The process of Zero to One

Dear backers, As you’re certainly aware, building a great company doesn’t happen overnight. It’s especially true with any hardware company who goes above and beyond standard products. Maybe a relatively new well-known car company can remind you of this (now the world’s largest automaker by market capitalization). In our context, the process of designing the mechanics and electronics charging case has improved dramatically, you’ll see videos below. The electronics of the earbuds proved to be more challenging and we’ll clearly explain why.   DEVELOPMENT STATUS Let’s start with the charging case. As mentioned in the last update, a lot has happened on the mechanics and electronics within them. The most important points were: Alignments of the magnets inside the charging case, so the fit would be natural once you drop the earbuds in them. We have it right. Judge for yourself: Magnet magic. As you can notice, you can easily pick them up with one hand.   The twist and...Read More >

Close to the metal

Hey guys, Chris here, Chief Nerd at Phazon. In case you did not know, I write all the updates myself. It’s super important for me that backers get the most updated, clear and accurate info on the development directly from me. We believe we identified the source of the antenna connection issue. We also squashed a thousand bugs in the charging case. Lots of stuff happened, check it out below & make sure to read until the very end 🙂   DEVELOPMENT STATUS Even if Sylvain and the tech team moved to China during those last 12 days, the jet lag did not affect our engineers, and it gave an instant boost to the development of the product. Our manufacturer provided us with an efficient workstation and key staff to start this process by storm. During crunch times, we had up to a dozen additional tech specialists working on the project with our core team. The master tech brain is...Read More >

Fine-tuning & components

Hola Backers, This update will mostly focus on the fine-tuning of the earbuds and how things are getting along. DEVELOPMENT STATUS Sylvain and the tech team are making steady progress with the fine-tuning of the antenna, using a variety of tools and resources, among them: A mathematical formula borrowed from the mining industry to get the right tuning. Definitely unorthodox, but it’s actually showing encouraging results. Mathematical simulations to enhance the RF (radio frequency) pattern correctly. Adding 2 top RF specialists as ad hoc consultants: The first one has 35 years of experience with a variety of antennas, even working with the US Army. The second one is a world-renowned antenna specialist based in San Francisco. We’re adding resources and creativity to find out what’s working and what’s not. You can see below some of the notes Sylvain is taking to get this done. Fine-tuning the antenna can be quite tricky. You can be lucky and hit it right on,...Read More >

Valuable ressources

  Hey backers, We’ve got big pressure from everywhere to ship those sweet earbuds as fast as possible. Would it be awesome to enjoy them for this upcoming summer? Hell yeah! That’s why we’re maximizing everything we got to fix the antenna challenge.   DEVELOPMENT STATUS You guys have been tremendously patient and that’s why we’re putting everything aside (including our evenings & weekends) to make these earbuds a reality ASAP. As pointed out a few weeks ago, we basically fixed everything in the earbuds… the only thing stopping us from going to production is the antenna (Bluetooth connectivity). It’s good, but not good enough for you guys to enjoy great music. As stated before, the vast majority of wireless earbuds out there are plagued with annoying breakouts. Sylvain is putting the uncovered earbud. Look at the fit and how small it is. The electronics inside have been blurred for confidentiality purposes. The wire is for testing the radio frequency...Read More >

Earbuds’ final dimensions + location app

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...Read More >

The final laps

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...Read More >

Getting realllllllly close

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

Making great strides

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.

Charging case + earbuds electronic design

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.

A risky bet paying off

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.

Implementing drastic measures

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.

beta testers

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.

Final prototype

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!

Making the way

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

Let’s do this

Oh boy, So much to say, the 2,500 characters update limit is killing us! Let’s jump in asap.

Size matters

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.

Microphone & shipping status (PART 2/2)

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.

Microphone & shipping status (PART 1/2)

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!

Small & Focus

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.

Results

Bon matin backers!   Last 2 weeks were pretty intense, so hold tight!

Assembler + survey

Bonsoir backers! As promised, we made a short video showing you the miniature working prototypes. Here it goes! (Definitely important to see)

No kidding – part Deux

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.

No kidding with manufacturing

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

PCBs & sound engineer

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 🙂

Molds, CE Week & Cables

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!

Personal message from the CEO

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.

Shipping status & Color selection

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

Advanced working prototypes

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!

Charging case ON

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!)

Bonjour backers!

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.

WE’RE ON A ROLL!

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,

AMA Session LIVE!​

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

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 🙂

3 DAYS LEFT & Stretch goal update

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!

NEW video & referral program (recall)!

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!

NEW team member!

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.

Live at CES

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!

A MILLION THANKS!

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!

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).

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

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!

NEW STRETCH GOAL!

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 app​

NEW STRETCH GOAL COMING!

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).

10 DAYS LEFT! + referral program

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).

1ST STRETCH GOAL AHEAD!

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!

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

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!

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR FREE CASE!

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!

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 🙂