Chatting happily over a sumptuous dinner on the balcony, you bask in the warm summer breeze that blows gently past, sipping your wine and enjoying the company of a few special friends. The day is nearing dusk, so you reach over to light a candle and, as you do, soft music magically wafts from the candle holder, adding to the elegant mood. Your friends are impressed, and the evening is a hit. But where did that music come from? It came from Pelty, a Bluetooth-enabled, candle-powered speaker with an inbuilt thermoelectric converter that lets you play music streamed from your phone without the need for batteries or cables.
Outdoor Tech is no stranger to the world of crowd funding. It's used Kickstarter to get past products like the Turtle Shell
speaker off the ground. Now it's back with a bigger version of the Turtle that it calls, quite simply, the BIG Turtle Shell. This speaker brings more sound to the park and beach and packs enough power to double as a portable charger.
Today's vast array of devices for listening to music means that it is increasingly difficult to decide what to listen to or which audio player should be used to play favorite tunes. A new company has unveiled a device that aims to simplify the process. Aether's Cone speaker learns what music a user likes over time and plays it without any fuss.
As evidenced by its Wall of Sound
and Wall of Sound 2
iPod docks, Studio Total (ST) doesn't do things by halves. The agency has now taken its speaker creations and crammed them into a Cocoon 1
to create the AudioOrb, a speaker you can actually get inside.
We've already seen bike stereos that mount in the water bottle cage
, in the helmet
, and on the handlebars
. BikeBeatz, however, sits over the back wheel on an included rear rack. Also making it unique are the facts that it's huge
, and damn loud.
Nic Wallenberg's The Human Speaker is a curious electrical collar that allows you to vocalize electronic sounds without using your voicebox.
As the name suggests, Outdoor Tech makes rugged gear that lets people use their gadgets in somewhat harsh environments, and the new products it brought to CE Week are no exception. While the Buckshot wireless speaker and the Safe 5 waterproof iPhone case are sure to appeal to the active gadget enthusiast, the limelight belongs to the company's touch-controlled Privates headphones.
The near-ubiquity of smartphones has led to a boom in the Bluetooth speaker market, and consumers are spoiled for choice. How then can a manufacturer hope to attract attention in such an over-saturated space? Scosche reckons it's got the answer with boomBOTTLE: a rugged and portable Bluetooth speaker.
I think it's fair to say that if you want a Bluetooth loudspeaker to stream music from your phone or player, the marketplace is somewhat generous with its choices. To stand out and be noticed, manufacturers need to add something extra to the pot – such as being able to change shape like the novel Transformative Bluetooth Hi-Fi System
or really feeling the beat with the ONBEAT-X1
portable speaker. Taiwan's Yantouch has taken a decidedly more visually-stimulating route with its third-generation Black Diamond speaker, and Gizmag spent the last few weeks being mesmerized by its stunning light show.