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The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, September 18 2019 2:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 18, 2019

BeakBox: Smart and Long-Lasting Music Toy for Birds

Keep your birds happy and healthy while you're away

BeakBox: Smart and Long-Lasting Music Toy for Birds

Keep your birds happy and healthy while you're away

$8,051
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
90
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, September 18 2019 2:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 18, 2019

About

BeakBox is an interactive music toy for birds that has been thoughtfully designed by bird owners for bird owners who care about the well-being of their pet. 

BeakBox keeps your feathered friend happy and healthy while you’re away. It's an eco-friendly, durable, and safe bird toy which is fun and easy to use. Just plug it into a USB port, attach it to the outside of your bird cage, and you've transformed your bird's cage into an enriched and interactive playground!

Intelligent and musical, birds do not cope well with boredom - they might pluck feathers, bite, or lose their appetite when they are not given enough mental and emotional stimulation. 

Music is proven to increase happiness and overall well-being of birds, but many lack this stimulation while their human friends are away from home. Some bird owners leave a radio or the TV on during the day to entertain their flock, but many of them are not aware that it might potentially harm their feathered friends.

Birds can easily be displeased, stressed, or even annoyed by the songs, voices, or sounds coming from your radio or TV. Unlike us, human beings, they don't have a remote to skip the song and play their favorite tunes when they are in a bad mood.

We changed that to let your bird choose their own tunes! 

Let us introduce you to the BeakBox - smart, interactive, and durable. This music toy puts a remote in the beak of your bird. 

The intelligence level of pet birds is often underestimated and leads to humans misunderstanding their behavior and mistreating their birds by providing them with little or no cognitive stimulation throughout the day. 

The lack of intelligent bird toys on the pet market, despite the mass-production of similar products for more commonly owned cats and dogs, leaves bird owners no choice. 

Turn your cage into an interactive playground with the BeakBox.

The BeakBox mission is primarily to offer something fun to birds being left for prolonged periods of time without entertainment, and additionally to raise general awareness of the level of mental and emotional stimulation a pet bird requires to be both happy and healthy.

Install the BeakBox in less than 3 minutes.

First, insert the lever into the cage between the bars and screw the wingnuts on. 

Then insert a microSD card loaded with tunes into the slot and plug it into a USB port. Finally, press the lever and enjoy the music!

With the BeakBox you can easily customise your playlist and upload your bird's favourite songs - just drag and drop mp3 audio tracks from your laptop onto the SD card.

Watch our tutorial on how to create a playlist for your BeakBox.

 BeakBox will look good on any cage.  


Connect the BeakBox to your home Wi-Fi and keep it updated with the latest features.

100% SAFE AND SECURE

BeakBoxes have been thoughtfully designed to eliminate three main issues that make bird toys extremely dangerous - toxicity, strangulation, and ingestion.

BeakBoxes don’t contain rope, string or any other materials that can cause strangulation or entanglement, or issues when ingested. We only use 100% safe non-toxic materials - stainless steel and New Zealand grown Pinus Radiata Plywood. We also stay away from paints, dye, lead, zinc, or other toxic elements in our toys. 

The BeakBox is designed as a fun and interactive source of cognitive stimulation for your bird. The concept is easy - the strong stainless steel lever activates music every time your bird presses or pulls it and the compact integrated speaker plays tunes you've uploaded onto your BeakBox.


Teach your bird how to press the lever to play music.

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The ergonomically designed lever keeps your bird entertained while easing separation anxiety. 

The brain of the BeakBox
The brain of the BeakBox
Look inside of the BeakBox
Look inside of the BeakBox

The BeakBox started as a passion project that grew over time and created an enthusiastic community of bird lovers around the world. 

The original idea of the BeakBox was an interactive musical perch that then evolved into a music box with an interactive lever. 

The BeakBox Family
The BeakBox Family

We have been working constantly on improving the BeakBox, bearing in mind that  it needs to be designed for the actual user of this mechanism - a bird, thus it has to be 100% safe, provide enrichment, and be cognitively stimulating.

Over the past 10 months the BeakBox has gone through some crucial changes. We have:

  • Switched from aluminium to stainless steel for extra safety and protection.
  • Made the box smaller for more convenience and cuteness.
  • Gone through a lot of lever designs and settled with the smaller size hole for safety.
  • Improved lever mechanics for better ergonomics and movement.
Design Iterations
Design Iterations
The Lever Evolution
The Lever Evolution

BeakBox comes with a 3m USB cable, microSD card pre-loaded with bird-friendly songs, and a microSD card adapter for use in an SD card slot. 

Hi! I’m Jessica and this is Chika my companion banana. Chika and I met last year when I adopted her as an eight-year old rescue. She was my first ever bird and since bringing her home I have thought of very little else!

When adopting Chika I purchased some large cages, climbing equipment, food supplies, and everything else I could think of, trying to find only the best for my new flatmate. The one thing I couldn’t find anywhere was a toy that would be 100% safe.
 

A toy without:

  • fibres that are very dangerous when ingested, or
  • wooden blocks that are often dyed with chemicals, or
  • small plastic parts that can be easily ingested. 

So, after many frustrating searches and disappointing trips to local pet shops I turned to Kickstarter, thinking that surely there must be a start-up somewhere designing an intelligent bird toy. I can’t count the number of gimmicky self-rolling balls for dogs and video calling devices for cats, so why not something for birds?


… Nothing. Not a single thing could I find. So I decided that needed to change.

I was beyond lucky to be working with a very cool team of hardware and software experts, so I explained the problem, gave a quick pitch for a musical toy for birds at our office internal innovation programme and hoped for the best. The rest, as they say, is history!
 

BeakBox is brought to you by our talented team. We came together as part of our company’s internal innovation program, where staff are free to come up with awesome (and sometimes slightly crazy) ideas and then vote on and pursue the best ones. 

We're all technology professionals and have many years of experience building hardware and software products, as well as helping other people develop creative solutions for their challenges. We’ve been lucky enough to have had the time, advisors, backing to produce prototypes, and everything else we need to bring the BeakBox from a concept through to a complete product.  

Why Kickstarter?

First of all, we want to say that we are stoked to bring the BeakBox to the market - months of research, product validation, prototyping, design iteration and we are finally here. Our key values are security, sustainability, and high quality - that is why we want to keep the manufacturing local to have more control over the quality and stay both environmentally friendly and socially responsible. 

Local manufacturing implies higher costs. Since we’d like to keep the retail price low and make the BeakBox toys available for as many households of bird owners as possible, we have to produce a larger number of toys. That way we can cut down on the costs of materials. The price of the wood, stainless steel plates, and electronic components will be lower if we are able to order large amounts. This will fill our aim of making a device that is affordable for bird owners but still built in a sustainable and responsible manner.

We are involved in the production at every point and will personally be checking the toys to ensure the best quality for our backers.  

Risks and challenges

We are operating this project under the assumption that there is a relatively large population of pet owners who would benefit from this product. Although initial user testing and surveys strongly indicate there is demand for a lot of BeakBoxes, we do rely on a critical mass of backers toward this project for it to succeed. As with any project, there are risks of problems and delays in production, however, we have already organised and tested the full production process, with a number of production-ready units already sent to birds around the world to try out. We are backed by a well-established company and are fully committed to delivering the BeakBox. All that remains for the BeakBox to be in the hands (or claws!) of the happiest birds in the world is for this project to reach the Kickstarter goal.

International backers should be aware that import duties, taxes and charges are not included in our shipping cost as this covers only the transportation fee for your order. Additional charges applied on arrival into your country are the responsibility of the backer. This is not specific to BeakBox but applies to all imported products.

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    Every dollar counts - contribute to our campaign and join the BeakBox movement! By pledging you will receive the latest BeakBox updates and developments while belonging to a flock of like-minded animal welfare enthusiasts.

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    🐥 Limited Edition Pet Portrait

    Receive a high-quality digital portrait (not limited to birds - all animals welcome!) hand-illustrated by our in-house BeakBox artist from a photo of your pet.

    These portraits will be delivered to you via email as high-resolution images which are perfect for phone lock-screens, profile pictures or computer wallpapers.

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    ⏰ Early Bird Special (SAVE 45%)

    Get in quick to purchase a BeakBox at this price. Save 45% off the retail price of $179, limited availability.

    Buying for big birds?
    •Add $20 to your pledge when purchasing a BeakBox and receive a 6.3” x 6.3” stainless steel Big Bird Beak Blocker. For more details scroll down near the bottom of our project page.

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    🌲 Send a BeakBox to a Wildlife Hospital

    Give enrichment to wildlife while they're injured or sick and waiting for release.

    Pledge $99 to send one of our toys to a wildlife hospital or bird sanctuary, and receive updates and photos of your toy in use!

    Add $20 to your pledge when purchasing a BeakBox and also send a 6.3” x 6.3” stainless steel Big Bird Beak Blocker.

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    ⚡️Kickstarter Special (SAVE 30%)

    This price is only available on Kickstarter! Give a gift of enrichment with a beautiful, durable bird toy and save 30% off the retail price of $179.

    Buying for big birds?
    •Add $20 to your pledge when purchasing a BeakBox and receive a 6.3” x 6.3” stainless steel Big Bird Beak Blocker. For more details scroll down near the bottom of our project page.

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    💸 Buy Two for Less (SAVE 35%)

    Save 35% off the retail price of $179 each when you buy two BeakBoxes.

    Buying for big birds?
    •Add $20 to your pledge for each Big Bird Beak Blocker that you require. These are 6.3" x 6.3" stainless steel add-ons for large birds. For more details scroll down near the bottom of our project page.

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    💼 Retail Pack - 10 Units (SAVE 45%)

    Perfect for retail or for the largest flocks - buy 10 BeakBoxes and save 45% off the retail price of $179 each.

    Buying for big birds?
    •Add $20 to your pledge for each Big Bird Beak Blocker that you require. These are 6.3" x 6.3" stainless steel add-ons for large birds. For more details scroll down near the bottom of our project page.

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    ⏰ Super Early Bird Special (SAVE 50%)

    The early bird gets the worm - or in this case a BeakBox at our lowest ever price! Get in quick to save 50% off the retail price of $179, limited availability.

    Buying for big birds?
    •Add $20 to your pledge when purchasing a BeakBox and receive a 6.3” x 6.3” stainless steel Big Bird Beak Blocker. For more details scroll down near the bottom of our project page.

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