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World's smallest wireless earbuds charged through your phone! Minimal size & shape allows perfect fit and music experience!
World's smallest wireless earbuds charged through your phone! Minimal size & shape allows perfect fit and music experience!
World's smallest wireless earbuds charged through your phone! Minimal size & shape allows perfect fit and music experience!
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PUGZ-World's smallest wireless earbuds charged through phone

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 A new type of earphones. 

"PUGZ are the world's first wireless earphones that lets you charge them through your phone. Plus you can listen and charge at the same time. We are strong believers that this simplifies the wireless experience and is a crucial key component for the adaptation of wireless earphones. You don't want a pair of earphones that go useless when they run out of battery. Imagine a phone with no "listen and charge" functionality?

The Squircle - the unique charging interface 

The key differentiator in PUGZ earphones UX is our patented self guiding magnetic connector we call: "The Squircle". For the best electrical conductivity and styling, we chose this in 18 K Gold.  

The Squircle enables you to listen and charge at the same time. This is something the industry had forgot, but we know we can fix. 

 Charge through all your devices.  

You can charge your PUGZ earphones on all devices such as computer (USB), AC-adapter (USB), Android (micro-USB). If the battery is low, just 'Squircle' your Pugz and keep on listening. 

Perfect workout partner

Training is all about freedom! You want to be free! You don't want cords and wires to tangle and limit your movement. At least we don't! Thats why we built PUGZ for extreme perfect fit, sweat, rain, wear and tear. 

They are designed and constructed to simply stay in place. We defy you to try shaking them out of your ears!

Just place your phone next to you and never have to worry about the cord interrupting your workout session. 

A smooth listening experience.

With no wires attached to your phone you can easily access your PUGZ and enjoy a smooth wireless experience. The lightweight and minimal shape of the earphone creates the perfect fit and lets you walk around tangle free. 

Control your phone by PUGZ

  • Adjust volume
  • Play/pause/skip tracks
  • Start and end calls
  • Activate Siri or Google voice command. 

The PUGZ SOUND

Powerful speakers and proprietary audio codec delivers a solid deep bass and crisp highs. 

  • Rich bass response
  • Natural mid tones and crisp highs
  • Minimal harmonic distortion
  • 16Hz-24KHz
The leaking version lets you hear some of the surrounding sounds.
The leaking version lets you hear some of the surrounding sounds.

Super high quality sound with aptX.

A Bluetooth® connection is a bit like a data pipeline between devices. Because the pipeline has a maximum width, it can sometimes be difficult to flow large audio files through it.

aptX® solves the problem of sending pure audio wirelessly over Bluetooth® by reducing the size of the audio files so they can be squeezed through the wireless pipeline without affecting the sound quality.

Therefore, with aptX®, you can experience CD-like quality audio whenever and wherever you choose.

Easy pairing with all your devices

PUGZ is compatible with all your devices with Bluetooth such as mobile phone, computer, tablet, TV, Apple Watch, etc. Just pair it and enjoy!  

Easy paring with all your BT devices
Easy paring with all your BT devices
Connect to your laptop and enjoy your favorite music!
Connect to your laptop and enjoy your favorite music!

Available in four different colors.

out of the tool samples
out of the tool samples

PUGZ earphones will be available in 4 different colors: 
- White, Red, Pink and Black.

When designing the product we wanted to create a feeling that would combine high-tech and hi-design without increasing the size of the bud. By combining stylish colors with premium materials, we kept the ID as clean as possible without being dull. Eg. The metal parts are made from 18K gold.

Choose between two different styles, Sealed or leaking. 

PUGZ will be available in two styles, Sealed and Leaking. 

Sealed (left) and Leaking (right)
Sealed (left) and Leaking (right)

Sealed provides you with a passive noise cancellation which isolates all surrounding noise and lets you focus on your music experience. 

Leaking - Our ear gel design directs the audio into your ear but lets you hear a bit of your surroundings. Its just a matter of taste. 

Charging and battery

By using 3% of your smart phone battery capacity to charge your PUGZ you get 4.5 hours of music and 10 days of standby. You can also plug into your phone and listen while charging, often called 'OTG' On the go charging. 

Size, Sound and Bluetooth

It's no surprise that sound and fit ranks among the most important factors when buying a pair of earphones. For us, both is SUPER CRUCIAL. Therefore, we spent hundreds of hours submerged in form and fit studies, finding the right gels, deciding the right sizes etc. We finally think we've made it and PUGZ are offered in S-XL gel sizes to fit your ear. In addition we developed a wing secure system to ensure they always stay in even during extreme conditions.   

The sound ranges between 16Hz-24KHz giving you a wide and deep bass without compromising too much treble. The connection is made by Bluetooth 4.1 with a built in CSR-aptX chip. 

 Safe around your neck with magnetic locks. 

PUGZ stay in place thanks to the safe-magnets on the cord
PUGZ stay in place thanks to the safe-magnets on the cord
 

A big issue with standard wired earphones is that they tend to tangle every time you tuck them away, making it a challenge to untangle them and start listening to music or receive a call. 

With PUGZ magnetic cable clips you can simply hang them around your neck and watch them magnetically clip into place, so the next time you take
a call, simply separate and start talking. Easy ! 

Whats in the package? 

Sealed (left) - Leaking (right)
Sealed (left) - Leaking (right)

Who and Why

The PUGZ team consists of techies and designers that are passionate about creating useful products for the world to enjoy! For years we've created solutions for the mobile and tech industry and sometimes notice that the most obvious demands are not fulfilled, so now it's time we do something about it. After working on PUGZ in secrecy for over a year now we are finally ready to present our puppies to the world. 

General

  • Lightweight, minimal in size. 
  • Sweat proof - IP64
  • Microphone - 6th gen dual-mic cVc® advanced audio enhancements and noise suppression

TYPE- In-Ear Sealed Non Sealed

In-Ear Sealed,

  • Double barrier passive noise isolation (20-30 dB) 
  • Response bandwidth 8-28000 Hz Impedance 
  • 16 Ohm Output 10 mW RMS (with level limit) Total harmonic distortion <2% (1 KHz, 1 mW) Audio format: 16 bit stereo  
PUGZ Sealed
PUGZ Sealed

In-Ear Leaking

  • Lightweight, 
PUGZ Leaking
PUGZ Leaking

Bluetooth

  • Dual Mode Bluetooth 4.1 
  • 10-30 m wireless reach 
  • Full compatibility with Apple, Android, Windows phone
  • True Wireless Audio CSR aptX® audio codec Up to 8 paired devices (Two at a time) 

Battery (expected)

  • 4.5 hours of active usage
  • Standby time 10 days (240 hours) 
  • Charging time less than 1 hour
  • Charging: Custom PUGZ connector to Android/Lightning/USB
  • 0% lead, 0% mercury and 0% cadmium

Compatibility (with Bluetooth - listening)

  • iPhone® 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus  
  • iPad® - all
  • Android phones with Bluetooth
  • Windows Phone with Bluetooth
  • Blackberry with Bluetooth
  • FOR AUDIO SUPPORT: Any Bluetooth A2DP or aptX® compatible device

Green Environment

  • All components are in compliant with RoHS Requirement.

FROM THE PAST DEVELOPMENT

Here is some pictures from our first prototyping and development phases. 

Early prototypes of PUGZ body
Early prototypes of PUGZ body
Speaker grill on PUGZ leaking
Speaker grill on PUGZ leaking
Speaker grill on Sealed
Speaker grill on Sealed
Controll box
Controll box
18 K gold magnetic connector on Squircle
18 K gold magnetic connector on Squircle
Trying out the PUGZ charging interface
Trying out the PUGZ charging interface
Sealed and Leaking fist version testing
Sealed and Leaking fist version testing
LED placement testing
LED placement testing

Where we're at

 

Since April 2014, we've came a long way on the PUGZ concept, the UX, the CMF (color material, fabrics) and of course the production sourcing and building. We can easily say that the biggest challenges and obstacles have been cleared. We are ready to go into production and we need your help. 

 

Risks and challenges

PUGZ is a unique product with several new components that leaves us dependant on our suppliers and partners. However, most of the technology we use is known and well used in other product. Except for the Squircle charging interface which is custom. To mitigate the risk, we have built up a supply-chain with a well known sourcing and manufacturing partner. A partner we have worked with before, during our employment at a "BIG mobile phone company".

Technically there will be obstacles, but we are ready and experienced enough to tackle them as we go. Our greatest risk is our dependency on industry partners such as Apple in the case of being MFI approved for the new charging interface. We know the solution works and are now waiting for an MFI approval from Apple.

Our main priority is to ensure the overall product quality the quality of our sub component. We’ll reduce this risk by visiting our suppliers and be present during assembly and testing.

Our most important motivation is You and your support. You make the creation of PUGZ possible. So thank you!

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