Grow A Bamboo To Get Better Sound

If you get yourself the Forsta Speakers then trust me, this is exactly what you will be doing. Stop splitting your sides; I’m serious about this concept! The idea is to install a speaker inside the bamboo hollow (on the vertical top) as the stem serves as a sound box; hence taller the bamboo grows, the richer the sound gets. Ok summary-time: you nurture a bamboo, which has a speaker inside it and you hook it to your TV/Sound System. Looks aesthetic, but will this concept be functional? Come on guys…you tell me! Leave me your comments.

Designer: Jocko Chan

59 Comments

  • Silenzo says:

    hum, what if the bamboo grows? It will become a speaker from 2meters high Oo

    • Staffchild101 says:

      Isn’t that the point?

      You can just cut it when it gets too tall. I imagine that you would be doing this quite a lot as bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants there is.

      Any shots of this actually working?

      • Silenzo says:

        How can you cut it when the speaker is on top of it??…

        • mike says:

          very carefully

        • Iwarsnet says:

          As Staffchild101 said, bamboo is very fast growing. Therefore I’d add a metal tube (to protect the cables) attached to the loudspeaker and put the cable through it.
          To cut:
          Just cut around the bamboo once and then from the top to the bottom.

          That’s it 🙂

    • Egg says:

      This is quite possibly the worst idea ever.

  • Carl says:

    think the roots would be bigger than the pot shown.

  • Lamah says:

    Isn’t the bottom of a living bamboo stalk solid!? How does the sound enter the tube?

    http://www-users.rwth-aachen.de/Christoph.Toenges/pagesEN/guadua.html

  • I tend to be positive about ideas shown here… but come on, this is one of the most stupid concepts I’ve ever seen. It has so many flaws it doesn’t deserve a comment on them.

  • For best performance there is a specific dimension for a spectrum of frequencies (ie 20-30 hz) it is NOT just bigger is better. Bose, has published some great data on this, the designer could of (should have) asked any audiophile or read up on the subject first before proposing this daft notion.

  • drjones7816 says:

    i am lost for words.. no way this would ever work! Lamah says it all

  • MadCow says:

    lmao… well to stop it from growing 10 feet tall, just get a panda as a pet, and if the panda is getting too big, just kill it and get a new one… they are all organic and sustainable so its a win win.

  • fecl says:

    thats stupid. there are so many problems with this idea that it boggles the mind.

  • speakerman says:

    the wiring would be a nightmare, as would what to do with the plant when it grew as tall as whatever room it was in. also, bamboo has totally separated chambers. the idea is possible, but not practical.

  • Demetrius says:

    Doesn’t bamboo grow from the top? Isn’t that the part you cut off to put the speaker in?

  • simon says:

    Bamboo does not grow in this way; you could use a giant bamboo section for its aesthetics.

  • Henrique Staino says:

    Has the designer ever seen a bamboo

  • Liam says:

    Hey. awesome concept. i’m all for green gadgets. but won’t hollowing out each “air pocket” kill the plant itself? I think you need to try to maintain a plant under those conditions to see if it’s a viable option.

  • namaikisaru says:

    Please come out of your bedroom when you designed this and find some growing bamboo. After that find some cut sections of bamboo. I hope this will help you to understand that though bamboo has some fantastic structural properties it is not completely hollow from top to bottom and it’s roots run way too deep. Your renderings were very pretty though. Well done.

  • zitiboat says:

    Okay, first bamboo can only grow with a root system. Next, bamboo is a grass hence the fibers in the cane will absorb not channel the sound. And, electronics and water are never a good combination.

  • ghandi says:

    a longer tube doesn’t make it sound better. there is a specific length for quality. longer stems will actuall make it sound worse because the speakers will not put out the right frequency. the bamboo will not be hollow all the way anyways. this is a terrible design. i wonder if you actually put any research into the growth of bamboo and speaker resonance, and if so, you should show this in the concepts layout

  • Ulfen says:

    This concept has taken the idea of green products too far.

    The constant attention required to maintain it is just down right stupid. Cutting the plant once every few weeks, watering it, clearing up of any foliage or plant waste.

    Not to mention the speakers are located at the top of the shoot which means when you need to cut it, you have to remove the entire plant from the base.

  • George says:

    I love the concept, but there are a few questions/issues…first, bass frequencies are enhanced only from certain length and width tubes, if a tube is off size/length, it will actually do the opposite. It has to do with wavelengths of the frequencies desired…Bose often touts this design in products like the Bose Wave Radio. Second, most of the time bamboo has a thick membrane between each section, this membrane is often solid…so you would have to somehow poke a large hole in each membrane as it is formed to continue the tube…poor plant:( Great concept though!

  • So says:

    Won’t the bamboo grow wide and wouldn’t the sound be aimed at 1 direction …

  • Eric says:

    Wow I really do wonder what’s going on with this website sometimes. It really hits the nail on the head or misses it entirely. This is another one -of the many- misses.

  • i really like the idea of mankind(technology, design, funny ideas) and nature working together to make something. But bamboo doesn’t grow that way. It sounds very good though, check out http://www.shakuhachi.com to learn.

    keep it up!

  • Naturefreak says:

    This is an AWESOME idea!!!! it’s “enviromentally” friendly and looks amazing…

    I WANT IT NOW!!!

  • raphael says:

    I like this idea very decorative.

  • Etienne says:

    Love that, will be the first customer if it’s released!

  • Coconutcrawler says:

    Complete fail on every aspect. Apparently the designer has no idea on how a bamboo grows. If youre gonna use a living thing in your concept, maybe you should research the anatomy & biology of that living thing. Even if it were a cut piece of bamboo(dead) eventually it would deteriorate even faster than normal because of the vibrations. Aestheticly, it looks great but the practicality of green product use, an epic FAIL.

    The bamboo would have to be faux. Made of materials that are used to make the tubes that Bose use. The sound chambers would have to be exact specs for sound quality. Paint it to look like bamboo & voila, a nice hidden speaker. Maybe he should submit the concept to bose. He might get lucky & score a sale of the conept. Would make a fine accessory to a living area. I'd surely be interested in it if Bose put it on the market, the Faux Bamboo speakers that is, not the live plant idea.

  • Coconutcrawler says:

    Complete fail on every aspect. Apparently the designer has no idea on how a bamboo grows. If youre gonna use a living thing in your concept, maybe you should research the anatomy & biology of that living thing. Even if it were a cut piece of bamboo(dead) eventually it would deteriorate even faster than normal because of the vibrations. Aestheticly, it looks great but the practicality of green product use, an epic FAIL.

    The bamboo would have to be faux. Made of materials that are used to make the tubes that Bose use. The sound chambers would have to be exact specs for sound quality. Paint it to look like bamboo & voila, a nice hidden speaker. Maybe he should submit the concept to bose. He might get lucky & score a sale of the conept. Would make a fine accessory to a living area. I'd surely be interested in it if Bose put it on the market, the Faux Bamboo speakers that is, not the live plant idea.

  • oasf says:

    .. but it adds relax

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  • Jakob says:

    Well if you don’t give a flying f–k about sound quality and psychoachoustics and speaker physics, go ahead… 🙂

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