iBamboo is an Electricity-Free iPhone Speaker Made from a Piece of Bamboo

iBamboo is an Electricity-Free iPhone Speaker Made from a Piece of Bamboo

by Mark Boyer, 04/20/12

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iPhone users aren’t exactly at a loss when looking for a place to dock their phones these days. But even in a market that’s flooded with a myriad docking and music amplification systems, theiBamboo Speaker by designer Anatoliy Omelchenko of Triangle Tree manages to separate itself from the pack. The simple-yet-chic design consists of a single piece of bamboo — one of the world’s greenest natural materials — with a slot cut into it where the iPhone is placed. The natural shape of the speaker amplifies the tunes, producing a pseudo-stereo effect that requires no electricity.

This isn’t the first electricity-free iPhone speaker we’ve encountered, but the iBamboo has some notable advantages over the competition. The one-foot-long bamboo tube is lightweight and durable, and because it’s made from natural material, no two speakers will be identical. Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, and it produces more oxygen than an equivalent mass of trees.

Earlier this year, Omelchenko told Gizmag that in response to requests for plastic versions of the iBamboo Speaker he was working on prototyping a new version of the speaker that’s made from recycled plastic. The iBamboo Urban design is shaped exactly like the natural bamboo version, and it’s reportedly even more durable. Unlike the original iBamboo speaker, which adds warmth to music and is good for listening to jazz and folk music, Omelchenko tells Gizmagthe that the Urban design has a crisper sound. According to the iBamboo website, the original iBamboo design is currently out of stock, and once it hits the market, the recycled plastic version will retail for $30.

About bambooinnovator
Kee Koon Boon (“KB”) is the co-founder and director of HERO Investment Management which provides specialized fund management and investment advisory services to the ARCHEA Asia HERO Innovators Fund (www.heroinnovator.com), the only Asian SMID-cap tech-focused fund in the industry. KB is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fund manager and analyst in the Asian capital markets who started his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore where he was with the firm since 2002 and was also part of the core investment committee in significantly outperforming the index in the 10-year-plus-old flagship Asian fund. He was also the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Prior to setting up the H.E.R.O. Innovators Fund, KB was the Chief Investment Officer & CEO of a Singapore Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) where he is responsible for listed Asian equity investments. KB had taught accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU) as a faculty member and also pioneered the 15-week course on Accounting Fraud in Asia as an official module at SMU. KB remains grateful and honored to be invited by Singapore’s financial regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to present to their top management team about implementing a world’s first fact-based forward-looking fraud detection framework to bring about benefits for the capital markets in Singapore and for the public and investment community. KB also served the community in sharing his insights in writing articles about value investing and corporate governance in the media that include Business Times, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Manual of Ideas, Investopedia, TedXWallStreet. He had also presented in top investment, banking and finance conferences in America, Italy, Sydney, Cape Town, HK, China. He has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy & business model innovation in Singapore, HK and China.

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