17 Wood Inspired Products: When Tech Meets Nature

Wood, as the cover material for everyday appliances is almost not used nowadays. Plastics are cheaper, easier to produce, faster – they suit well for mass production. Real wood is still can be found from exclusive furniture producers (regular furniture is made from plywood or laminated sheets).Technologies of producing beautiful things from wood suffered greatly. They are almost, not almost, just forgotten. While in this post, we will bring up some interesting designs which are made out of wood. Maybe not be really high-tech, but it’s still glad to see those products connect tech and nature together, bring us some freshness.

Wooden Robot Man Like Dancing [link]

Nothing high-tech, but sweet wooden craft. Here is our robot without all the bells and whistles! This little dude can do it all, but he particularly likes to dance! Inspired by traditional Japanese joinery, his wooden frame and elastic muscles enable him to hold all sorts of poses. Folds neatly into a cube for rest time. Just so lovely! I want one for sure.

Wooden Robot Man Like Dancing

Lightweight Wood Clip-on Headphones [amazon]

These dynamic headphones offer a secure, comfortable ear-fitting design and an innovative sliding axis for easy adjustment and a truly custom fit. The earphones swivel open and click into place, on a sleek vertical hinge. The impressive 28 mm neodymium magnets project powerful sound, while offering a truly custom fit. Wooden housing made of Japan’s finest Hokkaido cherry gives you superior build quality and finish. The comfortable clip-on design with soft rubber support loops and large ear hangers enables long hours of listening without fatigue.

Lightweight Wood Clip-on Headphones
Hand Carved Wooden Sneakers [link]

Paul Coudamy, a talented French architect, has designed a series of hand sculpted wooden sneakers for K-Swiss footwear company.

Hand Carved Wooden Sneakers
Wooden Clothes Hanger – Pick up wood [link]

Sometimes design is about new behavior, not new product. Thinking beyond recycling, why waste energy shaping wood when nature is already doing such a good job ? Sold by sets of 5, these hanger hooks require you take a walk in a natural environment to complete the object with some fallen branches.

Wooden Clothes Hanger - Pick up wood
Motz Tiny Wooden Speaker (Bulid-in FM Radio) for iPod and MP3 Player [link]

Made of wood and 100% handicraft products, this Tiny Acorn speaker produces rich sound. Includes a USB connector for charging and a standard jack to connect to audio sources.

• Motz speaker are made of natural cut apricots
• Features, such as portable devices and portable external speakers and FM radio function
• Built-in rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery. You can always use port charges
• Nuts shapes and sizes
• Channel auto-scan mode and listen to radio broadcasts.

Motz Tiny Wooden Speaker (Bulid-in FM Radio) for iPod and MP3 Player
iPhone/iPod docking station [discontinued]

Re-connect with nature as you charge your apple devices.

handmade of cedar….looks, feels and smells amazing! compatible with all iphones and all ipod devices(except shuffle). The docking stations use a standard USB plug, so it can be used to charge and sync with a computer. If it is for an iPhone, it came with an adapter to plug into the wall for charging.

iPhone/iPod docking station
Wooden Laptop Case [link]

Designed by Rainer Spehl, creative wooden laptop case with magnetic lock and leather lining for Apple MacBook and 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Wooden Laptop Case
Trexta Wood and Leather Series Snap-On Case for iPhone 3G and 3GS [amazon]

Cover, hold, touch, feel, protect, something from the past, something into the future… warm yet rigid, natural feel in a strong structure, it is different it is unique, it is expressive? The real wood, genuine leather and handcrafted stitching, reminiscent of a luxury automobile, a yacht, an antique, or a technology of the future, a glimpse of things yet to come… At Trexta we are taking accessories in to the next level!

Trexta Wood and Leather Series Snap-On Case for iPhone 3G and 3GS
Tiny Wooden Emotion Speaker (Bulid-in FM Radio) [discontinued]

Made of wood and 100% handicraft products, this Tiny Wooden Emotion Speaker produces rich sound. Includes a USB connector for charging and a standard jack to connect to audio sources.

• Motz speaker are made of natural cut apricots and 100% made in handicraft
• Features, such as portable devices and portable external speakers and FM radio function
• Built-in rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery. You can always use port charges
• Classics style shapes and sizes
• Built-in antenna
• Channel auto-scan mode and listen to radio broadcasts.

Tiny Wooden Emotion Speaker (Bulid-in FM Radio)
Wooden Computer Keyboard [link]

Japanese electronics company Marubeni Infotec recently showed off a line of peripherals which are made out of wood.

Wooden Computer Keyboard
Wooden Animal USB [link]

Five lovely wooden animal USB (elephant hippo pig dog and swan).

Wooden Animal USB
Jupiter Mouse – Wooden Computer Mouse [link]

This wooden mouse is handmade from Chinese flowering ash in Japan’s rural Gunma prefecture and earns its name from the natural wood grain swirls and click button that resembles the largest planet’s famous spot.

The innovative design, however, isn’t limited to form: the cursor moves in direction and velocity according to the tilt of the spherical mouse, which rests comfortably in the palm of your hand. The Jupiter mouse not only brings a refreshing natural element to your desk bit also offers an exciting new approach to navigating your computer screen.

Jupiter Mouse - Wooden Computer Mouse
Steampunk Wooden Laptop [link]

This may look like a Victorian music box, but inside this intricately hand-crafted wooden case lives a Hewlett-Packard ZT1000 laptop that runs both Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux. It features an elaborate display of clockworks under glass, engraved brass accents, claw feet, an antiqued copper keyboard and mouse, leather wrist pads, and customized wireless network card. The machine turns on with an antique clock-winding key by way of a custom-built ratcheting switch made from old clock parts.

Steampunk Wooden Laptop
Russian wooden clocks of the 19th century [link]

Such Russian clocks were produced by the Bronnikov family from Russia. For three generations they mastered their skills on crafting light-weight fully functional wooden pocket clocks. While the price of such wooden clocks exceeded of those of gold. Not many of those survived Russian revolution and communist reign. Those who did are a rare guest of antique shops priced at around $20,000 for each.

Russian wooden clocks of the 19th century
Oooms Wooden Memory Sticks [link]

These Wooden Memory Sticks by Oooms had me laughing out loud when I first saw them. Maybe it’s because they’re so life-like that it brought to mind visions of shoving a stick into my computer and expecting it to store my data for me. And they look so realistic because they are real — they’re handpicked branches from the woods that are professionally handcrafted into USB storage discs.

Available in 256 mb, 512 mb, 1 Gb, and 2 Gb memory sizes and measuring about 2cm x 2cm x 10cm, they cost between 45 and 80 euros each. All laughter aside, it’s a really neat idea.

Oooms Wooden Memory Sticks
Kikkerland Clap-On Cube Wooden Alarm Clock [amazon]

Clap-On Cube Alarm Clock from Kikkerland. Wood veneer with red LED digital time. Clap your hands to make time appear.

Kikkerland Clap-On Cube Wooden Alarm Clock
Asus Ecobook [link]

With the ASUS Ecobook, the computer manufacturer is trying for a laptop that is as friendly to the environment as it looks — ASUS is shooting for the sum of the Ecobook’s parts to be 50% recyclable. To reflect this environmentally-minded design philosophy, the Ecobook is covered with smooth strips of bamboo.

Asus Ecobook

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