Subscribe to Make Magazine Today!

It’s uncanny how well even the simplest passive acoustic amplifier can improve the sound that emanates from tiny handset speakers. Even though I have yet to experience the pure acoustic awesomeness of the iBamboo from New York area Etsy member Anatoliy Omelchenko, I still find that the design compliments the elegance of the iPhone 4. Produced from a single bamboo segment and finished with a black lacquer coating, the iBamboo passively amplifies handset audio when placed in the recessed dock.

Adam Flaherty

Adam Flaherty

I make cool stuff and write about other people making cool stuff on makezine.com. If you have something you think I should see, send me a tip.


5 Responses to iBamboo Passive Acoustic Amplifier

Your Thoughts?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

  1. Thank you, Adam, for this lead.

    Open question for you or other MAKErs: Does anyone know how the iBamboo’s sound quality compares to this acoustic dock (also featured on this blog)? http://www.etsy.com/listing/73558164/iphone-acoustic-dock-maple?ref=pr_shop

    Thanks in advance!

  2. Interesting – I often cup my hand behind my phone to deflect more of the sound forward. A good home-made version might work with a piece of PVC pipe.

    • jOCHEN lAWSON on said:

      The PVC might add a hollow curve to the mid-range frequencies. The bamboo has a natural resonance the makes a robust sound throughout ranges.

  3. Pingback: iBamboo Passive Acoustic Speaker Says No to Electricity - Technabob

  4. Harold on said:

    I placed my iPod in the window track of the front room window. It filled the entire room with good quality sound. I believe the track coupled the window panel to the speaker so that the entire window acted as a passive speaker.

Related Supplies at Maker Shed