You may have already seen this groundbreaking stereo system on Kickstarter, or featured on some of the big boy tech blogs, regardless, we found its sustainable design compelling enough to still feature on AltCon. The Swedish design outfit, People People, is the creator of the futuristic Transparent Speaker – a compact stereo system that is high-quality, simple and sustainable.
The ‘Speaker’ – which looks like the audio version of a terrarium or aquarium – is designed to produce top-flight sound, look very cool and be easily upgradable, readily recyclable and easy to ship. People People’s Kickstarter campaign for the stereo has already surpassed funding goal and ends January 27th, so you can still contribute and get involved.
Not only is this an interesting product from a visual and an industrial design perspective – but People People did their homework on the manufacturing side – they made sure the stereo features the finest components sourced from manufacturers that comply with the best available standards for labor rights and environmental management (such as Global Compact and ISO 14001).
The Apple-friendly speaker plays music from iPhones, iPads, Macbooks, and any number of internet music and radio sources. The speaker features a built-in slot for an Apple’s Airport Express that will enable the Transparent Speaker to send audio between a multitude of devices. The product was designed to be upgraded and improved over time. Modular design means drivers are easily replaced, amplifiers easily upgraded, old components recycled and glass easily changed or even customized.
The Transparent Speaker will be offered in 2 versions – a fully assembled kit, and a DIY-kit. The build-your-own kit reduces the overall size and impact of shipping. The supply-your-own glass kit (People People supplies the blueprints and helps consumers find a local glass vendor) reduces the weight and size of shipments by half and lets users customize their panels however they’d like. By reducing the need for assembly in the factory, shipping is much more efficient and local glass businesses are utilized.
The Transparent Speaker, fully assembled will retail for around $800, unassembled it will cost less (around $460 without glass). Product roll-out will begin in April 2013. Shipping will be free in the United States and cost a little extra for the EU and the rest of the world.