There is no denying the fact that the iPod has dominated the PMPindustry right from its inception. This level of popularity has madeseveral design houses and manufacturers develop products that are aimedat making the player’s user experience much better. The market isflooded with excellent docks that do everything from charging yourplayer to playing the content on much powerful speakers. Here we’vecollected 10 such docks that have been designed especially for those who want to better the player’s experience without hurting their greenlifestyles:
• Wood Music Speaker Dock:
This wooden music dock for the iPod has been made from salvaged timber withholes drilled into the log to make space for the speakers and theelectronics. The elegant design and the recycled aesthetics make itdesirable for all those who love to possess uncommon and sustainablegadgets to refine their homes interiors.
• Regen ReVerb:
The ReVerb by Regen is a gigantic iPod dock that is powered by solar-energy.Measuring 3 feet in length, the dock kicks out the equivalent of 60W and carries a backlit LCD display to keep you informed about the status ofthe player. The company believes that the system can work for threehours after three hours of exposure or about six hours of indoor lightexposure.
• Solar iPod Dock:
Designed by Tom Pritchard, the Solar iPod Dock harvests solar energy to play the music on an iPod. Thedesign includes two speakers which can run in passive mode from any iPod or iPhone attached to it. However, when sufficient light hits the solar cells, which are mounted on the rear of the speakers, the built-inamplifier turns on and boosts the volume and charges the docked iPod aswell.
• Vers 2X:
The Vers 2X iPod Dock allows you to express your music choice to the worldin an eco-friendly fashion. Encased in a sweet looking cherry-veneeredwooden cabinet with wood from sustainable plantains-the 2X is anaturally good-looking piece of kit, standing out from its surgicallyenhanced pouty plastic counterparts in the dock market. It almost givesyou the feel of going back in time to the ’70s. But the technologyinside it promises awesome sound quality. This is achieved courtesy ofits 3-inch full range speakers offering 20 watts per channel and class-D amplifier.
• Soulra iPod Dock:
The Soulra iPod speaker features a full-range 8W RMS speaker that draws powerfrom an onboard solar panel. Packed inside a water-resistant body, thedock offers 7 hours of continuous iPod play on a fully charged battery.
• Vers 1.5R iPod Dock and Speaker:
The Vers 1.5 iPod Dock works as an alarm clock and an AM/FM radio. The dockis handcrafted in a week from sustainably harvested bamboo and walnut.
• Cardboard iPod Dock:
Designed by Suck UK, this sustainable iPod dock comes in the form of a mini boombox that has been crafted from cardboard. The system comes flat packed and features actualspeakers that are powered by four AA batteries.
• iBoo iPod Dock:
The iBoo iPod Dockis a sensor remote controlled sound system, which incorporates a 9Wsubwoofer along with two speakers and a 3.5mm input jack for connectingwhatever else you might see fit. The dock is free from all toxiccompounds established by RoHS.
• Industrial iPod Dock:
The Industrial iPod Dock has been made using electrical parts found around whilesifting through bins of rusty old parts at the secondhand hardwarestore.
• Regen ReNu Solar iPod Dock:
The ReNu system by Regen is a freestanding power module containing solar cells, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and an intelligent user interface. The solar panel can either be hung or placed in direct light to harvestsolar energy. When fully charged the device can be connected with one of the several extensions to charge a wide range of gadgets.