With a new year unfurling, the rustle of nature stirs outside, inviting fresh hope for what awaits.
The year of 2020 ushered in change swifter than an eagle descending on its prey, but with the shift in culture came some positive new habits. We exchanged long commutes for remote work and realised the potential of nature at home. Many of us began adapting our inner ecosystems to reflect the outdoors as both a balm for the senses and a respite from confinement.
This often meant cultivating gardens of potted shelves, herb terraces, hanging botanicals, and growing hydroponic harvests. But also included installing water features, adorning walls with nature art, and transforming small spaces into personal sanctuaries or studios to create, potter, and escape.
When your home space serves a dual purpose as studio and sanctuary, it is necessary to keep certain digital devices to hand for work. Unobtrusive utilities which enable us to communicate from home such as laptops and speakers are two which come to mind. The former stows easily in a desk and the latter repurposes nicely from online conference to resonating the sounds of nature.
A quality speaker not only makes communications easier, it fills a small space with a biophilic¹ atmosphere. Or put another way, it resonates the sounds of nature to envelop the senses. Like scent, sound is a visceral way to connect with the wild from afar.
We found the acoustic calibre of the Jabra Speak 710 an exceptional way to embrace nature at home. The full-duplex speaker, designed for professional and personal use, effortlessly switches from calls to music. Simply connect to an online music streaming service or music library on your mobile and experience the Hi Fi grade audio quality (cue BBC Nature).
It can pair with up to eight devices around your home (so intrusive tech can live outside your sanctuary), servicing two simultaneously. Certified for Microsoft Teams, the Speak proficiently caters to group video conferences, workshops, and classes and the call quality is second to none. An omni-directional microphone enables 360º audio pickup, meaning your calls will have crystal-clear audio. Whilst that’s great for the office, it’s also useful when you can’t physically connect with loved ones, as the immersive qualities help them feel closer.
Those who capture or work with natural soundscapes for film, podcast, symphonic production, or environmental research will appreciate the engineering of this portable microphone, as it picks up sounds from any angle to render authentic definition. Playback remains crystalline and undistorted, even at max volume. With a battery life of up to 15 hours, and a lightweight design (298g) which connects in seconds to your laptop, smartphone, or tablet via USB or Bluetooth®. You can also personalize your Speak with MS Cortana, Siri® or Google now™ helping to automate workflow and enhance user experience.
Jabra Speak 710 RRP $385 AU, available Jabra.com.au
¹ Biophilia is an innate affinity of life or living systems. The term was first used by Erich Fromm to describe a psychological orientation of being attracted to all that is alive and vital. Edward O. Wilson uses the term in a related sense when he suggests that biophilia describes “the connections that human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life.” He proposed the possibility that the deep affiliations humans have with other life forms and nature are part of our biology.