Have you heard? Bamboo can be used to make inexpensive, electricity-free speakers for your iPhone. The iBamboo, currently being funded by Kickstarter, is fashioned from a foot of bamboo, taking advantage of the grass’ natural resonance to amplify and project the sound from your mobile device. The top of the tube is cut to made a fitted dock that snugly holds the phone in place. Sound waves travel outward in both directions, creating a stereo effect with an “airy” effect perfect for jazz and classical music.
As a material, bamboo is a surprisingly good choice for this tiny stereo system. Just as strong as most plastics and metal, the tube is made from sustainable plant material, laser-cut for fast and easy production, lightweight, and biodegradable. As beautiful as it is practical, no two iBamboos are alike. Perfect for the zen and natural aesthetic tastes, the hand-finished speaker set costs about $25-30 and are currently compatible with the iPhone 4.
Or save a few bucks and make one yourself! A handsaw, a drill and some sand paper is about all you need. Check with us if you need a piece of bamboo. We always have an assortment of bamboo poles in a variety of diameters.