Transparent Speaker Tells You When Parts Need To Be Replaced

Transparent Speaker Tells You When Parts Need To Be Replaced
Design

The sustainable design can be easily taken apart and fixed to encourage a longer product life cycle

Zack Palm
  • 30 january 2017

People People, a tech company in Sweden who focuses on creatively designing new products, has constructed Small Transparent Speaker that notifies customers if a part requires replacement. If a part requires replacement the company will accept the speaker back for repair, creating a sustainable system in the process. A sustainable product helps the customer as much as the producer. The producer creates a reliable product and customers know they can trust in the life cycle of their purchase. People People previously created a much larger version of the transparent speaker in 2012 and had this project successfully funded.

A pair of speakers sits in the middle of Small Transparent Speaker’s white coated aluminum frame, surrounded by hardened glass to protect the electronics inside. The speaker’s white (or black) frame serves as a neutral color placement for any environment.

transparent speaker system

The speakers are 2.5 inches in size, and were custom-made by People People. They have a built-in amplifier to provide clear sound with each use. These speakers work best with a stronger signal between the phone and the device.

The speaker makes connecting to it as friction-free as possible by connecting through Apple Airplay, Google Cast, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Users can also connect through a 3.5 jack in the front. There are manual buttons on the front of the device to adjust volume, and to switch it on and off. These physical switches make it feel closely similar to older radios.

LED lights at the front show if the speaker is turned on or off.

transparent speaker

If a problem occurs with the speaker, a notification is sent to the owner’s phone to show which part needs fixing and what next steps are. The speakers were designed to be easily taken apart by both users and the company. If a part can be replaced by the user, they are free to do so. If the part is too far beyond repair, People People will accept the speaker and they send users a prepaid shipping package to facilitate the return. The developers at the company will reuse the parts as best as they can to create a sustainable system between consumer and product. When People People receive the broken speaker, a discount is offered to consumers when they purchase their next speaker.

Small Transparent Speaker

People People, a tech company in Sweden who focuses on creatively designing new products, has constructed Small Transparent Speaker that notifies customers if a part requires replacement. If a part requires replacement the company will accept the speaker back for repair, creating a sustainable system in the process. A sustainable product helps the customer as much as the producer. The producer creates a reliable product and customers know they can trust in the life cycle of their purchase. People People previously created a much larger version of the transparent speaker in 2012 and had this project successfully funded.

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