Here’s the latest in Hello Kitty novelty items. The Hello Kitty iPod DJ speaker. As you can see Hello Kitty is DJing away behind the bullet-proof glass like the Pope in his Pope-mobile. That’s because she has had several attempts on her feline life. There was that shooter behind the grassy knoll, and in the book-depository, then there was that time that I was brain-washed to take her out and shot up a bunch of cat products with a semi-automatic. I claimed I was just a patsy. Looks like she’s protected now. This one is from Japan, of course. A Hello Kitty speaker that connects to your iPod or other audio device. Comes in pink or black and requires 1 AA battery. $24.99.
Do digital pigs dream of electric bacon when they have an iPod attached? I have no idea. It could be argued that alot of the drivel that fills up iPods is total garbage and if that’s the case, why not serve it up to a pig?
Speakal is offering the iPod docking iPig, a speaker system with five drivers, one of which is a 4-inch subwoofer, adjustable bass controls, 360-degree sound distribution and a desire to shout oink. It also has a 3.5-millimeter auxiliary jack and comes with a bundled remote. They even act like pigs in price at $139.99 and want to snort and suck up your money, then roll around in it.
If Donkey Kong were created today instead of hundreds of years ago, this is what Donkey Kong would throw at Mario. Since it’s a speaker, the Donkey Kong theme music could play right from the barrel as Mario jumps over it. But never mind the weird connections that my brain associates with certain gadgets.
This beer barrel thing is a portable speaker for your phone or laptop. For some reason. Very portable and a great accessory to bring with you when you travel, since it will fit in your suitcase easily. You can get it for $14.00 from Brando. If any Princess-napping apes are reading this, buy these and throw them at Mario. Because I’d really like to see that.
Danish company Davone’s Rithm speaker combines quality sound with art. I wonder if they knew they were creating an artful Star Trek symbol as well. It says, “I’m in Starfleet and I own cool stuff. Deal.” The speaker has a 8-inch coaxial driver with a 1-inch dome tweeter in the center of the woofer. Davone will tell ya that the layers of glue and wood that make the frame actually give it extra damping and reduce vibrations for superior sound quality. Get one in walnut, oak, or black stained oak. It’s perfect decor for your Starship’s ready-room.
The i-XPS Soundbox is probably designed for those who want to chill by the pool or at the beach, or wherever, but the first thing I thought when I saw these is that they are downright fugly. The portable speaker will enclose and suffocate your iPod Nano (1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation), iPod Mini, iPod Classic, and other MP3 Players.
It has an integrated mini jack cable connection that connects it to the speakers through the headphone jack on the your MP3 Player. Then just zip it up to keep your MP3 player safe. It’s powered by 2 AAA batteries. I know you can’t wait to dress your iPod up as either Stone, Splash, or Spray design.
Pure has now released their Pure One Mini, a portable radio measuring just 130 x 135 x 60mm. It will give you 20 hours of portable listening when fitted with the optional rechargeable ChargePAK.
The One Mini will also give you FM reception, an input for your iPod so you can use ONE Mini as a portable speaker, up to 16 presets, a headphone socket and a USB socket for future upgrades. It’s available now in the UK for £40 or $79 USD in three colors to choose from: black, white or pink.
I think we can agree that most speakers are just plain boring. Sure, there are exceptions to that rule, but not nearly enough. The Speak-er concept manages to say quite alot. We like it’s simple and clever design.
It’s designed to be an attention getter with it’s familiar shape and it’s hard not to notice it, halfway expecting text to pop up. It would probably be very appropriate if it displayed the lyrics of whatever you were listening to.
Some good news for sound. The Sony Tubular non-directional speaker concept has now become a reality. The speaker is being released on June 20th, 2008 and it measures 325mm x 1845mm x 325mm and 12.5kg. The “Sountina” speaker is a transparent and organic glass tube that vibrates to expand sound a full 360 degrees.
You’ll get a frequency response of 50Hz – 20,000Hz, an input line, 13cm subwoofer speaker, 7cm medium speaker and the tweeter which is also made from organic glass. It’s priced at around €6500. If they add some color, every Jedi in the galaxy will be using them and matching colors to their lightsaber.
It’s that time of year when you are going to want to be in the pool and you’re going to want some tunes too. There’s no need to mount your iPod on an oversized raft, when a smaller more Roomba looking thing like this will do. And even though it’s easy enough to have a radio nearby, it’s always much cooler to have your music floating around with you.
You won’t have to worry about your precious iPod drowning since this floating speaker is capable of wirelessly connecting to and streaming from your iPod dock. It will cost you $129.95 to have this bit of floating debri nearby.
It seems that the guitar mania that has engulfed the geek world with games like Guitar Hero and Rockband is here to stay. So you may as well embrace it and get yourself this iPod speaker amp. You probably already have the Guitar Rocker and the catbox 360 after all. I’m sure this will make your life complete.
Just plug in your MP3 player and you are ready. It’s not just for your mp3 player either, you can also use it as a computer speaker. It has working treble and bass knobs and a 5-watt output. It can be powered from your computer via USB, or by using 3 AAA batteries.
At first these cute speakers appear to be mass produced and expensive, but that’s not the case. They are actually home made by a Flickr pool member, Fungus Amungus. It’s probably one of the simpler DIY projects you could undertake, since you basically just attach the speakers to the head of a Munny figure.
The important thing is that they look awesome. There really isn’t much info on the actual specs of the speakers, but I want to see the design mass produced. They have a lot of personality and almost seem to be saying, “Can you hear me now?”, while also plotting your demise.
It makes sense to have man’s best friend on your desktop, serving your USB port and radio needs. Even if your robo-dog has a head that looks like it met a Mac truck head on. One rather creepy design aspect is that the head can be detached, giving you an instant portable radio with auto-scan from 88MHz to 108MHz.
Put it back on the body, and like a zombie reborn, it will turn it into a crappy computer speaker. It sports two USB 2.0 ports on each side.(If it spawns robo offspring, these are what they will suckle, getting precious mothers milk of USB juice.) $19.15 will get you this bizarre desk pet.
It should be noted that I don’t trust anything that smiles constantly. Especially when it looks like this. The thing looks like it’s wearing some kind of gruesome death mask meant to be ironic when it kills you.
But if, unlike me, you find these little terrors cute, this Happy Alien Mini-Speaker can attach to your iPod, MP3, or MP4 player. With a USB rechargeable Li-ion battery, you can extend or retract its neck to change the volume. The speaker also features a 3.5mm stereo audio connector and comes in orange or blue. Get one for $11.90.
I’d like to officially say that this device is the last egg straw. There seems to be an overabundance of egg themed gadgets lately, and I think we might be abusing the whole egg thing. There’s the egg phone, wobbly egg speakers, even the egg mouse to name just a few. You gadget creators are driving me crazy with the eggs already!
Now for the latest…egg. The Egg Speaker Charger Concept device functions as a pair of satellite speakers when ‘hatched’ open, with its base functioning as a subwoofer. The base will also double as a dock for a compatible MP3 player, charging your device through induction.
We’ve seen our share of portable speakers and so far our favorite so far has to be the X-Mini Capsule speakers, mostly because they are compact and they went wireless recently. Close behind would probably be the Easter Egg Tumbler Speaker. This device, like the X-Mini, pops open to extend out the chamber a little bit and add some more bass into the pint-sized speaker (or about as much base as you can expect from something like this.) It also comes egg-shaped and heavy at one end so that it can’t be tipped over when being bumped around on your desk
Each comes as a single speaker with an audio cable for input and a USB cable that powers and charges in the internal battery. No word on exactly how much juice the speaker puts out but we’re guessing 1W, and it’s pretty hard to say on the battery life if you wanted to use this with your media player.