Industrial designer Yves Béhar of Fuseproject has created a product that revolutionazed the idea of a speaker: the JAMBOX. It is is a wireless speaker and speakerphone that can be connected with mobile phones, computers, and other bluetooth-enabled devices to stream music and share just about anything wirelessly. And it’s tiny — fits in the palm of your hand. The device’s software can also be updated, so it can grown as new technology is released. It also tells you when your battery is low, who is calling, and other functions.
About the technology: Jambox utilizes more than 40 years of acoustics research to produce sound quality and volume unparalleled for a speaker of its size. Its two highly powerful acoustic drivers and ultra-small dome produce an audio spectrum almost as wide as the human ear itself. These drivers and speakers work in concert with an innovative moving-wall passive bass radiator and airtight enclosure — the only one of its kind in a compact speaker — to deliver such shimmering highs and massive low frequencies that they can literally be felt from feet away.
Using principles of minimalist design, fewer parts and simpler assembly,Yves Béhar designed the JAMBOX to be portable, robust and have maximum sound output integrity. With its stainless steel construction and industrial-weight molded rubber casing, it is built differently from other typical speakers: All four sides of JAMBOX are wrapped in a single grill to cut down on moving parts. The perforated metal sheaths are textured to reduce vibration, and bear four distinct patterns that visually reflect sound in the form geometric patterns, this brings an artisan quality to the JAMBOX’s pure box aesthetic.
BY PEDRO AMBROSOLI