Reclaimed Wood Bluetooth Speakers

Reclaimed Wood Bluetooth Speakers
I love this.

Salvage Audio Wireless Bluetooth Home Audio Systems are each handmade using reclaimed wood. Blending the character of the recycled wood with great speaker components creates a box that looks as amazing as the music you play through it. These powered speakers will play your music wirelessly via bluetooth or accept your music through an aux input. Plug in your iPhone, iPod, or any music player with a headphone jack with the included 3.5mm cable or sit back and control your music from across the room!


The Pillar

The Pillar is designed to bridge the gap between home decor and technology. Its bold yet simple silhouette makes an elegant accessory from room to room while providing unparalleled sound quality. With an intuitive user interface, the Pillar pairs wirelessly to any Bluetooth device.

The Pillar is designed to bridge the gap between home decor and technology. Its bold yet simple silhouette makes an elegant accessory from room to room while providing unparalleled sound quality. With an intuitive user interface, the Pillar pairs wirelessly to any Bluetooth device.



Will We Be Hearing More from Mobile Audio Interfaces?

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I’m particularly excited about the development of recorded music that never sounds the same twice—varying randomly or with listener interaction—Brian Eno’s generative music being the first and most well known example.

The tech lovers at last week’s MEX Mobile User Experience conference in London were treated to all manner of fantastical visions of our further mobile empowered futures; big data, connected cars, smart homes, Internet of Things, gestural interfaces, personal mini-drones—the lot.

Few presentation this year will be complete without at least passing reference to the game changing nature or dystopian social implications of soon-to-be-unleashed Google Glass. Surprisingly, however, a couple of jaw-dropping demonstrations were enough to leave many of those attending wondering whether we might be missing a slightly quieter revolution taking hold. Could immersive audio be about to come of age in mobile user experience?

Having played second fiddle to the visual interface for decades, being so often the reserve of experimental art installations or niche concepts for the blind, audio has yet to find mass interaction application outside of alarms, alerts, ringtones and the occasional novelty bottle opener. All of this, however, could be set to change, if the two fields of binaural sound and dynamic music can find their way into the repertoire of interaction designers.


The most stylish Bluetooth speaker on the planet

Vers1Q

Wrapped in a 3″ hand-crafted wood cube, 1Q is a powerful little Bluetooth sound system that produces warm, surprisingly natural sound. Integrated Bluetooth v2.1 provides a simple wireless audio link to any smart phone, laptop or tablet device. It’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but can easily deliver enough sound to fill some pretty large spaces.

The Vers 1Q has plenty of supporters across the design and technology world and the project kicked off thanks to huge support via Kickstarter funding that saw the project reach 700% of its goal.

“The public response to the 1Q on Kickstarter has been simply amazing – well beyond our expectations” – David Laituri, founder of Vers and designer of 1Q.

The compact cubes are available in beech, walnut or bamboo finish; wood was deliberately chosen due to its excellent sound reproduction qualities as well as its high design value.

The cube has a 3” dimension (fits in the palm of your hand) and the sound system connects wirelessly with a phone, tablet computer or laptop via Bluetooth 2.1 to provide a fantastic solution for lovers of music and design.

The Vers 1Q Bluetooth speaker has some impressive qualities for such a small product. The wireless speaker has a 10m range and has up to 10 hours of battery life. It can be the perfect accompaniment to a BBQ or picnic.

Plug two Vers 1Q speakers together and achieve instant stereo sound.

Vers also have a very attractive approach to environmental concerns with an aim to reduce packaging as much as they can and through the use of wood as a renewable material. Vers also take a very positive approach to ensuring that the electronic components within the speaker can be easily disassembled and recycled where possible. Vers also recycle all the electronic waste that is sent to them.

You can buy the Vers 1Q at Covers and Cases in the UK or you can find a local retailer via the Vers Audio site.

Thanks to Ben for this guest post.


Volta Sound Block for iPhone

The Volta Sound Block is a passive sound amplifier for your iPhone. Passive amplification means no electronics, no chargers, no blue-tooth gadgetry to mess around with. Just a solid block of Northwest Alder from our backyard here in Oregon, and a Bison horn, allowing us to draw the maximum volume from your iPhone speaker.

The Volta Sound Block is a passive sound amplifier for your iPhone. Passive amplification means no electronics, no chargers, no blue-tooth gadgetry to mess around with. Just a solid block of Northwest Alder from our backyard here in Oregon, and a Bison horn, allowing us to draw the maximum volume from your iPhone speaker. Via.



Motz Tiny Wooden Speaker

Motz Tiny Wooden Speaker
A jack-of-all-trades wooden wonder. The Motz Tiny Wooden Speaker is handcrafted of natural cut apricots, has a radio, supports playing of MP3s from Micro SD and SD memory cards as well as USB flash drives. That is of course is in addition to being a portable speaker that connects to your iPhone. Featuring a rechargeable lithium battery this speaker should work for up to 5 hours connected to your phone, or up to 10 hours if used with earphones.
Motz Tiny Wooden Speaker


I.dear Speakers

I.dear Speakers
Made of wood, this mini cube-shaped speaker designed by Sang-bum Kim, includes a USB connector for charging and a standard jack to connect to audio sources. Generally I find most accessories of this type to be largely gimmicky and cheap looking. Perhaps its the wood or the fact that it’s supposed to produce rich sound but I like these. My phones are loud enough but a great add on for listening to podcasts with devices that lack convincing external audio.
I.dear Speakers


Koichi Futatsumata’s Tube Amplifier

Elekit vacuum tube amplifier prototype

Design of a new generation vacuum tube amplifier for EK Japan Co., Ltd.(Fukuoka, Japan) who develops numerous electronic kits/ gadgets targeted at both children and adults.
The prototype, as shown in the photo, is an embodiment of the concept which symbolically gives an accent on vacuum tubes on the top, supported by aluminum dials on the front integrating all controls thereinto and by the sides made of cast steel. So that a vacuum tube light stands out, the mechanical structure and parts (which usually exposed outside to radiate heat) are kept inside and the top aluminum plate functions as a heat sink instead.
The circuitry a hybrid configuration, and, on the right side is a mini- jack for portable music players like iPod.

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LG Bluetooth Speaker

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LG’s red dot “Best of the Best” winning product is a easy-to-use portable speaker with a swivel hinge and free-form design. The unit can be easily connected to music devices and mobile phones via a Bluetooth wireless connection. Users can twist the stick-like speaker into a variety of positions to either stand up straight on a flat surface or be hung on a wall. In addition, LED lights on the unit blink in a unique rhythm, bringing a visual element to the listening experience.
LG Press Releases


Yorozu Audio Sound Revolution kit

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This looks like loads of fun. Quirky gift.

The Yorozu Audio kit lets you use just about anything as a speaker! Starting with the included paper milk carton “speaker”, all you do is place the vibrating extension onto a surface with the included adhesive sheets, plug in your audio source, and have an instant audio speaker. Perfect for having portable audio when you need it.


Create instant speakers out of paper, posters, boxes, white boards, suitcases…you name it!

See it at the Japan Trend Shop


Nokia Travel Speakers

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The Nokia Travel Speakers are an innovatively designed pocket-sized portable speaker system which provide great sound from a compact form. A 30 inch-long cable is included and neatly stores in the base. Should work with most audio devices that sport an audio out port.
MoMA Store – Travel Speakers


Wooden Radios

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Singgih Kartono chooses wood for his radios not just based on aesthetics but on his appreciation of wood’s simplicity and organic vitality. The Magno radio combines the most current mp3 player compatible electronics with sustainably grown woods.
Magno Wooden Radios. Via Swissmiss.