RVRB BLUETOOTH SPEAKER
Over the course of this project, I went through the process of designing a bluetooth speaker inside and out. The final result was crafted as an homage to a guitar, constructed with traditional luthiery techniques so to visually evoke the relationship between the time honored craft of luthiery and the modernity of a bluetooth speaker.
As a part of the process, I fashioned my own luthiery tools, including a custom wood bender that aided me in forming the body of the RVRB speaker.
With the first series of prototypes and study models, I sought to find a form that suited my vision for this bluetooth speaker. I wanted to design something with timeless elegance that emphasized the warm, resonant tones of acoustic music. Once the wood bender was constructed, I made several 1/3 scale speakers to judge form and proportion. Then, a full-scale wooden form was bent to determine an appropriate scale.
At this point, I needed to solve the interior construction of the speaker, as I intended to design the experience of servicing the speaker, so that what is seen when the speaker is opened is as beautiful and functional as its exterior. This was done by producing a new bent form, and adding all the components of the speaker, including the drivers, electronics, ports, etc. and going back and forth between drawings to ensure proper fit.
In order to prepare for a high-quality heirloom build of the final revision of the speaker, I first constructed a near-identical version. This allowed me to massage out all the errors in design and construction, highlighting where I would need to adjust my tools or my process so that the final build could be free of mistakes. Here I was able to solve any remaining mechanical issues, and determine how I would brace the speaker, and seal the chamber airtight.