About this project
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The same outdoor designer brand that delivered the Turtle Shell® in its first Kickstarter project has since grown to have the biggest and best line of Bluetooth audio products on the market, and is now asking for your help to launch the Big Turtle Shell® - the pinnacle of big Hi-Fi sound in an extreme package. Please help support our brand to launch our latest and greatest speaker and to keep working hard to create Stuff You Probably Want.
Your boombox just got re-invented. We've created a rugged, shock proof, water resistant bluetooth speaker with a huge battery that doubles as a PowerBank. The Big Turtle Shell® Bluetooth speaker will give you the best wireless audio experience in any setting; from the beach to the pool party, the campfire to the backyard BBQ, The Big Turtle Shell® can handle it all with style and ease (otherwise known as Steez, according to Urban Dictionary).
The evolution of Outdoor Tech® has been shaped by this constant push and pull, to stay connected but not tethered.
Our blood boils with design, style and creation. From our magical home in Southern California we aim to create products that serve real needs, for real people that do real things. We don't define ourselves by the space that confines us, but we do draw from it.
Our mission is to bridge the gap between great design and accessories for an active lifestyle by creating Stuff You Probably Want.
The Big Turtle Shell® provides a full wireless audio experience. Using Bluetooth 4.0 technology, the Big Turtle Shell® wirelessly connects with your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any other Bluetooth-enabled device to bring you 110 decibels of auditory bliss. It streams crystal clear audio from a range of over 30 feet and will play for 16 hours on a single battery charge.
The Big Turtle Shell® is capable of 360° omnidirectional sound when laying down. You can also place the Big Turtle Shell® on its side for directional sound not unlike other traditional brick shaped speakers. It's your choice, not ours.
Your Big Turtle Shell® is built with a powerful and rugged housing so you no longer have to be afraid of taking your speaker off of your coffee table and into the wild. The Big Turtle Shell® was built for the wild, it's begging you to take it to the extreme corners of the world, but it will settle for your bi-weekly shower jam session if that's the best you can throw at it.
The same great water and dust resistance as the original Turtle Shell® - IPX6 - means that you can take the Big Turtle Shell® everywhere without having to worry about it getting ruined by the elements.
Made for a life on the go - the Big Turtle Shell® is easy to handle, mount, pack, and take with you.
7800 milliamps of battery power (more than 3x that of the Big Jambox) gives the Big Turtle Shell® the capability to charge external devices through it's power bank via the USB port. It will charge your iPhone 4 times, your Samsung Galaxy 3 times and your power thirsty GoPro 6 times!
OUTDOOR TECH 2014:
PASSING THE MOONSHINE TEST*:
*Disclaimer: this is a video showing adult actions of irresponsible
adults doing irresponsible things with the Big Turtle Shell. It is not
intended to withstand Moonshine, but apparently it does.. Enjoy, don’t try this at home, and by all means DON’T PARTY WITH
YOUR BIG TURTLE SHELL, THAT’S NOT COOL, AT ALL.
BIG TURTLE SHELL DEVELOPMENT
Early sketches of the Big Turtle Shell
Initial renders of the Big Turtle Shell
First shot of the Big Turtle Shell form.
The new form alongside the Small Turtle Shell.
The Big Turtle Shell after a long night - ready for a warm fire and another round.
- Bluetooth Compliance : BluetoothÆ v4.0 System
- Music Enhancements : aptX codec technology,MP3/AAC decoder
- Frequency Band : 2.4GHz ISM
- Band . RF : Class 2, 9dBm RF transmit power
- Operating Range : Over 30 feet
- Power Source : Lithium ion rechargeable battery cell 7800mAh total
- Speaker : 4Ω,rated power 3W/max power 5W x2
- Playback Time : Up to 16hrs
- Standby Time : Up to 325hrs
- Audio In : 3.5mm audio jack
- Audio Out : 3.5mm audio jack
- Waterproof : IPX6
- Weight : about 1000g
It’s cliché for sure, but The Big Turtle Shell® was a real team effort. The form factor was by in large in tact from the original Turtle Shell, it needed to be enlarged and done in a way that would maintain the design aesthetic and not make it looks oblong while allowing for the massive passive radiator and the two oversized drivers.
Caro Krissman was the lead creator of the Big Turtle Shell® and developed the dual orientation sound feature that sets it apart from any other speaker. The ID, sketches and early development was done in house by the same designer as the original Turtle Shell. This team has successfully designed and brought to market more high quality Bluetooth audio in the last 18 months than teams 10x their size and with 10x the budget.
We are a scrappy group of expert product developers determined to bring you Stuff You Probably Want.
We have been working on this for a long time, it hasn't been easy but someone had to do it. Now help us take that last step and you can be the first to have the amazingly loud, super portable, and aesthetically pleasing Big Turtle Shell®.
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 and are nearly ready to begin production.
If we hit our fundraising goal, your money will go directly into the production and manufacturing of the Big Turtle Shell® and will allow us to complete testing and costly certifications such as FCC, CE and BQB.
Additionally we are developing an app that makes it possible for you to play music from multiple speakers simultaneously without wires, this process has begun but is costly and we need your help for it.
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.
Our current production calendar allows us to tweak (if necessary) design and materials, submit IP, complete testing and certification, design and produce packaging, as well as produce our first purchase order to deliver to backers by June 2014.
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 the first successful project and delivered EVERY SINGLE UNIT in a reasonable timeframe, 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 Big Turtle Shell® is impressive. We went through a 6+ 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
June is a safe delivery estimate for current backer rewards.
The quality of the sound is very similar to that of the Turtle Shell 2.0 (this is our upgraded speaker from the original Turtle Shell that had a little bigger bass and aptX) but of course substantially louder than the smaller Turtle Shell.
The other big change in audio is not only the volume but also the ability to output the sound in two ways, lying flat with the 360 degree sound and upright with the directional sound.
The Big Turtle Shell is rated an IPX6 for water and dust resistance.
IPX6 - Protects from powerful water jets. So if you modified your super soaker with an air compressor and an aftermarket tip, your stuff is still safe.
The weight of the Big Turtle Shell® is approximately 2.2 pounds/1000 grams.
The dimensions are: 11 inches x 6 inches x 3.5 inches
12 months from the date of purchase (in the case of Kickstarter - date of shipment) warranty for any defects. We will either fix or replace the unit.
Our customer service team is awesome, that is something we take a great deal of pride in and have excelled at. We want our customers, no matter where they bought the products to be stoked for life on Outdoor Tech.
The technical specs are as follows:
. Bluetooth Compliance : BluetoothÆ v4.0 System
. Music Enhancements : aptX codec technology,MP3/AAC decoder
. Frequency Band : 2.4GHz ISM Band
. RF : Class 2, 9dBm RF transmit power
. Operating Range : Over 30 feet
. Power Source : Lithium ion rechargeable battery cell 7800mAh total
. Speaker : 4Ω,rated power 3W/max power 5W x2
. Playback Time : Up to 16hrs
. Standby Time : Up to 325hrs
. Audio In : 3.5mm audio jack
. Audio Out : 3.5mm audio jack
. Waterproof : IPX6
. Weight : about 1000g
The Calamari 3-in-1 Charging Cable contains the following: 30 pin, Lightning, and micro USB.
Yes! The Big Turtle Shell has 3.5mm input and output ports. So you can daisy chain them.
We are also using some of the funds from Kickstarter to create an app that allows the use of multiple Big Turtle Shells, wirelessly.
Currently the Big Turtle Shell® is being offered only in Black, but we hope to add an additional color over the next year.
We are using 3x 2600 mAh battery cores for a total of 7800 mAh. It is a high quality lith-ion cell that we have vetted and used in a lot of units for the past year.
The Big Turtle Shell uses a 14V brick power supply.
Yes! We will send out a survey at the end of the campaign, and you will be able to select your color for the Turtle Shell 2.0.
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