Just got the coolest thing the other day – iPhone speakers that don’t need electric power. It’s simply made of one bamboo stalk. I saw it online in early November and was so curious to hear how it worked. I contacted one of the designers Koh Onozawa through a common friend Jay Aldeguer and asked if I could test the product.
My Loudbasstard arrived last Friday. I was so thrilled! It works and it’s so beautiful in its simplicity. I immediately texted Koh to ask if he could accommodate some Christmas orders. And just like that I was able to scratch off names from my gift list. The very next day (yesterday) I got my Loudbasstards.
Don’t expect Loudbasstard to replace your speakers or home sound system. It is more like a personal sound amplifier that is completely organic in design and environmentally friendly. It uses no electricity. It works the same way I when you cup your phone’s speakers in order to hear sound better. But bamboo seems to be an excellent sound conductor. And it makes a great conversation piece. My daughter Sophia is inspired to create something “environmental” in the future.
Meet the creators – athropologist Koh Onozawa and furniture designer Franz Ignacio.
This is my demo of Loudbasstard. (This was uploaded on Flickr. Hope you’re able to view it).
Loudbasstard is very new. It just “launched” last October. This early, the guys already have distributors in Canada, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Australia and Philippines. Fans of Up Dharma Down can also get limited edition Loudbasstards through their website. There are also re-sellers in Manila found in bazaars, my marquee.ph, therapy.ph.
Each Loudbasstard is selling for 995 pesos in the Philippines and 28euros/35USD abroad. For more information, www.loudbasstard.com