Company Summary: Global consumer electronics company
The Challenge: Develop an acoustically transparent fabric that could provide aesthetics, protection, and durability for a cylindrical Bluetooth speaker. Speaker fabric is typically a delicate material, intended only to visually mask while allowing sound to pass through. This next-generation speaker required a material that had abrasion, impact durability, and waterproof features that could handle the wear and tear of being carried in a backpack.
The Solution: We looked at fabrics developed for backpacks and office chairs and found a solution woven from different yarn types and deniers that impart depth and richness. Despite being an open-weave structure, the highly durable yarns were able to protect the speaker’s interior from water while maintaining good sound transparency.