About this project
Introducing Vinci, Headphones Reinvented
Vinci believes in a future where your headphones are the central hub of your connected world. Over the last two years we've been testing and perfecting a smart, wireless headphone that is controlled by your voice and powered by cloud technology, with no connection needed to your mobile phone.
Wire-free and phone-free, Vinci is perfect for joggers, travelers and all music lovers.
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Vinci allows you to voice control your music when manually choosing songs on your phone is inconvenient. No matter what you're doing - walking, running, or commuting - you can tell Vinci exactly what song or artist you want to listen to, say a specific genre or mood, or let Vinci pick a song for you.
Voice-controlled and hands-free, Vinci connects you with music requests, information, directions, local venue recommendations, reminders, and so much more. When you need Vinci's help, simply say "Hey Vinci" or use one finger to press and hold down on the touch screen, and Vinci will instantly recognize your voice command to assist you right away.
Listen to any song with Spotify, Amazon Prime Music, or SoundCloud.
Vinci is a standalone device, so there's no need to connect to or search your mobile phone. Enjoy total freedom when jogging, traveling, or commuting to work.
Vinci also uses dual-mic noise reduction technology to filter out ambient noise from the desired sound, which improves voice recognition in any noisy environment.
We held a product demo day in New York, and everyone loved our headphones! Check out what New Yorkers have to say about Vinci's "crisp and clear" sound quality, comfort, and easy-to-use interface.
Vinci senses and learns from your body vitals, activities, listening habits and preferences to make intelligent, real-time recommendations. You don't have to choose songs yourself. Vinci learns from your body and activity data to pick songs that match your pace, heart rate, and listening preferences.
Vinci can anticipate what you want — from a song choice to an alternative travel route or commute type — before you even realize you need it.
Vinci also includes an accelerometer, gyrometer, proximity sensor, optical heart rate sensor, GPS, and compass to deliver impressive personalization.
Vinci AI Architecture
With hundreds of thousands of soundtracks from massive music resources, Vinci learns the abstractive representations of songs, powered by deep learning techniques. Sounds will be extracted as signals, and then fed into neural networks after pre-processing.
Bi-directional Long-Short Term Memory (Bi-LSTM) models the sequential patterns of inputs, while more than one layer of fully-connected neural networks (often known as Multi-Layer Perceptron) enables abstractive learning. User profiles are established by their behaviors (such as “like” or “dislike”) towards recommended songs. Such data are accumulated over time and modeled as temporal transition chains.
With statistics learned, preferences are learned accordingly. In this way, Vinci becomes smarter when deciding what to or not to recommend next time, based on "deep learned" user-song matching.
The Most Interactive Headphones, Ever
Vinci is super easy to use. Put the headphones on and music automatically plays. Remove them and music automatically pauses.
Swipe forward/backward to easily change tracks.
Swipe up/down to adjust volume.
- Voice commands can be activated by saying "Hey Vinci" or using one finger to press and hold to talk.
- Listen to text and voice messages read aloud to you by Vinci.
- Online and offline local storage means you can have anytime, anywhere access to your music, maps, information, and more.
Looks Like a Headphone, Acts Like a Computer
Vinci is a standalone device with a powerful dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor, 16 to 32 GB of storage, and its own operating system, built on the Android platform. Vinci's platform technology is built in the cloud and is powered by natural language processing and artificial intelligence, so it gets smarter and smarter, learning from your speech patterns and preferences. Through its machine learning algorithms, the more you wear Vinci, the more intelligent and personalized it becomes.
- Wireless Charging for Vinci Pro - A True Wireless Headphone.
- With 32GB storage, Vinci Pro holds up to 7000 songs in standard MP3 format
- Connect to internet via WiFi or 3G. When there's no internet available, Vinci also works in offline mode.
- Vinci supports standard Bluetooth 4.1 connection to your smartphones (iOS and Android) and computers, for music and calls. Vinci also syncs data with your phone via Bluetooth BLE.
- Vinci has outstanding battery life - up to 3 weeks standby time, 50 hours of music playback via Bluetooth, or 10 hours standalone music playback on Vinci
- Vinci is powered by Vinci Voice OS. Expect regular software updates (auto-updates when connected to the internet) to unlock many exciting new apps and features.
- Vinci is a super expandable platform based on Android. We plan to provide SDK for Vinci OS later and welcome our community and developers to create exciting apps on our headphone platform.
- Vinci also supports 3.5mm audio jack, and can be used as traditional headphones for phones, computers, or any other music players. This mode works without consuming battery power of Vinci.
The combination of incredibly accurate sound placement plus Vinci’s integrated head tracking sensors delivers premium quality and immersive sound.
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Vinci Pro features Smart Noise Cancelling and Audio Transparency Mode. Smart Noise Cancelling includes the Active Noise Cancelling feature, which filters out background noise such as the engine sound of an airplane or a train. Listen to music without distractions.
When Audio Transparency is on, Vinci allows you to hear important ambient noise around you, such as a car or bike horn. Have a safe run with Vinci headphones.
We also demoed our headphones at getgeeked in San Francisco, and everyone loved them there too! Check out what the techies of San Francisco have to say about Vinci's awesome sound quality, design, intelligence, product quality, intuitive UI, comfort, responsive touchscreen, and affordable price:
We've been designing Vinci for two years now. Vinci works with industry-leading designers and audio engineers in both the US and China to develop a beautiful product for a global audience.
We're proud to have received numerous design awards, including:
Combo Rewards Tiers:
$249 - Early Bird Vinci Couple (2X Vinci Regular of your choice)
$309 - Early Bird Vinci X Vinci Pro Combo (One Vinci Regular + One Vinci Pro)
$339 - Early Bird Vinci Pro Couple (2X Vinci Pro)
Distributor Pack - Vinci Regular Distributor Special ($5499)
Distributor Pack - Vinci Pro Distributor Special ($7999)
Note: After the Kickstarter, we will email all of our backers to allow them to choose colors.
Stretch Goal Reward $300K - Additional Colors (Unlocked!)
If we reach $300K in pledges, we will allow our backers to unlock new Vinci and Vinci Pro colors! As implementing new colors requires testing and creating different paintings /dyes to ensure all of the headphones’ components have consistent colors for the exterior surface finishing, ear cushions, and other parts, our supply chain requires a minimum order for additional colors. We have chosen to work with the colors below based on our backers’ popular demand. As such, our stretch goal will offer backers:
One extra Vinci color (Lime Yellow)
and two extra Vinci Pro colors (White or Yellow)!
Stretch Goal Reward $600K - 32GB Storage Upgrade for Vinci and Carrying Cases for Vinci Pro (Unlocked!)
If we reach $600K in pledges, we will give all Vinci Standard backers a free 32GB local storage upgrade and all Vinci Pro backers free carrying cases!
Stretch Goal Reward $1M - Choice between free custom text engraving and carrying case for all Vinci and Vinci Pro backers.
If we reach $1M in pledges, we will give all Vinci and Vinci Pro backers the option to choose between a free custom text engraving on your headphones or a free carrying case.
Please help share our Kickstarter so that we can reach these goals together and make this an even better campaign for all of our backers!
Every Vinci backer enjoys a 7 days-no-questions-asked return and 30 days free exchange.
Founded in September 2014, Inspero Inc. was started by two MIT MBA Alumni, David Zhu and Max Wu. Their vision was to completely rethink headphones by inventing a new way to experience and interact with sound.
The team now consists of 40 talented engineers and designers with many years of experience from companies such as Intel, Oracle, and Microsoft, and from universities such as MIT, Harvard, RISD, and Parsons.
Vinci is headquartered in Beijing with operations in Shenzhen, New York, and San Francisco. Vinci made a strategic decision to be headquartered in China in order to take advantage of China’s robust and ever-innovating supply chain.
In October 2015, the company introduced its first Vinci headphones in China -- the device sold out within six months. The team at Vinci knew its dream of reinventing headphones and the way we interact with sound was a reality.
The fine print
International Backers: We will ship Vinci worldwide, with the exception of Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Myanmar/Burma, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, and Yemen. Please note that you will be responsible for duties, fees and taxes applicable to your region, which in the past have ranged from 0% to 20% in the US and EU countries, to as much as 200% for certain South American countries.
Estimated Delivery: Each reward tier may have a different estimated shipment month. While we do not expect these to change, it is possible that the estimated shipment month may shift. We will provide updates if the estimated shipment date changes. At anytime up until your headphone has shipped, you may request a full refund by emailing email@example.com.
Warranty: We stand firmly behind our products. Each Vinci headset includes a 7-day (after you receive it) money back guarantee, 30-day free exchange, and 1-year limited warranty. Need help? We're here for you. If you have questions at any time, during or after the campaign has closed, you can always reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclaimers Notifications: Vinci headphones must be connected via either wifi/3G or to a smartphone via Bluetooth in order to receive notifications and perform other functions. Heart rate monitor: Vinci’s heart rate (HR) monitor is intended to be a valuable tool that can provide an accurate estimation of the user’s heart rate.
The HR monitor is designed to attempt to monitor a user’s heart rate on a periodic basis. The frequency at which heart rate is measured varies and depends on the level and activity of the user. Vinci headphones are not medical devices and you should not rely on the accuracy of heart rate data for any purpose, especially for medical or health purposes.
Battery life: Actual battery life will vary based in part on cellular network provider, your location and other factors.
3rd party applications: For 3rd party applications that are not native to, or included with, Vinci’s operating software such as Spotify, you must have an account set up with these services to be able to use them with your Vinci device. Additional fees and costs may apply to any such services. Use of third party services is subject to the service’s own terms and conditions.
Wireless charging pad: The wireless charging pad is not included with Vinci Standard. It is only included with Vinci Pro.
Trademarks: Trademarks and names that belong to third parties.
Water resistance: Vinci is splash resistant but not waterproof. Incidental exposure to water–like unforeseeable rain–won’t ruin your device, but submerging the device is not recommended.
Risks and challenges
We are confident that we have done everything possible to minimize risks and challenges to Vinci's Kickstarter backers.
Vinci and Vinci Pro are nearly complete. We’re currently ramping up at our factory and are ready to meet the estimated delivery times. We do not expect any changes to shipment, product or availability.
One of the major benefits of having our business based in China is that we are closer to the source of production and can also be highly selective, working with only the best suppliers and manufacturers. We have teams in New York, San Francisco, Beijing, and Shenzhen, giving us unique oversight and control of the entire supply chain. In particular, our team based in Shenzhen overlooks all factory operations, ensuring both quality and control over the manufacturing process and ensuring that every Vinci component is accurately integrated and optimized.
With our previous comprehensive product and production testing, we are confident to deliver our backers a low-risk, high-quality product on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
No, Vinci can work completely independent from your phone. But, it can also connect to your phone via Bluetooth or wires.
Currently, Vinci offers music streaming from your Spotify, SoundCloud, and Amazon Prime Music accounts. Through future OTA software updates, Vinci can be connected music content services, such as Google Play, Pandora, iHeartRadio, iTunes Music, and more. Alternatively, you can also upload songs directly into Vinci’s local storage.
Vinci’s local storage is 16GB and Vinci Pro’s local storage is 32GB.
Vinci Pro offers several key points of value over regular Vinci:
- Most simply, the larger storage.
- ANC (Active Noise Cancelling), which requires two extra AMS3412 chips (industry top liners). Most other branded headphones with the ANC feature are typically priced over $200.
- HiFi grade DAC. AKM3476 is a premium DAC for mobile devices that offeres HiFi grade sound quality (125Db S/N and -106Db THD).
- Wireless charging, which is difficult to pull off. It requires engineering from the headphone side as well as the charging dock. We believe wireless charging makes Vinci a truly wireless headphone.
You can log into WiFi directly on Vinci. Vinci is also enabled with standalone 3G connectivity that is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile.
Currently, Vinci supports English. However, we are quickly adding new languages in future OTA software updates.
After the Kickstarter, we will email all of our backers to allow them to choose colors.
The shipping cost covers: 1) Overseas shipping. The final product is assembled in China thus the shipping cost was calculated based on origin of manufacturing. 2) We really want to make sure the product arrives promptly and in its best condition. Thus the shipping cost covers quality packaging materials while we work with reliable shipping companies to do this.
We are currently working with these music providers, including Spotify, Amazon Prime Music, and others to provide this feature, which is already enabled with the SoundCloud service on the device.
Yes, users will be able to find local carriers in most countries that support either configuration of the bands below:
Config I: Supports Band 2 and Band 5 (1900MHz and 850MHz, North America)
Config II: Supports Band 1 and Band 8 (2100MHz and 900MHz, Asia, Europe, Australia)
We will send out surveys at the end of the campaign for you to choose your desired configuration.
Yes, additional language options is something we are definitely working on and will be available through future OTA updates.
Yes, you can press the power button to turn off the screen while music continues to play. This will preserve your battery, allowing it to last up to 14 hours.
Yes, we are definitely considering additional colors. Please stay tuned for updates.
Playback via bluetooth will allow up to 50 hours battery life and via local storage will allow up to 12-14 hours.
We care not only about users' music experience, but also most definitely their safety. So far, the device has been through rigorous tests related to cellular radiation, WiFi and Bluetooth. The device has passed the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) certification. We also optimized all WiFi and 3G signal to ensure smooth streaming while maintaining minimum power consumption.
At the moment, to listen to Apple music, you can use bluetooth.
Voice-assistance helps users save time by allowing the user to simply say any song title, artist name, or genre. Dictation actually can save people up to 3x the amount of time as typing. We believe voice-assistance will aid the current music listening experience: turning on your phone, logging in with a password, opening a music streaming app, manually searching or typing to find songs. With voice assistance, you can simply talk to choose songs. If you are vacuuming, lifting weights, shopping, or doing any other activities which may occupy your hands, voice assistance will help you be able to control your music without affecting your other activities.
We currently support MP3, AAC, AMR, FLAC, WAV, AIFF formats.
We are planning to provide SDK to our developers community to create exciting and innovative third party apps on our headphones. The third party apps will be available via our in headphone app stores. Stay tuned for more updates.
So far, we have been testing mostly with standard American English, but we are planning to enable other accents (British English, Austrailian, etc.) very soon!
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