Kickstarter Project - Need your input/Help

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by jayburd, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. jayburd macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2010
    Hey everyone, this is I believe my first post since I joined back in 2010. I joined this forum due to the up to date accessories that are always being reviewed on here. Therefore I wanted to start here, however I do apologize if this is in the incorrect area. I have this project I've started to work on and I would like your input and possible help with this, due to I'm hoping to launch this on Kickstarter very soon. Ok here we go!

    This is basically how the story begins. My wife and I between the two of us been having gone through the iPhone evolution as they have been produced year to year, and we have several iDevice music/radio/speaker docks. It has always been a convenience when it came to charging our phones and playing our music through them. Using them as alarms clocks and charging other idevices. Now when playing music through these docks the only downside was if I wanted to change the song, I would have to go up to the dock and change the song. This is granted I'm not using shuffle or if I was I wanted to skip that song; also not all remotes work correctly with every idevice that is docked as you all may know.

    When Airplay came into the picture, I was like YES! problem solved! Umm Nope.. I would have to purchase yet another dock or Airplay compatible speakers. Don't get me wrong I love the airplay features when they are available (As You read please correct me if I'm wrong). Now lets say you do have an Airplay dock and you're on an outing and you would like to use that feature, but you have no wifi? Therefore you're docking your iDevice again.
    Another just straight forward scenario, lets just say you don't have an airplay speaker dock and you just have a iPod Nano (if I'm not mistaken does not have Airplay either) you are unable to play wireless. This is where my project comes into play.

    For the time being I'm calling it the Musik-Stik©. Basically how this works is it utilizing a two piece transmission system; a Transmitter & Receiver simple enough. Transmitter which would plug into any iDevice with a 30-pin dock connector. The Receiver which would plug into the dock also with a 30-pin. Both pieces of which would use low power consumption from both the iDevice and Dock to activate. Most likely there would be an app to be downloaded in the appstore to operate, or maybe it can be worked in to making the idevice think that it is docked. Now I know maybe there could have been a Bluetooth solution to this and making this a 1 piece only system, however IMHO bluetooth audio transmission just does not cut it. I'm needing help in locating a good wireless solution. Now in the design of the Musik-Stik© I wanted it to be as compact as possible, just a little bit smaller than the old white apple remotes, and where the 2 pieces could dock with each other. Being the compact size you would be able to attach it to your iDevice even if you have a case on it. All in all this accessory in turn would be able to turn any dock with a 30 pin connector and your iDevice into a wireless audio setup, without the worries of having wifi or not, or having to upgrade a perfectly good dock setup you may already have.

    I'm here to get advice, tips, help, suggestions anything.
    Like I stated I am looking to put this project on Kickstarter.
    I'm looking for anyone who knows about Digitial communication,
    Developers of AppStore Apps, and whoever else I may be missing feel free to PM me. I really thank everyone for taking the time to read this and providing your feedback.


  2. stabbyt macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2012
    I like your idea, but you really need to think about adding a 3mm headphone jack to the receiver so that anything without an iPhone dock would work as well. Would definetly be a great product!
  3. jayburd thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2010
    That would definitely be a great addition, it would make it just that more universal! Great Idea!
  4. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
    Have you gone forward with this?
  5. jayburd thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2010
    As far as the project as a whole or the AUX option?. Well actually the project as a whole we have made a lot of progress with finding the internal components and are currently working on a 2nd prototype that has the Aux option. Still looking for any input or suggestions.
  6. webslinger85 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2010
    That's a genius idea. Hopefully all works out for you.
  7. labman macrumors 604


    Jun 9, 2009
    Mich near Detroit
    I think Kickstarter is the perfect place to try to get funding I have 3 projects I have backed so far. This is certainly one I would consider if it works well and reasonably priced..
  8. ARSkemp macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2011
    This looks like a fantastic idea. Dimensions-wise, are the 3d-models roughly to scale? I only ask this because my main concern is that I use a variety of cases and would hate to not be able to use this because a case prevents it from fitting properly.

    Otherwise, I would love to see this on kickstarter and depending on the cost I can see myself supporting this.

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