Meet the KitSound inventor who brought the idea of an elevated speaker to life…
The powerful little Diggit Bluetooth outdoor speaker is the creation of Product Design Executive Aaron Oxenham. We were lucky enough to grab a chat to ask him about the Diggit, and why creating an off-the-ground speaker has become one of his proudest moments:
‘Product Design Executive’ sounds pretty fancy. What exactly do you do at KitSound?
“My role at KitSound is to design, innovate and make sure we stay competitive within the market by researching trends, designing concepts, and looking at future technologies.”
“It’s exciting to be part of the design process, and to see the final product when it is released to the consumer. I then work closely with our suppliers to ensure our intended design is fully brought to life.”
So, what was the inspiration behind the Diggit?
“Not too long ago I was lucky enough to be skiing in Chamonix, France. It was whilst sat on the snow listening to music that I noticed my portable speaker was not projecting music as well as it should. Plus it was getting wet in the process!
“When I returned to the UK, I was sunning myself at the beach and listening to music, when I noticed a similar problem. This time, as well as being muffled by the ground, my speaker was also getting dirty from sitting in the sand. I knew right then, this was a problem that needed solving.
“But it wasn’t until I was at home, and noticed the cool look of our solar lights in the garden, when the full vision of the Diggit came into my mind. I immediately pictured a real niche, wood-effect, slim speaker that would work in any environment, from the slopes, to the beach, and back home again.”
How did the Diggit evolve from your initial idea?
“The original design was actually made from oak, which we eventually swapped for a more eco-friendly material with better aesthetics and improved durability. But by far the biggest challenge was making sure the sound performance wasn’t compromised when keeping the Diggit portable and small enough to take anywhere.”
“As the prototypes developed, the LED light ring really improved in brightness and clarity, and we worked hard to make sure the fitting of the stake was simple, user-friendly and tough. I even remember at one point the Diggit was dancing across the table because there was no rubber base, another important addition!
“Although the Diggit has changed quite a bit in colour, finish, and material, it still kept its natural look and great portability, so we are all over the moon with the end result. Not only does it produce impressive audio, it is dead easy to carry around and pop in the ground.”
This might be like picking your favourite child, but which is your favourite Diggit feature?
“When I designed the Diggit I wanted it to have all the features and extras that were missing in the market, so it is difficult to narrow it down to one. It’s cheating, but my “top three” would have to be the removable stake, the light ring, and the wood-effect finish. These are the things I think separate the Diggit from the rest of the Bluetooth speaker market. Plus the name is fun to say!
Thanks Aaron! Is there anything else you wanted to say to the KitSound community?
“I just want to really thank everyone that has bought a Diggit already. It’s amazing to know there are plenty of people enjoying my design. I only hope it helps them create some great music memories. Don’t forget to take some pics of your Diggit and post them using #GODIGGIT.”
As our home is on the south coast, with golden beaches and green parks right round the corner, we are always inspired by ideas that take listening to music outside. We love to make hearing your favourite tunes on the move fun and easy, but also deliver quality that is built to last.
Click here to find out more about the Diggit!