BOSEbuild

DIY Bluetooth Speaker Building Kit

DIY Speakers

It’s fascinating, educational, and fun to build your own speakers. BOSEbuild harnesses kids’ curiosity as they create a full-fledged Bluetooth speaker from the inside out.

They start with magnets and coils, then—with the help of an interactive app—assemble a robust, color-changing speaker. Instead of just following a mundane
list of instructions, games and experiments guide the way. Discovery becomes a byproduct of play.

BOSEbuild’s team of engineers wanted to make seemingly complex technology accessible. Making the speaker gets kids to touch, see, interact with, and understand its inner workings. Plus, the design begs to be taken apart and put back together.

Whether kids take the morning and a nook in the house to build on their own, or they share those “aha” moments with a parent or friend—with BOSEbuild, you're the maker.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Joe
    Joe

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce BOSEbuild to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    12/15/2016 10:11 AM

    I'm here in Bose R&D headquarters with Lee Zamir (pictured above) the man in charge of BOSEbuild and the inventor of the Speaker Cube. We would to hear any feedback you have about this new product and we're happy to answer any questions.

  • Chris
    Chris
    12/15/2016 10:57 AM

    @Joe

    Joe, it appears the circuit board is complete, and most of the building is the parts of the speaker and the box..is that correct?

  • Martha
    Martha
    12/15/2016 10:58 AM

    @Joe The photos have younger kids in them...how involved is the building and would it be too basic for a 14 year old that is involved in robotics.

  • Alan
    Alan
    12/15/2016 10:59 AM

    @Joe How in depth do the kits get, do the kids learn on how to solder?

  • Cecille
    Cecille
    12/15/2016 11:00 AM

    @Joe; I think this is a fabulous idea! I will have to save up to get it for my teenage son, but will definitely be getting one for him. I know he will get a lot of satisfaction out of building his own speaker!

  • candice
    candice
    12/15/2016 11:05 AM

    @Joe

    is this an actual "Bose" brand speaker when you are done?

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    12/15/2016 11:13 AM

    @Chris You are correct, the circuit board is complete and the assembly is about the final box... but the activities that precede these steps go into more detail about how speakers actually work. The app takes kids through hands on moments with a magnet and coil to have them discover the fundamental science behind how they work. And when they are all done, there is some personalization as well...

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    12/15/2016 11:17 AM

    @Martha – We find kids of all ages enjoy the activities that accompany the Speaker Cube. Older kids may consider the assembly of the final product ‘basic’ because it doesn’t require soldering or special tools, but they still seem to enjoy the activities that precede it… the learning about how speakers actually work. And everyone loves the lights in the speaker at the end!

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    12/15/2016 11:19 AM

    @Alan – The kids do not do any soldering as part of this experience… by choosing to use the same high-end components that you would find in other Bose products we made it impossible to solder by hand. This way we can also stand by the finished product though with our 2 year limited warranty.

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    12/15/2016 11:22 AM

    @Cecille Thanks for the support and feedback!!

    @Candice This speaker (when complete) sounds as good as other Bose products because we use the same components (electronics and transducer) and it was even tuned right here at Bose HQ. It was designed (acoustically) to be a great single-room sound system. Ideal for a kids bedroom or playroom area.

  • candice
    candice
    12/15/2016 12:28 PM

    @Joe

    thanks; sorry about duplicate question - I didn't think my first question went through

  • Chris
    Chris
    12/15/2016 10:59 AM

    So the circuit board is done, and not part of the assemble process? I grew up with radio shack circuit board kits...i loved that aspect of building electronics.

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    12/15/2016 11:28 AM

    @Chris - See the answer above about the circuit board, but we totally agree with you. We made the choice to not have kids do the soldering here for a few reasons: 1) We wanted this to be accessible to kids of all skill levels 2) We wanted to be able to stand behind the final product and ensure that it will last for years (ie no cold solder joints :) and 3) We wanted to use the best components in the design (that are impossible to hand solder) to ensure great sound performance and Bluetooth connectivity.

  • Valerie
    Valerie
    12/15/2016 11:04 AM

    Hello! What is the youngest age that would be appropriate for BOSEbuild?

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    12/15/2016 11:30 AM

    @Valerie – We recommend this product for kids 8 and older so that the kids can do it entirely on their own. If a parent sits down with a child and goes through the app and the whole experience, then we’ve seen kids as young as 5 really enjoy the whole experience and get a lot out of it.

  • Joseph
    Joseph
    12/15/2016 11:08 AM

    What is the recommended age range for the Speaker Cube assemblers?

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    12/15/2016 11:33 AM

    @ Joseph (great name!) The recommended range for the speaker is 8-14, but see my comment above about younger kids. We also see that older kids (and even those that are just kids at heart) enjoy the product as well.

  • candice
    candice
    12/15/2016 12:26 PM

    will this be an actual "Bose" speaker when done?

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    12/15/2016 12:32 PM

    @Candice This speaker (when complete) sounds as good as other Bose products because we use the same components (electronics and transducer) and it was even tuned right here at Bose HQ. It was designed (acoustically) to be a great single-room sound system. Ideal for a kids bedroom or playroom area.

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