A speaker as good alive as dead.

A speaker as good alive as dead.

We’d like to believe our beloved devices will last us a lifetime, but they all have an expiration date whether it’s because we upgrade or they fail to continue working. Most current electronics are wrongly designed around our false trust that they will last forever, & therefore pay little attention to the product’s afterlife. The ORBiS Bluetooth speaker is not one of these products! Each & every component was thoughtfully crafted with awareness to it’s impermanence. As much as possible, it’s recyclable, salvageable, fixable & safely disposable. All without sacrificing functionality or beauty! 

0 Designer: Scott Matthews

The Hottest Headphones Ever

The Hottest Headphones Ever

Anyone who works in the audio/sound industry has heard of the Sennheiser HD25-1 headphones; they’re the professionals choice, but have yet to break into the consumer market due to their overtly utilitarian & basic appearance. Cyprium is an exploration into how these high-end headphones could win the hearts of consumers and audiophiles with styling that’s worthy of Sennheiser’s unrivaled audio quality, background noise isolation and robustness. And win your heart they will! See em up close —>

0 Designer: Dan Salisbury

Mobile-free Mini Speaker

Mobile-free Mini Speaker

Bluetooth speakers are great n’ all but they’re still dependent on your mobile device in order to access your perfectly curated playlists. It not only drains your battery, but the music can be interrupted by calls and apps or even walking out of range. The Cloudlink speaker explores integrating an OS, wifi/wired connection, and easy touch display into one unit that can access your tunes from the cloud, a Pandora account or other apps. It not only frees up your phone but its slim profile makes it easy to move between your favorite rooms.

0 Designer: Jingwei Dang

A Home for Your Headphones

A Home for Your Headphones

From the makers of the ingenious Slate Mobile AirDesk and its big brother SlatePro comes the latest in creative storage. Take it from us, these guys know organization! ! It’s called the Beats by Dre Station and, as you might’ve guessed from the name, it’s the perfect place to keep your precious cans! Crafted from a single sheet of bamboo, it pairs perfectly with your desktop and even has a place to dock your iPhone or iPod. Get it here!

0 Designer: iSkelter

Headphones Inspired by YOU

Headphones Inspired by YOU

When we think of “biomimicry,” we usually expect an exotic, animal-inspired advancement… but let’s not forget the untapped resource we carry with us every day: our own amazing bodies!  The Canal Headphones are a perfect example of human-biomicry that utilize a series of interlocking and twisting canals that acoustically enhance music as it makes its way to the ears. Think of them as an extension of your own hearing system!

0 Designer: Michael Lahood

Pint-size Portable Audio With a Punch

Pint-size Portable Audio With a Punch

No larger than the palm of your hand, the Maru speaker concept is the compact choice for BIG sound. Within its minimal frame is a hallow space concealing a 360° speaker for multidirectional, hi-def audio that sounds larger than the source. Its form not only envelopes a space in music, but keeps the delicate parts out of harms way. Its sleek, modern look and straightforward functionality are minimalistic perfection!

0 Designer: Darrien Tu

Finally, Rest for the Weary!

Finally, Rest for the Weary!

Can’t sleep because of all the noise? No prob! Ipno allows you to find sleep even in the most disruptive of environments. This personal-size speaker broadcasts white noise: a sound that includes all frequencies and has hypnotic qualities that allow the brain to disconnect external noise while soothing the heart rate and clearing the mind. Good things when you’re trying to catch ZZZs! Simultaneously, microphones in the back capture surrounding noise which is then transmitted to a Digital Signal Processor to cancel out the external noise.

0 Designer: Clémence Germain

Audio on a Roll

Audio on a Roll

Rolling Konus is a pioneering chassis for various types of speakers, including woofers, tweeters and more. At the heart of the design is an exhaust nozzle with variable geometry inspired by jet engines. The result is crystal-clear, high-definition sound that users can easily position with just a push!

0 Designer: Joe Sardo

Far-Out Guitar Effects!

Far-Out Guitar Effects!

SpaceFuzz (love the name) is the go-to effect pedal for guitarists and bassists that love a thick and voluminous sound. Despite its simple interface, SpaceFuzz is actually quite versatile. Turn on the “Space” alone for a clear reverb and adjust the time with the potentiometer. Turn on the “Fuzz” alone for a thick and dry fuzzy distortion, then adjust the amount of distortion with the potentiometer. Turn on both to enjoy a filthy, air-ripping sound!

0 Designer: Esben Oxholm

The Little Amp that Packs a Lot of Punch

The Little Amp that Packs a Lot of Punch

It’s no secret that a little acoustic amplification can go a long way to enhance the bottom speaker on your phone… but few amplifiers do it quite as conveniently as the Audiobendr. Made of stretchy rubber, the design snaps on to your phone in a jiffy to redirect & amplify sound for videos or music. It’s even small enough to use while playing games without it getting in the way of your hands. Waterproof, dirtproof, & scratchproof, you can use & abuse without worry! Hear the difference —>

0 Designer: Marc Van Strydonck

Hybrid Light Speaker

Hybrid Light Speaker

Nothing kills the aesthetic of a room quicker than an ugly alarm clock or speaker! If you’re in the market for something that will actually add to your vibe rather take away from it, look no further than Cromatica. It’s a combination light/speaker/clock system that can be controlled via Bluetooth from your smartphone to stream your tunes, set the alarm, or even customize the mood thanks to its LED RGB light system. A near-seamless touch sensor on top lets you control the volume, snooze, dim or turn the unit on/off.

0 Designer: Digital Habits

Vinylize Your Digital Life!

Vinylize Your Digital Life!

Vinylize combines the long lost love for tangible music formats with the practicality of digital music in one player. The turntable allows collaboration between old & new formats in one library, playing both vinyl & simulated records that use RFID scanning tech to correlate with music stored on iTunes. Designed with nostalgic influence from classic wooden record players,  it recreates the vinyl experience to give back a sense of ownership & physical interaction with a music library… something that’s been lost behind screens in the digital age.

0 Designer: Jonny Leslie

Phiaton Bridge MS 500 Headphones Review

Phiaton Bridge MS 500 Headphones Review

Winning a 2014 iF product design award is no small feat. These headphones, like all of Phiaton’s headphones, are sleek and ooze with style. In lieu of flashy, colorful polycarbonate bodies, the MS 500 is made of metal wrapped in soft Italian leather. If Beats by Dre are for the hipster urbanites, the MS 500 must be for the kids that graduated that class a few years ago and are looking forward to something a little more sophisticated. My only gripe is they can get a tad uncomfortable after extended use. Hit the jump for my video review!

0 Designer: Phiaton, Buy it on Amazon

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