Launching Our First Kickstarter for the Bheard Sound Pod

We’re excited and ready to take one of our concept products to market. Today we’re announcing our first Kickstarter for the Bheard Sound Pod, one of our most popular designs, and our goal is to scale its production by opening up a mold and creating the first production batch.

We at Bhold believe in balancing aesthetics and function, and relevance today with longer-term efficiency and sustainability. Now that we’ve seen the reactions to our proof of concept for the sound pod, we’re ready to take it further. But we need your help.

To keep the elegant design of the concept piece, we'll still make it in one piece (trust me, not at all an easy feat to mold!) and this time it’ll be made of a silicone-like material that will make the Bheard durable, portable and waterproof. At a diameter of 4 inches, it’ll fit any phone including the iPhone 6 Plus and any Samsung Note.

The production version will create the same optimized rich acoustic sound that has gone through 37 versions in 6 short weeks and been thoroughly tested by the team and by our community of Bhold Labs testers.

Backers will be able to pre-order at a reduced price across a number of pledge levels, but the final price will go up after our Kickstarter is over. The Bheard will continue to be Made in the USA. Delivery will be in 2 months to arrive in time for holidays.

So here it is, ready for you to back. We're a tiny team but with a big mission and dream. We'd love it if you'd join us in this journey!

We're now on Brit+Co!

Brit+Co is a curated e-commerce destination that provides tools to teach, inspire, and enable creativity among women and girls. They feature work from the creative community including makers, designers, chefs, and inventors. We love their DIY spirit and are excited to announce the opening of our shop!

As Brit+Co Founder Brit Morin says, "today’s generation thrives in the virtual world, but as humans we remain inspired to work and create in the physical world. Why can’t these two things go together?" We totally agree! Which is why we're bringing together design and technology to make you better products.

Find us there.

Crowdsourced Design Made Possible by 3D Printing

Starting today we're partnering with Ultimaker to expand Bhold Labs to allow anyone around the world with a 3D printer to print prototypes of our next product at home and send in feedback that will directly influence the final product design.

Bhold is the first to introduce the concept of "beta testing" for physical products to create better design, an entirely new way to use 3D printing, and I'm excited to be the first to announce this next phase with Ultimaker and their community.

Ultimaker's advanced hardware and open source philosophy has led them to have one of the strongest, most supportive communities in the maker movement. I believe that our collaboration will allow Bhold to take our product design to the next level through thoughtful feedback from this community. At the same time, 3D printer owners of all levels now have a new, inventive way to experiment with their machines.

Matthijs De Deugd from the Ultimaker team says, "We think this is an excellent way for our community to interact with the latest 3D printing technology and our machines, to see a new crowdsourced product come to life through their feedback."

All prototypes will be uploaded to Ultimaker's community at YouMagine.com starting in October, with an expected final release in December 2014. To apply to be a Labs tester, submit your name and a blurb telling us more about you here!

The Maker Movement Economy

So much of what we believe is wrapped up into this great infographic by The Grommet! We've been "in the trenches" experiencing much of what you see here and 100% believe in the Maker Movement's power to reshape our local economy. As President Obama said when we were invited to the first-ever White House Maker Faire, "Today's DIY is tomorrow's 'Made in America'".

We're excited for what's next!

Meet Makers and Manufacturers

We’d love to see you at one of our events this next month!

Next Top Makers Queens Pop Up
31-00 47th Ave, #1105, Long Island City, NY
Sep 18, 7-10pm

NYC and former Mayor Bloomberg back Queens as the latest technology and manufacturing hub. Next Thursday, join us over prosecco, local brews and farm-to-table food as we exhibit alongside other makers, manufacturers and meet entrepreneurs, journalists, city leadership and educators for a wonderful evening in the historic Falchi building. Explore our rich maker ecosystem here in New York's most diverse borough!


Maker Faire New York
New York Hall of Science
Sep 20-21

A reminder that Maker Faire NY is next weekend! It's an extra special maker faire for us as it was our first Bhold event so it will have been one year since public launch! Come see the latest Bhold designs, check out our latest 3D printers and join in the Bhold Labs fun!


Design For Manufacturing Summit #7
Brooklyn, NY
October 9, 2014

Founder Susan Taing in an invited speaker at the Design For Manufacturing Summit in Brooklyn. DFM is about connecting industrial designers, product developers, makers, engineers and manufacturers to create a leaner manufacturing ecosystem. If you’d like to attend, enter “Bhold” as the promotional code or use this link for a discounted rate of 40% off the normal registration fee. 

Summer in NYC - Bhold's calendar of events

Meet us at one of our events this summer to discuss product design and making and see our latest work in person!

Shapeways and Quirky Meetup
Quirky headquarters, 606 West 28th Street, Floor 7
Aug 19 at 6:30pm

Join us next Tuesday, August 19th from 6:30 to 8:30pm at a Shapeways meetup at Quirky''s headquarters about product design and the process of taking an idea through to prototype and final product. Founder Susan Taing will be speaking as a panelist along with Lucas Goossens of LucasPlus designs and Quirky inventors “You Can Call Me Phil” and “Vector.” See a 3D printing demo and discuss your ideas in interactive breakout groups after the talk!  Register for the meetup here.


Accent on Design at NY NOW with AmDC
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Booth #4270
Aug 17-20 9am-6pm daily, 9am-2pm on Aug 20

Bhold will be exhibiting with AmDC in the Accent on Design section of the NY NOW show. Along with other members of AmDC, we will be showcasing our latest work for the upcoming season. NY NOW is a global industry tradeshow that draws over 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and 80+ countries. NY NOW is open to trade only.

 


Maker Faire New York
New York Hall of Science
Sep 20-21 10am-7pm on Sat, 10am-6pm on Sun

We will be back for our 2nd year at Maker Faire NY on September 20-21st. It's an extra special maker faire for us as it was our first Bhold event so it will have been one year since public launch! Come see the latest bhold designs, check out our 3D printers and join in the bhold labs fun!

Stay in touch with us by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest - @bholddesign at all of them. We hope to see you at one of our events this summer!

Written by Bhold team — August 13, 2014

Drink Up! Expansions to the Bholdable Line

If you've been using the bholdable cup for hot sake, you'll love the new btipsy sake jug! Designed with two walls to insulate and holes to fit your fingers exactly, the btipsy goes with the bholdable in form and function.

The best way to experience them is as a set, which we're calling the btipsy too

 

Thirsty for more than sake? At your request the new bholdable mug is a larger version of the bholdable cup, and can hold a full 6 ounces of coffee, tea, or anything else you can think of.

Bottoms up!

Shiny New Upgrades at bhold

We've made some fresh new upgrades at bhold! We're now at bhold.co, and our store has that lovely "new site" smell.

The bspun, bsnug and bstrong are all now available in 3D printed metal which make them great decorative accessories for the home or office, and of course they keep their original functional features, too.

And the bheard is now available in ceramic. Since its speaker feature is purely acoustic, sound quality is as good as what you've heard with nylon.

Finally, check out our brand new Etsy shop. Check us out, follow us, and favorite us while you're there!

White House Maker Faire

The White House's first ever Maker Faire was a momentous occasion, coinciding with the first ever National Day of Making and hosted by President Obama himself. There was everything from a robotic giraffe to a desktop CNC machine to batteries that charge by simply walking.

bhold founder Susan Taing was invited as Honored Maker, out of 100 invited makers representing 25 states. Check out our pics on Instagram and Facebook, and check out the White House's site to see social media posts from all participants.

The President gave an energizing speech to show his encouragement of the maker movement and to announce several supporting initiatives, including:

  • Partnerships with 13 federal agencies and companies to expand access to start-up grants, strengthen relationships with American manufacturers and major retailers, and offer business mentoring and training.
  • The launch of 4 new high tech manufacturing hubs across the country with more on the way, with new efforts led by the Administration and by more than 90 mayors to spur manufacturing innovation and entrepreneurship. See the report here.

In his speech, President Obama proclaimed that "America has always been a nation of tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs," adding that the goal was to keep innovation and creativity strong enough to allow Americans to make anything. "Today's DIY is tomorrow's Made in America… One of the best ways to create more jobs is by boosting American manufacturing."

To take part in this amazing movement, keep an eye out for what’s coming next from the government, and most importantly… get out there and make!

Written by Bhold team — June 23, 2014

Meet us at Northside

On June 12-13 from 12-7pm, we're exhibiting at the Trade Show at Northside Festival, a discovery festival in its 6th year in Brooklyn. There will be Music, Film and Innovation segments throughout the 8 days, and the Trade Show will be free to attend. We'll bring our products and prototypes ready to present to you there. Mark your calendars! 


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