Upcycled Phones Become Loud Speakers [CES 2012]

Upcycled Phones Become Loud Speakers [CES 2012]

Designer takes discarded material that doesn't biodegrade and re-imagines its use

Piers Fawkes, PSFK
  • 12 january 2012

Justin Kim and Jinsop Lee are exhibiting at CES 2012 in Las Vegas this month with the hope to find technical backers to help launch his latest venture, the Dreyfuss Special. The Seoul-London design duo, who go under the name Uncle Oswald Is Our Hero, has developed an upcycled telephone that now works as a speaker. Click the images below to see more:

The phone handset fits into phones and mp3 players through a regular headset chord. The concept of the phone has been in circulation for a couple of years now but Kim says that there is a drive to turn the idea into mass-recycled reality. He told PSFK:

“Discarded electronics are piling up. We need to recycle them and use them in innovative ways. Henry Dreyfuss was a fellow industrial designer and quite famous in his own right. His most enduring design is a series of wonderful phones used the world over for 50 years. Unfortunately, these phones are made of Bakelite, a material that is so strong that it never biodegrades. Ever. There are landfills filled with mountains of these phones.”

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