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Improvements from the Inside, Out

Our 4.0 Player is almost here!

You may have already heard about the newest iCalmPet speaker – model 4.0. But, you may be wondering why we have so many models and why we keep modifying the speaker. It’s simple, really… we’re out  to create the gentlest, most non-obtrusive bluetooth speaker on the market. We are in the calming business after all.

The new 4.0 iCalmPet speaker.
The new 4.0 speaker looks like others, but what’s inside makes the difference.

Why We Continue to Modify our Speakers

Other portable speakers have loud sound prompts  and abrasive, flashing lights. iCalmPet continues to diligently innovate our speakers;. modified specifically for sensitive animal and human nervous systems. These players must be worthy of and match our beautiful music

Co-founder of the company and long-time sound researcher, Joshua Leeds, has been in the business of psychoacoustics and music production since 1975. He has learned that stressed people and pets have diminished sensory tolerances. Therefore, having a positive sensory experience with the device generating the music is key to a soothing experience. The most important modification to these speakers is the minimization of sensory overload.

“The software in these speakers distinguishes our units from any other speakers you can buy,” Leeds said. “Nobody else is thinking about a stressed nervous system.”

Leeds compared the need for a subtle speaker to the experience of being sick. If you’re not feeling well, loud noises and bright lights can be painful. Therefore, even if you’re feeling just fine, a minimal sensory interaction is ideal. That’s why our new speakers are simple to use, turn on at a low volume level, have no abrasive lights, and no obnoxious noise prompts.

“I’ve done everything that I can to make it the iCalm 4.0 as gentle as possible,” Leeds said.

Leeds compared the need for a subtle speaker to the experience of being sick. If you’re not feeling well, loud noises and bright lights can be painful. Therefore, even if you’re feeling just fine, a minimal sensory interaction is ideal. That’s why our new speakers are simple to use, turn on at a low volume level, have no abrasive lights, and no obnoxious noise prompts.

“I’ve done everything that I can to make the iCalm 4.0 as gentle as possible,” Leeds said.

All of these modifications are the reason behind the delayed delivery. We’ve been out of iCalm Players for almost ten weeks now. They’ve taken a lot longer than originally expected to perfect and we are very excited to begin shipping them in the beginning of July! While the externals of the 4.0 are important, the real changes are literally baked into the circuit boards that run the whole thing.

Blueprints for the 4.0 speaker.
Blueprints for the 4.0 speaker.

Other Improvements on the New Speaker

  • Long-lasting battery: 8-12 hrs (depending on vol.)
  • Improved speaker system
  • Simplified control set (on/off, track forward/back, pause, mode)
  • Improved motherboard IC chip and amplifier
  • Light weight (5.5 oz)
  • Can be held in palm of hand (2″ high x 2 5/8″ round)
  • Bluetooth capability
  • Micro SD card port
  • Our most environmentally sustainable unit

Will My Old Sound Cards Work in the New Speaker?

Yes! The sound cards purchased since September 2015 with any of the 2.0 or 3.0 versions are compatible with the new 4.0 speaker. (Unfortunately, sound cards purchased before then will not work with the new speaker).

Three dogs and an iCalmPet speaker.
Some good ol’ boys enjoying the iCalmDog 4.0 speaker and music. Photo by Kristine M. Duque. See more of these cute guys on their instagram account @LabBlabber. 

What Do I Do with My Old Speaker?

At iCalmPet, we strive for sustainability. Our speakers use lithium-ion batteries, which can be very harmful to the earth if left to erode in a landfill. When jostled roughly and exposed to extreme heat and pressure (for example, in the back of a trash truck in summer) lithium-ion batteries have been known to spark and cause fires. Most hardware and electronic stores will recycle lithium-ion batteries, such as Home Depot. Think of portable speakers like your mobile phone. Almost all cell-phones these days use lithium-ion batteries. Every few years, you have to replace your cell phone (mostly because of a worn-out battery) and, hopefully, recycle the old one. Check with your local landfill to find where you can recycle your old speakers. An excellent resource to use for finding local places that recycle lithium-ion batteries is www.earth911.com. If all else fails, you can ship your old iCalmPet speakers back to us, and we will recycle them for you. Please specify.

Our address is:


iCalmPet
1467 Siskiyou Blvd. #30
Ashland, Oregon 97520

But when will they be here?

We are so excited to receive our new speakers the first week of July. As soon as we get them here in our Oregon shipping facility, we will immediately begin shipping them! We’re so looking forward to these new players and having a regular stocked inventory for quick fulfillment again!

 

Questions, concerns, feedback or adorable pictures of your pets?

 

Please send all inquiries (and cute pet pictures) to customersupport@icalmpet.com

Or call 800-788-7796

 

Delivering calm,

Caitlin Fowlkes