Helium: The First Supercapacitor-Powered Portable Speaker

by Blueshift

Blueshift is building portable wireless speakers that charge in five minutes, play for six hours, and sound awesome. Open-source, and built to last in Portland, OR.

Jul 30, 2014

Almost Caught Up

New run of PCBs on the way; all remaining pre-orders will ship in August. Hey everybody - I have been doing a bad job of keeping everyone updated - I apologize. Lots of things happening at Blueshift, but I should still find time to let you all know whats going on. Thanks for your patience! To everyone who hasnt yet received their order - you will have it soon. Some of you have been waiting for ... Read the full update.


May 01, 2014

Blueshift Owner's Manuel

This is what to do when your speaker arrives. Hey everybody - super quick update. Sent out another batch yesterday - heres a link to the owners manual as a PDF. Should resolve some possible questions! Thanks again, Sam Read the full update.


Apr 28, 2014

We are Shipping!

The first units went out a week ago, now were picking up speed. Super quick update - stuff is going out the door now. There have been many, many small bugs to work out, but I think we have them all fixed. If all goes well, everything (speakers kits from crowdfunding pre-orders) will be shipped over the next two to three weeks. Im going to be here at the shop a ton, but its great to have some... Read the full update.


Apr 04, 2014

Frustratingly Close!

Helium speakers will be shipping starting next week. Hey Blueshift fans - Its been a long couple of months. I hope none of you have been as anxious about receiving your speakers as I have been about getting them out! The whole thing has been a learning experience for sure - when you arent physically doing something yourself, you only have so much control over when it happens. Especially when y... Read the full update.


Mar 21, 2014

So Close...

But still waiting on some parts. Hello friends, Were working hard here at Blueshift Labs - its almost time to start shipping. I heard last night that we should expect a first delivery of finished cabinets a week from Monday (ie 3/31/2014). We should be shipping speakers the next day (although at this point, three months into the process, Ive learned to start using the world should instead of th... Read the full update.


Feb 10, 2014

Making Progress!

Components are selected orders placed - its almost time to start building. Hey team: Heres another update on the Helium speakers and other products from our Crowd Supply launch – and since there is some good news, Im including not only the customers from the Crowd Supply campaign, but our whole mailing list. We have (finally) finished the schematics. Those files are available at our GitHub pa... Read the full update.


Jan 20, 2014

Status Report: 1/20/2014

Short version: were a few weeks behind schedule - but everything is looking good. Dear Blueshift customers, Heres another quick update on progress toward shipping your Helium Copper speakers and Capacitizer kits. Strongly-positive news: Blueshift has moved into a new, bigger shop space in industrial SE Portland - pretty exciting. Were sharing the space with Ruckus Composites - they do carbon ... Read the full update.


Jan 07, 2014

Thank you!

Thank you all so much for supporting our launch! This has been pretty amazing – in the last few weeks, Ive gone from having a strange hobby to having an actual business, or at least the start of one. We hit 103% percent of our goal – that is to say, this project wouldnt have happened without every last contribution. To everyone who made a donation, thanks! I owe you one. And to everyone who bou... Read the full update.


Dec 11, 2013

Eight Days to Go

Eight days to go - and were at 80% of our goal! Thanks everyone for your support so far! We could not have done it without you - but we could still use your help. If you have friends who might not have heard about this project yet, please let them know! Share our campaign page link via email or social media. https://www.crowdsupply.com/blueshift/helium Were almost there! Thanks so much for you... Read the full update.


Dec 02, 2013

Halfway There!

Were half way there! Thanks so much for all of your support - we could not have gotten this far without you. Between your pledges and your help spreading the word, things are looking great. We are adding 25 more pledges at the PILOT level. If you missed this reward level before, now is your chance to get on board! If you pledged early, your pledge will not be affected, and youll still get your ... Read the full update.


$46,246 raised

of $35,000 goal

132% Funded!
Not Available
Dec 19 2013
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Product Choices

$249

Copper

The Copper is a wired, powered speaker. It sounds great, and it looks killer - but it does have to be plugged into both power and an audio source. Includes power supply and 3.5mm cable - attach any device with a standard headphone audio output. Available in mono ($300) or stereo ($400). Stereo shown in image.


$350

PILOT: Helium


$399

Helium

The Helium is a capacitor-powered, portable wireless speaker. It charges in five minutes, plays for six hours at full volume, and sounds awesome. Includes Bluetooth receiver with Apt-X and AAC codecs, Fostex FE 126 driver, bamboo cabinet, and wall adapter. Built to last in Portland, OR.


$400

EARLY: Helium


$179

Capacitizer

The Capacitizer is a DIY kit for building a capacitor-powered portable wireless speaker. Build your own enclosure for a high-efficiency driver, OR convert an existing high-efficiency passive speaker. Includes the assembled PCB, four 350F supercapacitors, a power supply for charging, hardware, and instructions. Tools and know-how required! Driver not included.


$849

Double Down

A Helium Stereo speaker AND a Helium Mono for the ultimate listening experience.

Credits

Blueshift

Blueshift builds open-source electronics in Portland, OR. We are committed to products that last, so everything we make can be repaired and upgraded.


Sam Beck

Founder


Alberta Printed Circuits

PCB Manufacturer

RNB Enterprises

PCB Assembler

Scientific Research Company

Laser Cutter & Powder-coater

Madisound

Audio Component Supplier

Blue Creation

Bluetooth Module Supplier

Laser Cutting Services Inc.

Laser Cutter & Etcher

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