Gadget turns table-tops into stereo speakers

January 9, 2012
Roger Arnold, a member of a WOWee One team at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, unveiled a "Pro" model portable speaker that uses a conductive gel backing to transform hard surfaces into attention-grabbing woofers.

Roger Arnold reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out a gadget that turned an ornate wooden table in a Las Vegas nightclub into a booming stereo speaker.

Arnold is part of a WOWee One team at the in Las Vegas this week to introduce a "Pro" model portable speaker that uses a conductive gel backing to transform hard surfaces into attention-grabbing woofers.

"The gel serves as an acoustic coupling that is actually resonating the table," Arnold said as he gave AFP a look, and listen, as CES prepared for its formal opening on Tuesday.

"If you are looking for a really good, pocketable speaker for your music this is it," he maintained.

The WOWee One Pro will be priced at $150 when it is released in around the world in March as an accessory for iPhones, , or iPods.

The gadgets pair wirelessly to smartphones, tablets or MP3 players with Bluetooth connections over which digital audio is streamed.

WOWee in 2009 launched what is now a "Classic" model of the gadget that required a wired connection to devices holding music files.

When linked wirelessly to a smartphone, a Pro will also act as a hands-free for incoming telephone calls, according to Arnold.

The company also provided a glimpse at a "Vue" pocket-sized projector that uses an energy-sipping green light laser to display digital video on any surface from as far as 20 feet away.

"If you are a businessman you can just turn up at a meeting and do a presentation," WOWee sales director Andrew Caddick said while demonstrating the Vue.

"If you are a family man and your kids are really annoying you, you can pull this out and your kids are watching a movie; hopefully nice and quietly."

The Vue, which claimed a four-hour , will be priced at $369 when it is released globally in February. A light cable is used to stream data-rich video files from smartphones or tablets to the projectors.

Explore further: MP3 co-creator wants to smarten-up dumb devices

Related Stories

Jambox a boombox for the smart gadget era

November 4, 2010

Jawbone has packed the monster sound of a boombox in a pocket-sized "Jambox" that wirelessly adds home-theater sound to mobile gadgets from smartphones to tablet computers.

Trillion-dollar forecast for gadget sales

January 5, 2011

As the top US consumer electronics trade show prepares to open this week, organizers are forecasting that global gadget sales may top one trillion dollars this year for the first time ever.

Recommended for you

Roboticists learn to teach robots from babies

December 1, 2015

Babies learn about the world by exploring how their bodies move in space, grabbing toys, pushing things off tables and by watching and imitating what adults are doing.

Xbox gaming technology may improve X-ray precision

December 1, 2015

With the aim of producing high-quality X-rays with minimal radiation exposure, particularly in children, researchers have developed a new approach to imaging patients. Surprisingly, the new technology isn't a high-tech, high-dollar ...

Making 3-D imaging 1,000 times better

December 1, 2015

MIT researchers have shown that by exploiting the polarization of light—the physical phenomenon behind polarized sunglasses and most 3-D movie systems—they can increase the resolution of conventional 3-D imaging devices ...

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

3 / 5 (2) Jan 09, 2012
I wonder if there was a glass of water or anything else on that table while it was woofing. Seems to me anything that would act like a big sub would make the table useless for anything else except perpetual watches.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.