Hey skiers and snowboarders, I wanted to let everyone know I have designed and built a unique helmet audio kit that may be of interest to members of this forum. Not looking to be commercial here, we looking to take this product to production via crowdfunding (and input) and we would love your feedback.
I love my smartphone, invaluable for staying in touch, but found they were getting in the way on the hill. I looked at numerous helmet headphone solutions, but spinned my wheels too much with flaky unreliable products, expensive units, or ones that didn't work in cold temperatures ... us Canadian guys still ski when it's -30C ( -20F ) outside :)
I have been working on this for the last year and half, talking to a lot of end users, and retailers and have been working with a manufacturing partner that has helped us to create some great prototype units. Ski season is just getting started here, but we truly believe we have something of interest for those who may be struggling with the same issues.
Lots of details to explain, but you can find out a lot more at our just launched Kickstarter campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/738376334/shredz-snow-helmet-audio-reinvented
As a bit of background, the idea came from when skiing with my family. We split up a lot on the hill, and were all carrying our smartphones. I'm not so much a music person myself, but we use them on the hill to meetup for lunch and at the end of the day. My son is more the music kid, but I won't let him use earbuds on the hill. My wife doesn't ski much, but she needs to get a hold of us when picking us up. Problem was we had troubles getting a hold of each other, since we wouldn't hear our phones ringing (or texts arriving) in our jackets. Also, if we pulled out our phones, it was a pain, unzipping jackets, removing gloves, and lots of fumbling around.
I will try to answer any questions you may have I really want to be open about the whole project; so if you have any questions or comments they will be openly welcomed.