Halo Speaker

Halo Speaker


Fall 2022

14 Weeks


Create a fully functional speaker out of existing components.


Model Shop


It Plays!

Song: Piel Canela by Bobby Capó

Understanding the Original Components

Prototype 1 Goals

Understanding how the original Speaker works

Learning how to seal components for better sound quality

Learning and experimenting on the machines in the shop

Learning about the components

We took apart the Sony SRS-XB23, portable speaker, to learn how the components worked together, and learn how the speaker was sealed and put together.

Reverse Engineering

Quick mockups to learn how the components interact with each other, to keep in mind when I design my own.

Brain Storming

  • Inspiration

    The inspiration for this project’s design was mostly cheese. I think I might’ve been a little hungry.

  • Environment

    Since it was inspired by food, it would look great in a kitchen.

Visual models

Created a variety of models to indicate the visual language of the speaker.

Functional Models

How can I fit in the components of the speaker in the circular shape that I need?

  • Variation 1


    Charge port is placed near connector


    CB on top of Radiator

    No way to separate for seal

    Battery not protected

  • Variation 2


    Components fit


    Battery is more secure

    Still unable to seal properly

    Only fits one radiator

  • Variation 3


    Can fit two radiators

    Well sealed


    No space for charge port

    Attaching battery to seal might be complicated

  • Variation 4


    Placing of the buttons works

    Drivers are sealed with radiator


    Chargeport is tilted

    Vacuum form takes up too much space

  • Variation 5


    More space to seal vacuum form


    Placing battery on top increases thickness of speaker

    Doesn't solve vacuum form problem

  • Variation 6


    Seal is provided by outer ring

    Radiator is placed on the back of the speaker


    Unsure of battery placement

    All of the buttons have to be tailored to form

Semi-Final Variation


There was no space for piece 8 and the seal. I created piece 18 to hold the Halo together, but this made the Halo purely aesthetic, which wasn't my goal.

Final Variation


Piece 15 solves the problem, it gives the Halo a function, so it can hold the seal while also giving it the suspended feeling without the need of screws and extra pieces.

Final Variation


Take a look at the final speaker from the inside!

Reference Drawing

The orthographic drawings were especially useful for the construction of the model, they served as reference and for double checking measurements.

How it Assembles

Notes on Designing the Springboard

Rough progress on how the springboard was refined.

The Halo

Making the Halo required math and creativity to make it fit functionally into the design.

Mill and Lathe

The mill and the lathe were especially useful during the course of this project. I could say I became very versatile in them.


I learned how to sand and polish paint, to create a very shiny, smooth finish.

Halo Speaker

Halo Speaker

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Rosela Hinojosa | 2023

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