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eco-amp provides environmentally-friendly iPhone amplification

eco-amp provides environmental...
The eco-amp is made from 100 percent recycled post-consumer paper
The eco-amp is made from 100 percent recycled post-consumer paper
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The eco-amp is made from 100 percent recycled post-consumer paper
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The eco-amp is made from 100 percent recycled post-consumer paper
eco-made further state that all eco-amps are made in Los Angeles
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eco-made further state that all eco-amps are made in Los Angeles
Consumers are required to assemble the eco-amp themselves
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Consumers are required to assemble the eco-amp themselves
The eco-amp's low price makes it potentially attractive for casual use
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The eco-amp's low price makes it potentially attractive for casual use
The eco-amp is available internationally, from $7.99 for a package which contains two models
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The eco-amp is available internationally, from $7.99 for a package which contains two models
Custom logos can be printed on the eco-amp at cost
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Custom logos can be printed on the eco-amp at cost
eco-made state that the eco-amp amplifies the iPhone output by approximately 30 dB
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eco-made state that the eco-amp amplifies the iPhone output by approximately 30 dB
The eco-amp functions much like the horn from an old Gramophone player
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The eco-amp functions much like the horn from an old Gramophone player
The eco-amp's packaging is printed with a soybased ink
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The eco-amp's packaging is printed with a soybased ink

The eco-amp by Los Angeles-based company eco-made is an iPhone amplifier which eschews toxic plastics and a battery in favor of an environmentally friendly approach to portable amplification. Produced from 100 percent recycled paper, the eco-amp comes in a flat-pack and requires assembly on the part of the consumer.

Despite its name, the eco-amp really functions more like the horn from an old Gramophone player, as there’s no speaker cone or internal amplifier, just a cleverly folded piece of recycled paper which acts to increase the audible volume.

eco-made frankly confesses to holding unscientific listening tests when attempting to measure the eco-amp's amplification abilities, making use of an iPhone app to arrive at a suggested increase in perceptible volume of 30 dB. This is sure to leave audiophiles underwhelmed, but then your average audiophile probably isn't looking to amplify an iPhone in the first place.

The eco-amp is available for US$7.99 plus shipping, with each package containing two units. For more information on assembly, check out this instructional video from eco-made:

eco-amp Instructional Video

Source: eco-made Via: Design Milk

3 comments
dax
what's environmentally-friendly about more sound (noise?) in the environment.....
windykites
dax, don't be a wet blanket! This neat, clever and retro. I just wonder if the sound increase was genuine on the video. Also would a bigger horn make more volume? I know too big would be a nuisance, but just for an experiment. Good profit margin, I would guess.
onikoroshi
Dude - it's "passive" - it doesn't create MORE noise - it simply focuses the sound that the device can make. Arguably BETTER from a noise pollution perspective.