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AU$ 853
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, April 7 2019 4:14 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated April 7, 2019

Thumpware Media Controller

An audio adapter to control your PC using the inline buttons on Android headphones.

Thumpware Media Controller

An audio adapter to control your PC using the inline buttons on Android headphones.

AU$ 853
pledged of AU$ 70,250pledged of AU$ 70,250 goal
17
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, April 7 2019 4:14 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated April 7, 2019

About

Do you use your mobile earphones with your computer?

Use your inline headphone buttons to Pause, Play or Skip your music and videos on your computer.  

Or, turn your PC's volume up, down or mute it with your earphone's inline buttons, just as you would on your Android phone or tablet.  

The Thumpware Media Controller for Android headphones is an adapter to allow your inline headphone buttons to control the media playback and audio settings of your PC. 

Description:

The adapter connects between your headphones and your PC requiring only an additional free USB port.  

The audio signals continue to be sent via the normal headphone connection, with perfect sound transmission, while the media and audio control signals are sent via the USB port. 

When connected via USB the device registers as a HID (Human Interface Device) and is compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux. 

Story:

The genesis of this adapter was a desire to solve a personal problem. 

Both in a home environment, while living with someone who was infuriated by my inability to quickly respond to their hails and the frustration apparent at work, in an office where timely interaction was critical. 

I had been looking for this adapter for many years and was never able to find a solution.

Rewards:

All levels of funding will have your name prominently displayed at a URL on the product’s enclosure.

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  •  Tier 1: A support payment, at this tier you are helping us reach our goal but not receiving an adapter.
  •  Tier 2: You will receive a Kickstarter branded edition of the product.
  •  Tier 3: You will receive two Kickstarter branded editions of the product.
  •  Tier 4: This final tier is for those wishing to go above and beyond, in addition to receiving an adapter you will also have your name embedded in the microcontroller’s firmware and these names will be available via a serial command for anyone exploring.

Timeline:

  •  2015 September - Atmel Development Board 'Duct-Tape' Proof of concept (P0  Prototype Stage)
  •  2015 November - ARM Development Board  Proof of concept Rebuild
  •  2016 January - Microchip DIP Breadboard Prototype
  •  2016 February - Microchip QFN Breakout Breadboard Prototype
  •  2016 May - 1st Works-Like PCB Prototype (P1 Prototype Stage)
  •  2016 September - 2nd  Works-Like  PCB Prototype
  •  2017 January - 3rd  Works-Like  PCB Prototype 
  •  2017 March - 4th  Works-Like  PCB Prototype (EVT - Preliminary engineering verification testing complete & user testing  started)
  •  2018 May - First Looks-Like Prototype
  •  2018 June - Second Looks-Like Prototype
  •  2018 September - First Integrated Prototype (P2 Prototype Stage)
  •  2018 October - Second Integrated Prototype (DVT - Preliminary design verification testing complete)
  •  2019 February - Created Kickstarter Campaign
  •  2019 March - *** Launched Kickstarter Campaign *** 
  •  2019 April - Finalize EVT, DVT & Complete production verification testing (PVT)
  •  2019 May - Begin Mass production (MP)
  •  2019 June - Ship to backers

Stretch goals:

Carrying case: In the event that we raise twice as much as our funding goal we will create a custom case for the device to protect and cable manage the adapter in transport.  

Suggestions: If we blow past our stretch goal and raise four times as much as our funding goal we will then reach out to all of you to seek guidance on what you would like us to reward you with. 

Founder:

My name is David Newbury. I am an Australian from Perth, born to British and Dutch parents and currently employed as a mechanical design engineer in the European aerospace industry. 

I have undergraduate and postgraduate education in industrial design and mechanical engineering. Innovative solutions to problems and enduring designs are the things I find most inspiring. 

A Founder Institute startup incubator alumni and award winning designer, I am committed to building the Thumpware brand and delivering this product to you.

Thank you to everyone who supports this campaign.

David Newbury

Specifications:

  •  Width: 18mm
  •  Height: 11.5mm
  •  Length: 45mm
  •  Cable Length: 850mm 
  •  Material: Injection molded Polycarbonate (The prototype is 3D printed from resin on a Formlabs Form 2)
  •  Processor: Microchip PIC16F1455 in a QFN package
  •  Device: USB HID Media Control Interface for Android headphones 

Connections:

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  • Female TRRS 3.5mm Audio Socket 
  • Male TRS 3.5mm Audio Plug
  • Male USB Type A Plug

Support:

Please help us spread the word and share this campaign on social media:

  • Twitter link
  • Facebook link
  • Instagram link

Also, feel free download and use our media-kit / press-kit where suitable:

  • Press-kit link

Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

Each chain in the delivery comes with some risks, however, we have accounted for the known risks and the unknown ones are unknowable. The primary things that may impact the timely delivery of the product are:

Supply: The parts required for the adapter are available in large quantities, but things can change. A delay in any of the purchased components could hold up manufacturing. We have included time for this in our timeline however and this should not prevent us from delivering the adapters to users within the time-frame.

Manufacturing: While multiple manufacturing operations can be run simultaneously to accelerate the delivery schedule, some steps, if delayed, will impact the critical path. If we need to retool due to an injection molding issue or re-run the assembly of components on the boards (PCBA) due to errors that cannot be re-worked, this could slow our progress. Again, even in this scenario, we should meet our delivery date.

Defective rate: In any manufacturing operation there will be failure rates. The percentage of this failure rate will not just affect the budget of the project, it will also affect the timeline as reworking failed units or producing replacements will take time as well as money. The budget and timeline for this project accounts for an expected rate of failures and rework. In addition to the manufacturers own quality assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC) systems I will be on hand to review and make improvements.

Shipping: The logistics during the production period and the final fulfillment to deliver the product to you is a risk. The time required for shipping has been included in our procurement time estimates, however, in the event of a shipment not arriving and needing to be resent this could delay other stages in the project.

Mitigation: One key factor mitigating all of these risks is that I will be overseeing the project personally and will be on site to immediately address any pressing issues. Additionally, the estimates for this project include allocations for these risks.
When this project meets its funding goal, we will deliver this product to you.

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