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OwnPhones - The World's First 3D Printed Wireless Earbuds Custom Fitted to Your Ears and Perfectly Designed to Match Your Personality

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Simply put, OwnPhones are custom made to be the best-fitting, best-sounding, most versatile earphones you’ve ever worn. Period. They are the world’s first wirless, 3D printed earbuds custom made to match your personality. They are designed to fit perfectly because your OwnPhones will be built exclusively for your ears. Say what?!

That’s right. They’re 3D printed just for you. And with thousands of combinations of features and three different models to choose from, your pair of OwnPhones will be your very own. They represent a combination of the very latest in 3D printing, Bluetooth technology and personal audio.

Along with being custom 3D printed according to your personality and activities, they’re also completely wireless, cancel noise around you and can even be made to fit your lifestyle with an ergonomic custom fit. If you want something that’ll stay in place when you’re running or biking, there’s an OwnPhones for that. If you want something that’s stylish, more like a piece of jewelry than a pair of headphones, there’s an OwnPhones for that. If you want a pair of earbuds that sound great and fit perfectly to your ear, well we have just the OwnPhones for you. 

Itamar Jobani, founder and CEO, OwnPhones - “OwnPhones represents a new paradigm in manufacturing – instead of producing millions of identical earbuds for different ears, we 3D-print earbuds tailor made to each user. Ears are like fingerprints - each one is unique, so we were able to develop earbuds that are custom made to actually fit your ears properly!” 

Your OwnPhones can be as active, stylish and awesome as you are. After all, they’re modeled after you. Want your own OwnPhones? Keep reading our story.

Right now, we offer four types of OwnPhones. They are: Fit, Designer Fit, Smart Fit and Jewelry Collection. Each of these offers 3D printing with a custom fit, but each brings a slightly different experience.

Here’s a little about each one:

Your Fit earbuds are custom designed and fitted to stay in your ear – no matter your activity or workout. Each pair is 3D printed for you, based on a scan of your ears using the OwnPhones app. Plus, they’re wireless so there’s no cord to tangle or get caught up in your business. OwnPhones features amazing sound with the versatility of delivering a great stereo experience or functioning as a headset for your car or bike. And they also look great – with smart lines and a smooth finish. Check these out below:

The Designer Fit steps up the style a notch by giving you a choice of graphics and a glossy finish to your OwnPhones. This is designer fashion teaming up with high-end audio – a combination that lets you make a very loud statement. We are continuing to add more designs weekly, but here are some current examples:

The Smart Fit incorporates SoundScaping with a more advanced digital signal processor to give you the power over what you hear and what you don’t.  

•    Environmental Sound Level – You choose how much of the world comes in – seal it off completely, or a combination of your music and the sounds of the street around you. 

•    Real World Notifications – Need to hear an alarm clock, or a train announcement, or a friend’s voice? You can configure specific sounds to be heard right from our mobile app. 

•    Own Status – An LED on your OwnPhones can tell people around you if you’re available to talk– red light says your are busy, yellow light says you are busy but can be approached, green light means you are available for a chat.

 

The OwnPhones Jewelry Collection will give you a chance to enjoy your music while staying in style. If you want to express your artistic side and make a real statement, then our Jewelry line does just that. This is truly the next level in audio fashion and a great way to turn heads no matter where you wear them. You can choose a unique design or shape, add silver, brass, bronze and gold plating, or gemstones to give your earbuds some bling. Take a look at these options:

We believe that earphones should not just look like a tech accessory. Since they’re like anything else we wear on our body, OwnPhones should reflect our style, taste and personality. 

That’s why we’re reaching out to the design community to join OwnPhones and make earbuds a design statement. If you’re a designer you can join our designer program and share or sell your designs on our platform. You’ll receive our technical guidelines for designing OwnPhones. Once your design is approved, they’ll appear in our collections. You’ll also have a dedicated page on OwnPhones website that will display all your designs.

Could your brand use its own OwnPhones? Join our Brand Designer Program. This program is intended for fashion or design brands, sport teams, or any group that would like to be able to offer their own designs to the OwnPhones community.

• August 2014:              Photogrammetry and app integration. 

• September 2014:       Finalize scheme for 3D printing production. 

• October 2014:            HD prototype completion 

• December 2014:        Beta testing and adjustments. 

• February 2015:          Start of manufacturing. 

• March 2015:               Begin delivery. 

Speakers Impedance 16 Ohm; Sensitivity 100.5dB SPL /mW at 1kHz; Frequency Response 20-20000 Hz; Total Harmonic Distortion  <3% (1KHz, 1mW)

Bluetooth 4.0, CRS chip with aptX.

Integrated Microphone, MEMS omnidirectional, Sensitivity -40 dB +3/-3 dB  (1KHz, 0dB = 1V/Pa)

Full compatibility with Iphone 4S and up, Androids phones with LE hardware, Windows Phones with LE hardware.

Battery life: 5-6 hours play time; 4-5 hours play time using advanced soundscaping; 140 hours standby. 

Charging port: Micro USB  

Charging time: 1.5 hours. 

1 Year Warranty.

By contributing to our project and helping us bring OwnPhones to market, you will not only get a great one-of-a-kind custom made 3D printed wireless earbuds with awesome sound, but you’ll also help support a young company consisting of passionate entrepreneurs with many ideas and exciting visions. Thank you for your support!

Your contribution will be used to:

  • Design and manufacture additional electronics component (True Wireless Stereo, SoundScaping chip).
  • Complete a database of fully-scanned ears for statistical analyses. Develop processes for automated photogrammetry correction. 
  • Purchase production-level 3D printers and post-processing machinery. 

OwnPhones began in the mind of founder and CEO, Itamar Jobani, when he was frustrated with his own earbuds constantly falling out (he likes to jog!) His extensive work with 3D modeling, scanning and printing led him to set up his own team to create the next generation of earbuds. Our team includes experts from many different disciplines: programmers, electronics engineers, 3D modelers, industrial designers and more. 

                                                                      

Risks and challenges

Advancing Our Scanning Technology

We’re still perfecting the scanning process. Right now, we’ve automated about 80% of the photogrammetry and this is a remarkable achievement. However, we want to do better. And the custom solution for fully-analyzing the 3D ear scans from 2D video is mindbogglingly complex.

We’re correcting the common errors by collecting comparative data of mobile scans with high definition scans. We also automated many parts of the surface extraction by developing a custom process that uses border detection in combination with statistical information of ears scans. However, this process demands many programming hours and the expansion of our high-resolution ear scan database. This is one of the reason we need your support.

Our goal is OwnPhones for everyone. We’ll get there by continuing to minimize the electronics without compromising features or quality, continuing to streamline and perfect our scanning and manufacturing processes. After all, some people have very small ears. We’re not there yet, but as we continue to make more advances, we will be able to offer everyone their own OwnPhones.

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FAQ

  • Absolutely,
    If you want to buy more than one set of OwnPhones, just multiply the amount of the pledge by the amount of sets you want. For shipping outside of the US please add shipping cost of $39 (You only need to pay shipping once). You can use this to buy as many OwnPhones as you want!

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  • OwnPhones uses Micro USB for charging. The port is located on the side of the earphone, and it takes about an hour and a half to charge it. The expected battery life is 5-6 hours of playtime, and 4-5 hours of play time using the Soundscaping capability (for ActiveFit models).

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  • Yes. OwnPhones are made to be resistant of sweat or splashes of water. They are not meant to be used while swimming or any other water sports activity.

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  • We are committed to delivering a best in class sound experience. Since OwnPhones are custom fit to your ears there are several main advantages over traditional earbuds:

    First, OwnPhones offer a better seal than traditional earbuds by reducing the leakage of low frequency sound. As a result, OwnPhones produce a richer and deeper bass.

    Additionally, as part of our 3D scanning algorithm, OwnPhones optimize the speaker placement within the earbud based on an individual's unique ear shape, improving the flow of sound and acoustics through the earbud to the ear canal.

    Furthermore, OwnPhones plans to use the most advanced bluetooth technology. More specifically, we plan to use aptX to produce low latency, CD quality sound and superb real time streaming comparable to wired earbuds.

    Additional details regarding technical specifications can be found under the "Expected Configuration" section above.

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  • Yes. All OwnPhones models come with a built in Microphone allowing you to make and receive phone calls.

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  • We are very confident that OwnPhones will fit you right out of the box. For the rare occasions that OwnPhones do not fit correctly, we will ask you to scan your ears again and send us a few pictures of your OwnPhones in your ears, and we will send you a replacement pair.

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  • OwnPhones will carry a 1-year warranty.

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  • Yes, we will have both.

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  • OwnPhones will support Windows phones through Bluetooth 4.0 protocol. Devices that have Bluetooth LE hardware will be fully supported.

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  • OwnPhones will come with a rigid carrying case. We absolutely love the idea of charging case, and we are considering offering it as a stretchable goal.

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  • OwnPhones use CSR aptX® audio codec.

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  • The front part of the OwnPhones earbud acts as a button. Long press to turn it on or off.

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  • No, you cannot have a different design on each earbud. Both have to be the same.

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  • Yes, and Yes. If your SmartFit earbuds have an LED, you can turn it on or off using the OwnPhones app. Also, you can choose a design without an LED all together. Keep in mind you will not be able to use the OwnStatus feature.

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    THE "OWNPHONES FIT" EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: a set of your own custom made 3D printed earbuds. As an early bird, you will be among the first 1000 people in the world to wear one. Your support is very appreciated and a huge help in making our dream for OwnPhones a reality. We can only offer a limited amount at this amazing value. Suggested retail price $299!

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    THE "OWNPHONES DESIGNER FIT" EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: a set of your own custom designed and made 3D printed earbuds. Choose any style and design to add that personal look and make your earbuds a fashion accessory. As an early bird, you will be among the first 1000 people in the world to wear one. Your support is very appreciated and a huge help in making our dream for OwnPhones a reality. We have a very limited amount of this must have fashionable designer earbud. Suggested retail price $349!

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    THE "OWNPHONES SMARTFIT" EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: a set of your own custom made 3D printed SMARTFIT earbuds. Featuring Advanced SoundScaping Control you can choose from many different designs. As an early bird, you will be among the first 1000 people in the world to wear one. Your support is very appreciated and a huge help in making our dream for OwnPhones a reality. We have a very limited amount at this amazing value. Suggested retail price $399!

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    OWNPHONES FIT: we will custom make your very own personal 3D printed wireless earbuds with everything that makes an OwnPhones earbud Special including Custom Fit, Versatile Advantage and Tru-Wireless features. Retail Value $299.

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    MORE “SMARTFIT" EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Wow what a response! Due to popular demand, we’re adding an extra Early Bird special for a custom made, 3D printed SMARTFIT earbuds. Featuring Advanced SoundScaping Control, OwnStatus (optional) and real world notifications, you can have the earbuds of your dreams. With many different designs to choose from, your buds can be made to match your personality. We appreciate your support and help in making our dream for OwnPhones a reality. Suggested retail price $399!

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    MORE “SMARTFIT" EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Wow what a response! Due to popular demand, we’re adding an extra Early Bird special for a custom made, 3D printed SMARTFIT earbuds. Featuring Advanced SoundScaping Control, OwnStatus (optional) and real world notifications, you can have the earbuds of your dreams. With many different designs to choose from, your buds can be made to match your personality. We appreciate your support and help in making our dream for OwnPhones a reality. Suggested retail price $399!

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    OWNPHONES DESIGNER FIT: Your own custom designed and made 3D printed OnwPhones. Choose any style and design to add that personal look and make your earbuds a fashion accessory. Suggested retail price $349!

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    OWNPHONES JEWELRY COLLECTION: a set of your own custom designed and made 3D printed earbuds. Choose your design from a mutlitude of gorgeous pieces, from silver, bronze, brass, gold plating. Your support is very appreciated and a huge help in making our dream for OwnPhones a reality. Suggested retail price $349!

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    OWNPHONES SMART FIT: Your own custom made 3D printed SMARTFIT earbuds. Featuring Advanced SoundScaping Control you can chose from many different designs. Suggested retail price $399!

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    JOIN THE OWNPHONES DESIGNER PROGRAM: You can design your own OwnPhones earbuds and will have early access to the Beta program to offer your designs for sale as soon as our online store goes live (Price includes one pair of your design and 1 year membership).

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    OWNPHONES BRAND PROGRAM: You can design a custom branded OwnPhones earbuds in your own brand look and style. Plus, when you join our Brand Designer Program you can put your branded earbuds for sale on the OwnPhones online store.

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    YOU PLAY DESIGNER: We'll schedule a 2 hour consulting video call for you and one of our designers to go over your concept for a design, show us your inspiration and help us create something that is truely unique to your personality and style with our modelers.

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    THE GOLD PACKAGE: Choose any design from our OwnPhones Gold Collection we'll make it out of 18k gold and turn it into a beautiful, golden sound experience.

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    LIMITED EDITION ON-SITE DESIGN SESSION: Stop by our design studio in San Diego and have our designers work with you to dream up, design and build your OwnPhones. Includes 2 night's stay at 5-star hotel in San Diego.

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    THE ULTIMATE MUSIC FASHION ACCESSORY: We commission a local Artist who will meet with you and custom design a Gold & Diamond studded fashion earbud according to your tastes.

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