Offering up a new way to listen to music, Berkeley-based startup Axent Wear launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for its self-titled cat ear headphones. Seeking $250,000, the project hit nearly $247,000 by close 1,600 backers within the first 24 hours.
Started by two UC Berkeley alumni, Axent Wear is set to create a really great, unique headphones that have never hit store shelves. They are considered “glowing, badass” headphones that allow the user to blast their music and express their style.
Each set of the Axent Wear offers high definition sounds and the user is given the option to share music with friends or just keep their favorite beats to themselves. Other features include:
- 40mm driver with 20Hz to 20KHz frequency response
- USB charging or 3.5mm jack included
- Comfortable over-the-ears cushion that molds around the head
- Comes in four different colors: blue, red, green, and purple
Cost of each Axent Wear headphones is aimed to be around $115. The device’s team shared, “We’re aiming to keep the price as low as possible without compromising quality.”
The creators of Axent Wear, Wenqing Yan and Victoria Hu, both have a passion for art and creative technology. Yan was apparently inspired to design the headphones to have cat ears while working on a “whimsical and quirky animation.” Both she and Hu then set out to create the perfect headphones that would fulfill both functionality and style.
They noted, “We have worked tirelessly over the past half a year to bring these headphones from mere drawings to a real life prototype. Thanks to the amazing public support and feedback, we were able to fine tune the prototype and make the adjustments that everyone wanted. While we are a brand new company, we will do our very best to bring everyone the coolest headphones!
The $250,000 that the campaign is seeking will help to pay for the cost of everything that’s needed to produce the headphones, including molding, casting, production, packaging and shipping. Every penny will go towards making these headphones into a reality.
For those looking to purchase the headphones through the campaign, each pair will come with fully functional external cat eat speakers, LED lights, detachable cord, comfortable over-the-ears cushioning, rechargeable batteries, and so much more.
The Axent Wear crowdfunding campaign is set to close on November 7th.
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