About this project
Outdoor Tech®: the same outdoor designer brand that delivered the Turtle Shell® and Big Turtle Shell® in their first two Kickstarter projects continues to have the biggest and best line of Bluetooth audio products on the market. We're now asking for your help to launch the CHIPS® All-In-One Headphones.
The CHIPS® were born from the constant frustration of trying to listen to music, make/take calls, and ask Siri those ever important questions while on the mountain.
We knew we wanted incredible sound so we included 40MM drivers. We wanted our fingers to stay toasty warm, so we made over-sized buttons to control everything with gloved hands. We also knew it needed to stand up to the elements: IPX4 and the ability to handle frigid temps (-20°C/-4°F). With a built-in mic we could take calls and leave our phone in our pocket.
A year of development and the CHIPS® were born. Best of all, we no longer have to worry about dropping our phone while on the chairlift.
Amazing audio performance on the mountain left us feeling a bit of a letdown with our everyday headphones, so we've created an accessory line to allow us to use our CHIPS® in any setting.
Wireless or Wired - the CHIPS® are ready for anything - killer sound with 40mm drivers, amazing acoustics, and a rugged and durable design.
US Pat D704,676
China Pat ZL 2013 3 0218220.8
European Pat Design 002230466-0001
To expand the CHIPS® from primarily being used in snow helmets, to a true All-In-One Headphone solution we're introducing the following accessories so you can use the CHIPS® in any setting.
Each EVERYTHING pledge includes the following:
(See below for development photos)
K-ROO HELMET POUCH IMAGES
The K-Roo Helmet Pouch is a true game changer - integrate audio into any helmet with v-straps. The K-Roo allows you to take your CHIPS® with you anywhere you go.Super easy to attach and adjust.
STANDARD PLEDGE LEVELS
Each Set of Wireless CHIPS® Includes the Following:
The CHIPS® stemmed from a collaboration to make the greatest helmet audio ever designed back in 2012. The product was first introduced to the trade in January 2013 and first available to the public for the 13/14 Winter, it quickly became the top selling and top rated helmet audio available.
Customers and fans of the brand, immediately began asking us, "Hey, ODT, we love the CHIPS® so much we want to use them all year, can you make some rad stuff for them to go into!?" Why yes, yes we can, and THIS is our answer.
The CHIPS® accessories are the manifestation of our tag line, Stuff You Probably Want®. Thanks for being a part of it and making the project and the brand a success.
EXOSKELETON HEADPHONE PROTOTYPES:
The second Prototype of the EXOSKELETON.
CHIPS® TECHNICAL SPECS:
- Connect to any Bluetooth-enabled device with easy one-touch pairing.
- Rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
- Patented 2-button control systm allows you to adjust volume, change tracks, play/pause music and answer calls from outside your helmet knit without removing your gloves.
- Rugged, minimal design fits into virtually any helmet designed to take audio drop-ins.
- IPX4 sweat and water resistant.
- Reconnects automatically to previously paired device.
- Play Time: 9-10 hours.
- Standby Time: 280 hours.
- Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP for hight quality stereo sound streaming & AVCRP to control track and volume remotely.
- Wireless Range: up to 30 feet.
- Size: 2" x 2" x .5".
- Tested to work perfectly at -20° C/-4° F.
- Weight: .18lbs.
- Driver Size: 40mm.
- Max Volume: 112 decibels.
- Includes: USB charging cable, backup audio line-in cable w/ controls, carry pouch, and instruction manual.
Where Your Money Is Going:
We've already invested a substantial amount of our own money into the design and development process, including tooling, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, acoustic engineering and environmental testing on the CHIPS®, and are nearly ready to begin production on our CHIPS® Accessory Line.
If we hit our fundraising goal, your money will go directly into the production and manufacturing of the CHIPS® Accessory Line and will allow us to complete our initial purchase orders for these core products.
Ultimately your support will allow us to continue making game changing products that you probably want, so please support us, we won't let you down.
We'll keep you apprised of updates to our production calendar throughout the campaign and up to when we fulfill backer's pledges.
December 2014 - Production will begin on Cuff Beanie, Wick-Fit Beanie, and Wick-Fit Headband
January 2015 - Tooling on Exo-Skeleton complete - production prototypes delivered. K-Roo Pouch Production will begin.
February 2015 - Production orders begin arriving in California.
March 2015 - Fulfill all Backer rewards.
Currently we're on schedule to deliver all rewards by March 2015.
Risks and challenges
Our team has done its best to mitigate the risks and challenges for this project.
Outdoor Tech is no newbie to the Kickstarter community, we learned a great deal from the support and feedback from our first two successful projects and delivered EVERY SINGLE REWARD in a reasonable time frame, and we are prepared to do even better this time.
We have trial production samples that are flowing out to the press and key retail buyers now and can proudly state that the CHIPS® Accessories are impressive. We went through a 12+ month development process and are excited with how far we've come.
Having worked with our manufacturer for 3 years we can vouch for their quality and reliability. We've got a firm production schedule and are confident in our suppliers and vendors for both the inputs and manufacturing.
That said, there are inherent risks of delay in the process. We will communicate with both our backers and our manufacturer throughout the campaign to ensure the fulfillment timeline stays true.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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