Nalo is a 3D printed wireless speaker that is planted in the ground and encourages people to reconnect with their physical environment. The movement of its internal fluid is inspired by the transportation of liquid within plants. This fluid responds to the layers of Nalo's 3D printed stem.
A method of creating a double-wall profile with a cavity inside was discovered through many digital iterations and 3D printing experiments. This cavity is thin enough to allow the fluid to move through capillary action, responding to the lines of the printed layers.
The tube is designed to concentrate sound in a small radius to draw users closer to the speaker and therefore closer to nature.
The dynamic material qualities of Nalo highlight the elegance and innovation of this new listening experience. The project demonstrates how 3D printing can be used beyond a prototyping method.