Ballo Portable Speaker by Bernhard Burkard

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Ballo

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Portable Speaker

INSPIRATION:
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.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
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.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The Ballo speaker is a tiny, colorful speaker that provides massive sound. It works with every audio device that has a headphone plug. Its shape is a perfect sphere and very unique. The speaker lays, rolls or hangs for a 360 degree music experience.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Design in 2012, Switzerland by Bernhard Burkard, Realization in 2012/13, Hong Kong by OYO - Objects You Obsess

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Digital and Electronic Devices Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION 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.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Speaker: 50mm diameter, built-in rechargeable Lithium battery provides sound for about 6 hours. Package includes a 1000mm 3.5mm jack wire, a 250mm USB to 3.5 mm wire to recharge and a small bag to keep things together.

TAGS:
portable speaker, ballo, Bernhard Burkard, oyo, sphere

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
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CHALLENGE:
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.

ADDED DATE:
2013-02-04 11:17:56

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Fabian Bernhard and Thomas Burkard

IMAGE CREDITS:
Bernhard Burkard, 2012.

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.bernhard-burkard.com
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
BERNHARD | BURKARD

PROFILE:
The Swiss design studio BERNHARD | BURKARD GmbH was established in 2010 by Fabian Bernhard and Thomas Burkard. Their focus lies on both innovative and creative solutions that are at the same time highly esthetic and an appropriate resource management. Design starts with a call for change. Besides technical skills they have the curiosity and the will to face the world with open eyes. They believe that beyond styling and optical dressing contemporary design, as a process for products and communication, can generate the additional benefit that leads to sustainable success for all users. The BALLO speaker is designed for the Hong Kong based brand OYO - Objects You Obsess. (www.oyo-oyo.com)

NOMINATION DETAILS

Ballo Portable Speaker by Bernhard Burkard is a Nominee in Digital and Electronic Devices Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Ballo Portable Speaker by Bernhard Burkard is Winner in Digital and Electronic Devices Design Category, 2012 - 2013.

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