Lately it seems anything made of bamboo is typically accompanied by adjectives like green and sustainable, since bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. Bamboo is becoming more popular for use in everything from wood flooring, to furniture and even for products paired with electronics. And, because it can be harvested without the need for replanting, it’s often touted as one of the most eco-friendly options.
At EarthTechling, we’ve featured stories on a slew of bamboo products, from hand-crafted bamboo iPhone cases, to bamboo MacBook cases and even a bamboo-paneled electric scooter. Now the grass is being used not only to enhance the look of electronics, but to enhance a device’s sound as well.
Meet the iBamboo iPhone speaker. We found this product recently on Esty (it also has its own website). The speaker is not like any traditional speaker you may have seen. There are no wires, woofers or built-in bass in this sound machine. In fact, it’s not really a machine at all. The iBamboo iSpeaker is simply a piece of bamboo, open at booth ends with a slot carved out at the top in which your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S can fit inside.
According to the designers, the natural resonance of the hollow bamboo amplifies sound, “making it an ideal material for making an all-natural, no-power-needed iPhone amplifier.” The speaker comes in black and retails for $25.