About this project
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We are Orée, artisans of emotional technology, behind the now iconic wooden keyboard and trackpad. We craft memorable tech products in our workshop in southern France by combining the finest natural materials, timeless design and advanced electronics.
As a powerful conduit of emotions, sound was the natural next step in our endeavour for emotional technology. Orée Pebble 2 is the result of that exploration.
A smart & elegant smartphone tray
Smartphones fit our mobile lifestlyle like a glove. Yet when we are at home or in the office, they just feel bulky: we're never quite sure where we leave them, we scramble for the power cable to make sure they are charged up for our next errand and we cope with the poor sound quality of the built-in loudspeaker when we want to conveniently make hands-free calls or listen to music.
We created Oree Pebble 2 so your smartphone elegantly fits your lifestyle at home or in the office. Just place your phone on the Pebble 2 and magic happens: your phone starts charging automatically and syncs instantly via Bluetooth to the audio system built inside the Pebble. You can now enjoy rich and pristine sound on your hands-free calls and music.
Wireless charging. Even for iPhone 5 & 5S.
Orée Pebble 2 embeds a simple induction technology for wireless charging: just place your phone on the Pebble and it charges! A growing number of smartphones support this standardized technology (called QI) and can be used directly on our Pebble 2, including all the latest Samsung devices with a wireless charging receiver to be placed inside the backcover and which we provide for FREE as part of this campaign.
Because this technology is not yet embedded in iPhones, we have created a Wireless Power Sleeve for iPhones 5 & 5S (not compatible with older iPhones). This sleeve made from premium walnut and genuine vegetable tanned leather offers elegant protection for your iPhone 5 or 5S and enables wireless charging through the Orée Pebble 2 (and any other QI compatible charging pads).
Our iPhone 5s Power sleeve is available in 2 leather colors (natural and indigo blue) to offer great mix and match possibilities with our Pebble colors.
Note: the audio functionalities described below are accessible WITHOUT the Wireless Power Sleeve to any iPhone or Bluetooth-enabled phone.
Rich 360°sound for pristine music and calls.
Wood and marble don’t just look good. They also have unique audio properties that we decided to make the most out of. We have designed a bass reflex chamber into the material and optimized a high quality 5W loudspeaker to offer a powerful yet balanced audio for both music and calls.
The omnidirectional full duplex microphone captures your voice distinctly while cancelling echos and filtering out background noise so the other caller hears you crystal clear.
Finest materials, the very best components and extra attention to details.
Orée Pebble 2 is artisanally crafted from a single block of Carrare white marble, French walnut or tilia. These premium natural materials adorned by a timeless minimalist design give the Pebble 2 its distinctive halo that will enhance any elegant table or desk.
We have custom designed the electronics and sourced only the highest quality components (e.g. CSR Audio Bluetooth chipset) to offer the very best performance in a reliable, durable and easy to use product.
We have also worked on useful and elegant details such as the fabric braided USB cable so you can either power your Pebble 2 with the provided power adapter or by plugging it via USB to your computer when on the go.
Crafted with passion by our experienced artisans in southern France
Just like the rest of the Orée collection, the Pebble 2 will be crafted and hand finished by our experienced artisans in our workshop located in Languedoc Roussillon, a beautiful region in southern France.
Where are we today?
We started working on this product in October 2013 just as we were launching on the market the first version of our Orée Pebble that enabled wireless charging only. This first product validated our ability to craft the wood and marble materials into the singular, essential design that we kept for Orée Pebble 2.
Since then, we spent months sourcing the very best audio & charging components, testing them one by one and assembling them in dozens of prototypes to validate the overall user experience. We have now selected the exact components we want to embed and have validated their performance within our casing.
Once the Kickstarter campaign is complete, we will sample the integrated PCB design before launching the manufacturing of PCBs and components while our artisans craft the pebbles. We will then conduct CE/FCC certification of the product while conducting the final assembly and testing before shipping out in September.
This is not the first Orée product yet this is our first Kickstarter project. You may wonder why?
Because we think our aspiration for emotional durable technology will resonate with the Kickstarter community. And because while we remain a small artisanal business, we are now in a position to properly address the US market with the right fulfillment infrastructure in place.
The funds raised will be used to (i) design an integrated electronics circuit layout for audio and power management functions, (ii) certify the Pebble 2 for FCC and CE standards and (iii) purchase the materials and components to craft the pre-ordered units.
Risks and challenges
This is the sixth product we’re bringing to market so we do understand what it takes to go from an ambitious concept to getting a real product into the hands of thousands of satisfied customers.
The Orée Pebble 2 mechanical design builds on the already proven Orée Pebble. The main challenge at this point is ensuring that the great audio and wireless charging performance we achieved through discrete electronic components in our initial prototypes of Pebble 2 are maintained as we move to an integrated electronics circuit. This may require us to go through several iterations of the unified electronics design that could affect product timing.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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