Pump up the volume! This month's 1 Hour Design Challenge was a hit! From fur-balls to rockets, we asked Core readers to design the next "Kick-Ass Speaker." Our guest judge, speaker-design guru Kurt Solland of Harman Consumer Group offered his professional opinion this round (see his thoughts after the jump) and threw in a set of Spyro Speakers as a prize!
We're thrilled to have him on board and congratulate all the winners. Be sure to check out the boards for a look at all the entries.
First Prize: Peel Speaker by Eric Nichols (above)
Second Prize: Something for Fun (previously known as 900MHz Wireless Speakers)
Third Prize: 1hrdc
Special Mention "Ass-Kicker" Prize: Speakertron
click through to see moreStraight from Kurt...
The Peel Speaker
I loved the use of negative space giving the speaker a light and airy feel. The cord management contributing to the negative space was very clever. This is a speaker [that could go] anywhere in the house and also be used as a sculpture.
Something for Fun (previously known as 900MHz Wireless Speakers)
...Clever thinking on this one. With more design time and engineering, these "bud" speakers could be detailed into a possible marketable idea. The concept of flexibility and portability within your environment is what consumers are asking for.