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.
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.
Input: DC 5V
Pairing: Bluetooth 4.1