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Kickstarting: A Compact Speaker That Fits In Underused Corners

This portable speaker doesn’t need a surface to rest on.

  • <p>Tiptop, designed by a trio of Stanford D.School students, is a pyramid-shaped, Bluetooth speaker that mounts into the corner of a room.</p>
  • <p>All it takes is a single screw to set the magnetic mount, then the magnetic speaker pops right in--easy peasy.</p>
  • <p>The speaker itself doesn’t have to be mounted to play, plus a rechargeable lithium ion battery will last for 10 hours.</p>
  • <p>Tiptop was designed to project sound up and out when sitting on a flat surface.</p>
  • <p>Sticking a speaker in the corner of the room will free up some space on the shelf or desktop, and the sound quality is apparently great from that angle.</p>
  • 01 /05

    Tiptop, designed by a trio of Stanford D.School students, is a pyramid-shaped, Bluetooth speaker that mounts into the corner of a room.

  • 02 /05

    All it takes is a single screw to set the magnetic mount, then the magnetic speaker pops right in--easy peasy.

  • 03 /05

    The speaker itself doesn’t have to be mounted to play, plus a rechargeable lithium ion battery will last for 10 hours.

  • 04 /05

    Tiptop was designed to project sound up and out when sitting on a flat surface.

  • 05 /05

    Sticking a speaker in the corner of the room will free up some space on the shelf or desktop, and the sound quality is apparently great from that angle.

Alex Walker, Jack Brody, and Madeleine Thompson are all fourth-year product design students at the Stanford D.School. During the course’s capstone class, the trio teamed up to take a single concept from ideation to realization, and after a few false starts, inspiration emerged from the void—specifically, the empty, unused interior space where walls and ceiling meet. Tiptop is their finished product (currently in Kickstarter mode), a triangular bluetooth speaker that positions snugly in the corner, maximizing acoustics and making your sweet, sweet music sound even better.

Aesthetically, the clean lines, solid colors, and perforated screen are Jambox-esque, but the new angles give Tiptop an interesting edge. A single screw will keep the magnetic mount in place, the magnetic speaker will pop right in, and its rechargeable lithium ion battery will last for 10 hours of high-volume tuneage. The pyramid itself is completely portable as well, projecting your chosen playlist up and out when set on a desktop or shelf.

Tiptop seems especially handy for teeny apartments (or dorms, natch) where spare surface areas are scarce—though upstairs and next-door neighbors might not be into the speaker’s super-close adjacency.

Contribute to Tiptop’s Kickstarter campaign here.