Alt.CES: Wood-housed electronica: ostensibly green or faux-maker?

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Alt.CES: Wood-housed electronica: ostensibly green or faux-maker?


altCES1.jpgOne of the products released at this year’s CES is iWave‘s Grass Roots Collection of personal electronics accessories — iPhone cases, earbuds, and earphones, all cased in recycled wood.

They’re due out Q2 of 2010 with a MSRP of $10-40.


iWave’s press release explains:

The design-forward electronic accessory company is offering its loyal customers the opportunity to enjoy the green lifestyle without having to sacrifice stylish appeal to do so. The Grass Roots Collection will offer a selection of accessory options, including headphones, earbuds and cases for the iPhone/iPod, all made from reusable, environmentally friendly and fully recyclable materials like plastic, wood and bamboo.

Setting aside for the moment whether Grass Roots accessories really are green — I’ll take their word for it — my first thought on looking at these was that they’re meant to look like DIYers modded them.

This begs the question: are we going to start seeing companies mimicking the garage-borne aesthetic of maker projects? What would headphones look like if Kaden Harris built them? Will the low-rez look of Makerbot output catch on?

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