Necessity is the mother of all invention. Andy Proos came up with the idea for hat-mounted speakers while training for his first marathon in 2009. He had never run with earbuds because of both convenience and safety concerns, but once his long runs reached 15 miles, he needed some distraction!
Unable to find an existing product that met his needs, he set to work with earbuds, tape and crazy glue to create the first prototype. Based on positive feedback from family and friends, he decided to team up with his daughter Emily to develop this unique product and bring it to the marketplace. They founded Bluewire Audio in 2014.
The system will allow you to listen to audio while engaged in physical activity without the inconvenience of wires and earbuds that can be distracting and require continual readjustment. It also allows you to hear ambient sound, addressing the safety concerns that occur when conventional earbuds and headphones are used in active settings.
In addition to Bluewire Audio’s unique product, the company pledges a portion of its future profits to charity. (More information to come once the company reaches the profit portion of their endeavor!) In the meantime, Andy and Emily have invested their own money to bootstrap the prototypes, but will soon be launching a Kickstarter campaign to help move into full production.
Meet the Founders
Andy Proos, Co-Founder and President
In addition to co-founding Bluewire Audio with his daughter Emily in 2014, the Northborough, Mass. resident is currently a staff anesthesiologist at Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham, Mass. This adventure brings together a lifelong passion for running and entrepreneurship.
Emily Proos, Co-Founder and CEO
Emily is a Medford, Mass. resident and recent graduate of Babson College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. While at Babson, Emily was a member of The John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator, a program that provides students with opportunities and support to launch and grow their businesses.