Helium: The First Supercapacitor-Powered Portable Speaker

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Jul

30

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 what’s going on. Thanks for your patience!

To everyone who hasn’t yet received their order - you will have it soon. Some of you have been waiting for a really long time. I’m sorry about the delays - I know a lot more now about how long it takes to get work done, especially for small orders. Between that and some products that were damaged in shipping, we’ve been stuck waiting on replacement PCBs for a while. Those of you who ordered Capacitizer kits have been stuck the longest. OK, you and my immediate family. Thanks / sorry guys!

The PCBs we’re about to receive are a new revision, so the upside for everyone who is still waiting is that you’ll get a slightly improved product. The biggest upgrade is an added supervisor IC that keeps the speaker from making crazy noises when it runs out of power. I’ll bet I’m not the only person who has woken up to a Helium speaker making spaceship sounds at 4am…I hope no one has lost too much sleep to that.

We’ve been working on a bunch of projects here - we’re starting to think about where Blueshift is going and what we want to accomplish next. We just launched e-commerce at blueshiftPDX.com, we shot a new video last week, and we have three new products on the way:

  • Hydrogen - a smaller Bluetooth speaker (still charges in five minutes & sounds great)
  • Subwoofer - compatible with all of our existing products
  • Preamp - allows you to use your Helium speaker with a record player or guitar (can you think of good names for the sub or preamp?)

All of these products should be available at our online shop in the next few months. Blueshift will definitely continue to operate beyond this first campaign - it’s really exciting for me to see this project turning into a business. We couldn’t have gotten this far without all of your support.

Again, sorry it’s been so long since the last update, especially for those of you who are still waiting on products from December. Please let me know if you have any questions I haven’t answered! And if you have any feedback in general, I’d love to hear that too. Thanks everyone!

Sincerely,
Sam Beck
Founder, Blueshift

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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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