Earbuds’ final dimensions + location app

April 15, 2017

Hey backers,

For most of you, spring is right around the corner with its beautiful sunshine. It certainly feels good. The other thing looking good is how the Phazon earbuds are coming to fruition.

DEVELOPMENT STATUS
We’re glad to announce the final dimensions of the earbuds. We’ve been tweaking with it for a while to make sure we got the optimal size for the fit and audio quality. Going for a big size is a bummer for everyone, since the bigger it is, the less likely it will fit your ear. Ever heard of the quote “Less is more”? It’s totally the case for our product.

Right below: earbuds’ dimensions – it’s basically 2cm*2cm*2.5cm (0.75in*0.75in*1in).

 

We’ve made testings with lots of people and the results are amazing: it was a snug fit for 95% of the people. The industry standard for this type of product is 60%. The only downside is that making it this small dramatically increases the level of engineering constraints, especially for the antenna.

Truth be told, the antenna still needs more fine tuning. Moreover, our senior engineer (Sylvain) is testing many different components configurations so the antenna quality becomes magnificent. This is time-consuming, as there are many potential configurations to test.

Below is an example of how we test the earbuds’ connectivity.

Suspended earbud with a coax cable

The coax cable is plugged into a spectrum analyzer, in order to check out the Bluetooth quality signal

It took longer than expected to fine tune this one but we feel we’re very close to getting it done. Actually, the right configuration could happen in the very next few days. However, it could also take weeks. Once this is completed, we’ll shortly announce a reliable shipping date.

So to recap, the final prototype is fully done, except for the antenna that needs a little more fine tuning to make it outstanding.


LOCATION APP

The location app is under development with an experienced 3rd party provider. They’re currently working on the backend source code. Here are 2 early screens from what you could expect the location app to look like on the frontend side of things.

CHARGING CASE
We’ve ordered and received the PCBs for the advanced working prototypes. They are being assembled as we speak, so we expect to receive the fully functional prototypes by next week. You can see a glimpse of it by this CAD file.

Our triangular sleeve will be put over it so it will definitely look sexier

We implemented magnets in the charging case so when you put your earbuds in, they automatically snap to the wall, charging your earbuds smoothly and securely.

Interior of the charging case with the magnet and charging pins

Consider the charging case is a lot easier to build than the earbuds as we got less space constraints than the earbuds.

HYPE FOUNDATION
We’ve been recently identified as one of the most innovative (top 50) sports startups in the world by the Hype foundation. This will provide access to major sports events (such as the NFL draft) and many great contacts in the sports area (such as top executives from Adidas).

 

It’s the sugar shack frenzy all over Quebec here. However, we’re working 7 days a week to ship your sweet earbuds soon enough 🙂

Chris & the Phazon team

The final laps

April 1, 2017

Hi Backers,

I’m sure you guys know that some companies jumped into the true wireless bandwagon. Some even launched a product on the market but failed to provide the reliability and quality we all crave for. We know, we tested them all.

Others are still banging their heads in labs. Our super smart lead engineer, Sylvain, is about to nail it down. Did you know he designed satellite parts and products for the secret services? 🙂

SHIPPING STATUS
We identified the connection issue between the smartphone and the earbud. Without going into much details, it appears that by adding a specific material around the antenna, the connectivity (RF) improves dramatically to the desired level.

Since we’re back in North America for the time being, the time to get our new PCBs is somewhat longer. We’ve been able to pull out a 5 day lead time for our circuit boards (usually 2 weeks). Now, this PCB is the one we believe would be THE ONE. Of course, we need to test it out. We just received it today, so, we’ll definitely have time to assemble and test it properly to share the results in the next update.

Once we get that final prototype we’re looking for, just as this one should be the one, we’ll provide you a reliable shipping estimate. Some of you asked about the timeline. It is certainly justified and legitimate. Well, since we’re waiting for that final prototype, let me share with you the technical roadmap just below.


MILESTONES

Technical roadmap:

 

Those 3 processes are running in parallel. It’s pretty straightforward.

Of course, a bunch of non technical stuff needs to get done, such as the final packaging (pictures to come).

RED COLOR TESTINGS

We received the red color testings from our Chinese manufacturer.

We took photos of them this morning and it happened to be super tricky to show you guys the difference. It is subtle and the photos could not show that off correctly.

Check it out:

With a bit of luck & 3D renderings, we’ve been able to put some stuff that’s easier to figure out.

 

Which one do you like most? Comment on our Instagram account and one lucky person will be awarded a free & great looking Phazon t-shirt 😀

 

COLOR SELECTION

Make your selection here.

 

NEXT UPDATE

  • App status
  • Logo changes
  • Results of the new antenna design

 

When we tell you it’s going to be awesome, we don’t fool around, even if it’s April’s fool.
P.S. sorry for the bad pun 😉

Getting realllllllly close

March 15, 2017

Hello Backers,

Let’s start with really interesting topics, we have 2 good news to announce!

  • – The charging case is upgraded to offer 4 full extra charges for the earbuds
  • – Volume control is now enabled on the earbuds

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Making great strides

February 28, 2017

Hello backers,

Oddly enough, we did NOT announce a delay in the last update, but some of you reacted as if it was a delay. This probably happened because we apologized for the ones we had before.
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Charging case + earbuds electronic design

February 15, 2017

Dear backers,

There are things we regret and others we don’t. We spent a lot of time working with Canadian manufacturers because it was important for us to build the earbuds in our own country. These partners did their best, but at some point we realized they just wouldn’t get us to production. Reliability and speed were problematic. The manufacturer we found in Asia is an absolute gem. With his help, there is no doubt we’ll ship way faster.
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A risky bet paying off

January 30, 2017

Hey backers,

It’s me, Chris, your chief nerd writing here. The last update was hard to write but we’re fortunate to have great backers that support our journey, we can’t thank you guys enough!
SHIPPING STATUS

So as scheduled, the tech team is currently in Shenzhen, China. It’s not an ideal timing in China: it is the Chinese new year. Every manufacturer shuts down at that time. However, our Asian manufacturer was kind enough to provide us key staff to help us tweak our electronics quickly even during the holidays. Read More »

Implementing drastic measures

January 15, 2017

Dear backers,

Our main focus since the beginning has been to deliver a superior product as rapidly as possible. The rapid part hasn’t been a success so far. We found a way to accelerate.

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beta testers

December 30, 2016

Hey backers,

Again, lots of stuff to tell you about, especially that we’re in a big crunch time period. We also included a little educational piece at the end.
SHIPPING STATUS

This December month was just totally insane on the technical side. We even surpassed the straight 18 hours workday. Because we wanted to be ready for the beta testers and the CES, we had to go the extra mile – every single day.
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Final prototype

December 15, 2016

Hey guys,

A tremendous amount of time was spent into the final prototypes so we can be ready for the beta testers. Let’s dig down below! Read More »

Making the way

November 30, 2016

Hey guys,

A lot of things happened recently… must_reduce_wording to include them all.

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Let’s do this

November 15, 2016

Oh boy,

So much to say, the 2,500 characters update limit is killing us!

Let’s jump in asap.

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Size matters

October 30, 2016

Dear backers,

This is Chris, Chief Nerd at Phazon. I apologize for this X-rated headline, but it felt appropriate in the circumstances.

Check out why below.

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Microphone & shipping status (PART 2/2)

October 15, 2016

MICROPHONE & SHIPPING STATUS (continued)

Some of you requested to have the earbuds without a mic earlier.

We had discussions with our manufacturer and having 2 different lines of the product is cost prohibitive at this point.

Hey, we clearly understand it can be frustrating to have another delay.

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Microphone & shipping status (PART 1/2)

September 30, 2016

Buenas tardes!

Hope you’re enjoying la pura vida so far. At Phazon, we’re dedicated to ship a truly outstanding product – this is our credo.

Here’s now the long awaited update!
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Small & Focus

September 15, 2016

Saluton! (Hello in Esperanto)

We can see & feel you have high expectations for our product. It’s okay, we want to make it truly awesome too!

We’re quite a small team – only 5 working full time right now. We’re small, yes, but super talented and incredibly focused, working around 80h/week. We plan to hire additional people in the future but at this point, we’d spend more time training them than getting ready for the final production steps.
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Results

August 30, 2016

Bon matin backers!

 

Last 2 weeks were pretty intense, so hold tight!

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Assembler + survey

August 15, 2016

Bonsoir backers!

As promised, we made a short video showing you the miniature working prototypes.

Here it goes! (Definitely important to see) Read More »

No kidding – part Deux

July 30, 2016

Hallo backers,

We stopped videos with cool intros for a while. We’re gladly showing you a new one. Thanks to Edge Dimension for their incredible 3D rendering in the intro and Otakus & Geeks for the interview at the CE Week.
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No kidding with manufacturing

July 15, 2016

Konichiwa backers!

The last 2 weeks have been highly focused on our PCB manufacturers while testing the audio quality in parallel… scroll me to learn more

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PCBs & sound engineer

June 30, 2016

Ciao backers!

Hope you’re enjoying the summer so far.

Here at Phazon we’ve been incredibly busy securing the supply chain.

We’ve also got very good news for the audiophiles out there 🙂

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Molds, CE Week & Cables

June 15, 2016

Hello dear backers!

Hope you’re having a blast for this summer.

We sure know it would have been better with the Phazon earbuds, but we can assure you the wait will be worth it!

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Personal message from the CEO

May 15, 2016

Hey backers!

I’m Chris, the Chief Nerd here at Phazon. I’ll write this entire update so you’ll have a clear picture of what’s going on.

For the first time, we won’t put a cool intro video in this update. It will be all about transparency. Read More »

Shipping status & Color selection

April 15, 2016

Hola backers!

Last month we made the fully functional miniature prototypes. The result has been outstanding in terms of the sound quality and connectivity. A lot more details will be provided in the next update.

Check out our senior engineer working on them Read More »

Advanced working prototypes

March 15, 2016

Howdy ho!

The past month has been dramatically innovative in terms of the development of our earbuds.

We’re implementing some crazy cool tech that will make the Phazon earbuds a truly reference in the wireless world.

We can’t tell you much right now but it’s just insane the level of engineering we put in those beauties! Read More »

Charging case ON

February 15, 2016

Hey backers!

Before anything else, here’s a short video of our factory making the working prototypes! (Go watch it – The intro is way too cool!) Read More »

Bonjour backers!

January 15, 2016

It’s been 1 month since we finished our campaign. You can be sure we’re running full steam ahead to get you guys an amazing product.

Check out below a summary of what happened within our first month.

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WE’RE ON A ROLL!

January 12, 2016

Hey backers!

Even in our wildest dreams, we did not anticipate that kind of response!

Our Indiegogo campaign is over but our journey together has just begun,

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AMA Session LIVE!​

January 9, 2016

As promised, here’s the link to ask our Chief Ninja all sorts of questions:

Click here

 

There is also an AMA app available in the App Store!

 

6 hours left…!

P.S.: You’ll be prompt to choose your color after the campaign ends 🙂

24 HOURS LEFT! + upcoming AMA session

January 6, 2016

This is real, only 24 hours left, no more extension possible!

I’m sure many of you guys would love to get the SUNSET color! We’re likely close to get it (125k shy) and we need your help to achieve this! Hey, the referral program is still on! You bring in 3 friends, using your Indiegogo sharing links and you’re set to get your FREE earbuds 🙂 Read More »

3 DAYS LEFT & Stretch goal update

January 3, 2016

Some of you noticed that we extended the campaign for 3 days! We’ve raised so much in our final days that Indiegogo has been nice enough to allow us this little extension. We’re now at the maximum days allowed to run a campaign. No worries, our engineers are fully focus into the product development so June/July is definitely our target!

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NEW video & referral program (recall)!

December 31, 2015

Just like the headline of our campaign’s page says, we make wireless earbuds guaranteed not to fall. What’s more incredible? It’s a one size fits all.

One size fits all + guaranteed not to fall is a huge statement!

We understand that and believe us, we made in-depth testings for setting the bar so high! Read More »

NEW team member!

December 28, 2015

At Phazon, we’re obsessed at getting for our backers an incredible customer experience.

We understand that shipping on time is part of this experience. Read More »

Live at CES

December 25, 2015

We are actually at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas.

It’s the biggest tech show in the world. This is a huge opportunity to meet up with a lot of people that could help us in our journey. We have talked with media, investors and suppliers! Read More »

A MILLION THANKS!

December 22, 2015

We have reached today the $1M milestone!

With 7 days left, the $1.2M stretch goal is not so far away 🙂

Let’s keep up this pace!

P.S. For your information, we’ll provide about 1 update/day until the end of the campaign. So please don’t put us in the spam folder 😉

Featured on ProductHunt!

December 19, 2015

Quick update here:

A few hours ago, we’ve been featured on ProductHunt. It’s a trendy website that attracts new projects. People vote on those projects. The more votes you have, the more visibility you get. You vote by clicking on the small triangle (see picture below). Read More »

– NEW STRETCH GOALS – (need to reach $1.2M)

December 16, 2015

Yes, you have read correctly, we have not 1 but 2 stretch goals!

The first stretch goal was hardware related while the second was software related.

This time, we are incorporating both! Read More »

NEW STRETCH GOAL!

December 13, 2015

As promised, we are adding a new stretch goal. It’s not as funky as tie dye earbuds, but it’s definitely a huge addition for music lovers!

Introducing you the equalizer appRead More »

NEW STRETCH GOAL COMING!

December 10, 2015

We’re about to lay a new stretch goal… on MONDAY. We have an idea of what it would be, but we’re very open to suggestions (time travel: the Midnight blue color was the most popular amongst backers).
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10 DAYS LEFT! + referral program

December 7, 2015

The incredible crowdfunding journey of Phazon will end soon.
Yes, the 10 days remaining will go by really quickly. Fortunately, you  made it in time to benefit the huge discounts available ($199 retail price). Read More »

1ST STRETCH GOAL AHEAD!

December 4, 2015

You asked, we listened!

There are now 5 colors and we are adding a new one IF we reach 400K.
After carefully reading all your emails, the favorite color amongst our backer is blue! Read More »

WE REACHED A QUARTER MILLION ($250,000)!!!

December 1, 2015

Hey guys, in just 6 days, we raised $250 000!

That’s quite an impressive feat, a big clap for everyone from around the world! Read More »

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR FREE CASE!

November 28, 2015

For those of you that referred us 5 friends, you’ll be prompted to use your special code shortly after the campaign ends!

CHOICE OF YOUR COLORS!

November 25, 2015

At this moment, you don’t need to choose a color.
After the Indiegogo campaign ends, we’ll contact you so you’ll be able to tell us what is your favorite color is out the 5 colors available 🙂