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Tiny House Technology: Minimalist Radio & Bluetooth Speaker

Earlier today I ran into this blog post which featured what I consider a minimalist radio & Bluetooth speaker.

Then I found that it’s on Kickstarter. Man, this Kickstarter thing is really making some amazing things possible, since this is the best sounding table top radio I’ve ever had (for this price, at least).

Minimalist Bluetooth Speaker for Tiny Houses

I’ve always wanted to do a weekly series on technology that goes hand in hand with small spaces. Well, today’s that day.

And this tiny wireless speaker system goes hand in hand with a small space or a mobile lifestyle.

So it’s a small speaker with a simple interface, plus it can deliver up to 80 decibels of sound which is impressive for its size.

It’s about the same size as an everyday household light bulb and was designed by John Van Den Nieuwenhuizen and Vitor Santa Maria.

Tiny House Technology: Minimalist Speakers
Image Courtesy of John VDN and Vitor Santa Maria

Twist, Lift, Connect and Enjoy

When you twist the cap it turns the radio on for you. If you continue turning it, the volume turns up.

It can connect to a smartphone, tablet, or computer through Bluetooth. Otherwise you can use the standard 3.5mm audio port.

Inside there’s a battery that will give you up to 30 hours of sound so you can use this inside your house, apartment or anywhere else you decide to go.

Watch the Video to Learn all About it

To learn more, visit John and Vitor’s Kickstarter page. They’ve already raised $243,556 for the project since I put this article together. Would you get one for your small space?

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Chanessa
    December 8, 2011, 10:10 pm

    I love seeing people try new things, but this is a pretty terrible looking product. The fact that their kickstarter page references nearly every Apple product suggests that they’re going after people who don’t have a lot of sense, especially when it comes to technology and purchasing.

    Soundmatters has a product called the Foxl v2, the underlying technology of which is also incorporated into Jawbone’s Jambox. When combined with a quality pico projector, you can easily have an engaging cinematic from equipment smaller than a pair of shoes.

    These products that I mentioned aren’t merely tiny living friendly. They’re as close to top-tier audiophile quality as you’re going to get for the size (with a slight nod to the Foxl for getting better sound). They were designed by a physicist to achieve optimal frequency response and efficiency for their size. In contrast, it’s pretty clear that the product that you’ve spotlighted has been designed to be MARKETED rather than designed to perform, which isn’t really very ideal when you’re trying to make the most with just a few possessions.

    • December 9, 2011, 5:44 am

      Glad you shared your opinions Chanessa. I checked out that Foxl you were talking about.. Pretty cool. But I still like this one so I backed it (ordered one) because I could use one. My current speakers are Bose Companion 2s. And they’re pretty big/clunky. I want something I can throw in a backpack if I want to. Something I can take with my traveling.. I’ll let you know how it actually works when I get it in March 2012. A future birthday gift for myself. 🙂

  • sesameB
    December 12, 2011, 2:44 pm

    Great. Just wonderful. oooooHHHH, I want one today for my tiny home.
    rural south central sunny Arkansas

    • December 13, 2011, 11:21 am

      Can’t wait to get mine, I’ll let you know how it works when I get it in March!

  • BigWarpGuy
    December 12, 2011, 2:49 pm

    I like the simplicity of the speakers. I also think they are elegant looking.

    • December 13, 2011, 11:21 am

      Yeah, they’re pricey too, but hoping it’s worth it. I also like how they connect to bluetooth devices wirelessly and the 30hr battery makes me happy, too

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