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Koostik’s Wooden iPhone Speakers Are Completely Unplugged

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On November 24, 2010 @ 4:45 pm In green gadgets,Zero energy | 2 Comments

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If you like the raw, unplugged sound of acoustic music, how about amping up the volume of your iPhone with a set of speakers that can also deliver music in the same vein? That’s right, with no electricity needed, the Koostik [2] is a handmade wooden speaker system [3] that forgoes the use of any electronics, instead using its material and form to take the sound of your iPhone to new, energy free heights.

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Koostik resembles the shape of other iPhone docking stations, but unlike its carbon heavy peers, the Koostik has been handmade out a variety of woods by a woodworker named Jim. The wooden speakers work off the same principle of an acoustic guitar [5] - where strumming guitar strings on their own creates a subdued noise, but when placed them over a hollow body the sounds are much more apparent. Koostik follows the same basic principle, using a hollow body device that amplifies the sound coming out of the iPhones internal speaker with no batteries – the only energy being used is from the battery of your iPhone.

Unfortunately, Jim only makes the device for iPhones [6] right now, and since iPods don’t have speakers, it won’t work for them either. However, the Koostiks do come in a variety of woods and colors and all are handmade and unique (no word on if the wood is FSC certified or sustainably harvested). Prices of each system ranges from $85 to $90 depending on what wood you choose.

+ Koostik [2]

Via Treehugger [7]

YouTube Preview Image [8]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/koostiks-wooden-iphone-speakers-are-completely-unplugged/koostik-2/

[2] Koostik: http://koostik.com/

[3] wooden speaker system: http://inhabitat.com/vers-audios-handcrafted-wood-speakers/

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/koostiks-wooden-iphone-speakers-are-completely-unplugged/koostik-6/

[5] principle of an acoustic guitar: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guitar#Body_.28acoustic_guitar.29

[6] iPhones: http://inhabitat.com/apple-patents-solar-powered-iphone/

[7] Treehugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/11/koostik-iphone-stereo-dock-uses-zero-electricity-video.php

[8] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUaaCZQ8Gb4

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