hironao tsuboi: vol speaker hironao tsuboi: vol speaker
jul 07, 2011

hironao tsuboi: vol speaker

‘vol’ portable speaker, designed by hironao tsuboi for british american tobacco

the minimalist design of ‘vol’, a portable speaker created by japanese designer hironao tsuboi for kent of british american tobacco, is structured for intuitive use. composed of aluminum, the speaker is switched on and off by turning the dial; volume adjust is accomplished in the same manner.

featuring no buttons, the lightweight speaker measures 55 millimeters (2.2 inches) in diameter and 37 millimeters (1.4 inches) in height.

‘vol’ is produced in silver, blue, and black

full side view

powered by lithium battery, the portable speaker includes an audio jack, USB port, and 5V DC connection

  • so elegant, yet you couldn’t keep it cordless with bluetooth?

    mike says:
  • to make it cordless would be trying too hard;
    this is effortlessly simple.
    where can i buy it?

    dj says:
  • “to make it cordless would be trying too hard;” ??
    Yes, that is why they don’t show any cords in their publicity shots.
    Seems to me that they made the common error of not going far enough.

    socrat says:
  • Dieter Rams would be proud 😀

    cjfrdpl says:
  • I love this! Where can I buy one?

    Chris says:
  • Elegant Yes, But how dose it sound???
    I mean that’s the point right?
    I would be very surprised if it sounded any better than my cell phone on loudspeaker!
    If that’s the case, whats the point, I guess you could just look at it?

    Would be better as a wireless remote control for your laptop/hifi but then I guess you could just use your iPhone for that….

    Dean says:
  • any clue on where to order one?

    thedesctop says:
  • Griffin have made one of these for years: [url=https://store.griffintechnology.com/desktop/powermate]PowerMate[/url]

    Rzah says:
  • Rzah, the PowerMate is a USB knob control; the product on this page is an audio speaker. Other than some aesthetic similarities, they’re completely different.

    Nick S says:
  • The Powermate doesnt have a speaker in it

    Herby says:
  • Where do you get one?

    Dave says:
  • Has anyone found a place to buy one of these speakers?

    Braden says:
  • Where can i buy it?

    Josh says:
  • If it has bluetooth, I buy it. If it doesn’t, I don’t.

    jspence says:
  • Damn nice! jspence is right. If it has bluetooth I would, if it don’t, I won’t. But if it also was a mifi, Macfans & everybody else who likes eye candy, music, & internet “might” like to have one.

    liveonc says:
  • Duh…! What’s the greatness in the single control design. The most ancient of radios to the cheapest Chinese speakers have it.

    Surprised by the comments.

    vinuiyer says:
  • ‘vol’ is not for retail sale at present. for the next year, it is given as a gift
    with purchases at kent (of british american tobacco) in asia pacific.

    jenny db says:
  • Love it its an an amazing design

    Myles says:

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