Tembo Trunks

Posted: July 7, 2012 by jerkmag in SURF -- tech, VAULT -- archives
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This is the kind of stuff that makes me mad at myself for sitting around watching Seinfeld episodes and being a bum during the summer. This is easily one of the simplest, yet intriguing innovations I have seen in awhile.

Tembo Trunks are an idea that emerged as two friends were traveling through Africa. Have you ever been in a situation where the volume on your iPhone wasn’t loud enough, so you simply made a cup like shape with your hand to amply the sound? Well hopefully you have. Tembo Trunks operates on the same concept. They are the first speakers of their kind; a speaker system that requires no batteries. Which was the main goal of the innovation. It’s made out of silicone and is nearly indestructible.

How does a speaker system work without power? Well – it’s not really a speaker system. In fact, the volume would probably not be satisfactory for a lot of people. The way it works is the smaller end of the cone shape is designed so that your classic Apple headphones can fit snuggly into the whole. With that setup, the cone geometry does the rest, and amplifies the sound from the bigger end. If you want to get your moves on while listening to Skrillex, this probably isn’t the kind of bass system you’re looking for.

What really intrigued me was the idea. It’s so simple, innovative, and cheap. Furthermore, the website that hosts this innovation is a great one too, Kickstarter If you click the link to read more about the project, you can see that this project has raised $88,321, above and beyond their original goal of $10,000. If you’re an innovator and believe you have the next best idea, this is the website to check out.

Check out this video for a review (skip to 1:30)… maybe not so impressive after all? Judge it for yourself, and don’t forget, after all it did raise almost a 100 grand.

-Can Cakmak

 

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