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It's very common that earphones easily fall down from our ears and this continuous fall-off of earphones brings us great inconvenience. For example, when we are running and listening to the music, we always have to put our EarPods back on from its continuous fall-off; when we are riding the bike with music on, we have to pay attention to re-wear our EarPods; even during our daily body movement, our EarPods may fall down. Once we put on EarPods, we have to be cautious and our movements become restricted.
The Perfect Matching of Your Ears and EarPods with the Help of GTEAR
Wearing GTEAR, EarPods will be in our ear canal steadily so we don't have to worry about EarPods anymore. This comfort after wearing GTEAR is not only in doing sports, also in any single moment of our lifes.
In almost a year, we made some researches in many different ways and we found that due to the single fixed size of EarPods, for many users, there is still some space left between the ear canal and the EarPods wearing them. It is just the remaining space which causes the constant fall-off the earphones. When we found out the problem, we began to work on a solution. At first, we put the AB glue into the remaining space. After adding the AB glue, EarPods is relatively stable.
Afterwards, when the glue took shape, we made a 3D scanning of it. In this way, we collected data of different ear canals among 200 people. After collecting and analyzing the data, we designed an ergonomic product.
GTEAR adopts Durable Layered Materials combing strength, toughness and flexibility. The black part is made of soft material while the white part is made of hard plastic. Owing to GTEAR, EarPods has no space to move, which makes EarPods fit better the ear canal. Because of the soft material, GTEAR can fit different ear canals. And GTEATR will offer three sizes to satisfy different ear canals.
Each pack of GTEAR has three sizes and every size can be slightly adjusted on the EarPods. The soft materials of the black part ergonomically allow GTEAR slightly to change its shapes to fit your ear canals. In this way, GTEAR can better fit different ears, and your ears and EarPods will have a perfect matching through GTEAR.
GTEAR has three sizes : L/M/S and every pack of GTEAR includes three sizes.
Fine adjustment: the grid of GTEAR is perfect for you to adjust your EarPods to your ears and also to fit completely the empty space of EarPods.
We will begin mass production once we complete crowdfunding, and we predict that we will send products in September. Our experience tells us that various unexpected things will happen from the design of product to the final production. Therefore, in order to ensure a perfect product, we have had all kinds of tests, which include the materials tests, mould tests, color tests, and so on. Here, we should point out that our materials apply TPE and PC which are both safe to your health and you need to pay attention to it if you are allergic to TPE.
It is exciting for us to design an accessory to make Earpods perfect instead of abandoning it.Now our whole project is mature. We hope that we can receive more orders through crowdfunding. In this way, we can reduce the unit price to reach a reasonable price. We need your support and promotion to make the mass production of GTEAR possible.
GTEAR, simple, useful and convenient, will give you a better experience. Our project is nearing completion. Now, we are looking for global co-partners. If you want to order wholesale or become a distributor of GTEAR please contact us through: firstname.lastname@example.org
Before starting this project, I asked myself a simple question: how can I improve the fall-off of EarPods? Should I buy another more steady earphone?
NO! The Apple Inc. has provided me with several Earpods and I can not just throw them away. We change our electronic products frequently, which is bringing harm to our planet.
According to the report of UN studies, the world manufacturing electronic garbage is pilling up, which is 41.8 million tons last year, but only 15% for recycling, that is only 6.5 million tons for recycling.
It is exciting for us to design an accessory to make Earpods perfect instead of abandoning it. Now our whole project is ready. We hope that we can receive more orders through crowdfunding. In this way, we can reduce the unit price to reach a reasonable price. We need your support and promotion to make the mass production of GTEAR possible.
The number of electronic waste around the world will rise by 20% in 2018, that is 50 million tons, which is due to increase electronic equipment sales and shorten life of the electronic products.
The quick development and update of electronic products make them have a short lifespan . And because they are hard-to-recycle, it's threatening our environment but it is impossible to stop the development. The following ways are some feasible ways to alleviate the problem.
Throwing away or recycling one EarPods is not enough to harm or improve the environment. When tens of thousands of millions EarPods are together, the situation is the opposite. Your actions make this project more meaningful.
UONO Design studio is a young team in Shenzhen
The soul of UONO is “reflection on design”, which is also our concept. The concept of UONO is that every product will be designed through rational consideration and every new design will maintain initial determination.
This is our first time to launch a crowdfunding. Though GTEAR is very simple, it can satisfy our demand.
GTEAR is an accessory which can prevent your EarPods falling down, thus making your EarPods perfect.
Risks and challenges
We’re so passionate about this project that we’re committed to doing everything in our power to solve any challenge that may arise along the way – that’s a promise!
Here are a few risks and challenges that we can think of:
Product Manufacturing Delays
• We’ve produced a small run of samples and we feel confident that a large production order will be successful; however, it is common that factories can have unforeseen setbacks.
• We plan to stay in constant communication with our manufacturer including working on-site to resolve any challenges that may arise.
• Shipping a large number of products at once can be a daunting task for a small team.
• To help us with this challenge, we’ve segmented the shipping process into groups.
• Early birds will get their products first. Regular orders will get their products second. All other orders will be processed as soon as possible after the Kickstarter orders have been sent out.
• We’ve had some experience shipping products internationally, including lost packages.
• Even if it means sending out a product three times, we are committed to make sure it gets into your hands.
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