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Used Wimbledon Tennis Balls Converted to Speakers

Picture of Michael LoRé
Sports Editor
Updated: 11 July 2017
Ever wonder what happens to the thousands of tennis balls used at an event like Wimbledon? Many of them are sold to fans as keepsakes. Others are now converted into bluetooth speakers.

London-based company hearO, created Richard Moss, takes these tennis balls and turns them into functional keepsakes for tennis fans. The company says a tennis ball’s hollow interior and toughness provides a perfect protective covering for personal electronic devices.

The electronics are engineered in France, while the cutting, assembling and packaging is done in Britain.

HearO launched a Kickstarter campaign in Nov. 2016, raising £40,712 from 249 backers, slightly above the goal of £40,000.

The hearO bluetooth speaker features one-button functionality
The hearO bluetooth speaker features one-button functionality | © hearO

According to their press release, “hearO reimagines a once-forgotten object into a product with value and purpose.”

The first edition of the hearO speaker, which costs £60, is made from used 2016 Wimbledon balls. The product features one-button functionality and can be paired with any media device. It comes with a charging cradle, USB cable and tin.

Technical specifications
Speaker: 3W
Frequency: 100Hz-20kHz
Input: DC 5V
Pairing: Bluetooth 4.1
Battery: 500mAh