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Intuitive gesture control. Real time info cards. Connected. Wave hello to Oboo.
Intuitive gesture control. Real time info cards. Connected. Wave hello to Oboo.
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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

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Functional Prototype

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Appearance Prototype

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Design Prototype

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Production Prototype

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Our vision is to make the technology of the Internet of Things accessible to everyone. To not only use IoT technology, but to also create and interact with on a meaningful level. We started with two generations of a low-cost IoT computer on KickStarter, meant to enable everyone, not just engineers, to join the maker movement and create connected devices.

Now we’re back on KickStarter, with our very own IoT device, to show just how beautiful and useful these devices can be. 

Wave hello to Oboo Smart Clock. 

Available in two colors
Available in two colors

A brand new way to interact with a brand new take on a clock.

Wave Hello

Oboo features a front facing gesture sensor, providing an intuitive and natural way to use your smart device.

Wave left, right, up, and down to control your Oboo.

A Touch of Light

The top of the Oboo features a Touch Pad that replaces the need for physical buttons. An animated, full color light bar is integrated into the touch pad to provide context and light up your space.

Dynamic Buttons 

When your Oboo needs multiple inputs, the Touch Pad automatically becomes four discrete buttons.

The functionality of the buttons is contextual and depends on what you’re trying to do. Each button is color matched to actions displayed on the screen. 


At any time, use the touch pad as slider to adjust the volume of your Oboo.

Alarm Button 

When the alarm is going off and it’s time to get up, the entire touch pad acts as a single button: the off button.


The touch pad works double-duty as a touch input surface as well as a light source for your space.

The night light will turn on automatically when your Oboo clock detects that you’re ready for bed and have turned off the lights. Wave goodnight to turn the night light off.

A wave during the night will turn it on to gently illuminate the room, making it easy to get around.

How an IoT device should be: practical and easy to use. 


Everything you need for your day is available at a glance. Oboo grabs real-time data from the internet and displays what you need to know in a series of cards.

Included Cards with Oboo's launch software:

  • Weather
  • Calendar
  • Traffic Info
  • Timer
  • Music * ♫ and + models only

More Cards to come! We want to hear your ideas on Cards to add in future software updates.


Oboo is always connected thanks to its built-in WiFi. That’s how it can get the most up to date weather and traffic data from trusted online sources as well as grab events from your calendar.

It is because of this constant internet connection that you can use the Oboo app to control your clock from anywhere and everywhere.

Oboo uses the surrounding WiFi network data to find it’s current location.

Music ♫

Wirelessly connect your smartphone, tablet, or other Bluetooth-enabled device within a 50-foot range to stream your favorite tunes on Oboo’s high quality speakers

Keep the tunes pumping wherever you go! The built-in battery makes your Oboo a 100% portable, totally wireless speaker.

Supports Bluetooth 4.2 

* ♫ and + models only


Use the two fast-charging USB ports on the back of Oboo to charge your devices.

Use your Oboo+ on the go. It comes with a built-in 4400mAh Lithium ion battery that can power it for 20** hours of regular use and 8** hours of playing music over Bluetooth. Recharge Oboo overnight for a fresh start the next day. 

* ♫ and + models only

** Battery life estimates based on tests run on prototype model.

Wireless Charging

Do away with messy cords with the bundled Qi wireless charging pad. 

Optional wireless charging receiver module available for bringing wireless charging to older devices:

  • iPhone Lightning Connector - Wireless charge your iPhone 7 or older
  • Micro-USB Connector - wirelessly charge older Android devices

* + model only

Reacts to the Environment 

Oboo dims its display when it’s time for bed so you can get the restful sleep that you need. 

Hidden inside is an ambient light sensor that monitors the levels of light in the room, allowing Oboo to know when the display needs to shine bright to be readable and when it needs to be dim to not impact your sleep.

Automatic Time Adjustment

Never forget to fall backward or spring forward for daylight savings time again. Oboo uses the Network Time Protocol to make sure the time and date are always set correctly.

Oboo uses those same smarts and WiFi based geolocation to automatically update the current time and the time of your alarms when travelling.

Smart Home

Oboo is Amazon Alexa ready so you can tell your Amazon Echo when you would like to wake up and it will update your Oboo.

Oboo is integrated with IFTTT. Use any of your alarms as a This trigger to make your Smart Home work around your life.

Running the show inside every Oboo Smart Clock is our Omega2 IoT computer. The Omega2 is designed to be the brain of IoT devices; providing wireless connectivity and intelligence in a small and power efficient package.

The Omega platform was created as a tool to enable the development of connected hardware devices, and we want to not only create a useful IoT device, but also show how the Omega2 streamlines and simplifies product design, implementation, and manufacturing.

For the past few months, we’ve been designing, prototyping, coding, and discussing Oboo Smart Clock endlessly.

We’ve optimized our design for manufacturability, and are currently waiting on our production prototype engineering samples to be completed. Once we finish testing the samples and are happy with the functionality and performance, we’ll start gearing up for mass production.

What still needs to be done: 

  • Rewriting our testing code into production-ready, stable software 
  • FCC & CE certification 
  • Mass manufacturing 
  • Mobile app development
  • November - Crowdfunding Campaign, Design for Manufacturing
  • December - Engineering Samples ready, Refining software
  • January - Engineering Validation Testing
  • February - Certification, Pilot production for Maker Edition
  • March - Production Validation Testing, Sourcing for mass manufacturing, Ship Maker Edition models
  • April - Mass manufacturing begins
  • May - Manufacturing continues, testing & packaging
  • June - Shipping begins

Onion is a team of technology enthusiasts, creators, and strivers, looking to make amazing products and even better user experiences. 

Onion has been in business since 2014, going through the TechStars Accelerator in Boston that year. In 2015, we introduced the world to the Onion Omega IoT computer through KickStarter. We came back to KickStarter in 2016 to launch the ultra affordable Omega2.

We operate out of

The team has undergone some changes in the last year, and now we have all of the right people in the right places to boldly stride forward.


Risks and challenges

It’s certainly not easy to bring a hardware project from concept to your home and the risks are very real, but given our experience, the quality of our people, and our dedication to you, the customer, we’re confident we can get through the process successfully and deliver a quality product to all backers.

Designing and producing electronics is one of Onion’s core competencies. We’ve done extensive prototyping and have been working with our supply chain and manufacturing partners to ensure this portion goes smoothly. As a bonus, the Omega2S, the IoT computer module running the show inside the Oboo Smart Clock is an Onion product, so we expect very few hiccups.

Enclosures are a new endeavor for us so we’ve done a lot of work to try to get informed and derisk this by seeking out potential manufacturing partners and picking their brains for the right way to design enclosures and how to avoid common issues. We’ve narrowed down our selection to a handful and need to make the final call, but all of our candidates are OEM producers who have manufactured items many of you may already own! We will rely on their expertise to ensure everything goes smoothly and hope to learn a lot along the way.

Once the hardware and enclosure designs are finalized, we will start the process of FCC and CE certification. We have previously successfully certified the Omega2 and Omega2S so we’re familiar with the process and our hardware engineers are very familiar with the technical requirements.

Shipping has been a weak point that we’ve worked incredibly hard to improve this past year. We now have reputable fulfillment partners in the USA and in Asia that we plan to use to ensure our packages make their way to our backers in a timely manner.

We believe that honesty is the best policy and will keep our backers informed every step along the way with frequent updates during and after the campaign. If we do encounter any hiccups, speed bumps, or road blocks, we will be open and transparent about the issues and how they affect our delivery timelines.

We can’t wait to unite you and your very own Oboo Smart Clock!

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