It started with a beer. It ended with an
Aussie design revolution.
OZEPOD is your party in a pod - a portable Bluetooth speaker that keeps your phone safe from water and sand, your drinks shaded, and your music flowing with solar-assisted USB charging.
Where the Steves (Jobs and Wozniak) had their garage in Silicon Valley. Steve Self from Australia’s Gold Coast has his shed and his dog “JAX”.
G’Day, I’m Steve and OZEPOD was born in my backyard because I was sick of the dog
knocking over my beer. I took a look at the pool fence and thought to myself, ‘He’d never be able to knock it down up there.’
And my idea grew from here!
Steve took himself into the shed and set about designing a platform to sit on top of his pool fence. “I gave it a bit of shade while I was at it,” he says. “No one likes a warm beer.”
Then it occurred to him that his beer defender would be the perfect place for his phone too.
Having gone this far, Steve thought to himself, “What if it had some batteries and a little solar panel. A flat battery is about as much fun as a flat beer.”
“I was going to all that trouble, so then it seemed stupid not to build in speakers,” says Steve. “I’ve got four daughters and three grandkids, which means we spend a lot of family time at the pool and we like to have music to go with the BBQ.”
Steve took his garden-shed prototype to some professional industrial designers. They took Steve’s true blue Aussie ingenuity and spun it into a Cupertino-worthy innovation, all in a package we call the OZEPOD.
Steve got the OZEPOD this far; we’ve finished prototyping and our manufacturing partner is making final engineering edits to the open tooling as we prepare to ramp up production. We are looking to raise the money to help offset some of the tooling costs for this great product.
This project was born in my backyard and has grown with the help of friends and family into a lifestyle audio product fit for use from the great outdoors to the pool, boat or
My wife even uses one of our prototypes when doing the gardening.
I am asking for the help of the Kickstarter community because I believe in this product & want to make my family proud by making this concept a reality!
FROM NEW YORK TO SYDNEY. OZEPOD IS
AT HOME ON THE BALCONY, AT THE BEACH, CAMPING, ON THE BOAT OR AROUND THE POOL
WE’D LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU WITH ANY QUESTIONS, FEEDBACK OR ENQUIRIES
PR or MARKETING
The marketing and PR for the OZEPOD project was conducted by Remember Creative. A Sydney based Creative agency. For any questions regarding our approach to marketing the OZEPOD please feel free to contact us:
Risks and challenges
I have always been hands on and technical, especially seeing it's part of my job. It's been an eye-opening year and a half improving and tweaking the design of OZEPOD, to make sure we got it right before showing off to the world. As with any Kickstarter, there may be a few hurdles yet to jump but we have aligned ourselves with a great team to minimise the risks associated with delivery of the products to our backers - we have mapped out fulfilment and shipping details. I am extremely happy with the quality materials we are using to produce OZEPOD, the planning we have done so far and I am excited about the next steps.
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