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MoonLight LabsBy MoonLight Labs
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MoonLight LabsBy MoonLight Labs
First created
$8,088
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
99
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, August 27 2016 6:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

What is JackFlip

JackFlip is an intuitive physical switch that helps you toggle the microphone quickly and easily during conference calls.  With JackFlip you don't need to find and press the mute button on your screen.

JackFlip works with all of your devices.  JackFlip works with not only your smartphones, and tablets, but also your laptops.  This means that you can use JackFlip when you're using Skype, Facetime, Hangouts, WebEx, or other collaboration software on your laptop.

The Problem

The mute button on the screen is difficult to use when you're doing something else on the phone.  Especially, when you're on a video call while driving, it is very challenging to toggle between your navigation app and press the mute button.  Also, when you get locked out after a while, it takes a lot of time to come back in to the phone app to press the mute button.  It just takes too many steps to toggle this simple feature.  On the other hand, most collaboration software on the computers have the mute button or even short cuts, but they are not standardized.  

There are a handful of headsets that have the mute function, but all of them require a USB connectivity, which doesn't apply to mobile phones.  Moreover, why waste another USB port when you have a 3.5mm audio port being unused?  

PC peripheral companies made USB to 3.5mm audio converters that help you achieve this function, but the prices are close to $100  and very bulky to carry around.

Why JackFlip?

  • In the open office - Office these days don't have walls.  Your audience doesn't need to hear what your colleagues chat about last night's party.
  • Multi-tasking with your phone - When you're doing something else with your phone, it is very cumbersome to press that mute button.  
  • Taking multiple calls - Sometimes you need to lead a call while just listen in another.  Mute one call while you work on the other.   
  • At home - Whether it's your kids playing in the background or your dog barking, you don't want to leave an impression that you're working from home today.
  • In the car - Don't use bluetooth in your car.  The sound quality is terrible and the background noise is unbearable.  You don't know this because you never heard your voice on bluetooth, but everyone else does.  Eliminate your background noise with JackFlip, safely and easily.
  • Walking on the streets - If you are on the phone walking on busy streets, your microphone picks up a lot of background noise.  The sounds of your high heels, cars and buses, and even your breathing noise can be really loud on the other side of the call.
  • At airports - Airports are noisy.  Public announcements can be very disturbing to the audience you're speaking with over the phone.
  • Taking calls at odd time of the hour - Someone needs to sacrifice their sleep on a global team.  Don't let your audience know if you happen to fall asleep, but respond quickly if you have to.
  • Retail / Security - Retail and security employees can communicate with each other without carrying a separate walkie talkie.
  • Field workforce - Field workforce employees can communicate with each other by being on a call together but toggle their microphones when they are not talking.
  • Group driving - When you're with a large group heading to a same location, all the drivers can be on a group call and toggle their mics only when they want to communicate.  This helps the group stay coordinated during the travel.
  • Winter Sports - When you're on a ski resort, your group can be on a group call to communicate.  No need to take off your gloves and text your group where you are.  Just press JackFlip to talk, and your group will hear.

Key Benefits

  • Simple - No setup, no batteries, no charging, no apps, no pairing
  • Easy to use - Press once to mute and press again to unmute
  • Durable - No moving parts, replaceable cables
  • Tangle-Free - Wrap around your ear-buds, so you can spend less time untangling your earbuds
  • Increases productivity - Your calls will have less distraction, and you will be able to multitask during your calls.

How to use JackFlip

After plugging in your headset and your device to JackFlip, Just press once to mute and press again to unmute.  It's like using a ball point pen.

Compatibility

  • All mobile devices (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows) 
  • All modern laptops with 3.5mm TRRS female jack 
  • All voice apps (e.g., Phone, Skype, FaceTime, Hangouts, WebEx, BlueJeans, Camera, etc.) 

Progress

Since 2013, we have filed 2 patents on this idea, and iterated on dozens of prototypes.  

Although it looks very simple on the outside, there is a lot of engineering behind the simple button.  

Last year, we have partnered with a world-class production facility in China.  This facility has a 13 years of proven track record of delivering high quality audio products for one of the largest audio brands in the world.  In 2016, we've conducted over 30 user interviews and collected feedback for its usability, price, and functionality.

We're now making final tweaks on packaging and ready for mass production.

Key Specs

  • Dimension - 50mm x 50mm x 42mm
  • SPST tactile mechanical switch
  • 3.5mm low profile female audio jack
  • High conductivity TRRS cable
  • Slim male audio plug

Press Kit

If you are a member of the press and need more resources, please reach us through email.

Risks and challenges

Production Risk - The images are from functional prototypes from the factory with 3D printed parts. In the mass production stage, tooling may not be able to incorporate the designs from the 3D printed parts. While the overall design concept will remain the same, there are some possibility of tweaking the designs during the production stage. To accelerate the production, the orders will be placed before the closing of the campaign.

Design Risk - We are receiving feedback from the dozens of beta testers on a daily basis. We will try to incorporate the feedback on the designs to produce the best product to the backers. During the process, the designs, materials, and the colors may differ from what you see on the images and the videos.

Delivery Risk - While the product is ready for mass production, shipping and logistics may become a major challenge for global distribution. We are shooting for October for 1st delivery, but there is a slight change of being delayed for unforeseen reasons.

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    The Badge

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    The Intern

    1 unit of JackFlip (Retail Value: $25)
    Includes 1 TRRS 4" Short Cable

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    The IT Guy

    While the JackFlip is so simple that it doesn't need your IT guy to be ever involved, you may need some extra cables.

    1 high-quality coiled TRRS cable (Retail Value: $8)
    1 high-quality long (3ft) TRRS cable (Retail Value: $6)

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    The Professional

    3 units of JackFlip (Retail Value: $75)

    Each unit includes 4" TRRS short cable

    Keep one for your desk, one at home, and another in the car.

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    The Product Manager

    1 unit of JackFlip hand-made with hardwood.
    Exclusive on Kickstarter.
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    8 units of JackFlip (Retail Value: $200)
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    Give your entire team the tools for more productive collaboration.

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    20 units of JackFlip (Retail Value $25/unit)
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    Increase productivity for your entire group.

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    200 units of JackFlip (Retail Value $25/unit)
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    Each unit comes with 4" TRRS short cable

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