Boombotix Launches HYBRID Audio Headphones on Kickstarter

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After two years in the making and about five years doodling on napkins, we’re finally dropping a headphone line. Even though Boombotix has always been about speakers, I still find myself using headphones frequently. There are some key limitations in headphones that I wanted to address. The problem with headphones is they inherently isolate users from their surroundings. It wasn’t until I was on a heli-ski trip in the Selkirk Mountains when I realized in-flight headsets pose the perfect solution. I thought: “what if we could hear the world around us without sacrificing our ability to communicate?”

This led us to the foundation of HybridAudio technology, a patent pending method to tune frequencies of the outside world, embedded into the hardware. With just a click of a button, Boombotix headphone listeners can immerse themselves in the sound of the world around them. And with another click, the user is again fully immersed in their source audio.

“The headphones provide studio level sound, and I can listen with them outside and move through the city without any worries” -Chris McKleroy, Boombotix.

The acoustics of the  headphone line has been studio tuned by leading audio experts, providing a robust sound across the frequency spectrum. The tuning of the head- phones is very flat, offering a balanced sound without overwhelming bass. Built for the active user, these Bluetooth headphones are drop-tested, water resistant, and foldable.

The Boombotix headphone line is broken down into three wireless models, the over-ear Master headphone, the on-ear Midi headphone, and the Micro wireless earbud. All three models are available through our Kickstarter campaign.

Boombotix App Passes $10k Mark on Kickstarter

It’s been just one week into our campaign and we are stoked to see that we’re more than two thirds into our goal. We got picked up by TechCrunch and MacRumors, which certainly helped get some early momentum. Thanks to Wade Roush at XConomy for working with me on doing an interview.  We’re also really stoked to see our loyal fans taking care of the Holiday shopping with the Boombots through the campaign.

better app demo

Some people were a little bit confused by Chris and I getting our groove on from the mountain in our previous app demo so we put together this piece that more clearly demonstrates using this app with two devices and Bluetooth speakers.

the battle ahead

On the app development, Chinmay is working on making the whole Soundcloud library browsable within the app. Right now you can link your Soundcloud account and pull off your own playlists, but we’d like to allow users to search the full Soundcloud ecosystem within the app. This would wrap up our Soundcloud integration and we can then move to Spotify.  We’ve had tons of inquiries on our Android development, but we really just want to make sure we can nail the iOS version of SYNC first.

There is still a pretty long grind to get this project past the funding milestone, but we’re confident we can make it happen. We added a pretty cool backer rewards including prototypes of the new lunchbox sized Thumper Mini PA. We’re hoping we can pick up a couple more press wins to drive some more traffic to the campaign. Nick is working on a short format trailer style piece to get out to some of the press that was interested. Gaining the attention of the press has always been vital to the success of these crowdfunding campaigns. Word of advice would be to really make sure you have phenomenal content to send your press outlets. You only get one shot.

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Boombotix SYNC iOS App Launches on Kickstarter

Boombotix SYNC is Group Play for iOSWhen I started Boombotix in 2009, it wasn’t long before we carved out this vision to bring a bunch of friends together to have our own little flash mob. We were surprised to see that there wasn’t really any technology that allowed us to sync on mobile networks. I spent the next several years in search of a team that could tackle the project with me. Five years ago, this technological feat was not even possible. Over the past several months, I’ve seen the light at the end of the tunnel on this project. We’ve managed to prototype this app and get it close to a certified MVP (minimum viable product).

As we get more users onto the app, we will have to cover the additional costs on the server load. We also want to make sure we can get our team to polish up some features to bring this product to a launch-ready state. Were adding a jog dial to allow listeners to fine tune their stream to sync with the DJ and improving the stability.

The radio industry has changed a lot in the last decade. Boombotix SYNC is a technology that has the potential to enable anyone to broadcast over mobile networks. This could change the way we listen to music. I’d like to ask that you check out our Kickstarter project and see if this is something you and your friends can enjoy. We’re asking for as little as $5 to support the development and launch of Boombotix SYNC on iOS. With enough support, we have also opened up a stretch goal to develop the app for Android users as well.

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Flying bike can reach 4,000 feet in the air

Street bicycle transforms into flying machine

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How cool does that look?!? This is the “Paravelo” and it’s a bicycle that transforms into a super-cool flying machine. According to XploreAir, the London-based company behind the contraption, the bike can travel 15mph on land, but once its wings are unfurled and electric starter motor starts up, it can reach a height of 4,000 feet and fly in the air at a speed of up to 25mph.

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Unfortunately, the Paravelo isn’t available on the market yet. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be soon. The XploreAir folks are trying to raise $75K on Kickstarter right now in hopes of going into full scale production so that they can bring the bike to the masses.

“We wanted to make something that was accessible and brought together both our passions for cycling and flying. And basically wanted something that we could ride and fly out of our backyard,” said designer John Foden on the company’s Kickstarter page.

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Should they succeed, no doubt they’ll be looking for some sort of audio system to listen to music while flying. Might we make a recommendation on a handy portable speaker that can clip to the bike’s handlebars?

Check out the Paravelo flying bicycle in the video below.

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Thanks for the love Kickstarter!

As this is written, we are proud to announce every single Boombot REX pre-ordered on Kickstarter, including T shirts, Dog Tags and Grillkits have been shipped, both domestic and international. Along the way, we’ve learned so much about our Kickstarter backers, which many would consider the most progressive consumers for taking such a risk by supporting something they believe in. Now that our ultraportable speakers are in their hands, the can of worms is open. Here’s what some of our awesome backers have had to say thus far:

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