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Bamboo sounds like a great idea for the music industry. It’s cheap, sustainable, and a great way to amplify vibration. Just take a look at the cheekily-named “loudbasstard“, a zero energy amp made for iPhones, iTouch, and later version Android smartphones. Created by Koh Onozawa and Franz Ignacio, each pair is cut and dyed by hand in Cebu Philippines. Both a way to promote environmentally friendly design and empower the Philippine community, the loudbasstard takes advantage of native craftsmanship and materials to project your favorite tunes.

A simpler, more rustic version of the node speaker is also available through ibamboo. Open at both ends, the cylinder creates a “pseudo-stereo” effect for Apple phones and devices. Rough-hewn and with a black or natural finish, the grass with its own carrying case and recyclable box. Originally began as a Kickstarter campaign, the product has been so successful that it has been featured in the New York Times and is temporarily out of stock.

On a similar note, the iBam 2 combines high quality bamboo with efficient design. With a waterproof carrying case and carved box, the speaker is a perfect low-tech device to take on beach trips or anywhere it might be difficult to find an outlet. As an added bonus, every purchase helps workers and the reforestation effort in Southeast Asia.

 

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.

 

 

 

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