All-Wood Bluetooth Speaker Proves It’s Hip To Be Square

Just yesterday I was talking to a friend who is frustrated with her smart phone. The reception and internet connectivity are fine, it’s the sound that’s causing a problem. Rather than listen to the radio, she likes to use her Pandora app while in the car. The only problem is her phone’s external speaker can barely be heard during her commute.

The 1Q speaker was created to solve just such an issue. Recently blasting through its fundraising goal on Kickstarter, the 1Q is an all-wood Bluetooth sound system that can fit in the palm of your hand. Now you can enjoy high quality, high volume sound from your favorite mobile device without a tangle of wires to trip you up.

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Image via Vers, Inc.

The dream to make the 1Q a reality started small: designer David Laituri posted the project on Kickstarter with a goal of raising $10,000. As is often the case with great ideas, however, the crowdfunding community surpassed that target with gusto. Today, the total amount raised stands at $106,366 and counting. Vers, Inc., Laituri’s company, recently announced that it will begin shipping 1Q’s to lucky backers this fall.

According to the company, the 1Q has a 30-foot range, and a rechargeable battery that lasts over 10 hours. The all-wood speaker also has a built-in auto switching capability to convert from mono to stereo when two units are linked to create a micro stereo.

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Image via Vers, Inc.

If you like the idea of warm, rich sound reverberating in an all-wood frame, but aren’t sure you want to support the consumption of more precious trees, take heart: For each tree used in production, 100 are replanted through Vers’ partnership with The  Arbor Day Foundation and the U.S. Forestry Service. “We’re excited to be able to go beyond simply achieving sustainability with 1Q, to helping restore the environment where it’s needed the most,” said Laituri.

The 1Q is available in Walnut, Bamboo, and a limited Kickstarter red Beech edition. It will retail for $199.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog