hannes harms: flat boombox hannes harms: flat boombox
jun 20, 2012

hannes harms: flat boombox

‘thin boombox’ by hannes harms

german-born masters candidate hannes harms from the royal college of art has designed ‘thin boom-box’, a small speaker which incorporates future technology focused on flat electrical components. by using 0.5mm thin stainless steel, its volume and material are highly reduced, making the methods for the manufacturing process in consumer electronics more sustainable. with acid-etching, the sheet of stainless steel is cut and engraved extremely precisely, allowing for 100% recyclability due to its extractive process. the shape of the product also allows for efficient shipping, enabling the use of envelope style packaging. once purchased, the user would assemble the speaker by bending the metal along pre-scored lines.

from left to right: flat component, form without speaker component, fully assembled with speaker component

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flat speaker component

  • super beautiful

    tedroc says:
  • looks dated…

    henk says:
  • When, where and how much ????

    mrosales says:
  • I think it looks great, but how does it sound? What are the specs? and where are the cables? This is an audio speaker right and not just a sculpture of one?

    Christopher Pelham says:
  • Look great , however the sound would be poor. This flat speaker tech requires space between the membrane and its casing at least 0,5 cm to create the kind of sound that anyone would expect.

    Judge says:
  • I really like this but I do think it misses a trick, the USP of the product is its flatness, why would you then create a 3d formed stand? if this product could be quickly slipped into your laptop case/folder/a book/anything along with your laptop/iphone I really think it would be a great product. Well thats just my thoughts, Im no masters candidate from the RCA, just a suggestion.

    Jamie Josef Fry says:
  • not sure how this would work. just a pretty average industrial design piece. i suppose if you say “future technologies” and “flat electronics” you’re off the hook. my guess is the sound would be poor and the electronics wouldn’t fit. not much deep thinking here…

    mr bent steel says:

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