Last month we launched our Kickstarters We Like Enough to Put Our Money Where Our Blog Is feature and we’re back with number two.
Having backed a music documentary and exposed a musical the first time around, this time we’ve got two tech/design Kickstarters we dig.
Being a music company, we’d prefer you listen to our (or any) music with the best, loudest, most noise-cancelingest headphones you can get; however, we also value your safety and sometimes being able to hear ambient noise can save lives. Some need music to really get into a good run (or walk, or a ride) but with normal in-ear earbud-style headphones, you might miss that siren or horn or fellow runner hollering at you. That’s why Tammy Erdel came up with a solution: AIRbudz.
Erdel designed adapters for most earbuds that snap on and turn them from noise-canceling earplugs you wear in your office when ignoring a co-worker to headphones that allow you to enjoy music but also hear ambient sound when you’re trainers are pounding the asphalt and the sweat is in your eyes.
If you are into the idea, kick em a few bucks to help them “to finalize the exact design, complete the tooling, finalize the packaging and get AIRbudz manufactured to bring this product to market” For $10 you’ll receive a package with 9 AIRbudz (3 sets of 3 sizes) with color options. If you’d like to distribute AIRbudz, check the site for those levels.
Currently the AIRbudz Kickstarter campaign has 44% of their $22,000 goal with 10 days left. Help them out and tell your friends, yeah?
If you’re not into hearing ambient sounds — and in fact are looking to hear your media louder — we point your ears in the direction of SoundJaw Unlimited. If you’re a tablet owner you know headphones or external speakers are the best way to hear that TV episode, YouTube video, or podcast as the built-in speaker leaves something to be
heard desired. Inexplicably, iPad speakers face down and away from the listener-viewer. This leads some to cup their hand or fashion some sort of audio redirection tool.
Matthew McLachlan did just that almost a year ago with his first-gen SoundJaw, which was funded through Kickstarter. His initial design was specifically for the iPad 2 but he’s tweaked it to fit other tablets like the Kindle, Kindle Fire, Nook, and more. With 20 days left, this Kickstarter is already fully funded but if you back it for $10 you’ll receive 1 SoundJaw Unlimited — a $5 savings from market price. Even better: donate $30, get 3, and give 2 away.
And that’s your lot for this edition of TKTWLETPOMWOBI!