Looking like something out of the mad scientist lab at Teenage Engineering, the customizable Bluetooth speaker is a visual concept by artist and designer Max Quest. The design incorporates a LEGO-style brick/grid system that allows you to plug modules together to create the audio hardware you’re looking for. Building on an existing practice known as modular synthesis, Quest’s designs seek to create an ecosystem of visually identical modules, bringing them together to create a glorious mosaic greater than the sum of its parts.
Designer: Max Quest
Quest’s ecosystem modules cover a wide range of requirements, from consumers to professionals. At the very heart of the speaker is the audio driver itself, which can be plugged into a display (landscape or portrait orientation, depending on your needs). The speaker module itself comes with a volume knob, while playback control can be done either on your Bluetooth device or using the added touchscreen interface. However, things don’t end there. You can also add extra screens for notifications, turn your Bluetooth speaker into a smart hub, or opt for modules that let you play with your audio signal, like MIDI interfaces, etc. to effectively turn your speaker into a synthesizer or STEM player/mixer. .
Some of these add-ons echo a simplicity reminiscent of MP3 players from decades ago – rather fitting, given that Apple has finally bid farewell to the iPod today.
Quest’s design language remains one of my favorite things about this design. The raw yet dynamic appeal is a brilliant tip of the hat to Teenage Engineering’s “Fun-industrial” approach to design. Quest uses bright colors, simple shapes, and unusual CMF choices like stains, marbled plastic, and more. which give the enclosure an almost toy-like and positively delightful look.
Ultimately, the appeal of the customizable Bluetooth speaker is absolutely universal. Its colorful design and simplicity appeal to children and adults alike, and the ability to build a product that meets your unique needs makes it perfect for hobbyists and professionals alike.
Unfortunately, this speaker is only concept for now. Created more as a design exercise than a true proof of concept, Quest’s concept was designed to test its design and modeling skills. However, it would be fun if he decided to build a few prototypes, just for fun. A collaboration with Love Hultén, perhaps??