About this project
We would like to thank all our backers who made Decibullz Contour a reality! Our Kickstarter campaign is over, but you can still order yours on our website www.decibullz.com.
I have been frustrated for years with uncomfortable earphones that wouldn't stay in my ears. So I set out to find an earphone that stayed put, felt good, and sounded great. After extensive research, I concluded that the only way to fit earphones precisely is to mold them to the exact shape of the user’s ear. Unfortunately the current custom molding process is very expensive and very time consuming. So I invented Decibullz, an easy and affordable custom molded earphone.
The Decibullz earphone mold is composed of a nontoxic and biodegradable thermoplastic that makes the molding process remarkably simple: the mold is heated in water, either by microwave or on the kitchen stove, and allowed to cool to slightly above room temperature. The user then presses the mold to his ear, molding it to an exact fit in about four minutes. Once the material has cured, the user has an amazingly comfortable earphone that will never fall out.
If the fit isn't perfect the first time, Decibullz can be remolded until you get the fit you want. It is the only custom earphone system in the world that is re-moldable.
During the last two years I have been working to create an easy and affordable custom molded earphone. Last year I was extremely excited to release the first version of Decibullz. Over the last 12 months Decibullz has created a following of amazing customers. They have given their feedback and ideas to help develop and improve the next generation of Decibullz. I have combined that feedback with everything I have learned in the past two years to create an even better custom molded earphone system.
The new earphone has been painstakingly redesigned to fully utilize the Decibullz custom molds. This allows for custom tuning of the earphones to achieve optimal audio performance.
This new design also makes it much easier for users to create a perfect fitting and great sounding earphone. I have accomplished this by combining our unique molding material with a specially selected silicone tip. The soft tip aligns the earphone in the ear canal and creates a comfortable sound-isolating seal. The tip works in conjunction with the molding material that conforms to the concha (bowl part of the ear) to keep the earphone secure and comfortable. The molding material also creates a second seal for better sound and greater noise isolation. The new earphones have a very low profile so they can be easily used with hats and helmets.
The production model will be an improved version of the fully functional prototype.
The Decibullz system makes molding your custom earphones extremely easy. Simply heat the thermoplastic molds in a cup of water in the microwave, snap on your earphones, and shape the molds to the unique shape of your ears.
The molding material stays pliable at slightly above room temperature for several minutes. This allows it to be placed into the ear and molded safely.
As a designer I jumped at the opportunity to put my skills to use creating a product that I was passionate about. For my early prototypes I tried using silicone, epoxy, wax, and various other materials to create the custom molds. After hundreds of failed attempts I finally developed a material that was safe, comfortable and re-moldable.
The unique properties of the molding material made it extremely difficult to manufacture. In fact, I couldn't find one factory willing to even try it in their expensive machines. As luck would have it one of my neighbors happened to own a manufacturing facility and was willing to help me out. We spent the next several months learning how to manufacture our custom molds.
I released the first version of Decibullz Earphones at CES 2013. Since then Decibullz has received some great media attention and was even selected as one of the Five Best Exercise Headphones by lifehacker.com.
Shortly after the launch of the first generation of Decibullz I began working on improvements for the next version. After several months of designing and testing I have been able to create an even better custom molded earphone system. The new system is easier to mold, sounds better, and has greater noise-isolation than the previous generation.
Custom molded earphones are vastly superior to conventional earphone designs. Because of their custom fit they can be worn for long periods of time and won't become uncomfortable. They also do not become dislodged while participating in vigorous activities and will block out noise better than conventional earphones.
- Headphones Type: Headset - Binaural
- Headphones Form Factor: Custom Molded In-ear
- Connectivity Technology: Wired
- Sound Output Mode: Stereo
- Frequency Response: 20 - 20000 Hz
- Sensitivity: 92 dB
- Impedance: 16 Ohm
- Diaphragm: 0.2 in.
- Magnet Material: Neodymium
- Cord Length: 44 in.
- Additional Features: Noise isolating, Flat anti-tangle cord
- Connector Type: Headset (Stereo 3.5 mm jack)
- Remote: In-line Single Button Remote and Microphone
- Included Accessories: 1 set of custom molds, 3 sets of silicone ear tips S, M, L
I have set a funding goal of $40,000. That will be enough money to bring this new version of Decibullz to market.
General use of funds will be used to create the specialized tools needed to manufacture the new earphone and electronics as well as the new mold design.
I have been working with local manufacturers to develop the methods and machinery needed to manufacture our unique molds. We have perfected our methods and are ready to start manufacturing as soon as we have the tools needed for the new design. All of our molds will be manufactured right here in the USA!
The custom molds will be available in a variety of colors. Backers will be able to choose a color before shipping.
Actual colors may vary
After carefully listening to your requests, we have come up with not one, but TWO stretch goals for you. So, here they are…
$80,000: THREE new mold colors (pink, white and light blue)
$100,000: Upgraded drivers – The new earphones already sound amazing, but with your additional support, we can really put Decibullz in a class of their own.
DECIBULLZ EARPHONE CASE: Embossed with the Decibullz logo our EVA zipper case will keep your earphones safe and tangle free.
DECIBULLZ T-SHIRT: Sport the brand and spread the word with a high quality moisture wicking T-Shirt featuring the Decibullz logo. Available in S, M, L, XL, XXL.
EARLY BIRD: The classic Kickstarter Early Bird. Be among the first to pledge and get the Decibullz Earphone Kit at a discount. The NEW Decibullz Custom Molded Earphones: Everything you need to create amazing custom molded earphones. Kit includes: Decibullz Earphones, one set of custom molds, and 3 sets of silicone tips S, M, and L. You'll get to choose your colors prior to shipping.
THE NEW DECIBULLZ CUSTOM MOLDED EARPHONES: Everything you need to create amazing custom molded earphones. Kit includes: Decibullz Earphones, one set of custom molds, and 3 sets of silicone tips S, M, and L. You'll get to choose your colors prior to shipping.
KICKSTARTER LIMITED EDITION CUSTOM EARPHONES: Everything you need to create amazing custom molded earphones. Kit includes: Decibullz Earphones, one set of limited edition KICKSTARTER GREEN custom molds, and 3 sets of silicone tips S, M, and L.
DECIBULLZ CUSTOM MOLDED EARPHONES AND EARPHONE CASE: Everything you need to create amazing custom molded earphones. Kit includes: Decibullz Earphones, one set of custom molds, and 3 sets of silicone tips S, M, and L. Plus our awesome earphone case!
DECIBULLZ CUSTOM MOLDED EARPHONES AND T-SHIRT: Everything you need to create amazing custom molded earphones. Kit includes: Decibullz Earphones, one set of custom molds, and 3 sets of silicone tips S, M, and L. Plus our t-shirt featuring the Decibullz logo. Available in S, M, L, XL, XXL. You'll get to choose your custom mold colors and shirt size prior to shipping.
DECIBULLZ COLOR COMBO PACK: Includes everything you need to create amazing custom molded earphones plus an extra set of molds in any color. You'll get to choose your two colors prior to shipping.
DECIBULLZ ULTIMATE PACK: Includes everything you need to create amazing custom molded earphones plus one set of molds in each color (including the new stretch goal colors) and our t-shirt featuring the Decibullz logo. Available in S, M, L, XL, XXL. You'll get to choose your shirt size prior to shipping.
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Risks and challenges
We've done our best to keep the risks and challenges minimal for this Kickstarter project. We have made every effort to keep this project simple.
Our delivery timeframe is achievable even if we do encounter a few setbacks. This project will be difficult, but we have done our homework (double checked it) and we know this project can be completed in a timely manner.
We will be doing all the final assembly and packaging here in the US. The longest lead time process will likely be the tooling and molding of the earphones. If there are delays this is most likely where they will occur.
We have already perfected the manufacturing process of our unique molding system. So the main challenges will be in the tooling of the new earphone molds. We expect to have most all those issues resolved well before delivering product. The worst case scenario would be delays due to the final earphones not meeting our rigorous standards.
Backer communication will be a top priority. As we progress we will post weekly and or daily updates. This way backers will know exactly what is happening at each stage.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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