CARD20 TWS earbuds miss Indiegogo stretch goal, will proceed anyway
Wireless earbuds have been steadily increasing in popularity due in part to the fact that more and more smartphones are dropping the legacy 3.5 mm audio port. There are now a wide selection of wireless earbuds to choose from beyond the well-known Apple AirPods.
The Card20 wireless earbuds are one such pair. They offer true wireless stereo (TWS) meaning that one earbud (master) will connect to both the source and stream audio to the other earbud (slave) for improved audio quality. The manufacturer is claiming that the Card20 will be the world's thinnest and smallest wireless earbuds in the world once they become available later this year. Indiegogo backers were about $50k shy of the $500k stretch goal last week, but the manufacturer was able to fill in the blank themselves to satisfy the stretch goal.
As sleek as the earbuds may look, backers are currently unhappy about a small change to their design. The manufacturer has decided to print the L and R labels on the outside of the earbuds instead of the inside as originally promised on early prototypes. Vocal backers and venting their frustration on the official comments section about how the visual adjustment "cheapens" the earbuds. It remains to be seen if the makers will acknowledge the push back and adjust the labels prior to mass production.