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A stylish alternative to bulky headphones and tangling wires. Best-in-market 6-hour battery life, with a comfy and secure fit.
A stylish alternative to bulky headphones and tangling wires. Best-in-market 6-hour battery life, with a comfy and secure fit.
A stylish alternative to bulky headphones and tangling wires. Best-in-market 6-hour battery life, with a comfy and secure fit.
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Truebuds - The World's Smallest Stereo Cordless Earbuds

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 It's finally time to say goodbye to tangled wires and bulky headphones. The Truebuds team has developed a breakthrough wireless in-­ear headphone that fits comfortably in your ears and lasts 6 hours on a single charge, which is currently the longest battery life in the market. Use the portable charging case and get another full charge in only 45 minutes. 

In early market testing, the two main pain points of current wireless earphones on the market were size and battery life. We took that to heart and optimized Truebuds to both be the smallest in the market and to have the longest battery life, in order to make the best completely cordless earbud out there.

The small size doesn't mean you should expect little in terms of sound quality. Here's what makes Truebuds sound great:

  • Use of balanced armature audio transducers which offer very low noise distortion, and which are optimally tuned to specific frequency ranges.
  • Use of the AptX codec ensures that the sound you hear over Bluetooth is CD-like quality. AptX uses special bit rate reduction techniques to offer Bluetooth sound that is indistinguishable from corded headphones.
  • A proprietary-designed module creates ultra-low latency between both Bluetooth earbuds, so you hear exactly the same thing in both ears with no difference whatsoever.
  • An ambient noise cancelation module is included to make sure that when your Truebuds are in your ear, the music is all you can hear.

Truebuds were designed with fashion and comfort in mind. They are the smallest Bluetooth earbud, which makes them fit inside your ear without any extra bulkiness. The metallic finish gives them a cool, futuristic look, so people will be asking you where you got those cool earbuds.

Connect in seconds using Bluetooth

Connecting Truebuds is just a matter of a few clicks. Truebuds connects with any device that has Bluetooth, including iPhones, Android phones, and most mp3 players. It works the same way any Bluetooth-enabled audio device does, so it's simple and ready to go out of the box.

Technical Specs

Below is a full proposed technical specification of our product. Note that these are subject to change by new input and guidelines received from both the backer community and the product design team. We will be updating the community as we continue to scale up manufacturing for the product, and will be conducting polls throughout the process to make sure we are giving the backer community exactly what you want.

Truebuds are fully prototyped, and we need your help to scale up manufacturing so we can bring them to market

A full working prototype has been created. We are also experimenting with various fits, materials and more to give you the best quality when we deliver the product.

We come from technical product design and engineering backgrounds and have been creating electronic devices for over a decade. We're also working with experts who have manufactured headphones for the biggest consumer brands out there, so we know how to bring these types of devices to market.

Here is a snapshot of the Truebuds team working to make this project a reality.

We need your help to make Truebuds a reality for everyone who needs a small wireless earbud with long battery life and great design. By supporting us, you will be part of our journey from the current version to full production. Your voice will be heard, and we will implement changes, stretch goals and more with your help.

Your contribution will be used to:

  • Finalize product design
  • Fund mechanical tooling of the product 
  • Compliance testing – FCC, UL, CE.
  • Order components
  • Pay for production, manufacturing & shipping costs of the first production run of Truebuds.

We appreciate every action you take to make Truebuds a reality. Help us out by sharing our project with social media or email. We greatly appreciate any of your involvement. Thank you.

Media Center - Look who's talking about Truebuds

Check out our founder, Eric, getting interviewed by Digital Trends Magazine. The article and video answer the tough questions - why will Truebuds be different than others who have tried before? What technology are Truebuds using? Check out the interview to find out all you wanted to know.

Founder Eric Tsoi interviewed by Digital Trends
Founder Eric Tsoi interviewed by Digital Trends

Digital Trends also interviewed Eric on their weekly Podcast. Hear about the technology behind the long battery life, and how Truebuds will be scaled up to production. Interview starts at 13:09.

Check out our founder in Digital Trends' Podcast
Check out our founder in Digital Trends' Podcast

We got covered in Details magazine' Style Syndicate section as one of the coolest new fashion accessories.

We were the staff pick at Gadget Flow this past week, and we were also featured on TechPicks and Gadgetify too.

We also made it to Japanese media recently, and according to Kickstarterfan.com, Truebuds in Japanese are called Peabazzu (ペアバッズ). 

Risks and challenges

Developing consumer electronics is challenging. Having several complex assemblies and components lead us to sourcing from several suppliers. With that there are two primary risks.

The first risk is on time delivery of components used in the product and the second risk is receiving quality components that pass our high internal quality standards. Both these risks may potentially result in a delay in the delivery to our backers.

We will reduce these risks by using multiple suppliers when possible along with tight oversight and management of the entire manufacturing process. We appreciate in all the people that believe in our product and will perform our hardest to ensure on time delivery of the product.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    You are an official Truebuds community member. You will receive all future updates and exclusive promotions. We will take into account to your comments, feedback and requests.

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    Personalized early supporter card from the founders and all rewards of the $1 pledge.

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    Get super early bird pricing on Truebuds stereo earphones + a free portable charging case included. You are one among the first 1000 supporters, getting $100 off on retail ($199).

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    Get early bird pricing on the Truebuds + a free portable charging case included. You are one among the first 3500 buyers, getting $80 off retail ($199).

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    As a core supporter, You get early pricing on the Truebuds + a free portable charging case included. Get $50 off retail ($199).

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    Special Twin pack: 2 super early bird Truebuds stereo earbuds + 2 portable charging case at $195 - that's $204 off retail. Only 100 available

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    Special Twin pack: 2 early bird Truebuds stereo earbuds + 2 portable charging cases at $235 - that's $164 off retail. Only 500 available

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    Special Twin pack: 2 core supporter Truebuds stereo earbuds + 2 portable charging cases at $295 - that's $104 off retail.

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    Special friends & family bonus: 4 super early bird Truebuds stereo earbuds + free portable charging case at a $379 - that's $420 off retail. Only 50 available

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    Special friends & family bonus: 4 super early bird Truebuds stereo earbuds + 4 free portable charging case at $379 - that's $420 off retail. Only 40 available

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    Special friends & family savings on 4 early bird Truebuds stereo earphones + 4 free portable charging cases. $350 off retail. Only 50 available.

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    Special friends & family savings on 4 early bird Truebuds stereo earphones + 4 free portable charging cases. $250 off retail.

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    Mini distributor/large friends & family kit of 10 Truebuds stereo earbuds + 10 portable charging cases. $1050 off retail.

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    Distributor kit of 20 Truebuds stereo earbuds + 20 portable charging cases. $2150 off retail ($4999).

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    An invitation to join the founders of Truebuds on a two-night stay in San Francisco, California. Included is a 7-course dinner, tour of the Truebuds office, and an inside look at how the product design process works. All costs of flights, travel and the hotel stay are included for US travelers. You also get 2 pairs of Truebuds earphones and 2 portable charging cases.

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