The Stockholm and Shanghai-based tech duet Trippy has just launched their first product – and a crowdfunding campaign of it – The Trippy speaker. Trippy is an innovative portable speaker that takes all the hassle out of mobile DJ’ing. It is powered with Place and Play technology, meaning that it doesn’t need to be paired with Bluetooth – you can simply put your smartphone on Trippy to play your music through a magnetic sound system. With no pairing needed, there’s no annoying Bluetooth issues to put a damper on the party – users just pick a song, press play, place their smartphone on Trippy – and enjoy the music.
It is hard not to admit Trippy’s functional and minimalistic Scandinavian design that looks great in any room at home. It would also be perfect for trips, parties and get-together outdoors. Trippy is crafted out of organic bamboo, a material chosen both for its acoustic qualities and its sustainable nature – the carbonated bamboo has a slightly dark, and sophisticated aesthetic, and the cloth on the speakers comes in different colours.
Trippy was co-founded in 2016 by Alexander Ocieczek and Erik Larsson, two friends based on each side of the globe. Alexander works in management consulting in Shanghai, and Erik works in a law firm in Stockholm. Their love for music and product design led them to their passion project Trippy, which is now fully prototyped, refined, rested and ready to go.
“We have collaborated with professional sound technicians and product developers based in Shenzhen, China.” – comments Erik Larsson, co-founder of Trippy
To our question how founders are going to manage the project while being busy with their full time jobs, he answered that they have not really given it a thought. “We are fully committed to the product and want to see where it can take us!” – says Larsson.
To take pre-orders for a large scale production, the company has decided to launch on Kickstarter, where Trippy is available to pre-order, starting from $ 70 for early bird backers. For the first two days, the speaker will be available for pre-orders at a 40% discount.