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Last updated December 10, 2014

Amp for iPad Air 2™ and iPad Air™

The First iPad Air 2™ or iPad Air™ Theater-Experience Speaker Case

Amp for iPad Air 2™ and iPad Air™

The First iPad Air 2™ or iPad Air™ Theater-Experience Speaker Case

$13,705
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
64
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, December 10 2014 1:02 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated December 10, 2014

About

Amp transforms your iPad Air 2™ or iPad Air™ with an integrated low profile hi-fidelity stereo bluetooth speaker solution. Amp creates rich room-filling audio wherever you go and is the first premium wireless iPad Air™ case of its kind. You can even use any Bluetooth wireless device like an iPhone, Android and other tablets too to play great content through Amp without placing it into Amp.

We love the iPad Air™. It delivers a high quality visual experience, but the audio isn’t all that we desire. If you want to watch a movie with a friend or share music at a party, you have to settle for mediocre audio or lug a separate speaker along with you.  

Amp is designed to fill your room with incredible sound at double the volume of most portable Bluetooth speakers. Because the speakers are located on the left and right of your iPad Air™, you’ll actually hear the theater experience, just as if you were there when the movie, show, or music was originally recorded.

Amp is designed to give you high quality sound with combined case-like, portable protection for your iPad Air™.

Simply take your iPad Air™ anywhere you want to go, flip down Amp’s built-in stand, unfold the speakers, and let the audio share itself with everyone around.

The iPad Air™ snaps into place and is always ready to use with its rechargeable battery that lasts for 7 hours. Just turn it on with the push of a button, and wirelessly connect with iPad Air™. Closing the flat acoustic panels turns Amp off automatically.

 
                                         
    

 

Amp is a Bluetooth speaker system that enhances the iPad Air™ experience by providing exceptional audio quality with deeper lows and crisper highs. With Amp, you’ll get room-filling sound no matter where your life may take you. It’s engineered with amazing technology that converts flat honeycomb fiber acoustic panels, into hi-fidelity speakers.

Since Amp is built around the iPad Air™, it’s always along for the ride wherever you take it. Your iPad Air™ can snap out and back whenever you need it. Amp can connect with any Bluetooth audio source including your iPhone™ or other smartphone or device when iPad Air™ isn’t connected.

Amp is built with flat electromagnetic speaker technology, with high-tech resin fiber and large but thin honeycomb acoustic panels which span the entire height of the iPad Air™ screen. 

The Amp speakers fold out into position - to the left and right of the iPad Air™ screen. With the perfect speaker locations, pristine amplifier technology, and advanced digital sound processing, Amp delivers stereo and spatial imaging like no other integrated speaker solution available today.

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Unfold to 85 degrees. 

This is the ideal position for viewing movies, shows, and listening to music. 85 degrees allows your speaker panels to emit a theater like experience for your personal enjoyment.

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This position is perfect for using the screen to type or browse the web at a comfortable position. The speaker panels are rotated around to the rear, stand rotated out with Amp turned around.

Low-angle.

Great for both listening to audio while also being in a position to type or interact with websites.

All closed up

This position lets you carry your iPad Air™ with you and while keeping the screen and exterior protected from life’s little mistakes.

Over two years ago, we saw an amazing technology in speakers. This technology brought room filling sound to users by utilizing special kinds of flat speaker panels. Everyone who we shared this technology with was amazed and they usually asked “Where is the sound coming from?” When they saw the source of the sound on the back of the flat panels, they couldn’t believe their ears and eyes.

It took our frustration of watching so many people’s struggle to share great videos or music on their iPad Air™, to realize the connection we could create between these speakers and the iPad Air™. When we started making simple prototypes to test the idea, everyone told us we had to make this become a reality.

That single motivator was what sparked our passion for creating Amp.

Technology behind it

- Multiple codecs: A2DP, DSP 

- 2,000 mAh 3.7v Lithium Ion rechargeable battery 7 hour + run time 

- 2 ultra low profile electromagnetic exciters 

- 2 resin fiber honeycomb acoustic panels 

- 2 Aluminum frame acoustic structures 

- Microfiber optical quality fabric covering acoustic panels 

- iPad Air screen protection

Amp elevates the experience of what the iPad Air™ is all about. It’s as elegant as the iPad Air™ itself, and extends the experience that truly amplifies everything you watch and hear. Aluminum acoustic frames around the speaker panels bring the quality of iPad Air™ beyond its previous limitations. 

It expands the presence of beauty that will amaze friends and business associates. The smooth gliding hinges let the speaker panels and stand stay where you place them. The microfiber cloth that covers the speaker panels are the same materials used to clean SLR camera lenses and precision optical eyewear. We spared nothing in hand-selecting the best mechanics and materials to create Amp.

Ease of use & quality

We’ve designed both the electronics and the mechanics to work seamlessly and hassle free in conjunction together. 

Placement Setup:

Snap iPad Air™ into Amp by placing the long edge along the bottom.

A slight groove captures the lower length and lets the top hinge fall into place easily. Then push the top length down and it will click into the recess with a light snap. 

Removal is as easy as unsnapping the center of the top length. Amp is held confidently along the center with a gap for your finger to release it from the rear!

Auto-Perfect

Amp’s firmware seamlessly integrates our OIO audio profile optimizer for an all-encompassing sound experience. Our optimizer automatically adjusts your audio’s output to ensure that the sound emitting from your Amp is perfect with every beat.

Speakers that pack a punch

When we saw such advanced technology integrated into the flat-disc speaker exciters used in the Amp, we realized we had something special. Our speaker exciters produce not only volume enhanced sound, but also provides incredible doubled audio output levels.

Connecting has never been easier

Connecting your iPad Air™ to Amp is as simple as 4 easy steps:

1. Turn on Amp by simply pressing the left “O” button located at the bottom of the device.

2. Then press the right “O” pairing until it begins to flash.

3. Locate your iPad Air’s Bluetooth settings in General settings

4. Choose to connect to “OIO Amp”

Done. When your Amp and iPad Air 2™ or iPad Air ™ are on, they will connect and play automatically.

Stereo Sound. Enough Said.

With two beautiful speakers positioned on opposing sides of your iPad Air™, the Amp gives you unmatched stereo sound that makes you feel as if you are part of the movie, the concert, or cooking show that you are watching.

Hinges that stay

Amp was crafted with metal torsion hinges to keep your speakers and stand in-place. Torsion technology means you never worry about your iPad Air™ or speakers moving out of place.

A battery that lasts

Amp has a 2,000 mAh Lithium Ion rechargeable battery that lets you enjoy your quality audio for upwards of 7 hours on a single charge. With long-lasting battery power, you can now enjoy continual Netflix watching without the worry of running low.

Charging made simple

We made it extremely easy for you to charge your Amp speakers whenever need be. Simply plug in the OIO cable directly into the charging port on the Amp and then use your iPad Air™ USB wall adapter to plug right into the nearest outlet.

Auto shut-off

Amp turns off when the speaker panels close over the screen. Or, if you forget and leave Amp on without anything playing, it will automatically turn itself off after 30 minutes.

When it came to sharing moments on the iPad Air™ with his family, Gregg, our lead designer, was extremely frustrated. He could easily share his screen with everyone around, but none of his family members or friends could hear the audio that went with it. He knew there had to be a better way to give the iPad Air™ audio quality that matched its other great experience qualities. And so the innovation process began.

Inspired by a desire to change the way our world is amplified, the OIO team set out to discover a way to make high quality shareable audio as portable as the iPad Air™ itself. High quality sound that could be taken wherever your life leads you. The team started with the core foundation, a small speaker. We then began crafting, testing, and prototyping every possible solution. Relentless in finding the answer, after two years of innovation we finally perfected the design you now know as Amp.

We are a team made up of product designers, business strategists, and engineering masterminds. As members of Design Central, a product design studio based in Columbus, Ohio, we’ve designed products for many brands such as LG, Hoover, and Samsung just to name a few.

Our development roadmap

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We want to thank you. You are the one that believes in a world amplified.

Be the first to enjoy Amp by taking advantage of our special discount offers only available to our Kickstarter backers on the upper right of this page.

Gregg Davis 

Product Designer & Innovator

A product design and innovation veteran, Gregg is passionate about transforming technologies that changes people's lives.

Tim Friar

Designer & Strategist

Tim has experience in design, business and manufacturing. His strengths and varied experience ensure that we give you a product of highest quality.

Todd Macy

Engineer & Mentor

Todd turns OIO's great ideas into amazing realities. He is an engineer by trade, and a mentor with boundless troves of experience in product development and coordination of manufacturing.

Additional team members: Alvaro Saavedra, Luke Stonis, Sara Shipley
Additional team members: Alvaro Saavedra, Luke Stonis, Sara Shipley

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With your help, we can get Amp into production. You are the difference that will make Amp a reality. And because of your support on Kickstarter you get backer prices, and everyone who backs Amp wins. After the Kickstarter campaign the suggested retail price will be $249. 

What's in the box

  • Amp Bluetooth Speaker

  • OIO charging cable

  • Guide booklet
(Please note - all references to iPad Air ™ for Amp apply to both iPad Air ™ & iPad Air 2 ™ models. Other earlier iPads will not snap into the Amp click-fit form.)

iPad Air 2 ™ and iPad Air ™ are property of Apple Computer Inc.

Risks and challenges

Challenges

The conversion from the prototype and our engineering CAD data design to the final engineering approach for production is performed by the manufacturer we’ve selected. They are an excellent company that produces superb quality audio products for American and German brands and they have a lot of experience. While we don’t anticipate delays from their work, we can’t predict everything possible. We know that some electronic parts like chips, capacitors, and other electronics can sometimes have lead times that are longer than normal. We don’t think that there will be any longer lead times for the components we have specified, but the manufacturer will confirm that once they place the orders.

Risks

There are risks with any supply chain and procurement process and those risks apply here. We don’t think that there will be significant risks to the design or engineering, since this is our business and we’ve built many prototypes already. We are going to work closely with the manufacturer to make certain that the manufacturing tooling supports the excellence in design quality we’ve already created.

Shipping dates

We know that the initial order timing may be the most challenging to project accurately since the first units to be produced will not be released until they pass our intense quality control standards.

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    December delivery timing goal! We will crank our process to do everything possible to get you one Amp before December 24! You’ll be one of a select number who will get one of our ‘Beta’ models to use right away! You’ll be able to give us your feedback to help us improve Amp as we make progress moving forward! Not only will you have this ‘Beta’ production unit, but we’ll send you another unit in March of 2015. We have to limit our quantities at this pledge level since these will have to be assembled and air shipped in a short time frame.

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    Get 2 Amps! Get 2, one for yourself and one for a friend! At this amount it’s only about $165 each which is about $84 off the suggested retail. Who would love one as much as you will?!

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    Friends or Family pack of 3 Amps shipped in first quarter of 2015. This pricing is a fantastic value compared the retail of $747 for 3 Amps at suggested retail of $249 each!

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    Innovator Special. We will arrange a special day with you and our team and give you an inside peak at how we innovate and how we brought Amp to life. You’ll receive one Amp and lunch and dinner with us. You cover your travel to our office in Columbus and back and your hotel costs.

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