Polk BOOM Hydrosonic

Polk BOOM Hydrosonic is a speaker/bottle hybrid designed to bring new life to the Polk BOOM side brand. I developed this over a week-long design sprint.

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What is Polk BOOM?

Polk BOOM is the sports expansion to the legendary Polk Audio. How might we create a product to redefine the potential of this sub-brand? In addition to this, how can we bring Polk’s signature water resistant, dirt proof, drop proof audio to a domain of sports not previously explored?

What makes a successful design for BOOM?

Polk BOOM is the sports expansion to the legendary Polk Audio. How might we create a product to redefine the potential of this sub-brand? In addition to this, how can we bring Polk’s signature water resistant, dirt proof, drop proof audio to a domain of sports not previously explored?

What untapped potential exists to create a speaker with something new?

Identifying Universally-Shared Gear

A hybrid product would expand the use cases of the product, depending on what function the speaker is paired with. Outdoor sports employ a wide range of equipment.

What product pairing would have the largest market reach for a Polk BOOM Speaker?

Hydration remains essential to all sports, a water bottle would be the perfect intersection of any athletic market.

Ideation - Primary

Initial Focuses

Detachable Speaker

Cap Hooks

Rubber Grips

Ideation - Secondary

Cap hooks were abandoned to preserve the size of the cap, as well as the overall bottle shape. A few concepts were explored based on visual appeal and the practicality of where the rubber grip should be relative the glossy upper half.

The bottleneck shape was also explored, as it could potentially add a draft that could disrupt the form language if too sharp or too bulbous. 

Ideation - Final Design

Cap

Stainless steel

 

Bottle

A glossy hard plastic upper half and a soft plastic rubber lower half, for added grip.

 

Speaker

Soft rubber speaker, same as the shock-proof material used in other Polk BOOM portable audio products.

Final Design

The cap incorporates the dot matrix from the Polk BOOM speaker mesh for added grip/texture.

A 2.5” Bluetooth speaker that brings the same water, dirt, and shock-proof tech that Polk BOOM is known for.

20 oz insulated water bottle to keep water cold, with a rubber grip to keep hydration in your hands 

Snaps and magnets combine functionally for a tight and secure hold

Thank you!