You know what happens when nature-loving types invest in audio equipment for their homes? We don't either, but the concept Tree Stump Speaker might be something they'd be keen on.
With two potential designs, a tabletop version and one that's meant to be wall mounted, Danish industrial designer Thomas Laenner has come up with an interesting and arguably practical design. Take the wall-mounted version, for example. It features an iPhone/iPod dock that looks like a tree branch. The tabletop version, however, seems to utilize good old 3.5mm audio input jacks.
Two 4-inch drivers, which appear to be full-range types, would be pumping out the smooth sounds of Mother Nature (and hopefully more).
We think this design promises acceptable audio quality if the "trunks" were hollow and a bass-reflex port was thrown in somewhere. Here's hoping some speaker manufacturer finds out about Laenner's concept--and that it won't be Bang & Olufsen, so we could actually afford one.