Unfortunately, as our collection of consumer gadgetry increases, so does the number of different power charging cables piled up at the edge of the desk. Hong Kong's M&C Lighting t'Light desk lamps promise to help reduce the tangled mound by incorporating charging ports in the base. Each of the company's four models packs a USB charging port and comes supplied with multi-tip cables compatible with various brand mobile phones and notebooks. Two of them also have an integrated iPod/iPhone dock and a power outlet for notebooks, and there's one with built-in stereo speakers.
Whether you like to sing along to your favorite tunes while in the shower, or just listen to them, speakers and water don’t usually mix. You could try using a waterproof iPod shuffle
, but where would you clip it? Instead, you might want to go with Kohler’s new Moxie shower head, that features a built-in wireless waterproof speaker.
Grace Digital is following the release of a speaker dock specifically designed for Amazon's Kindle Fire called the MatchStick
, with the launch of the gdock for Samsung Galaxy and Note devices.
We’ve seen plenty of iPhone and iPad chargers that harness power from eco-friendly sources such as wind
), but Zurich-based Micasa Lab has turned to a different, relatively (but not completely
) untapped energy source to keep the juice flowing in iOS devices – the rocking chair. But the iRock Rocking Chair doesn’t just use the power generated via rocking back and forth to charge iOS devices, it also powers speakers built into the chair’s backrest.
B&O Play could be described as the hip, contemporary arm of Bang & Olufsen. That ethos is certainly reflected in the company’s soon-to-be-available streaming wireless speaker, the BeoPlay A9. Unlike traditional boxy speakers, it’s flat(ish), it’s round, and it’s designed to be looked at as much as listened to.
The Outdoor Technology Turtle Shell speaker, which was announced at CES in January, is edging closer to availability. Last week, Outdoor Technology showed the model at the Interbike trade show and launched a Kickstarter campaign designed to get the speaker into cyclists' hands by next month.
The audiophiles at Bowers & Wilkins have announced two brand new speakers – the A5 and A7 – that are designed to work with Apple's wireless AirPlay technology. This allows them to achieve a cleaner look due to the lack of a dock or protruding auxiliary cables. It also means you can carry your iPhone or iPad around with you and keep the music playing, provided you are within Wi-Fi range of course.
and from vests
to shoulder harnesses
, it seems speaker design knows no bounds. London-based audio product manufacturer DBEST has provided yet another twist to the saga with its aptly named Transformative Bluetooth Hi-Fi System that can go from a circle to an elongated snake form factor with a twist and turn of its speakers.
Nokia has announced a new range of cylindrical, wireless speakers for use with its Lumia smartphones, which have been created in partnership with audio specialist JBL. The range is the first of a collaboration between the two companies and was inspired by a previous series called Play 360°, which was also cylindrical.
Wouldn’t it be nice to lounge in the pool and enjoy your favorite music without risking the health and well-being of your precious mobile device? We have seen a number of waterproof MP3 players and accessories over the years, including the Speedo Aquabeat
, the Fitness Technologies UWaterG2
and more recently a waterproof smartphone case with a built-in speaker, ECOXGEAR’s ECOXPRO
. Until now, though, we hadn't seen a waterproof Bluetooth speaker (as opposed to water-resistant
, like the iShower
) like ECOXGEAR’s new ECOXBT. It allows you to listen to your favorite songs in the water while your cell phone or Bluetooth compatible MP3 player remains safely on dry land.