Final components arrive.
We are pleased to announce the last of the long lead time components have arrived. The AKM piezo driver reels, an 18 week lead time part, showed-up Thursday last week.... Read more
Final board design complete. Build in process
We are happy to share the final board we send out for build. You will notice a few changes. In the center left of the board rests the... Read more
First glimpse at the SoundBand you will recieve
With all the feedback and our final thoughts in the design we have now finalized all aspects of SB. The main board, housings, flex connector between the dongle... Read more
New Online Article
The link attached is to the new online article from Xconomy in Detroit.
Updated Shipping Information
As of today we have 2940 updated addresses and or verified addresses. Thank You all so much for your rapid response. If you have not updated yet please... Read more
If you are having trouble finding our email
If you are having trouble finding our email to submit your address update here is an explanation. We are compiling all of your contact information on our servers... Read more
Updated Shipping Information
Many of you have updated your shipping info via the kickstarter email. Please be assured we are recording it and updating your customer profiles as you contact us.... Read more
SB Manual Draft document
We have prepared a manual to go out with the final units. Most of the content is complete, but we still need to finalize after the Beta test. We hope... Read more
Beta Test Program
We would like to share the Beta Test Program documentation with you, to give an idea of what the Beta Backers are experiencing. This documentation was developed to... Read more
Beta Backer Status and Update
Many of our Beta Test Backers have returned our Beta Test Agreements and we have shipped or will be shipping Beta units to them. We look forward to... Read more
Sound test after final tuning
Please keep in mind this is at full volume to show maximum power. This is over 3 times louder than the original SB. This sound beam functions best... Read more
Here is a shot of the assembled soundband. A few more tweeks and we will be ready to finish and ship beta units. We will also send video... Read more
Final Earpiece housing
We received the updated earpiece housings today. You will see the size has been reduced and design improved.
As promised we have included photos of the new over-molded sound beams. As we stated previously, these are brand new, include the flex connector, are much more durable,... Read more
Firmware is on board
Dear devoted backers,
Firmware is on board (you can tell by the updated stickers on CSR chips) and boards are powered up. No "blue smoke" and we are going through... Read more
All the components are placed and we are ready to install the firmwear. We keep you posted with new picks as developments occur. Thanks so much again for... Read more
As promised we are updating with photos of the soundband production and assembly process. Here are some photos of the new SB5 board build. In the photos you... Read more
BOM and Update
We posted in our last update that we were now able to determine the first delivery dates. We are happy to announce we have pinned them down and... Read more
What Is Happening Since Our Last Update
We have been focused on the project and wanted to wait to update until we had the news everyone wants to hear. So here it is. The design... Read more
Still On Track
Routing the Sound Band main controller Printed Circuit Board (PCB) went smoothly this week. As expected, component placement was modified for the PCB to better accommodate various test... Read more
Design to Build Transition
This week we are excited to post some images with our progress report.
Work has been proceeding on the tooling for the two step process for... Read more
Still On track
Hybra continued with hardware revisions to SoundBand this week to resolve differences between the current design and the BlueTooth hardware configuration used by our new software development partner.... Read more
This week we have continued to look at various LiPo battery options, as well as the possibility of incorporating a quick charge circuit for Sound Band. This would... Read more
As always we want to thank all the backers for your support and willingness to work with us to see this through. We continue to work very... Read more
This week's update and the previous week, while waiting for the final DMA tooling design, was focused on verifying every aspect of the Sound Band power supply and... Read more
As indicated in previous updates, we are finalizing several details for the DMA over molding and related tooling/mounting considerations. While this effort is underway, and as time allows,... Read more
Driving Home Details of our Audio Driver
We had very productive meetings with the folks from Asahi Kasei (AK) this week. AK supplies Hybra with the AKM7846B Stereo Audio Class D Amplifier, that drives the... Read more
Another Week And Hard At It!
Last week we reported on our progress with over molding the Sound Band sonic transducer elements as well as improvements made to the main controller circuitry. Of course,... Read more
A Step Forward
As of February 28, 2014, Hybra has been taking advantage of a new engineering and manufacturing team for moving the Sound Band into production. Every aspect of the... Read more
We received the updated 29mm. beams and felt it appropriate to share the sound quality of these longer matched beams, even though they are not over molded yet.... Read more
June 6th. Status Update
In the interim since our last update, many of you requested more details surrounding our efforts to solve the DMA over mold issue. Consequently, we are focusing our... Read more
Thank You For Your Continued Support
Not much to report this week regarding the project. We are still working diligently on the DMA issues and final design details. That said, we want to thank... Read more
SoundBand with Glasses and Helmets #2
It was requested we submit a video of the SoundBand used with a motorcycle/snowmobile helmet. Below is a video showing a helmet placed over the Band.
The following are 2 direct responses from Chris C. The beginning of his response is regarding current injection molding options and seems a bit negative, but in actuality... Read more
Apology to Chris C.
We are writing this update as a public apology to Chris C. In our last update we disclosed a surname for Chris and we are extremely sorry to have... Read more
Weekly update and Chris C's Visit Response
As many of you may know two weeks ago Chris C, fellow backer and rubber injection mold specialist, visited Hybra’s new headquarters in Detroit. Chris viewed the project... Read more
New Servers are Up and Running
As promised our new servers are up and running and the following emails have been created. email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com. Please feel free to send any inquiries, topic specific, to... Read more
Thank You for Your Continued Support
Not much to update this week. We have been pounding through the DMA issues and working with our supplier to get the next round of samples built, so we can... Read more
Sound Band In Use Video
Hello Backers. Hope your weekend is going well. It was requested that we add some video showing the latest soundband in action. So we grabbed our cell phones and put... Read more
Xconomy News Article And video Of SoundBand In Use.
Joe Thiel is a no-nonsense business man who pulls no punches when giving an interview. Consequently, the following article by Xconomy contains some colorful language that some readers may find... Read more
V5 Board in V4 housings with V4 DMA. It was requested we add a photo of the Tooled housings with the V5 board and V4 DMA. So here it is.
V4 Production Board. It was requested that we add a photo of the V4 PCB that was built for production. So here it is.
3rd party feedback and DMAs
We received the third party feedback on our SB5 schematics. This might really interest some but others...not so much. Most all of it is really great news and... Read more
CES 2014: Hybra met with Sound Band's component suppliers and software developers both at the show and in the suites, where additional meetings are held. Most discussions revolved around the... Read more
Hello there backers!
Well here we are in 2014 and we are quite positive this is going to be the best year yet. Sorry we are a bit late on... Read more
As to be expected with the holidays, we are still awaiting finalization of the board fabrication schedule. We're looking forward to the next steps ahead of us, mentioned last week.... Read more
Progress update on the boards! (Driver Board and SB 5.0 Board)
We are finishing up the back-and-forth conversation with the board fabricator for the driver boards. All good... Read more
Sound Band Swag and Stuff
Hey there Backers,
Sound Band Swag and Stuff...
*For the 31 backers giving the awesome gift of Sound Band this holiday season, the gift certificates for the holidays have been... Read more
It has been almost two weeks since we completed the first pass at the DMA Driver schematic design...we have since done additional refactoring, laid out and cleaned up... Read more
First and foremost we want to thank all of the Kickstarter backers. For those backers that continue to vocalize your support for us, we thank you. For those of... Read more
Update and Survey Reminder
Just a quick note:
-There is a new update posted on the Sound Band KS Backer Portal. Check it out when you get a sec!
-If you pledged... Read more
Hello Backers. Happy Friday!
We’re happy to report we have completed the first phase of the redesign. A step up from the previous driver chip indeed!
More details, some photos/short... Read more
Hello there Backers,
The Hybra Team is pretty stoked on where we are with the internal conversation about Sound Band! We have been making great strides toward the new-and-improved slimmer,... Read more
Sound Band and The Big Game!!
Hello, hello (awesome) backers!
Our campaign on Kickstarter has ended, and the Hybra team is keepin' the party goin'! We have just entered a rockstar-status opportunity to win a 30... Read more
Sound Band finish pics are posted
Hey there backers! Well here we are at the last little leg of this awesome campaign! Thank you for all of your support, feedback, comments and suggestions.
During the survey... Read more
New Stretch Goal!
With just a little less than two weeks to go in Sound Band's AWESOME Kickstarter campaign, what do ya' say we add in another stretch goal?! Sound Band's current finishes... Read more
We did it!!
Thanks to you all WE DID IT! We made it to the $400,000 Stretch Goal. WOOHOO!! The Hybra Team is ecstatic to be able to include the 3.5mm jack to... Read more
Announcing: Stretch Goal!!
We are excited to announce the Sound Band stretch goal to you! We're pretty sure you're going to dig it..
Stretch Goal: $400k
Wired/wireless option + charging... Read more
A Special Gift for You!
Announcing: A Special Gift for You!
We are pretty sure that your Sound Band is going to quickly become your favorite new gadget! So what better way to keep Sound... Read more
Hi everyone, We wanted to give you a heads up and let you know that we are adding two new pledging tiers! While the official, limited addition"I'm with the Band"... Read more
WE DID IT!
Hey, Hey Backers! WE DID IT! We reached the funding goal! Wow, wow, WOW! We are honored, thrilled and over-the-moon excited to be able to finally get Sound Band out... Read more
Thank you! Thank you!
As our third day of this exciting campaign comes to an official close (at 9:13 pm EST to be exact!) we want to thank you! You are making this happen... Read more