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    1. Heri Sim
      Superbacker
      on November 12, 2012

      Thanks Tom. Keep it going Vittorio! With your skills, we know you can deliver.

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      Tom on November 6, 2012

      Vittorio, as far as I can tell from the limited information available it seems quite likely that they are using the same technique as you so if they do have a patent then you do need to pay attention to it - it doesn't matter whether you came up with the idea independently of them, unfortunately you will still need to license the technology from them - that is how patents work.

      Obviously it is still unfair for someone to call your product a clone without knowing whether you knew about the other product before you came up with this (I prefer to believe that you didn't know about it).

      It looks to me like there are plenty of reasons why your product has a higher price - you have a rechargable battery (the ifrogz product does not), and you're adding some other features that they do not have. This is unlikely to help in terms of patent issues though.

      I strongly recommend that you get some advice from a patent lawyer or at least get in touch with nearfa to find out if your product is covered by their patent (currently described as 'pending' hence worth getting some advice from a lawyer). At least then you can factor in any licensing costs. It may be that because you have perhaps extended the use of the technology (to receive data via sound modulation) that you can file for an improvement patent (http://www.tms.org/pubs/journals/JOM/matters/matters-9501.html) which might help with negotiating license fees for the basic patent.

    3. Vittorio Monteverdi Creator on November 4, 2012

      @Heri: Reading the technical specifications of iFrogz, Freakvibe does beat it on every field. We do use EMI emissions. For the NFC replacement the answer is yes and not. Freakvibe can receive data through sound modulation but it can't send data yet.

    4. Heri Sim
      Superbacker
      on November 4, 2012

      Would love to get a better picture before I spread the word-of-mouth to my many friends & relatives who depend on my advice. Hope to hear a good response! Thanks!

    5. Heri Sim
      Superbacker
      on November 4, 2012

      Can you beat the sound quality of the iFrog Boost? The SQ reviews here are paltry for this tech: http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/reviews/entry/ifrogz-boost-near-field-audio-amplifying-speaker/

      This is using EMI emmisions or vibrational microphone? Reminds me of the hacker tech used to unlock anti-theft shopping cart wheels using MP3 played from any mobile phone.

      Can this be a simple replacement for NFC on apple devices?

    6. Vittorio Monteverdi Creator on November 4, 2012

      @Heri: Nope, as we didn't look at their technology. We are not interested in their patent both they have it or not.

    7. Heri Sim
      Superbacker
      on November 4, 2012

      I guess you are aiming for a different look (with addon feature set). But the basic technology is patented by these guys: http://nearfa.org . Are you a licensee, just like iFrog?

    8. Vittorio Monteverdi Creator on November 4, 2012

      @Heri: Freakvibe is completely different to iFrogz. The prototype shown in the video has nothing to do with that. Please read our project page :) Thanks for your support.

    9. Heri Sim
      Superbacker
      on November 4, 2012

      How come no-one here has realized that this is a clone? The one in the video is not a prototype, but a $40 device sold here: http://www.zagg.com/ifrogz/accessories/boost-external-speaker-audio-smartphone…

    10. Vittorio Monteverdi Creator on November 3, 2012

      @Jamie: When using the Syncless Mode it will use sound frequency modulation to transmit metadata. When connected to bluetooth it will use the bluetooth protocol. Thanks for your support! :)

    11. Vittorio Monteverdi Creator on November 3, 2012

      @Jamie: When using the Syncless Mode it will use sound frequency modulation to transmit metadata. When connected to bluetooth it will use the bluetooth protocol :)

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      Jamie Welch on November 3, 2012

      I'm on board! Looking forward to seeing the project completed. One question: does the Freakvibe get the song name, battery info, etc via bluetooth? I'm confused on how that works.

    13. Niclas Andersson on November 1, 2012

      I guess it would get too expensive, but wireless (QI) charging would be awesome! Nexus 4 and some Nokia phones are already supporting it. Although, maybe it would interfere with the wireless music thingy. =)

    14. Vittorio Monteverdi Creator on October 30, 2012

      @Arnold: There is no problem to include an addon top cover. We will post an update with the new accessories (connectors kit, addon cover) soon. Thank you!

    15. Arnold A Sitorus on October 30, 2012

      And an add-on top cover for people that prefer the original clean design.
      IMO the front grill make it look just like any other speaker, take away the discreet, smooth and clean design.

    16. Vittorio Monteverdi Creator on October 30, 2012

      We are studying a removable charging connector so you will be able to switch between, iphone 30pin, lighting, micro usb, mini usb. Stay tuned!

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      DRL on October 30, 2012

      Will there be an option to not have an idevice charging option? I liked the simplicity of the old design. Seems more universal that way.

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      Tom on October 29, 2012

      I'd like to see an option for usb charging too - I have a android phone and I'd rather there was a standard size USB socket to plug standard phone charging cables into - that would support all new phones rather than constraining it to apple devices. That would preferable to the dock style that is suggested by the pictures of the new design... Especially since the phone seems best placed flat on the top to transmit the audio from the speaker.

    19. Ben Stottlemyer on October 29, 2012

      Since the update with the iPhone charger, will there be an option for a mico usb charger as well?

    20. Parker Rounds on October 26, 2012

      Will the Bluetooth be able to make pairings using the NFC. Using the NFC to pick up speaker frequencies is innovative, didn't know it could do that.

    21. Andrea Mannini on October 26, 2012

      Seen, bought! It's simply amazing, can't wait to have it!!1!1!

    22. Niclas Andersson on October 26, 2012

      Nice! Must have missed it, it's right there on the page. Thanks for a great Kickstarter!

    23. Vittorio Monteverdi Creator on October 26, 2012

      @Niclas Andersson: Infact! Freakvibe has both line input / output 3.5mm headphone jack. You can already connect freakvibe output to your home teather :))

    24. Niclas Andersson on October 26, 2012

      One thing that would be cool, is if there were a RCA output or 3.5mm headphone jack. That way you could plug it in to your receiver or speakers! I'm sure the sound quality is great on the Freakvibe, but bigger is better right? =)

    25. Maxim Smirnov on October 26, 2012

      Thats great one! Thanks, Vittorio!!!
      Just 3 questions:
      1) What about the dimension?
      2 )What about Li-On Rechargable battery - how long it will play music?
      3) Can you upload pic of aluminium one?

    26. Niclas Andersson on October 25, 2012

      Wohoo, I'm number two! Actually thought about buying a bluetooth speaker for my phone today. I'm glad I didn't!

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      Jacopo Vanetti on October 25, 2012

      It's very amazing!!!!! Great Idea and Great Design!!!