Timbuk2 Founder Trades Bags for Tunes, Funds Elroy Bluetooth in 8 Hours
Rob Honeycutt certainly knows his way around bags and business, what with his past experiences with Timbuk2, Zuluworks, and RickShaw Bagworks. Rob ventured into new territory in 2008 when he set off to found Snik – a company that has basically built itself on ways to manage your headphone cords. What does that have to do with bikes? Well, Rob’s newest project aims to eliminate some of those cords all together – a feature that would be welcome by cyclists and runners a like who use music to train.
Elroy promises to rid you of 2/3 of your wires, plus a whole lot more.
Currently on Kickstarter, Elroy reached its $30,000 funding level within the first 8 hours, and it’s still going strong at over $80k. If they make it to the goal of $100k, Rob says they will be able to design their own custom set of earbuds specially for Elroy. Though, one of the coolest features of Elroy is that it is compatible with any headphones with 3.5mm jack – turning your favorite pair into wireless. Additionally, Elroy has built in magnetic docking points for your earbuds so that when you’re not using them you can keep your wires from tangling. Also, removing and and replacing them answers and ends calls, and pauses music.
For the biking crowd, the wireless feature will likely be the standout. Built with a spring steel clip, you can attach Elroy to your collar or even your helmet to untether you from your device. Elroy has built in controls to allow you to change volume, track, or use phone feature such as SIRI. Additionally, when you are at home and your phone is on the charger or docked in a speaker system, you can use Elroy to answer calls without ever touching your phone. Elroy transmits via Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and is charged via a micro USB cord for 5 hours talk time and 100 hours standby.
Perhaps the most interesting thing of all, is that the Elroy will be made right here in the USA.