About this project
TechCrunch - "Add AirPlay to your Old 30-Pin iPhone Dock with the auris skye Kickstarter project"
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Cult of Mac - "skye widget turns any Dock into an AirPlay receiver"
Geeky Gadgets - "auris skye adds WiFi Support to your Dock"
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Gizmag - "Auris skye adds Wi-Fi streaming to existing music docks"
There are many wireless music receivers for music docks which do what they have been designed to do, however there have also been many issues with them. These issues have arisen due to drawbacks in the wireless technology used in the receivers. Many receivers show common issues such as pairing issues, low operation range, poor sound quality, or limited compatibility with the most popular music docks.
We have spent the last year testing and integrating the best new technologies, thus eliminating limitations of the past. This is not a reform, but rather a revolutionary new device designed to change the game and make lovers of wireless music speechless.
This is auris skye, a brand new generation of wireless music receivers.
skye is a WiFi music receiver for your music dock designed to soundtrack your life. skye’s wireless technology allows you to stream and control your favorite tunes from your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Windows Phone or iTunes (Mac or PC) in your WiFi network with AirPlay and DLNA support.
The intuitively designed and stylish skye fits right onto your 30-pin docking station, while its wireless technology gives you the freedom to move about as you please with your entire music library in the palm of your hand. You can stream your audio wirelessly and effortlessly from your iOS, Android, Windows phone devices and iTunes (Mac or PC) by setting up skye in your WiFi network. All devices connected to the same network will then be able to stream music in full quality, while connected to the Internet at the same time.
AirPlay - iOS
AirPlay technology allows you to stream audio instantly within a WiFi network. You can stream from iTunes - both on
Mac and PC - or you can use your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. This allows your entire music library ready
to be set free.
If you fear for the sound quality - don't. AirPlay uses a technology called Apple Lossless to ensure that every little note and nuance transfers perfectly.
DLNA - Android and Windows
DLNA is wireless standard for Android and Windows devices. DLNA is a widely supported streaming standard that allows skye to be compatible with most Android and Windows devices enabling them to stream music to docking stations anywhere, anytime.
skye WiFi Direct
WiFi Direct is wireless sound straight out of the box. skye has been designed to stream music directly to your speaker system with WiFi Direct, without the need for a WiFi router.
Setting your music free has never been easier.
Wireless sound is all about simplicity, nothing about it should be difficult or complicated. skye has been designed with that premise in mind. Setup is simple and seamless. In order to begin setup, one must connect skye to the WiFi network and follow the straightforward instructions on the skye control app. This setup is only necessary the first time. Once done, you will be able to play music from all compatible devices. A fitting goodbye to the constant headache of pairing your devices as required in Bluetooth receivers.
No cumbersome power supply is needed to charge skye. It simply uses the power supply of the docking station.
If you have more than one music dock, with Airplay or DLNA support, skye enables you to wirelessly move with your music from room to room, streaming music to multiple docks one at a time, all from the palm of your hand. And with iTunes on a Mac or PC you can stream to all your docks simultaneously to fill your entire home with sound.
AirPlay and DLNA support in skye provides blistering high-resolution wireless audio streaming. This means lossless or uncompressed sound quality unlike most Bluetooth receivers, which compress and lower the sound quality. With digital amplification and high quality DAC (Digital to analogue converter), the sound quality is better than docking the device alone. skye works perfectly with every speaker dock we’ve tested, both old and new.
Since skye uses your WiFi network, there is no need for your speakers to be in close proximity to whatever device you’re streaming from—you can easily walk around the house with your phone device or Mac / PC, in contrast to Bluetooth’s short range. As long as you don’t stray out of WiFi coverage your audio will continue playing on whichever speakers you have selected.
With the free skye Control App, it’s a breeze to set up and manage skye. The app will walk you through the simple steps to connect skye to your WiFi network, and choose and manage your settings, all wirelessly. Because we’re sure you'd rather be listening to great music than messing about with cables or flicking through manuals.
*The skye control app is under development and will be available for iOS and Android.
Streaming Music apps and services
Wirelessly stream your favorite music apps and streaming services through your phone, tablet or computer. Listen to popular services without hassle including Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, and many others.
Enhance your gaming and movie experience with blistering lossless audio quality without missing on any details in your sound experience.
No 30-pin music Dock?
Don’t have a 30-pin on your favorite speaker system but still want to enjoy the freedom of wireless audio streaming?
Simply connect the optional 30-pin to AUX 3.5mm + USB cable and use skye with any 3.5mm AUX input. Power is supplied via USB and audio delivered through 3.5mm AUX jack. Alternately you can also use a Charging Dock with 3.5mm AUX output.
We have extensively tested skye with the most popular music docks. We have ensured that it is compatible with all of them, including digital docks.
Click here for a list of music docks that we have tested for compatibility.
skye has been designed primarily with a motive, to add value to your everyday life by combining wireless AirPlay and DLNA technology with your existing music dock.
To give you the freedom to move about as you please, the freedom to enjoy your music and movies when and where you feel like it. It's a glorious goodbye to clumsy audio cables. And it's a fitting end to wireless music receivers that settle for mediocre sound, operational range and compatibility.
Now...set your music free!
Prior to Kickstarter launch:
- Finished final product design including PCB layout, shell design, etc.
- Finished working prototypes
- Conducted extensive functional and reliability tests
- Finalized contract manufacturers
- Finished PCB layout prep work with manufacturer
During Kickstarter campaign:
- Begin plastic injection mold tooling
- Begin development of App for iOS and Android
- Finish plastic injection mold tooling
- Finish App development and submit for approvals
- Begin/Finish packaging design
- Obtain the necessary international certifications (FCC, CE)
- Begin full production run of skye
- Finish full production run of skye
- Ship rewards to backers
The funds raised upon successful funding of this Kickstarter campaign will be used for injection mold tooling, production circuit boards, app development and international certifications.
Risks and challenges
We have built a few functional prototypes and extensively tested all of its key technologies. We have established relationships with experienced contract manufacturers and the product is explicitly ready for manufacture.
We are confident about keeping to our shipping schedule. However, if there are unintended delays during the manufacturing process we will always be transparent and inform our backers, then plan an appropriate course of action.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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