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$25,300
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, September 28 2015 11:58 AM UTC +00:00
$25,300
pledged of $75,000pledged of $75,000 goal
104
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, September 28 2015 11:58 AM UTC +00:00

About

Despite hundreds of ways to communicate, we aren't communicating well with the people we truly want to hear from and share with, our closest friends and family. We want to reverse this trend.

OrbMi is a personal voice messaging system for our closest friends and family. What makes it unique is that it’s about messaging convenience and control for both the sender and receiver. It's a bridge to better connections with our network of 2 or 20 loved ones, not another feed for our network of 200 contacts to skim through or interrupt our day.

New messaging options focus on one click text sends, creative emojis, or maybe seconds of a voice clip....but these aren't really what's missing in our messaging options. We don't share as often as we could because we worry it might be an inconvenient time to alert their phone, or if we do share, we downgrade our message to a short text or tweet to minimize any perceived interruption. These are the problems OrbMi solves....the problems that keep us from staying close and connected with those that should matter to us the most.

At it’s heart, it’s about better communication at the perfect time, every time. It allows us to share more freely and openly with our loved ones without inconvenience or disruption. With OrbMi, it’s ALWAYS a good time to call.

In a way, OrbMi is like the old answering machine, which welcomed us home with messages and thoughts from our loved ones. However, OrbMi is a machine for our modern social mobile age. It's not for the messages we missed, it's the answer for the messages we aren't getting or sending now in the way we should, with our voice.

OrbMi makes voice messaging relevant again by taking it away from our phone and sending it to our Orb.

OrbMi combines a mobile application with The Orb, a hardware device. The mobile application allows you to record a rich voice message, accompanied by a colored light. The voice is easily sent from a mobile device to a loved one’s Orb while allowing them to be free and enjoy their day or night, their activity or rest. The sender knows they are free to Orb without any disruption or alert on their contact's phone. The receiver will experience the message at the perfect time for them to enjoy the message, a time they control, whenever they are back at their Orb.

OrbMi reintroduces voice and social etiquette through technology.

Share news for your extended family to enjoy, using your voice and sharing your excitement, emotion, and all the benefits that come from speaking. Laugh or say “I love you” instead of “LOL” or “<3”.

Family in different international or domestic time zones? Friends with different schedules? Message better with voice. Message more often without disturbance. Just Orb them and stay connected better.

  • A direct connection for grandparents and grandchildren
  • Spouses can hear from their loved ones despite their busy schedules
  • Orb friends across campus without messaging them in class, in the library, or while they are out for the night
  • Share a more meaningful message of support before your team’s or group’s big event while letting them prepare or rest without disruption before their big day
  • Leave Orb messages for your kids while you are away
  • Bridge the challenge of a long distance relationship, especially across time zones
  • Orb yourself reminders during your day for when you reach home
  • Let your family and loved ones hear and share voice without tech disruption or interruption of their busy lives

We're all on different schedules, so we either don't communicate as often as we might like or choose text messaging to create less of a disturbance. With OrbMi, we wanted to create a solution for our most meaningful network... a more direct, convenient, and better interaction with the people we want to speak to or hear from.

Technology has improved the ways we can connect with our large and expanded networks, but at times it can create distance from those we care about the most.

  • We have no way to send a message that does not disturb their “now” in some way with an alert or ring.
  • As the receiver, we aren’t always ready to listen or talk right now, yet how can people reach us when the message is meaningful, but the immediacy is not?
  • The instantaneous and mobile way we message creates an implied sense of urgency to hear or respond to our message, even if this was never the original intent.
  • We message now, but we message with missed calls, texts, tweets, and chats…which can be fine for some occasions or some contacts, but we don’t communicate with those that matter to us the most using the richness of our voice.
  • We connect more, but communicate less. 

We can do better.

OrbMi combines a hardware device with a mobile application. The application allows you to send a rich voice message with an environment and mood changing emoticon of light from any mobile device to The Orb. When there is a soft dim glow indicating a message, just tap the top to play your message of light and voice. There's no complicated interface to learn and only a single button to push. Young, old, techies, technophobes... everyone can Orb.

The OrbMi app is simple and easy to use. It allows you to invite and control your “Orbit”, which is your network of people who you can Orb or who can Orb you. There is no spam on OrbMi, ever. The app allows you to easily send a message of voice and light, view your history of sent and received messages, and manage your own Orb device.

We have apps for iOS and Android, and are working to complete an Apple Watch app as well. We are also working on exciting features to extend and enhance the OrbMi communication experience.

The Orb itself is a hardware device with a single button to push. The top of the Orb glows the color of the pending message(s). When pushed, the Orb plays the new messages received using the built-in speaker. You can move forward and backward through your saved messages. In addition, the Orb also doubles as a multi-port USB charging hub for your mobile devices.

The Orb connects to your home or office Wi-Fi network, and is designed to be extremely simple so that anyone can easily get their messages, regardless of age, location, or technical proficiency.

Hello from Kelly and Andrew! We met as freshmen at Washington & Lee University, and have worked, skied, and surfed together ever since. After working for some of the bigger names in technology consulting for over a decade, we have worked together in the tech start-up space around the globe while trying to stay connected with our loved ones and closest contacts.

From college friends, we have grown into a family of engineers, designers, testers, and manufacturing partners. We have brought in a team of some of the more innovative minds in North Florida. We’re committed to delivering you the product we envisioned, without compromise.

We have fully completed prototypes as well as the complete engineering specifications for a full production run, which would allow us to bring OrbMi to the world. We need your support in order to kick off the initial production run and ship our first large batch of Orbs. With a great network of early users, we want to hear from our Kickstarter contributors so we can add new features and functions based on your experiences with OrbMi. You can help create better and more meaningful communication in the world!

We couldn't do this without the support of our friends and family and those who have joined us along the way, and we want YOU to join the team! We need your help - Support the launch of OrbMi!

Risks and challenges

We have worked worked on OrbMi for close to two years now to make sure that we launched on Kickstarter at the right time for you to minimize any risks with delivering a quality product.

The OrbMi Team has been formed by experienced software designers and developers as well as experts in hardware prototyping and manufacturing. Our software has gone through multiple rounds of user testing to keep it as intuitive and simple as possible, and tailored for the iOS and Android platforms. We have completed several iterations of our Orb prototype to make sure that our current format is production ready at the start of our campaign. We have complete engineering specifications and quotes from trusted vendors to deliver on our first run of Orbs.

We are using Kickstarter to help fund the initial tooling expense and first production run of Orbs. We realize there is potential for delays in production of a new product, but we feel we have taken these risks into account and can deliver the full batch of Orbs within 6 months of the successful closure of our campaign.

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    Early Bird “Orb Me or Them” Special - 1 Orb and the OrbMi Kickstarter App

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    $75- Tech Tinker & Maker Package- 3 OrbMi App Developer Tokens

    Do you tinker with tech or have experience as a maker? We will provide you with 3 unique developer tokens, allowing you to build your own Orb from a Raspberry Pi, Arduino, or your own combination of boards, lights, speakers, and parts. This will allow your build to be fully recognized and integrated as an Orb device through the app functions. As a Kickstarter Exclusive, these tokens are only being offered through Kickstarter during this campaign.

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    Early Bird -The OrbMi Couple

    2 Orbs to use and share with someone special, or share the love with two people who want to hear from you. We'll share updates on our progress, provide early access to the mobile app, and your OrbMi app ID will have special Kickstarter Founder Access for life!

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    The OrbMi Couple

    2 Orbs to use and share with someone special, or share the love with two people who want to hear from you. We'll share updates on our progress, provide early access to the mobile app, and your OrbMi app ID will have special Kickstarter Founder Access for life!

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    OrbMi Family Pack - 4 Orbs to use and share with friends and family

    Keep all 4 in the same home or spread the love with your family anywhere in the world. We'll share updates on our progress, provide early access to the mobile app, and your OrbMi app ID will have special Kickstarter Founder Access for life!

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    OrbMi Ambassador - Get 10 Orbs to give to friends and family and 10 shirts and 10 hats while you share the OrbMi story with others

    As an Ambassador, we will provide you with exclusive updates on our progress and behind the scenes access to our development progress, business direction, and all things coming for the Orb-Life. You will have early access to the app and 10 Kickstarter Founder Access ID's.

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    Power Partner Bundle – 5 Orbs & More

    Be one of the first in the world to get your Orb. Immediately receive one of our special Kickstarter Edition prototype Orbs when the campaign closes without needing to wait for the production process to complete. You will also get the full 4 Orb Family Pack from the production run, an OrbMi logo shirt, and golf hat. Our co-founders would be happy to hear from you and get your thoughts on the project as our partner.

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    The Voice of OrbMi

    Make history and be the "Welcome to OrbMi" voice on the initial ten thousand Orbs, played after every new user configures their Orb. It's great for yourself, or a perfect gift for that person who has everything.

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