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Update #8

TRANSPARENT SPEAKER UPDATE #007 - The Transparent Community

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We love all the creative input we get from many of our followers. The Transparent Speaker is modular, and we always hoped there would be tinkerers out there. The DIY people who would do their own thing with it. Going forward, we hope to be able to showcase and even realize some of your ideas, but today we are showing some of your visions. Some of these were sent to us, some we made in digital renderings.

One comment we get a lot is regarding our audio cables. While many like the free flowing cables, many of you seem to have other plans:

Our most frequent suggestion, making use of twisted textile cables (we actually like this one a lot! Thank you!)

One reader, Isaac, sent us the idea of using nature as inspiration for cable management. “All of a sudden my brain imagined some stiff wires that made the invisible speaker look like a plant or a flower. So i drew them, and thought maybe you would like it too.”

Another comment came from Wat, who put in MSPaint what many audiophile followers have suggested: “An upgrade kit that will help hide or make the wires more hidden by routing them along the corner joints and/or using wire clips to hold them in place.” Also he continues with some very interesting thoughts: “In the future, you could do a circuit board where you have it soldered on the glass. Without wires, you just need to line up the connector points to the solder.”

Quite a few own touches and tweaks have also been suggested. Our friends at the clothing firm Uniforms For The Dedicated (who designed our custom leather dj-bag) also designs furniture from beautiful recycled wood (http://furnitureproject.tumblr.com/). They had the idea of giving the Speaker a more raw touch; By using recycled wood instead of the original hardened glass. Take a look!

Totally transparent glass maybe isn’t for you? Rafael sent us a suggestion of using tinted glass for the Speaker. We tried out giving it a Black and Red tint, and we have to say we think it looks pretty good!

We didn’t forget about our most common suggestion, to use the Transparent Speaker as a Fish Tank! Now, don’t go filling your Transparent Speaker with water, it wouldn’t be very nice to the fish, or sound fantastic (but seriously, if you do try it please let us know what happened!).
If you are hooked on that aquarius feeling you can always populate the speaker with little toy fish in strings ;)

A technical tweak we got at CES ‘12 from two young engineers, was to place a microphone component on each side of the top glass panel, which could turn it into a touch control surface! We think this would be really cool way to adjust volume, but we lost the names of the inventors. So if any of you two read this please give us a shout!

Transparent Community
Everyone owning a Transparent Speaker is automatically part of the Transparent Community. This means no obligations to act, but you will be able to connect to us and to other owners around the world, to see what people are doing and to show off your own stuff.

Currently there is no other place online for this community than the Kickstarter page and #transparentspeaker (on various forums). As soon as this campaign ends we will launch transparentspeaker.com, where all good things will happen. Everything from inspiration to instruction videos, to tracking your shipments to tracing the origin of all the parts of your speaker. Stay tuned.

If you want to show off your own visions already, send them to us and we will most likely share it to the crowd!

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