Ballo (Portable Speaker) by Bernhard Burkard
2012 - 2013, Platinum A' Digital and Electronic Devices Design Award Winner
Inspired by an old microphone we tried to completely rethink the shape of a speaker. So the speaker‘s shape is a perfect sphere with no actual stand. The BALLO speaker lays, rolls or hangs for a 360 degree music experience.
A colorful belt fuses two hemispheres to a perfect sphere. It protects the speaker and increases the bass tones when lying on a surface. So it provides massive sound for this tiny device. The speaker comes with a built-in rechargeable Lithium battery and is compatible with most audio devices. The 3.5mm jack is a regular plug for headphones. When pluged-in, the speaker turns on automatically. For stereo sound two BALLO speakers can be connected with a stereo wire.
Design Challenges
Nowadays people's lifestyles are more and more mobile. That's why we tried to completely rethink the shape of a portable speaker. There is no need for an actual stand. The spherical shape allows the speaker to lay wherever it is used and it increases the bass tones by the resonance of the surface. The materialization is a reminder of old microphones.
Production Technology
The BALLO speaker is available in ten different colors. Its polycarbonate case makes it robust and perfectly portable. The two hemisphere are made from Aluminum. It comes with a built-in rechargeable Lithium battery and it turns on automatically when plugged-in. So there is no switch. Even charging works via the 3.5mm jack and USB.
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