Connect with us

Reviews

BumpOut: The Expandable Portable Speaker

Published

on

 Take your music everywhere with BumpOut, the
portable speaker designed for versatility. That was Zac Pierce’s initial idea when creating the technology. They hit an early milestone by reaching their crowdfunding goal on Indiegogo in 4 days, pre-selling the speaker at a discounted price to backers. What’s neat about the speaker is it’s Motorized Expansion Technology™, where it expands to generate high quality audio and rich bass. It connects through Bluetooth with a range of 30 feet and runs for 7 hours before the next charge. You can attach the speaker to any smooth surface with the BumpOut coins, including your phone. We connected with Zac Pierce and the BumpOut team to learn more about the innovative technology behind their portable speaker.

How would you describe BumpOut?

BumpOut is a portable Bluetooth speaker that can fit in the palm of your hand and attach to any flat surface, including smartphones, mirrors, refrigerators, etc. The most unique feature is the speaker's Motorized Expansion System. With one click of a button, the center of the speaker raises, generating high quality sound & bass that drowns out most competing product.

What is BumpOut’s mission?

Inspire and innovate for those that boldly do what they love, not just what they are told. BumpOut as a verb. Be inspired and work hard as it inspire others.

How does BumpOut differentiate from competitor portable speakers?

The main differences are portability and innovation. We have engineered a speaker with a  sleek design that fits comfortably in your pocket and can attach directly to your phone or case. Truly portable. Our patented Motorized Expansion Technology™ is an audio industry breakthrough. With the push of a button, the casing of the speaker expands, creating an acoustic chamber that results in powerful, high quality sound, and rich bass response. We then paired this technology with BumpOut Coins that feature a patented repositionable adhesive that allow you to attach the speaker to any smooth surface, even your smartphone.When you look at the crowded space of Bluetooth speakers there is a lot of “stuff” under $50 that leaves you wanting more: not loud enough, does not connect to your device easily, poor sound quality, etc… OR if you are willing to spend north of $150 you can get something that might meet your needs but is a big investment. We believe, after extensive research, that you don’t need to spend a ton of money to get the results you are looking for. There is an opportunity in the market for a quality portable speaker under $100.

portable speaker

Who is the ideal BumpOut customer?

Anyone who listens to music on their smartphone and wants the latest innovation in audio at an affordable price. We are proud that we have been able to incorporate game changing technology into BumpOut, but the #1 focus is “quality of music”. That is why we partnered with the top audio engineers in the country and hired a high end audio manufacturers to make BumpOut. It needs to sound great and your listening experience needs to be enjoyable.

Describe the use of the coin mounts.

BumpOut comes with coins that can be placed on any smooth flat surface so you can have your soundtrack at home or on the go. Coins have a repositionable adhesive that can be removed and repositioned. BumpOut speaker connects directly to the coins. Our test markets showed us that most youths will place the coin on the mirror in the bathroom so they can connect the speaker (to the mirror) while showering or getting ready for school or going out. Most parents said they will place a coin in the kitchen on the refrigerator so they can attach the speaker and listen to music while making dinner. Almost everyone we surveyed will place a coin on their smart phone for true portability and improve the “sub par” audio quality and volume smart phones currently provide. Speaker does not need to be attached to the coin to listen to the music. The coins provide an extra feature to mount your speaker in various locations or, if attached to your smartphone, allows for easy portability.

What are some perks of crowdfunding?

Customer engagement. We have been working on this project for 2 years and have spent our own nest eggs on getting to this point. Crowdfunding has allowed us to engage with our customers and backers and bring validity to all of our efforts. You never really know what you have until you “flip the switch” on sales. To hit our Indiegogo goal in 4 days confirms everything we have been working towards.

What are some challenges you’ve come across along the way?

The biggest challenge with hardware is capital. It is very expensive to manufacture product, which is why Crowdfunding is such an important process. Also, finding helpful resources for hardware development in Philadelphia is a challenge. We have kept our resources very organized and hope to be able to aid others in the city.

What is your team like?

The core of the team is Founder Zac Pierce and partners Brian Zamrowski and Mat Chacko.  We have surrounded ourselves with high level specialists to ensure that we are delivering the best possible product for an affordable price.

What is BumpOutU?

We believe in today’s youth. By providing guidance and exposure to career paths that foster individual talents, we aim to make a meaningful impact on the Creators of tomorrow. Our first live event held on October 8th brought community leaders, entrepreneurs and students together for a day of bumping music and breakout sessions developed to inspire creativity and ideas backed by positive action. With our backers’ support, our commitment to BumpOutU, and proactive approach to making a difference will scale along with our company.

How did you advertise?

On a budget! In these earliest stages, we rely heavily on PR and focus on technology and audio outlets.

What are some tips you can give to entrepreneurs looking to crowdfund?

It is a LOT of work but, if you go into it with a plan of what you want to learn from the process, it is extremely helpful. You learn about what features really resonate with your consumers.

Jie writes about influencers and startups in various industries. She is a designer turned techie, and when she is not writing, you can find her in her workshop working on her next big project.

Lifestyle

Moose Knuckles Topland Review

Published

on

Moose knuckles topland
Moose Knuckles is a Canadian brand that started in 2009 with a passion to "make the leanest, toughest and most luxurious sportswear in the world." They've made waves internationally since then and are now available world-wide. The Moose Knuckles brand is without a doubt a luxury brand and can be found in high-end retailers such as Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus. When it comes to most luxury brands, consumers are often shelling out the big bucks for the name and prestige. Such isn't the case with Moose Knuckles. Their brand is a perfect ménage-à- trois between style, functionality, and quality.Topland moose knuckles review

About The Topland

The Topland, at $1950 USD, is one of the most expensive men's parka Moose Knuckles has available at the moment on their website, and for good reasons. Seeing photos of the Topland might not do it justice. During our review, taking the parka out of the box for the first time was quite an experience at the office. The raccoon fur is absolutely astonishing in person and it's hard not to notice. The combination of tough poly-twill materials used for the shell, soft rex rabbit fur for the lining, and raccoon fur for on the hood makes for a unique and undeniably exquisite look that's unlike anything we've ever seen.Moose knuckles topland first impression

First Impression

Standing out is something Moose Knuckles as a company happens to excel in. We've reviewed another parka from them previously and had similar first impression. Although in many parts of the US East coast, the brand isn't as recognizable as other Canadian brands, it still stands out from the crowd. At first glace, it looks sturdy, well made, and can probably take a beating from wear and tear. The material is flexible and surprisingly soft given how stiff the texture looks. Although we haven't tested it, Moose Knuckles claims it's water and weather resistant.The interior rex rabbit fur feels silky soft against your skin and also looks nice when worn unzipped. The raccoon striped fur around the hood is hard to miss. It's significantly bigger, fluffier, and more "luxurious" looking than most other comparable parkas.Moose knuckles topland inside pockets

Functional Features

We appreciate it when brands pay attention to the little details that make their product easy to use and functional. And the Topland comes standard with all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a parka that's setting you back almost $2K USD.YKK Zippers: The Topland comes equipped with large metal YKK zippers on the front to ensure it'll hold up for years to come. Surprisingly, the side pockets also have heavy duty  YKK zippers.Water and wind resistant shell: You'll always have the peace of mind that you'll be fine rain or shine.Rib knit cuffs: The elastic rib knit cuffs are unique on the Topland. Most rib cuffs are simply sewed on at the end. Here, it's connected to a separate sleeve that's attached somewhere halfway up the arm. The sleeve that's attached to the cuff has it's own insulation, in addition to the insulation on the arm. We've never seen anything like it, hopefully the pictures will explain it better. It may sound bulky, but it actually gives you a lot of mobility and flexibility while wearing it. All the while preventing cold air from entering the wrists.Expandable wrist zipper: In case you have enormous forearm or need extra mobility, there's a zipper that gives your arm a bit more real estate.Adjustable tail: The parka can sit quite low, so Moose Knuckles added buttons on the tail wings so you can fold them up.Fur where it matters: This isn't much of a feature, but something we appreciate. The rex rabbit fur goes all the way up to your neck. So when you fully zip up the parka, your face is nicely insulated with luxurious soft rabbit fur. We're glad they went the extra mile and thought of their user's comfort.Adjustable hood: The hood is quite massive. And will likely sit over your eyes if it weren't for the adjustable straps on the back.Badge of authenticity: Not a useful feature, but definitely a unique feature. Inside, there's a "trippy" tag that verifies what you have, is the authentic Topland and not a cheap Chinese knockoffs.Moose knuckles topland look and feel

The Fit And Feel

Usually when buying coats or jackets, you're inclined to buy something slightly larger so you can layer up. The Topland is slightly larger than your normal size. So we recommend buying the exact size you'd buy if it were a t-shirt. Our model normally wears a large, and he fit perfectly into the Medium.The Topland is by no means a light jacket. It definitely has a bit of weight to it, and that's to be expected given what it's made of. But the weight was hardly noticeable. Despite wearing only a thin t-shirt underneath, I felt toasty walking around the streets of Philadelphia in 18 degrees weather. We don't have very extreme weather around here, but given how comfortable and warm it kept me, I'm confident it can handle harsh Canadian winters and worse.Moose knuckles looking swag

The Swag

We don't normally have a section for "swag", but this is an exception. I'm a ordinary looking white Caucasian male. And I don't normally get compliments or looks when I'm walking around Center City Philly. In order to review the Topland, I had to do a mandatory walk-of-fame around Center City and I recorded all the reactions and comments. They are some of my favorites:"Hey I'm sorry to bother, do you mind if I ask where you got the jacket?""Yo, what the F$%^ is he wearing?" (this one can be either good or bad)"Oh my god is that raccoon fur?!"And my favorite..."My Ni**a, that's different fam. I like it."I think it goes without saying that wearing the Topland (or any Moose Knuckles product for that matter) will get you a lot of attention. I don't know that will hold true in other cities, but in Philadelphia (one of the top 10 largest city in U.S.A) I can't cross the street without someone eyeing me.

The Verdict

It's fairly reserved compared to some of the other Moose Knuckles' items, but even then it still stands out. We believe this is an absolute buy and a rare luxury item that's well worth the price. You're not just buying an expensive parka for the sake of the brand. You're getting a highly functional and well made parka that both looks good and can stand up to harsh winters of Michigan and Canada. Not to mention Moose Knuckles product tends to retain their value fairly well. Overall, we believe the Topland men's parka is a unique luxury item that exceeds your expectation and worth every penny.
Continue Reading

Business

Dreampad: Sleep Technology That Calms Anxiety

Published

on

dreampad
Some people can fall asleep anywhere in any situation. Unfortunately for others, that is not the case. Randall Redfield, Co-Founder of Dreampad is trying to solve this problem. He appeared on Shark Tank to pitch Dreampad. Not only did he create a pillow, Randall Redfield is on a mission to create products that uses neurotechnology to improve brain function. Dreampad is a pillow that converts music into vibrations that travels internally to your inner ear at prices starting at $149. It can be set to play your favorite soothing music or even sounds of waves as it guides your mind into relaxation. You can control the volume, music, and timer through an app. They even allow you to
test out the music for Dreampad so you’ll know exactly which one is right for you.What’s fascinating is the technology and science behind the pillow. You’ve heard of devices like the Fitbit measuring your sleep, but Dreampad has a goal to put you to sleep. As stated on their Kickstarter, “The Dreampad plays music through Intrasound Technology™, which converts sound into gentle vibrations that travel directly to your inner ear. This process signals the nervous system to relax, calming your body and mind. It’s safe, comfortable for all ages, supported by research, and it works.” Not only that, but they also make the music in-house for the Dreampad, like their rhythmic breathing breathing program that mimics the sound of a wave.
There may be nights where you’re stressed about your startup, thinking about how to get your next 100 customers or how you will make your employees lives easier. The best thing to do in this situation is usually to relax so you can tackle those business details with an open mind. Startup leaders suffer from multiple levels of anxiety. The technology that Dreampad introduced is trying to cure your sleepless nights. The Dreampad pillow is scientifically proven to reduce stress and engage the nervous system’s relaxation response. So instead of sitting at your desk at home basking in the glow of your computer, take a moment to free your mind. We gave the pillow a try to see if it lives up to the hype. And, IT DOES! The music is very much contained to the pillow itself, and anyone laying next to you will not be able to hear it. It works in any sleeping position, so you don’t have to alter how you sleep. We received the medium Dreampad and it was delightfully fully and comfortable. It was like sinking into a cloud while listening to beach waves. The bluetooth option is fantastic if you don’t want your phone directly next to you. The only concern was having a pillowcase to fit the pillow. Not only is there a fear of getting it dirty, but it always makes your hair staticky. However, the material feels very high-end and soft to the touch. Overall, Dreampad really helped with falling asleep and decreasing anxieties.It may take a few tries before getting use to the Dreampad pillow, as with any pillow. Knowing your favorite type of pillow is key when choosing one that fits your comfort. Dreampad comes in slim, medium, firm, and memory foam. Because of the technology that’s inside the pillow, it cannot be machine washed, so having a pillow case for it is something to keep in mind. As the hard-working entrepreneur that you are, it’s definitely worth a try. There are many things that you need to think about during the day. Figuring out how to fall asleep should not be one of them.dreampad
Continue Reading

Lifestyle

The Future of Good Posture: UpRight Go Review

Published

on

2017 gift guide
Presentation is everything. Our overall persona can be damaged by a simple mess up in bad posture. The new wearable technology device, Upright Posture Trainer is designed to correct your posture. To function properly, the Upright wearable is put discreetly on the skin of your back and under your clothes. The moment you slouch, the device lightly vibrates to condition you away from the bad habit. From an UpRight Go review, the only escape from the irritable vibration is to maintain an upright posture.
The device is about 4.25’ long, 1.5’ wide, and 1’ thick. The product is of silicone rubber material and can be used up to 10 days a single charge. Upright is also connected to your iOS or Android smartphone app, with individual training plan for gradual change.The wearable device is ultimately inspired by BF Skinner’s operant conditioning theory, in the belief that behavior can be changed through sequences of actions and consequences. From an UpRight Go review, the strict reinforcements in Upright’s gentle vibration delivers a cue to help you remember to sit up.Barbara Corcoran is best recognized as a Shark tank investor and businesswoman. She has met a lot of Entrepreneurs and can explain what specifically turns her off. “There's some basic things that I think mothers use to teach. I'm not sure who's teaching them anymore. You've got to have good posture. Underestimated. When I see someone walk on the "Shark Tank" set and they're hunched over, I interpret that, rightly or wrongly, that they lack confidence”. In being an advocate for the perfect first impression, Barbara explains the significance of good posture. “Good posture. First impression. Looking someone straight in the eye. Creates trust. Some politicians are very practiced at looking someone in the eye, and yet they still can't be trusted. But if someone's not looking you in the eye, believe me, you're not trusting them. You don't even sometimes even register, it's just an intuitive thing. "Hm, I wonder what this guy or gal is up to?"Entrepreneurs are hard workers by nature but fail to neglect the simple cues to making a good first impression. Subconsciously, our looks do make a factor in the workplace. A strong image of a leader influences confidence in the workplace. Good posture defined by Harvard Health is to keep your chin paralleled to the floor, with your shoulders even, spine neutral, in natural position, and arms at your sides with straight, even elbows. Hips are also enforced to be even, creating it very difficult to obtain proper posture. Seeing that it’s more comfortable to slouch, many fall into the category of health damage, poor physical outlook, and more. Upright posture is capable of gradually fixing the habit of slouching.How you pick to represent yourself will ultimately reflect on people’s opinions of you after, whether or not it’s true or false. There are two more benefits on maintaining a good posture:

Increased Productivity

Approximately more than 13% of startup entrepreneurs fail to produce decent work due to common postural distortion patterns. The cause of poor posture results in blood vessel and nerve constriction, back pain and discomfort, and ongoing problems with your muscles, discs, and joints. The effects forces entrepreneurs to lose a minimum of 6 hours a week from work. The most common symptoms experienced are headaches, back pain, and a loss in concentration. Lost productive time from common pain conditions result in an estimated loss of $61.2 billion per year. 76.6% of the lost productive time was justified by the pain. By maintaining proper posture, this can all be avoided.

Influence Motivation

To look good is to feel good. Confidence is grown heavily when in good health. As Barbara Corcoran explained, when someone is hunched over, the immediate assumption is that they lack confidence. When your nonverbal cues are executed confidently, you look more trustworthy. Confidence is the ultimate motivation.upright go  upright go  upright go

Product Review

Overall, the product was a joy to try. Set up was relatively easy and was a true "plug and play" experience.Upon opening the box, I initially became nervous as soon as I saw the charging cables. I thought to myself, "ugh, another product to charge" but after settling and opening the incredible high quality packaging, I noticed that the product was ready to use. Before beginning the UpRight Go review, first, you have to download the app. You can find the app by searching for "UpRight Go" on your app store. Downloading the app was as simple as... downloading an app? Relatively simple. Quick download and an even faster set up option.Upon loading, you are met with an option to sign up or sign in. Add the appropriate information as expected, and you're all set! Setting up the app is easy as well. Just read the screens and follow the instructions. The interesting part comes in when you have to add the device onto your back. I read this and thought to myself, "this is going to be annoying!", but it wasn't at all. I placed the product into my right hand and placed it as best as I could in the middle of my back. (spine region) I can say that when I first wore the product, I felt like an intergalactic alien with a device sticking out of my body, but after moving around and using it for several hours, it was a joy to have and a great product to maintain good posture.I completed initial training and even completed overtime. I then began to work and maybe my thoughts on my posture aren't as bad as I once that. For me, I sit about 10 hours a day and although that can be challenging, I only set the device off four times in the first day. All in which were purposefully set up by myself. I wanted to see the vibration. I wore the device for a total of five straight days, each day for 9 hours. I can say in full confidence that each day I wore the device, I was cognizant of my posture and wanted to make sure that I was sitting up in a healthy manner. Although this is a huge pro for the UpRight Go team, I do not see myself using this product on a routine basis. Great posture is important to my daily life, but from the UpRight Go review, it's not important enough to get a tool like this.
Continue Reading

Trending