Evolve is a truly wireless iPod sound system from Griffin Technology. Each speaker cube is equipped with a Lithium-Ion battery pack capable of 10 hours of playback. When the juice runs out you place the speaker on its charging station and just wait for it to fill up again. Easy as that.
The speakers has an effective range of 150 feet and besides the regular iPod dock the base unit sports composite and s-video out as well as in- and outgoing female RCA connectors for non-iPod devices.
GriffinTechnology.com: Evolve iPod Speakers ($299.99)
Tomy’s i-SOBOT is listed in the Guinness book of World Records as the “smallest humanoid robot in production” (and what makes a humanoid? Its own MySpace page of course). It’s just 6.5 inches tall and by using the remote control (and your commanding voice) you’ve got a fully articulating and bipedal robot.
It’s gifted with 17 servo-motors, 19 circuit ships, a built-in gyro-sensor, two LEDs, 90 sound effects, 5 songs, voice command recognition and can speak hundreds of words and phrases and perform preprogrammed actions like walking, dancing, martial arts(!), pushups, soccer and such.
The Japanese version is white and the US model is black and it’ll start shipping in October 2007.
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Sony Rolly sure is an odd product and there’s been quite a few rumors about it ever since the first video emerged. Part Aibo, part MP3 player this rolling, Bluetooth-enabled robot sports 20mm active speakers (1.2Wx2) and its sole purpose is to roll around on your floor while playing your favorite music and showing off with its ambient blue/green/orange LED lights.
There’s 1GB of built-in Flash memory and if you’re a control freak you’ll probably enjoy the bundled motion editor software.
The Rollies will start shipping September 29th.
AudioCubes: Sony Rolly SEP-10BT ($449.00)
Sony.jp: Rolly official website (Japanese)
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Altec Lansing’s Soundbar is a 2.1 desktop speaker system designed to occupy the often unused area beneath flat screen monitors. Among the features we find two 2" speakers and a bass pressure driver, Altec Lansing’s proprietary SFX technology to enhance the sound experience, auxiliary input for external devices, headphone jack and XdB bass boost.
AltecLansing.com: Soundbar ($99.95)
Remember the good ‘ol days when Virtual Reality was the bomb and everyone expected everyone to be walking around with some sort of massive 3D video helmet by the next month or so? Well, many years have passed since then but let me introduce Vuzix’s iWear AV920.
These lightweight glasses feature twin hi-res (640×480) LCD displays (equals a 62" screen viewed at a distance of 9 feet), 24-bit true color, 60Hz progressive scan, easy 2D/3D switching, 6 hours of battery time along with removable and flexible earphones.
As far as compatibility you can hook it up with most devices like your DVD player, media player, digital camera, gaming system, cell phone and – last but not least – your iPod Video.
Vuzix.com: iWear AV920 ($349.95)
This glossy, wireless box is the Blackbox Bluetooth Speaker System from Gear4 featuring 24W stereo speaker output, a hidden LED display that comes to life when active and touch screen controls.
It ships with a remote and a convenient carrying case and to make sure its compatible with future cell phones and other devices they’ve made it real easy to upgrade the firmware.
Gear4Store.com: Blackbox Bluetooth Speaker System (£99.99, ca $200 US)
This weird device is called Yamaha TENORI-ON and I think Yamaha describes it best as a “16×16 LED button matrix performance instrument with a stunning visual display”. Basically it’s a touch screen allowing you to “draw” your music (with both MIDI and samples). It’s designed by Japanese media artist Toshio Iwai and will be available in the UK from September.
Just imagine the camp fires of the future where the always-present-guitar dude plays one of these instead.
Here’s Marantz new CD setup, the CR201 Personal CD System. This stylish one-piece system promises excellent sound quality through its built-in speaker system (with intelligent 3D sound technology) while sporting a mirror LED front panel, a side-sliding CD door, ambient blue LED lights a USB port for external devices.
The remote control is in all Japanese though, but probably easy enough to learn through trial-and-error to make up for the good looks of this thing.
AudioCubes: Marantz CR201 Personal CD System ($759.00)
SanDisk just announced the new Sansa View and suddenly it looks nothing like the chubby thing they showcased at CES in January. The Sansa Views are available in two models (8GB and 16GB) with the possibility to upgrade to 24GB by using the MicroSD card expansion slot.
Besides the impressive storage capabilities it sports a 2.4" display, 30 hours of battery power and is capable of playing movies (MPEG4, WMV, and H.264, with more formats coming) in 30 fps, music (MP3, WAV, Audible, WMA) with gapless playback, pictures (jpeg), FM-radio and voice recording with the built-in microphone.
The estimated prices are $149.99 for the 8GB model and $199.99 for 16GB.
SanDisk.com: Sansa View Product Page
If one big subwoofer isn’t enough, how about one huge subwoofer consisting of ten smaller ones? Yeah. Elemental Designs Dodecasub sure looks like it’s packing some punch with its ten 11Kv.2 subs capable of 600 watts a piece. The whole thing is designed to keep a small sweet spot though, so don’t worry about the neighbors’ paintings falling down.
Elemental Designs: Dodecasub ($2,500.00)
(Via Technabob, Audiojunkies)