A HISTORY OF THE BLUE ROOM
Future Shape Of Sound
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1998 • WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRACTION

REBIRTH OF THE MINIPOD

As Blue Room Loudspeakers separated from B&W in 1996 to become its own entity, the search for new production partners led to create the MiniPod from high stiffness, recyclable ABS plastic in Denmark.

Some improvements to the general functionality poured into the new MiniPod model. These included a much-needed makeover to the delicate nature of the working drivers from B&W. Child proof tweeters and driver domes were built into the new specification as a solution to counter any accidental damage from the exposed drivers.

Martin de Saulles worked on the revised acoustic design and managed the integration of production with Scandyna in Billund, Denmark.  He also reworked the Sputnik spikes fixing mechanism with his brother.

Martin De Saulles and Robert Trunz created the bracket mechanism for what would be the omnimount wall bracket. My contribution was that the bracket should continue the shape of the MiniPod, like the TechnoPod, by rounding off the MiniPod cabinet at the bottom.

The new manufacturing conditions allowed us to experiment with a spectrum of colours and finishes, including transparent plastics. We celebrated this with the unique Lucente edition. 

To keep up with demand and as the production volume increased, robot arms replaced human ones to meticulously paint the MiniPod cabinets in a dedicated spraying facility in Denmark.

The electronic arm was programmed to retrace the hand movements of a master painter with thirty years experience. It was able to work around the clock with no breaks, which was both terrifying in a dystopian 'Terminator' type way and technologically fascinating at the same time.