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38
backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 18 2018

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

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About

Meet The Crown: a design HD speaker with sound reactive Northern lights

360° Surround Sound: Listen to music with Powerful HD Sound and answer phone calls using The Crown* wherever you are.  

* The Crown generates the perfect sound with its unique shape. Patented and tested, IPR -protected worldwide. Ready for production.

HIGH QUALITY SPEAKER WITH A TWIST
 

Keep your belongings safe and sand-free on the beach. THIS IMAGE FEATURES A PROTOTYPE.
Keep your belongings safe and sand-free on the beach. THIS IMAGE FEATURES A PROTOTYPE.

What's more relaxing than listening to music on the beach? But isn't it annoying to have to choose between a poor quality speaker, or carrying around a heavy speaker system with you?  

With The Crown you don't need to choose: the multifunctional HD Audio Pail has the best 360 degree sound and is easy to carry with you. 

What's more, you can keep all your belongings in one place without getting sand all over them. Just throw your keys, mobile phones and clothes in. Don't worry, the sound quality won't suffer!  

You can even use The Crown as a water pail in the sauna.
You can even use The Crown as a water pail in the sauna.

Or would you rather keep your refreshing drinks, well, refreshing and cold? No problem, you can use The Crown as a cooler by throwing in ice or freezer blocks while listening to your favorite tunes. Cheers! 

Cheers! (This picture features a PROTOTYPE.)
Cheers! (This picture features a PROTOTYPE.)

NORTHERN LIGHTS

You can create your preferred mood for any occasion with the RGB sound reactive lights. (Features a PROTOTYPE.)
You can create your preferred mood for any occasion with the RGB sound reactive lights. (Features a PROTOTYPE.)

MOTION SENSOR

The Crown has been fitted with a motion sensor. When you lift The Crown, a bright LED light will start to glow, lighting the area beneath it, so you can find your way even in the darkness. (Features a PROTOTYPE.)
The Crown has been fitted with a motion sensor. When you lift The Crown, a bright LED light will start to glow, lighting the area beneath it, so you can find your way even in the darkness. (Features a PROTOTYPE.)

USB power output

Never run out of battery on your mobile device when The Crown is around. Charges any device with a USB or Micro USB plug. (PROTOTYPE)
Never run out of battery on your mobile device when The Crown is around. Charges any device with a USB or Micro USB plug. (PROTOTYPE)

THE STORY BEHIND THE CROWN

The guys behind the Crown: Jari-Matti Kärkiö and Jarno Voutilainen
The guys behind the Crown: Jari-Matti Kärkiö and Jarno Voutilainen

On the right, you can see Jarno Voutilainen. Jarno is a typical Finnish man: he likes saunas and building things with his own hands. Therefore Jarno was pleased when he got to renovate his sauna two years ago. He was pleased with the result yet felt like something was missing as he wanted it to be extraordinary. The first version of his product was a very basic DIY, dimly lit sauna pail.

We'll be honest: it didn't look that great. But Jarno started working on the product with his now business partner, Jari-Matti Kärkiö, and they've worked hard to develop the product into so much more than a sauna pail. Jarno says: The Crown was inspired be the sauna and Nordic design, but we soon realized that the shape was perfect for a speaker. Having always been interested in developing new project and studied engineering, I understood the possibilities.Even sound engineers have been surprised by the quality of sound. I think we even surprised ourselves. And - even though the prototype photos may not bring justice to it, the ready product looks pretty cool as well. 

Jarno and Jari-Matti not only developed the product to where it is now, but got the product tested and patented, and negotiated a good deal with a factory specialized in similar products. Now they just need your help to get enough pre-orders to start the production.

If you talk to us here or on social media, you'll probably be chatting with Salla Hänninen, who's recently started helping us with communications and marketing (and writes these descriptions). 

We're also grateful for all the help by these people:

Robert Helenius (The Nordic Nightmare, European Heavy-Weight Champion, promotion)

Jussi Hevander (imagery) 

Emma Ronkainen (photography)

WE ARE READY TO START PRODUCTION

The Crown is ready for production, patented and tested. The funding from this campaign will be used to fulfill the minimum order required by the factory. Therefore you should receive your rewards by the end of 2018 at the latest. 

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MEDIA COVERAGE

Iltalehti newspaper: "All functions in one compact package."

Savon Sanomat newspaper: "Perfection."

Kim Vaisanen of Finnish Shark Tank: "Very very very interesting product!"

An engineer of the speaker manufacturer: "This is a perfect speaker because of its shape."

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OUR PARTNERS

  

Supported by European heavy-weight champion Robert Helenius
 

Robert Helenius, also known as the Nordic Nightmare, is a professional boxer and former two-time European heavyweight champion. He's also a fan of The Crown, as it gets him in the mood and keeps his water bottles cold during training.  

Multifunctional HD Audio Pail:

  • Safe to use
  • Shape of The Crown makes 360° HD Surround Sound (Patent)
  • Multicolored Northern Lights
  • Phone calls
  • Ice bucket / Cooler
  • Motion sensor W/ bottom light
  • Water and heatproof Spa pail
  • Bluetooth 4.2 
  • Micro USB Battery charge/ Powerbank
  • Speakers: Full frequency speakers 2x 8W + Bass woofer 25W
  • Battery duration: 10 h
  • Body material: ABS plastic
  • Color options: Black or White

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The Crown is in the final stage for manufacturing and we will soon begin our production. Our team is working with our manufacturing and shipping partners. Through our upcoming process we will be:

1. Signing contracts

2. Finalizing The Crown for production

3. Performing our final product safety testing and quality control

4. Starting production

5. Shipping

* Shipping fees by location

 

 + VAT by country

Please note! If you do not pay for the VAT and shipping fees at the end of the campaign, Northern Pails is not obligated to send you the rewards or return your money. 

Risks and challenges

The process has now lasted for 18 months and we are happy to announce that WE ARE READY TO START PRODUCTION.

Kickstarter will help us to start the production, and we are ready to get started as soon the campaign ends. All the testing has been completed - we can now say for sure the Crown is safe to use.

We directly control the manufacturing process on a daily basis with the factory.

We promise to keep our backers updated about any issues that may occur.

After the Kickstarter campaign we'll be able to ship you this awesome product. We have learned that some other campaigns have run into problems with large volumes as they have not anticipated different shipping costs to different locations. To avoid this risk (and make sure everyone gets their rewards in time) we will charge for the shipping according to the list price at the end of the campaign. The higher the volumes the lower the prices may be, so make sure to share this with your friends!

Currently our only challenge has to do with getting the word out. So help us spread the word and get the Crown the attention it deserves!

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    Making The Crown the next big thing

    Support this awesome project! We'll add your name on our website, in the Hall of Fame section.

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    Super Early Bird

    Be among the first people to get The Crown. Enjoy the incredible surround sound and use it wherever and however you want. Entertainment level: Royal

    Colors: black or white.
    (SRP 299 €)

    * Shipping USA $19.90.
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    The Crown

    Get the world´s first Multifunctional High End Audio entertainment system. Enjoy the incredible 360 degree sound with many functions.

    The Crown is the only entertainment system you'll need, it goes wherever you go.

    Entertainment level: Royal

    Color options: black and white
    (SRP 299 €)

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    2x Super Early Bird

    Get 2x the world´s first Multifunctional HD Audio Pails. Enjoy the incredible 360 degree sound.

    Entertainment level: Royal

    Color options: black and white
    (SRP 598 €)

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    2x The Crown

    Get 2 of the world´s first Multifunctional HD Audio entertainment systems. Enjoy the incredible 360 degree sound with many functions.

    The Crown is the only entertainment system you'll need, it goes wherever you go.

    Entertainment level: Royal

    Color options: black and white
    (SRP 598 €)

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    5x The Crown Gift Pack

    Get 5 of the world´s first Multifunctional HD Audio entertainment systems. Enjoy the incredible 360 degree sound with many functions.

    The Crown is the only entertainment system you'll need, it goes wherever you go.

    Entertainment level: Royal

    Color options: black and white
    (SRP 1495€)

    * Shipping USA $99.50.
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    10x The Crown Business Gift Pack

    This is the best value package for those who understand the possibilities of The Crown. This limited opportunity is only available now, so take advantage of it while you can! Get 10 of these unique design speakers and spread the love of great audio and design.

    Color options: black and white
    (SRP 2990€)

    * Shipping USA $199.00.
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Funding period

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