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Crisco BL

My name is Sabelo Crisco Dlamini better known as Crisco BL. I’m an illustrator based in Durban. I’ve been illustrating for about a year & unlike other digital illustrators, I use my phone instead of a laptop to create my paintings.
My art is based on Depression, Anxiety & Anti Self Harm. The reason as to why I base my illustrations around these things is because I don’t think they are spoken of as much as they should be nor are they taken seriously. My illustrations or a form of self-reflection, things that I’ve gone through myself. I feel that in doing this, people can relate to my art as much as I do. 
A lot of teenagers these days go through the above mentioned and don’t have the platform to talk about it or express it. I want to make art that makes people feel like they’re not alone and that there are ways to deal with their pain.
You’ve probably noticed that I use a lot of yellow as a background in all my art. Yellow is a colour that is associated with happiness. I use the c…

Revols ~ Custom-Fit Earphones

Revols are the world’s first custom-fit wireless earphones that mold to the unique shape of your ears in exactly 60 seconds. The coolest part? The entire customization process is controlled by an app on your phone! Revols has teamed up with Onkyo, pioneers in high-end audio, to deliver their premium signature sound. They succeeded at raising over $2.5M on Kickstarter, becoming Canada’s #1 crowdfunding campaign of all time, and have currently sold over 13,000 earphones! Revols are now available for pre-order directly from their website - CLICK HERE!

FutureNow - What is your background, where & when did REVOLS start? 

Our CEO Daniel Blumer has an MBA and a background in Finance while our CTO Navi Cohen studied Engineering. They have known each other for nearly three decades and have always aspired to create a product and company together. Navi approached Daniel with the idea in 2014 in Montreal, and they quickly began constructing the first pair of molding tips. 
FutureNow - What inspired you to design and create REVOLS earphones? 

Navi always had an interest in earphones and had a dream of bringing a new technology to the masses. During his undergrad, he had become fascinated with creating a more comfortable and affordable solution to earphones, but ended up dropping the idea for a few years. He then started looking into other products and ideas, but ultimately lead himself back to earphones. He worked in fields that concentrated on plastics, materials and injection molding and after doing some research he came across a process that just clicked! With his engineering background and Daniel’s entrepreneurial spirit, they knew that this was the time to take the risk and jump into it. 

FutureNow - What are the pros and cons of creating a product from scratch?

The pros of creating a product from scratch is being able to design it without any limitations. Of course, there are industry standards to abide to, however the co-founders were able to truly imagine their perfect set of earphones and bring it to life. Nevertheless, there are cons that come along with this process as well. Creating innovative hardware takes a lot of time, dedication and funds. Making sure that you align with the right partners is absolutely critical for success. There are so many unforeseen challenges that come up along the way and you need to force yourself to push through them. Two steps forward, one step back… 

FutureNow - What does the future hold for REVOLS and what does REVOLS stand for? 

We believe that Revols will change the way people listen to music forever. While our roots are in the consumer tech market, we know that there is a real need for our technology in other spaces, for the hearing impaired, military communication devices, aviation, etc. Our intent is to form a solid foundation and then build out from there to be able to create offerings in all other sorts of markets. 

Revols stands for two things: Revolution and Evolve. We wanted to change the way people look at earphones; truly evolve them into something new and revolutionize the way they look and feel. 

FutureNow - Advice for Creators around the world? 

The best advice that we could give to other startups and creators around the world would be to truly believe in your product and company. If you have confidence in it and faith that it will be successful, then it will reach limits that you never deemed possible. Keep working as hard as you can, prepare yourself for the unexpected and always stand out. 

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