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About

Steve Angello Signature Edition
Steve Angello Signature Edition

Big News: Steve Angello Signature Edition

We have befriended awesome DJ slash artist Steve Angello and made a beautiful custom all black edition of the speaker! Full black satin finished aluminium housing. Black anodized details. Steve’s signature on the front panel and each individually numbered. A real collectors item.

We are so very happy and proud Steve Angello wants this project to succeed, and with YOUR help we might still have a chance... This is super exclusive version is only available now, during the final 70 hours! Please note that this product will only happen if we reach our funding goal, help us spread the word!!

Image from Steve Angello's apartment in Stockholm
Image from Steve Angello's apartment in Stockholm

When we met he told us he test listens to all his songs on the large Transparent Speaker and after testing the new Small Transparent Speaker he wrote this on his facebook page:

"I love these guys! The iconic design, timeless concept and incredible sound they produce! beautiful! Just beautiful! + they go well with my figures. They have a week left on their campaign and if you've ever been debating about buying a new speaker for the house, office or as reference in the studio, go back this project! Full support all the way through! This is worth every dollar, euro, yen, kroner or whatever currency you want to use! Go show some love and buy yourself one hell of a system! It will change your life! Quality"

- Steve Angello 16th January 2017

Scandinavian Design 

Have you ever felt that an interior becomes worse because of a techy speaker? You’re not alone. The Small Transparent Speaker looks great in any environment, from kitchens to bedrooms. Hardened glass sides makes it blend in by showing what’s behind the speaker. A white coated aluminium unibody frame makes it neutral so it feels right in any context. We have worked tirelessly on every single detail to ensure aesthetic perfection.

 

 

Size reference
Size reference

On the front, you have a volume adjustment knob, a classic rocker switch for power on and off, a LED to show you if the speaker is on and a 3.5 jack if you prefer to use the included cable for your audio source.

3.5 jack on the front
3.5 jack on the front

 

B(l)ack by popular demand
B(l)ack by popular demand

Many people have been asking us to offer the speaker in the black color like the large Transparent Speaker, so now we are so happy to tell you that all backers will be able to get this option. Backers will be able to select the color in the backer survey after the project is fully funded.

Easily Connected Speaker 

We have got you covered with the latest technology. The speaker has both WiFi and Bluetooth. This means you can easily send high-end audio from your phone, tablet, or computer from near or far in your house. We made a big effort to support both the latest and greatest platforms, such as Apple Airplay and Google Cast, to maximize your connectivity options.

With wireless connectivity, we can update your product software so that the product improves over time. The first functionality that we are planning to launch is Spotify Connect which means that you can find our speaker super easily in the Spotify app. Our goal is to make the connected experience as friction free as possible for you.

Crystal Clear Sound 

The Transparent Speaker is built with premium audio components. The two-custom made 2.5 inch full range drivers deliver crisp lifelike vocals, while the passive bass radiator gives a punch to any beat. It has a built-in amplifier which has embedded digital signal processing (DSP) to ensure a full and balanced crystal clear sound. If you use a high resolution audio streaming source, you will really start to hear new things. This product builds on all that we have learned from tuning the highly appreciated sound in our large Transparent Speaker.

Full range drivers and passive bass radiator
Full range drivers and passive bass radiator

 

Small Transparent Speaker with the original Transparent Speaker
Small Transparent Speaker with the original Transparent Speaker

 

Become an Up-Cycler

The Small Transparent Speaker is designed to last a long time. Even though it might seem unusual and counterintuitive to talk about scenarios of product failure now when the product is brand new, we believe that is exactly what we need to do. By considering potential ways the product might break, and designing the product to outsmart the landfill in these cases, we can make a big difference. The speaker is made out of materials that can be recycled to the same high quality over and over - this is called upcycling - and it is designed to allow for complete disassembly.

The speaker has built in sensors that can detect if parts eventually need to be repaired, replaced, or updated. Users will be notified by their smartphone, and offered easy ways to take action.

Broken products that can’t be repaired at home will be shipped back in the empty containers travelling back to the manufacturing locations. This return shipments are already accounted for in our business model, and we will be able to refurbish, reuse or remold most parts of the products at our own factories. Our packaging design can be refolded to expose the prepaid return shipping label.

Packaging for closed loop shipping
Packaging for closed loop shipping
The challenge of our generation will be to stop trashing our planet, and leave it in a good shape for coming generations. Our consumer patterns and producing industry is currently not working towards that goal (and neither are some of our politicians). Consumer products are too quickly becoming waste and mostly dumped in landfills. In fact there is a full football field(!) of electronic waste generated every minute*. This linear system has to stop. By supporting this project, you’re not only getting a loudspeaker, you are helping to promote a closed loop industry where products and their materials has the potential to last forever.
Closed Loop System √
Closed Loop System √

Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions (mm): 236 × 188 × 90 
  • Weight: 2400 g 
  • 2 × 2,5'' Full Range Drivers 
  • 1 × 2-3’’ Passive Radiator Woofer Plate 
  • Sealed Cabinet Volume: 2,5 L 
  • Frequency Response: TBD 
  • High Quality Digital Signal Processing (DSP) 
  • 1 × 3,5mm audio jack in front (cable included) 
  • Wireless formats: Wifi, Bluetooth™ 4.1, Google Cast™, Apple Airplay™, Spotify Connect™ (TBD) 
  • Updates over air 
  • Multi-room Speaker Playback

Development Plan Overview


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 The Team

Thanks to

Knotan for helping us make the film!

*Amount of E-Waste generated comes from UN backed StEP report Solving The E-Waste Problem.

Risks and challenges

Building a new kind of sustainable consumer electronic product is a complex and time-consuming task. We are humble to the challenge and know there are many pieces that will need to be put together for it to work. One such thing is obviously financial, and only with the help from Kickstarter, will be able to get to production of the Small Transparent Speaker.

Getting to the point where we can ship the speaker to your door from the point we are at now, involves the following:

1) Getting the electronics to really perform. This is no small feat. We have a functioning prototype with all the components in place. Right now, we are finishing the wiring to send the first batch of PCBs to manufacturing. With wireless products several antennas and placement still needs to be tested to ensure optimal performance.

2) Testing and certifying the product with the different wireless platforms, this process takes time.

3) Custom software development and app.

4) Getting international safety and regulator marks.

5) Shipping the product.

We are not shying away from any of these challenges. While we are taking them seriously, we are adamant in overcoming any problem. We are committed to getting the Small Transparent Speaker into the market and have all the skills needed to do so. We think the current Transparent Speaker is the best proof of that. With the help from the Kickstarter community, we can have the resources to move into production while also completing all of the tasks above!

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    Become an upcycler

    Show your support of the circular economy. We will list your name in a thank you page and your money will be used to change the industry. Feel free to pledge more.

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    Small Transparent Speaker Early Bird

    Thanks for being one of the first backers. You get the best possible price! This is $110 saving on the $310 retail price.

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    Small Transparent Speaker

    Get the best looking and sounding speaker. This is $60 saving on the $310 retail price.

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    Steve Angello Signature Edition

    Take the chance and get the all black limited Steve Angello Edition. Only on Kickstarter! Only now!

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    2x Small Transparent Speaker

    Stream music to two speakers at home and get an additional 10% off. That's 170 dollars of retail.

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    10x Small Transparent Speaker

    Get a bundle of speakers and be the first to sell them in your store.

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    Stockholm Studio Visit + Speaker

    Treat your self to a once in life time experience and see where the magic happens. Pick the brains of the designers. Go out for dinner and drinks with the founding team. We'll arrange your accommodation and fun activities in Stockholm for two days. You'll arrange your own travel. You'll get a speaker to carry back home.

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Funding period

- (45 days)