Go Nuts for the Amazonian iBean lossless digital audio player launched on Kickstarter

Forget the iPod, meet the iBean.

Yes, we thought we must be nuts when we read this…

From inside the pod comes iBean and iTagua,  the world’s first ‘lossless’ digital audio music players, designed using sustainably gathered, whole natural botanical casings from the Amazon Rainforest.

Launching on 1st August 2013 on Kickstarter,  the venture by London-based Cybotanics Ltd provides a new income stream to Colombia’s indigenous population and raises funds for the Fundacion Natura charity.  The first two products are manufactured in Seoul, Korea with final assembly in Bogota, Colombia.

The iTagua is made from the tagua nut known as ‘vegetable ivory’ because of its colour and properties which are almost identical to elephant ivory. Tagua nuts were used to make buttons before plastics but they are still used today for jewellery. The iBean comes from the resilient ‘sea bean’ gathered from beaches and riverbanks in the tropical north of the country. The seed can germinate up to one year after been washed up thousands of miles away.  Its unusual polycarbonate-like shell makes a natural and incredibly strong casing as an alternative to plastic.

cybotanics iBean and iTagua digital music players

“No two products are alike, each and every iBean and iTagua digital music player is a natural botanical wonder, skillfully fused with a cutting edge digital audio heart. Every single product is an individual work of art sculpted by nature.” Says Jim Campbell, Managing Director of Cybotanics Ltd.

Cybotanics is the first company worldwide, ever to do this without using any modern plastics or metals for the main fabric of their range of consumer products.  They have taken the direct opposite approach to existing mass-produced consumer electronic products and the incredibly tactile, hand-finished players are ethically sourced and assembled in Colombia providing new opportunities and revenue stream from materials readily available in tropical South America. The packaging is all sustainable, too, with coconut fibres,  balsa wood and bamboo.

Each 2GB or 4GB music player delivers ‘lossless’ digital audio by compressed file size without any loss of quality.

Price iBean: £39.99

Here’s some forest chillout music to sample:

Doesn’t sound so crazy, after all. Good luck.

iBean and iTagua creator announces future ‘lossless music’ content deal with Peter Gabriel’s legendary record label realworldrecords.com

Ibean and Real World Records Peter Gabriel

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