Nonlinear’s head designer Evan Clabots conceived the lightweight, recyclable ABS plastic ear to correct what many might see as a design flaw in Apple’s tablet: a back-facing speaker, which offers less-than-optimal sound without the reliance on other stereo devices. The intelligible Amplifiear comes outfitted with a tension clip for fitting both the newest iPad model and the iPad2, and slips onto the tablet’s top corner. Like a mini amphitheater, it draws its sound-increasing power from basic physical acoustics.
Easy to transport and instantly functional, Amplifiear is an impressive example of simplified design. Th eAmplifiear project will remain on Kickstarter for funding, and once successful will be produced stateside in Minnesota. (via)