A Speaker and Headphones in Coexistence

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An evolution of this original design by Deepanjan Sinha, the Plus/Nest 2019 makes the switch from headphones to speaker a seamless experience. Imagine that you’re just getting home from work and in the middle of your favorite song or tuned in to breaking news on your headphones. You want to change out of your work clothes but don’t want to miss anything by removing your headphones. Well, now you don’t have to! As soon as you get home, simply toss your headphone on the Nest and your audio will automatically transition to the speaker, ensuring you never skip a beat.

Designer: Deepanjan Sinha

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Plus and Nest advertises a way to easily switch between 2 audio devices by negating the involvement of a phone. With the simple gesture of throwing in the earphones into the speaker, you can now seamlessly switch from a “Private” music listening to a more “Public” music listening experience.

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2 magnetically attaching earbuds also allow you to easily turn on/off the device without the use of annoying and awkward long presses. This ensures a more “gesture” inclusive way of controlling your earphones.

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A controller on the earphone with a convex and concave surface gives a sense of tactility allowing you to “feel” what you’re pressing without really looking at it.

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The enclosure on the earphone houses a wireless coil and a battery and acts as a “wireless” link between the speaker and earphones. When dropped into the speaker tray, the music instantly switches to the Nest Speakers….

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The Tray on the Nest speakers also double as a wireless charger for your Plus earphones, giving it a designated space in your home to store them when not in use.

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The grooves on the Nest and Plus lightly grip each other, allowing for a better alignment to successfully charge wirelessly.

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Plus and Nest are designed to work for and with each other. The pair are also sold together, making it a unique, one of a kind audio package for both your private and public music listening experience.

A New Spin on the Speaker

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In a world full of square speakers, the Dial Sound stands out with its irregular round shape. Minimalistic and modern, the form actually harkens back to a familiar fragment of music’s past — the gramophone.

It’s elevated speaker design delivers high-definition audio in whichever direction the user places it. Better yet, it features intuitive controls that include a small on/off switch on the side, a large dial that encompasses the speaker to adjust volume, and hidden LEDs at the front and rear indicate the device’s power mode. Simply give the dial a spin to crank up your favorite tunes.

Designer: BKID co for Samsung

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Sony’s Glass Sound Speaker Looks Like a Light-up Bong

Sony’s new Glass Sound Speaker is certainly unique in the world of Bluetooth speakers. Taking a design cue from stoners, the LSPX-S2 looks just like a bong. You have to wonder how many people will grab this by accident when they want a toke.

This is the second Sony Glass Sound Speaker, following up from the LSPX-S1 which was introduced a few years ago. This time, the speaker is a bit less bulky and has more curves, which is how you get that bong look. It also now has Hi-Res Audio support and Spotify Connect.

Obviously, Sony wants to blend the speaker into your home decor, which really works if you have bongs lying around and you want some romantic illumination with some good tunes. The speaker packs Sony’s Advanced Vertical Drive technology, which allows the speaker to reproduce 360-degree sound. In addition to its sound, it lights up with two Candlelight modes, and 32 steps of brightness.

It has a 35 mm mid-range driver, passive radiator, 11w peak output, built-in Wi-Fi, DLNA support, LDAC audio coding technology, pairing via Bluetooth or NFC One-Touch, Push & Play function (Spotify Connect), wireless multi-room support, and a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 8 hours per charge. I bet your bong can’t do all that.

[via Mike Shouts]

Evolution of the Wall Clock

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Designer Daeun Joung’s latest concept looks like nothing more than a three-dimensional piece of wall art… but it’s that and more. The sculptural design actually triples as a short throw projector and wireless speaker.

Disguised as art on your wall, it frees up the surface real estate that most wireless speakers occupy. Working in tandem with the COZY app on your phone, the design can stream your favorite tunes and display a variety of customized notifications on your wall. Sync it up to preview a live stream of the news or make it display the weather, time, and stocks.

Designer: Daeun Joung

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Samsung’s Galaxy Home is here at CES, and you can (sort of) talk to it

When Samsung revealed its oddly shaped, Bixby-powered Galaxy Home last year, many of expected the company to launch it immediately. That, uh, didn't happen. It's been five months since then, and Samsung still refuses to discuss when its first sma...

Rock Solid Audio With a Soft Side

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The STOCKHOLM speaker/charger/dock is designer Sanjay Yadav’s stab at Danish electronic maker Vifa’s uniquely Nordic aesthetic. The three-in-one unit instantaneously makes the user’s preferred listening application or personal library available for wireless streaming once the phone has been docked. Meanwhile, a recessed top makes for a convenience place to store your keys, wallet, or other small items. Attempting to channel the brand’s minimal yet soft vibe, the design is clad in woven textile with an aluminum framework — all crafted to seamlessly integrate into the interior of your home.

Designer: Sanjay Yadav

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Turn your Google Home Mini into a Mickey!

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Partnering with Disney to make a mount for the Google Home Mini, the Otterbox Den series comes in a shape that’s all too familiar. Designed with the silhouette and colors of the world’s most famous rodent, the mount lets you place a black Google Home Mini into it, turning the smart speaker into Mickey Mouse! The mount reroutes the wire from the back, making it look like the tail, and even comes with tiny cutouts at the base where the speaker’s buttons are. The mount makes the Google Home Mini much more playful and relatable, turning a smart speaker into a toy for the child as well as a piece of merchandise for Disney. My only suggestion? Release a feminine variant and call it the Google Home Minnie (Mini)!

Designer: Otterbox and Disney

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This book is literally a planetarium, a guitar, and a phone amplifier!

Kelli Anderson’s books are proof that there’s a tonne of things you can do with paper and imagination. After the wild success of This Book Is A Camera, a book that literally turned into a functional pinhole camera, Brooklyn-based artist/designer and tinkerer Kelli Anderson’s next book explores the mysteries of the physical world with more paper-based experiments. This Book Is A Planetarium features a pop-up planetarium that you can activate with your phone’s flashlight, a spiralgraph that teaches children the infinite wonders of geometric art, a stringed instrument that lets you understand how acoustic chambers work and how strings make sound, a passive amplifier that uses a cone to magnify the sound from your phone, and a perpetual calendar that allows you to view the Gregorian calendar of any given year!

A wonderful gift for children (even the ones at heart) with an inclination towards curiosity, This Book Is A Planetarium allows kids to unlock small mysteries of the universe, and prompts them to question phenomena around them, helping them expand their knowledge base and eventually their wings!

Designer: Kelli Anderson

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Mini Mighty Multifuntionality

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Fusion is a fitting name for this speaker that packs a powerful 3-in-1 punch in a pint-sized package just a fraction of the size of your phone! Despite being small enough to sit in the palm of your hand, it actually delivers more functionality than merely playing back your tunes.

The triple threat design also functions as a remote camera shutter button to help you snap photos from afar. It also functions as an anti-loss alarm system, ensuring that any belonging you attach it to will be safe from theft.

Designer: Ivan Gurin for Aiia International

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