate with high density silicone pads
- 15 watt rms tactile transducer
- class D chip amp with filter (30hz-100hz)
- on/off gain control with blue led power indicator
- 3.5mm audio input
- 3.5mm audio through (for headphones)
- compatible with headphone remote controls
- 3.5mm male to male audio cable
- 2600 mAh li-ion battery pack with level indicator
- estimated 12-20 hours of use for each full charge
- li-ion battery charger, USA socket type, UL listed
VideoCredits: Kurt Ritta (video production), Philip Joseph (identity/graphic design), John Politowski (photography and video footage), Ali Luminescent (model), Christine Geiger (model), Demetrius (model), Phuture Primitive (audio track, "Enemy" feat. Jillian Ann), with additional footage courtesy of Michael Tosner.
Special Thanks: Jerry Goldman, David Katz, Wayne Ellenbogen, Aminimal Studio (John and Lana Briscella), Fleeting Dream Art Collective (Adi Azulay), Silent Frisco (Robbie Kowal and John Miles), Nicholas Frechette, Tsunami Bass Experience (Andrew and Zoe), Jester Jaimi and BUZ, Proper Playground Clothing (Johnny Thorne and Sarah Sulu), Hannah Ross, Matty Wood, Jay Mingle, Ana Rodriguez, Dr. Tony Horton, DJ Shakey, DJ Cipher, Vitamin B, House of Yes, Tim the Enchanter, Barney Iller, Guncle Aaron Edwards, and Jeffrey Hurant.
Risks and challenges
All the R+D and product design is complete. Extensive prototyping has been done to iron out all the product features and details. All manufacturing partners and vendors for each subassembly have been sourced and selected. The bassAware team has been involved with several electronics manufacturing projects - thus supply chain and fulfillment have been part of the product design process from the very beginning.
The remaining risks on this project are related to meeting the schedule for fulfillment by the 2013 Holiday season. While each of the suppliers are expected to meet that schedule, it’s possible there will be unforeseen delays. The Holster was designed such that each commodity component could be sourced from multiple vendors and would have large inventories available. In addition, more than one manufacturing partner has been identified for all custom components. Thus, if there are difficulties with any one vendor or manufacturing partner, other options are readily available. All final assembly and quality control will be done at the bassAware facility located in Queens, NY.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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