AcousticSheep LLC, which designs the SleepPhones, is taking to Kickstarter to fund its latest version, the ASMR Edition, which features flat speakers in a soft headband and a module containing eight hours of preloaded ASMR content.
ASMR, which stands for autonomous sensory meridian response, is a relaxing experience in which certain sounds trigger a tingly feeling. Described as blissful or even euphoric, these tingles can be brought on by something as simple as listening to someone brush their hair, whisper, or crinkle paper. According to AcousticSheep, ASMR is becoming increasingly popular, with celebrities like Cardi B and Zoë Kravitz among its enthusiasts.
SleepPhones ASMR Edition contain a thin, flexible module with buttons that let you play, pause, skip tracks, and control the volume. There's no external device or cords-just self-contained headphones that play for 20 hours from a three-hour charge. This lets listeners relax and drift off to sleep with no ads, blue-light, or scrolling diminishing the ASMR experience.
The 16 ASMR artists who created exclusive content for SleepPhones hail from all over the world and boast a collective 2.4 million YouTube subscribers. Tracks include everything from tapping to light scratching to peaceful Italian whisperings.
They will come loaded with eight hours of exclusive ASMR content timer options, including the option to repeat your favourite track. The rechargeable battery lasts for up to 20 hours, and they recharge via USB for about three hours.
The removable speakers in a hypoallergenic, machine washable headband that comes in three sizes, many colours, and two SheepCloud fabric options. They come with a one-year limited warranty and 30-day return policy.
SleepPhones ASMR Edition will retail for US$99.95 when it is released later this summer. Kickstarter backers can pre-order SleepPhones ASMR Edition for US$90, and a limited number of pre-order units will also be available for US$75.
The company is aiming to raise US$5,000 to underwrite the costs of manufacturing its first batch of orders. Four reward tiers ranging from US$1 to US$1,000 are available. The campaign https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/acousticsheep/enjoy-asmr-like-never-before-with-sleepphones-asmr-edition?ref=pbuild_dashboard#project-preview runs from June 12 to June 27.
This marks the second Kickstarter campaign for AcousticSheep; a 2015 campaign for its SleepPhones Effortless model raised US$65,609, 656% over its goal of $10,000.
At the time of this writing, two days into the campaign, the company has already raised $3,432 of the $6.670 goal (in Canadian dollars) by 37 backers.