SleepPhones Effortless and RunPhones Effortless Release Delayed Until November 2015
Hi SleepPhones and RunPhones fans!
This is the CEO, Wei-Shin. We were pleasantly surprised that everyone remembered that we were coming out with the Effortless model, which has induction charging. It’s now the end of April, and the project has not gone as quickly as we hoped.
We ran into problems with designing the charging base. We found out in February that the design we had in late December was too difficult to manufacture and not stable enough. So we had to go back to scratch on that. Now, we are working with a new designer and locating a factory willing to work with us on our relatively small quantities. We are now shooting for beta testing in October and shipping in November.
Thank you so much for your fervent support. We’ll definitely keep you up to date as soon as our crowd-funding campaign becomes available so you can take advantage of the Early Bird discounts.
Answers to your FAQ:
How/where can I purchase these?
You can purchase the SleepPhones Effortless and RunPhones Effortless through SleepPhones.com eventually, but we’ll do a crowd-funding campaign soon. We’re filming for that next weekend actually (look for live, on-location social media updates!).
How does the new charging system work?
Induction charging is a new method of charging without any direct metallic connections. So you don’t need to plug anything in. The wireless Bluetooth module inside of the headband will be able to charge through the fabric when laid on a particular surface called the charging base. Induction charging technology uses two copper coils generating a magnetic field for the charging effect. There is a super thin coil and a new circuit board inside of the headband that will receive the charge.
I have a wireless, can it be retrofitted?
No, it cannot be retrofitted because in addition to the copper coil, there are changes to the circuit board to allow for either induction charging or direct charging (like if you are traveling and don’t want to bring the charging base).
When is the release date?
We’re running a beta batch of about 150 pieces. The first ones will ship in October.
A variety of stories in a variety of publications indicated they would be available in April, but it's the end of April now, and I don't see them on your website.
We apologize for the delay. When we were talking with reporters back in January, we believed we were on track for a late April release, or at least starting the pre-order process. Unfortunately, we were unaware of the complexity of making a charging base. This is the first time we are working with plastic materials and have had to find new designers and factories willing to work with us on the small quantities. Thankfully, our city Erie, PA is a hotbed for plastics, so we are leveraging local resources. At this point, we’re shooting for an November release.
Will it come in the wicking material/NON fleece for Texas?
What will the programming be? And how is it different from Simple?
It will be the wireless Bluetooth only. Simple won’t have induction charging yet.
Reviewing informative videos, I'm unable to discern if any music is hemi-sync or binaural.
Most of our music are binaural, not hemi-sync. But we do work with The Monroe Institute, which carries our products. Our headphones are definitely compatible with the Hemi-sync line of music.
I live in Canada and want to know if I can buy from a retailer in Vancouver, BC.
We ship all over the world from SleepPhones.com. We will try to get the Effortless into stores in Vancouver as soon as we can, but it will depend on the retailers carrying our products there. We are working with Canadian distribution and talking with some major chains in Canada, trying to convince them that people want our products and they need to carry it in their stores. Hopefully we can work something out!