Loudbasstard bags int’l design award

Posted on December 15, 2015

THE LOUDBASSTARD Hybrid, a smartphone speaker designed in Cebu, won an international design award earlier this month, the company said in a press release on Sunday.

THREE LOUDBASSTARD Hybrid units appear in this undated handout photo. -- Loudbasstard / Ena Terol
The Hybrid won the SPOT Design Award 2016, given Dec. 5 at the Ovolo Southside Hotel in Hong Kong., a Hong Kong-based online curator of designs and products, organizes the annual awards.
“[T]he Hybrid bested 50 other entries from 15 countries,” the Loudbasstard press release read.

“Every SPOT Design Award winner is chosen according to the philosophy, innovation, functionality, quality, price range, eco-friendliness, aesthetics, and durability of their designs.”

Loudbasstard claims its Hybrid is the world’s first such speaker. It can passively amplify smartphone sounds using the natural acoustics of its structure, made of locally sourced bamboo and rattan. In its “active” mode, the Hybrid uses an induction speaker activated by placing one’s phone on top of a blue sensor.

Loudbasstard plans to produce speakers out of discarded conch shells next, according to the press release.