Boom Bench

German designer [Michael Schoner] of NL Architects turned an ordinary street bench into a public sound system that can be accessed by passersby with iPods and cellphones with Bluetooth. Boom Bench features 60 watt co-axial speakers, two subwoofers, and a bass shaker in the seat that’ll allow you to feel the vibrations of your music choices. It was on display in Amsterdam last month for the Urban Play event. It remains to be seen whether this new urban development will make your daily wait for the bus more entertaining or aggravating.

[via Notcot]

Comments

  1. Edward Nardella says:

    Dude this is exactly the type of thing that GRL is into. Along with me and my buddies. Gives me some cool ideas!

    Imagine interfacing one of these with a cordless phone or cell phone sniffer, could be loads of fun!

  2. Terramoto says:

    very cool! I think im going to try this in my school

  3. unclebob says:

    uwhm i spotted a mistake it isnt german but dutch:P amsterdam is the capital of the netherlands:P >> Dutch
    but afterall a cool gadget

  4. devonlazarus says:

    @unclebob

    it couldn’t be a german living in the nederlands, could it?

    http://www.michaelschoner.de/

  5. Christopher Reitmann says:

    ummm….If that was an Ipod it was a clone…er…bad clone. Clearly mimics the iPod, but says SAMSUNG…yeah….

  6. tjh says:

    coming soon – a hack to make dutch enjoy better music

  7. octelcogopod says:

    the song from the beginning is called “hey blondie” (by amon tobin) fyi

  8. Matthew says:

    I can just imagine the bench’s creators coming back to find an empty shell, robbed of all its costly electronics. Now, its just a bench with uncomfortable holes in it.

  9. Alcoholic says:

    It either gets robbed, or every time you go there you’ve got a crowd of trendy hipsters wearing girl pants listening to My Chemical Romance on it.

  10. maathieu says:

    I can imagine a gazillion problems with the RIAA and DRM… “What, you’re doing a public performance of our music, and we’re not getting [lp]aid???”

  11. skeptic says:

    Cool idea that could possibly be employed at a skate park or something if you could reinforce it and make it vandal-proof…

    But bus stops and anywhere else? Regulations aside, I imagine only public disturbance issues here.

    Better off making massaging benches…

  12. Kitty Kat says:

    The boombench is already widely available in Holland.
    Just hop on a train or bus and their always will be some north-african tosser behind you playing 50 cents or any other rap-crap on a loud volume.
    Maybe they can park some of these benches in Kanaleneiland. With a little modification it should be able to elektrocute 4 or more local heroes.

  13. JKTikka says:

    The other song is “Dom Rimini – Let Me Back Up (Crookers Remix)” if anyone wanted to know

  14. octelcogopod says:

    racists gtfo

  15. monty says:

    “You’re wasting white mans electricity, you Rastafarian-chocolate-drop!”

  16. babymilo says:

    hack

  17. inprison says:

    toi van toi hjk

  18. Ed says:

    Cool, but this being in the Netherlands it probably wont last more than a few days before hang arounds will have demolished it

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