Before anything else, we just need to get this out in the open: we’re not really fans of tiny mobile speakers. Sure, we all use them when we have to – their size alone makes them pretty handy to lug around for sharing music, and besides, you can’t avoid them since they’re built into everything these days – but given a choice, we’d rather carry a bit of extra bulk or just go with a nice pair of earphones than deal with the usually tinny sound quality. The Vers 1Q just might be the first tiny speaker kit to get us excited though; initially because it looks awesome, but also because we love wireless stuff.
Measuring 3-inches across all sides, the Vers 1Q’s cabinet is made of a 6mm-thick wooden chamber (it’s made of walnut and bamboo) that should naturally sound better than your average plastic mobile kit. Besides the 2-inch driver, the three-inch cube also packs in its own internal rechargeable battery that’s rated to last 10 hours, as well as built-in Bluetooth to help keep the package neat and clutter-free.
It offers a wireless range of 30 feet that allows you to move around without being tied to wires, but in case you need to hook up a non-wireless source, the Vers 1Q also features a standard 3.5mm Aux in connection. For people who want a little bit more sound, the 1Q also comes with an “auto-switching” feature that converts a single (mono) speaker into stereo when you plug in a second 1Q speaker.
It’s currently listed as an ongoing project on Kickstarter, but since they’ve already hit their funding goal of $10,000 (they’ve already hit more than five times that amount), this is good to go. Pledges start at $95 for a 1Q made with either bamboo or walnut, while a $125 pledge gets you a limited edition 1Q in Red Beech in November.
Oh, and if you’re an eco-guy concerned about all the use of wood, here’s something to make you feel better: they’re working with the Arbor Day foundation, and have pledged to plant one tree for each 1Q delivered through Kickstarter.