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This tiny device brings Bluetooth capability to all of your audio devices. It even lets you sync headphones with a friend!
This tiny device brings Bluetooth capability to all of your audio devices. It even lets you sync headphones with a friend!
This tiny device brings Bluetooth capability to all of your audio devices. It even lets you sync headphones with a friend!
16,019 backers pledged $804,268 to help bring this project to life.

March 19 Update - Production Underway

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Dear Backers,

Last night, the first large-scale production of Jack officially commenced. 

Please update your Backerkit accounts to reflect your current, correct address. Once updated, your Backerkit account should reflect your changes instantly. If you need assistance, please message us. If you have emailed us with special change requests but not received confirmation of a change, please message us again and we will make sure to confirm. The deadline to make any changes is March 25.

We will update everyone at the end of the week as we get more data on the production. Until then, please enjoy some videos of the production line!

Attaching the antenna to the PCB:

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 Gluing on the LED light pipe:

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Assembling the plastic around the metal clip 

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 Shaping and anchoring the antenna with EVA foam:

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 Completing the assembly:

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Note: this was a very difficult design to achieve because the board must be assembled sideways and essentially "floats" in the middle of the housing. This is important so that the ports and buttons can be centered. Most other electronics are assembled layer by layer (more like a sandwich) which makes it easier as you can build upon a stable base. We worked out a way to pull off this sideways design (with guides and board component design) so that the metal clip could be a single, uninterrupted part, which we feel is a much more appealing visual design.

Installing the screws

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Note: The sideways assembly design also meant that in order to screw the two sides together, the screws needed to be extremely thin but also unusually long. Therefore, we needed to order custom screws. 

Testing:

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Note: We test every Jack for Bluetooth connection, audio playback, and button functionality. No exceptions. 

Best,
The Podo Labs Team

Kit Lowe, Arturo Hernandez, and 108 more people like this update.

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    1. MadJo
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      @david larussa: go to this Backerkit-page: https://jack-by-podo-labs.backerkit.com/
      Fill in your Kickstarter email-address, and you'll get an email with the link to your survey; you can update your address there.

    2. david larussa on

      DAVID LARUSSA
      2 HAYWOOD COURT
      ST. CHARLES MO. 63303

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      Stefan Knöchel on

      @Podo Team, you showed us some Jacks in black, but the clip looks like it's silver not gunmetal which is more like bronze. There's no word about the other colours and I didn't see (neither in this update nor in the last ones) any other clips or plastics.
      Again we didn't receive one word about the carrying cases, the headphones, the sport cases and the stereo adapters. these goods have to be delivered too.
      There was no word about shipping timelines (e.g. in order of backers number)
      I've asked for this information several times. Please post an update with that information.

    4. Moti Radomski on

      Finally!! Some production is going on! :)
      Thanks for the update, guys. Keep up the good work.
      This took way too long - but better late than never.
      Can't wait to get my hands on my two new jacks.

    5. Kelvin on

      There's no way to change the options in the backerkit. Can you show me how you did it, Wilfred?

    6. Wilfred on

      Just switched colours to the black one. Thanks for the update, guys! It's been a long process but you're getting there

    7. Kelvin on

      got a feeling only black is being produced for now. can i still change all of my jacks to black? i went for 1 black and 1 white.

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      Tom Parsons
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      sometimes no matter what you do, there are some that will find fault. You post videos showing the product being assembled, and you get comments about lack of sterility. Please be careful and don't let my Jack get an infection. I would hate to have them put under quarantine and delayed anymore. Keep up the good work.

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      Allan Lansangan on

      to all who would want to check/update your backer kit....
      https://jack-by-podo-labs.backerkit.com/

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      Seokhyun Ji on

      Finally you're making people somewhat convinced, but it was something you should've done 10 months ago. Any updates on the "premium" earphones/carrying case/silicone case/white or navy blue jack? I don't think so.

    11. Alex Agranov on

      Where's the backerkit link?

    12. Rajbir Dhalla on

      Update address where ? Where’s the Link? Perhaps would be good to send a link

    13. MarkR on

      The people here posting what they say are alternatives to Jack need to go back and read about Jack. What they have been posting is nothing unique, there have been BT adapters on the market for years that don't do what Jack does. The ones I've seen posted here are only one direction, normally to transmit your phone to a speaker or plug into a car alt plug. Jack can do so much more, which is why I backed them. It can both transmit or it can receive. You can sync Jacks together for multiple users as well. I have yet to see anyone post an alternative to Jack that has the capability to do everything Jack can.

      Although I am disappointed this has taken so long, This is not the longest I have waited for a project and I have several more that taking just as long or longer. I am pleased to see that Podo has been able to find a way to get up and running again. I hope this means they are also able to get Belle moving as well. And that they will communicate more often about the current situation and what they are doing about it.

    14. wesley on

      Found a simular product for 5.00 the other day. Wondering who had idea first. Seems there were many who had idea, still holding out to get one till I get this one

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      Hakkenberg Gregor on

      I've moved in the beginning of 2016. Where can I check wether you have my correct address?

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      Peter van den Berg on

      From me compliments to, I have been there and seen it al for other items I was involved with, And I agree that is is nice to see this detailed videos from assembly lines.
      Keep up the good work!
      Looking forward to getting mine.
      And most of all ignore those negative people - they don't understand the concept of Kickstarter and what a difficult job is can be to make dreams come true.

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      Tomasz on

      Now when there is plenty of alternative cheaper products this project is nothing worth to me. I know that Kickstarter is not eBay or Amazon but I will not forgive you the lack of communication. You have treated us like shit and were making pool parties for our money when we were beging you for some information. Because of that you company is nothing worth for me.

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      fittipauld on

      Glad to see production but a little concerned that the production site doesn’t look very sterile.

    19. MadJo
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      I can't wait to receive mine!

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      Gordon K. Beaven on

      Still only seeing black models.....are the white and blue ones being produced as well?

    21. Anssi Kumpula on

      This is remarkable. I haven’t seen this detailed videos from assembly lines before. Thank you and keep up the good work!

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      Tristan Ableson on

      Awesome, appreciate the update + videos! Looking forward to getting mine. Don't listen to these people hating on you guys - they clearly don't understand the concept of Kickstarter. Keep up the good work!

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      Alex Davies on

      I look forward to receiving my Jack, however there are plenty of alternatives around now available cheaper if people want to look elsewhere. This one looks good: https://www.youtube.com/watch…

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      Michael Littman on

      Glad to see this project moving forward and excited to finally get my item... Thank you!

    25. Nick Superb on

      Thanks for showing us so many videos of assembly. You guys are doing a good job communicating, don't sweat the negativity.

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      Susan Frank on

      When you send an update that asks people to update their info on Backerkit, a LINK directing us to where to do that would be helpful.

    27. i hate buying gas
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      on

      Thanks guys. Looking forward to this. I opted for the black with silver clip so those look to be the first to ship out.

    28. Mickey Johnson
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      I still only see black models, I'm still hesitant to get excited.