As we’ve said time and time again, we’re huge fans of Kickstarter here at iDB, but everyone once in a while something pops up on our radar that makes us question the wisdom of making it easy for people to build and sell almost anything.

Take TeleSound as a prime example. With a goal of $100,000 and nearly a month to reach it, TeleSound is a little accessory that turns Emoji icons into audio, making it easy for your friends to not only send you silly little pictures, but to also annoy your cat in the process.

Is this uninhibited invention at its finest, and are we just getting old and boring? You be the judge…

Until relatively recently, Emjoi icons were not available as standard on iOS worldwide, but ever since Apple recitified that situation we’ve been inundated with messages filled with little dogs at best, and weird flowers at worst. TeleSound aims to add a touch of audio to the annoyance by selling its Bluetooth 4.0 enabled device to the unsuspecting masses.

The way it works is actually quite simple. Using a bespoke app, people send and receive messages with Emjoi icons in them. The TeleSound service then attaches audio to those icons, and assuming it’s within range, the little plastic puck-type accessory plays them. Send a picture of a cat, and you’ll get a cat sound at the other end. Sounds awesome, right? Right?!


Getting in on the fun will set you back at least $34, and you can even pledge an eye watering $1,000 should you want your own personal Emoji. To each their own!

In case you hadn’t guessed, we’re not entirely sold on this particular Kickstarter project, but we’ll give it the benefit of the doubt for now. There’s potential here should TeleSound stretch beyond Emojis, but as things stand, we’re not sure we need one of these in our lives just yet.

Will you be ordering?

  • iTechMunch

    Are you Serious?

  • Florian Lerch

    what the fuck

  • Michael Sweeney

    This is the most stupid, messed up and waste of money gimmick I’ve seen in a while.

  • LiusGustavsson

    I can’t actually take this seriously, no one would actually buy that for communicating..

  • so, Do We have to carry this big plastic ball just waiting to someone decide to send me an emoji message? $34?
    Good Luck!

  • Yeah……. F’uck off.

  • bloodshed

    there are lots of people dunno what to buy anymore..this is a good option.

  • dedegarrido

    Why don’t they make a tweak instead of that plastic shit? It would be 100% more convenient and you wouldn’t have to carry anything with you besides your iPhone.

  • kings121

    What i would like to know is where i can get a cheap lightning to hdmi cable for my ip 5……no talking emoji gadget for me

  • Anon

    Ridiculousprice, ridiculous kickstarter. I’d say he’s trying to collect money and run. You don’t need a $100,000 kickstarter. Goodluck with that, people had a problem paying $1 for to unlock Apple’s emoji. They wont pay $34 for this.

  • twited21

    Lol cheesy

  • Dan

    yeah… no thank you.

  • Utter tripe

  • What a waste of money

  • Jeff, a kickstarter project under technology called the Embrace+ would be good to post here on idb. Please mention it.

  • Infone

    The iPhone already does this. Go to Settings> General> Accessability> Speak Selection=On. Tap and hold on almost anything, tap Speak. Magic ensues.

    • batongxue

      Pretty interesting

  • As someone stated earlier a simple tweak added to the emoji would be plenty. I seriously doubt anyone would carry something bulky in their pocket or purse.

  • AcXumakel

    How stupid could be who buy that!

  • JaeM1llz

    This is stuipid…. even the ad makes it seem like a joke(“it will change your life… by allowing you to tell your friend you want a cookie without saying anything”). Why would they waste all that time and money developing a piece of hardware to emit sound when the iPhone already does that… why not just make an app that uses the existing iPhone speakers to accomplish this?

  • Latrese

    Ther are some people I wouldn’t bail out of JAIL for $34 -_-

  • This reminds me of one of those infomercials, “GET THIS FOR $19.99 NOW!!! HURRY, THE OFFERS ENDS SOON!!!”.

  • dady king

    They would have made an app for apple .. So that whatever we whatapp, message, or any social network .. We can actually creat fun.. I please request u guys to creat a app for iPhone which will give sound to smileys and we can interact

  • Sir.Rhommi

    I Can Not Begin To Even….

  • Milo

    I think the people behind this project are bunch of retards with nothing better to do

  • splinejunkie

    “it will make your kids smarter!”

    i didnt know by smarter they meant irritating.

  • Darren

    This is actually pretty cool, but for $34 they’re insane.

  • They should pay me to use this thing cause I wouldn’t waste a penny on it

  • What a waist of money this is! Did anyone else see how much of a hazard this was when the guy was driving? I was just waiting for the crash scene