You may recall the modern pocket watch or the very cool large transparent audio speakers by People People I shared with you way back in 2011. Now the Swedish Industrial Design Agency has launched a new, smaller version of the transparent speaker.
People People’s Small Transparent Speaker
Seeking funding via Kickstarter the smaller version, like the larger, has hardened clear sides to show what’s behind the speaker. A white or black coated aluminum unibody frame makes it neutral so it is suited to any sort of decor. The small transparent speaker is estimated for delivery in June of 2017.
Crystal Clear Sound
The Transparent Speaker is built with premium audio components; two-custom made 2.5 inch full range drivers deliver crisp lifelike vocals, while the passive bass radiator gives a punch to any beat. A built-in amplifier with embedded digital signal processing (DSP) ensures a full and balanced crystal clear sound.
If you use a high resolution audio streaming source, you will really start to hear new things. This product builds on all that People People learned from tuning the highly appreciated sound in their large Transparent Speaker.
On the front, you have a volume adjustment knob, a classic rocker switch for power on and off, a LED to show you if the speaker is on and a 3.5 jack if you prefer to use the included cable for your audio source.
The speaker has both WiFi and Bluetooth, so you can easily send high-end audio from your phone, tablet, or computer from near or far in your house. The speakers support the latest platforms, such as Apple Airplay and Google Cast, to maximize your connectivity options.
With wireless connectivity, your product software can be updated so that the product improves over time. The first functionality they we are planning to launch is ‘Spotify Connect’ which means that you can find the mini transparent speaker super easily in the Spotify app.
The speaker has built in sensors that can detect if parts eventually need to be repaired, replaced, or updated. Users will be notified by their smartphone, and offered easy ways to take action.
A detachable ac/dc adapter is included with each speaker to allow for the different voltages used by different countries.
• Dimensions (mm): 236 × 188 × 90
• Weight: 2400 g
• 2 × 2,5” Full Range Drivers
• 1 × 2-3’’ Passive Radiator Woofer Plate
• Sealed Cabinet Volume: 2,5 L
• Frequency Response: TBD
• High Quality Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
• 1 × 3,5mm audio jack in front (cable included)
• Wireless formats: Wifi, Bluetooth™ 4.1, Google Cast™, Apple Airplay™, Spotify Connect™ (TBD)
• Updates over air
• Multi-room Speaker Playback
The speaker is made out of materials that can be recycled to the same high quality over and over – known as upcycling – and it is designed to allow for complete disassembly. By supporting this project, you’re not only getting a loudspeaker, you are helping to promote a closed loop industry where products and their materials have the potential to last forever.
Help Get The Mini Transparent Speaker Into Production
As of December 26th, they have received $70,004 pledged of their $250,000 goal, with 25 days left to support the project. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, Jan 21 2017 at 9:00 AM PST.
They have set the ambitious goal of 250k because that’s what they realistically need to make this project happen. They could use your help to spread the word to your friends.
UPDATE: They’ve long since been funded and produced! Buy your Transparent Speakers an both sizes here
About People People:
People People is a Swedish Industrial Design Agency founded by four friends 2010 with the aim to develop innovative and captivating products that resonate with consumers. Developing innovative solutions for unmet and unexpressed needs to make life more enjoyable and easier is their objective and motto. People People spend 20% their time to make “show how” products for their blog. Recently, People People created the “transparent speaker”, a new and visionary product that is combining innovative design with high quality and modern functionality. This speaker is the exemplification of the team’s vision on what a speaker should look like and it answers people’s need for a functional sound system that can smoothly integrate with other elements in their living spaces. Initially meant to be a showcase to drive attention and create awareness about sustainability, the transparent speaker has triggered strong global interest and purchase requests. Thrilled by such unexpected customer response, People People decided to pursue development of their speaker, with the goal of creating a new generation of home electronics.