Jambox by Yves Béhar | Dezeen

Industrial designer Yves Béhar of Fuseproject has sent sketches, computer renderings and photos explaining the design and manufacture of Jambox, a portable wireless speaker for Jawbone.

Jambox by Yves Behar

The stainless steel product is covered in a moulded rubber casing in four different surface treatments and colours. and uses Jawbone’s wireless technology.

Jambox by Yves Behar

The speaker can be connected to other electronic devices, including mobile phones and iPads, and can be updated with apps and other software.

Jambox by Yves Behar

A built-in microphone means that the device can also be used as a speakerphone.

See all our stories about Yves Béhar. Read more about the other Jawbone products by Béhar here and here.

Jambox by Yves Behar

Here’s some more information about the product:

Jawbone® Introduces JAMBOXTM: The World’s First Intelligent Wireless Speaker and Speakerphone

This is the newest addition to the Jawbone family! A tiny wireless speaker blasts noise instead of our normal noise cancelling technology!  It plays tunes off of your phone or iPad and also has a speakerphone in case you need to take a call in the middle of your jams…..4 colors, textures and available on www.jawbone.com.

A breakthrough in sound, wireless computing and design, Jawbone, the leader in personal mobile technology, today announced their latest breakthrough: JAMBOX, the first intelligent wireless speaker and speakerphone.

Jambox by Yves Behar

In addition to delivering full spectrum audio, JAMBOX quickly and easily connects with mobile phones, computers, tablets, iPods® or any other Bluetooth® device, allowing consumers to seamlessly stream and share music, movies, games, phone and conference calls anywhere — all wirelessly, all in the palm of your hand.

Jambox by Yves Behar

“Jawbone has been committed to providing the most advanced technology in compact and elegantly designed lifestyle products,” says Hosain Rahman, CEO and founder of Jawbone. “JAMBOX is an extension of this commitment — we’ve combined cutting-edge innovations in acoustics and microcomputing into a meticulously crafted package. JAMBOX is not just a new kind of stereo speaker; it’s a whole new category of high quality mobile audio.”

Jambox by Yves Behar

Breakthrough Science Delivers Full Spectrum Sound
JAMBOX utilizes more than 40 years of acoustics research to produce sound quality and volume unparalleled for a speaker of its size. Its two highly powerful acoustic drivers and ultra-small dome produce an audio spectrum almost as wide as the human ear itself. These drivers and speakers work in concert with an innovative moving-wall passive bass radiator and airtight enclosure — the only one of its kind in a compact speaker — to deliver such shimmering highs and massive low frequencies that they can literally be felt from feet away.

Jambox by Yves Behar

Constantly Evolving Technology
JAMBOX is the only speaker in the world that gets smarter with time. It can be updated with apps, software and new features at Jawbone’s industry-first online platform, MyTALK. Audio alerts offer totally hands-free convenience, letting you know battery life, caller ID, call functions and more. JAMBOX can also be personalized with voice and language options. This one-of-a-kind intelligence means JAMBOX will always be up-to-date with the latest and greatest technologies.

Jambox by Yves Behar

Modern Design Looks As Good As It Sounds

With its stainless steel construction and industrial-weight molded rubber casing, JAMBOX is a sturdy, highly portable and versatile speaker system in a package that looks like minimalist art. “JAMBOX exemplifies Jawbone’s obsession with ensuring that form is always integrated with function,” says Yves Béhar, Chief Creative Officer. “It’s built totally differently from your typical speaker: All four sides are wrapped in a single grill to cut down on moving parts, achieving a strong, minimal form unlike any other speaker, while also making it highly durable.” JAMBOX’s innovative single-grill construction also fully exposes the speakers, resulting in a richer, louder, and broader spectrum of sound. Uncompromising attention to detail extends to the four distinct design options, which according to Béhar, “visually reflect sound in the forms of dots, diamonds and waves bringing an artisan quality to JAMBOX’s pure box aesthetic.”

Jambox by Yves Behar

Fully Experience Mobile Media Wherever You Go
With JAMBOX, all mobile media comes brilliantly to life — you will literally feel the thump of every kick drum, cinematic car crash and video game battle. The built-in professional-quality microphone lets you to share conference calls anywhere — in the office, at home, or on the road — alone or with a group. Without docks or cords, JAMBOX can be carried from room to room or thrown in a bag, delivering the freedom of pristine wireless audio anytime, anywhere.
JAMBOX comes in four stunning designs: Blue Wave, Black Diamond, Grey Hex and Red Dot.

About Jawbone
For more than a decade, Jawbone has produced personal wireless technologies unparalleled in their innovation, ease-of-use and sophistication of design. Jawbone is the creator of the award-winning and best-selling premium ICON Bluetooth headset and the inventor of NoiseAssassin® technology, the world’s first and only military-grade noise-eliminating technology. Jawbone delivers products that innovate and improve the mobile lifestyle through ever-changing software and wearability. Privately-held and headquartered in San Francisco.

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Yves Behar looks to loungewear for design of sleep-aiding Dreem headband

For his project with Silicon Valley start-up Rythm, industrial designer Yves Behar had to make a computer comfortable enough for restless sleepers to wear on their heads overnight.

The device, called Dreem, is designed to help people with chronic sleeping problems. It’s said to work by monitoring a person’s brain activity and emitting sounds that will prolong their periods of deep sleep.

The sounds are relayed via bone conduction – which means the device should be inaudible to any sleeping companions in the bed with the wearer.

As well as the bone-conducting speakers, Dreem incorporates a number of sensors, a CPU (central processing unit) and a few basic controls. All of these had to be incorporated into the headband-like device while keeping it unobtrusive enough to be worn overnight by already light sleepers.

To meet this challenge, Behar and his studio, Fuseproject, looked to “loungewear instead of tech”, incorporating fabric, foam inserts, soft elastic and muted colours.

“The ultimate goal was something comfortable that you can sleep with,” Behar told Dezeen. “The largest portion of the technology – the boards and processors – is on the top of the head, and then the sensors are integrated into a very thin fabric band.”

“The result is a comfortable piece of technology that you should be able to sleep in and use all night, every night.”

At the same time, the sensors – dry polymer electroencephalography (EEG) electrodes – required highly specific placement on inconvenient areas of the head.

“It’s pretty complex stuff to do on your head while you’re sleeping,” Behar continued. “A number of pieces of technology have to reside in the apparatus and be in contact with the frontal lobe and the back of your head.”

Ryhtm was founded three years ago with the mission to make sophisticated neurotechnology usable in the home. It put a lot of focus into nailing the science behind Dreem, which is supported by several studies.

While launching Dreem late last week, Rythm announced it had secured $22 million (£17 million) in investment.

“Rythm started with one single idea – to monitor and influence brain activity based on auditory stimulation to enhance sleep quality,” said Rythm CEO and co-founder Hugo Mercier.

“After our successful beta program, we have validated the science and learned from more than 500 users on what the headband can do. The launch of Dreem is a breakthrough moment.”

In addition to the sounds it produces during deep sleep, Dreem can play white noise to help the user fall asleep in the first place, and other audio to wake them in the morning.

It also syncs with an app to provide users with a breakdown of their sleeping patterns. It avoids Bluetooth or Wi-Fi while it is being worn, instead syncing with the user’s phone after they wake up and remove the gear.

Acknowledging the device’s proximity to such a sensitive area of the human body, Rythm has a manifesto geared towards protecting user privacy and safety.

The manifesto pledges to respect the users’ rights to cognitive liberty (no hidden features slipped in via the backdoor), mental integrity (no subliminal programming) and data privacy (no on-selling of data, which is strictly pseudonymised).

Behar – who made it onto Dezeen Hot List in 2016 – is known for his industrial design for a new generation of smart products.

In the last week he has also launched a second connected product – the Live OS smart office furniture system, conceived together with Herman Miller, which helps keep sedentary office workers more active.