Sugr Cube is a smart Wifi speaker that takes virtually no space and packs a lot of power for such a small device. It supports AirPlay, features built-in Spotify connect and allows you to enjoy all your streaming music apps out loud. Intuitive controls make Sugr Cube easy to use by even the most technically impaired. Tap the top of Cube for PLAY/STOP. Tilt Cube left/right 45° for PREVIOUS/ NEXT. It’s that easy. And because it is made of solid wood, it provides a decent sound quality too. Watch the video after the break to see Sugr Cube in action. Available for purchase here.
This adorable bluetooth speaker has been created by French designer Mathieu Lehanneur for Binauric. Light and compact, the Boom Boom speaker can be carried anywhere with ease. It wirelessly connects to any computer, mp3 player or smartphone, iOS or Android. The design is truly intuitive. The speaker communicates with you in several languages, the controls are self-explanatory – a simple touchpad allows you to manage volume, play/pause and control bluetooth connectivity. Boom Boom features the audio jack cable that also acts as a handle. The piece is available for purchase here. Watch the video after the break to see it action.
If you can’t spear any space for sound equipment, consider this – Playbulb, a light bulb and a bluetooth speaker in one. It’s an LED lamp in a shape of a traditional Edison’s bulb paired with a sound device. It can be controlled by an iPhone app, playing music as well as illuminating the room. It can even go on and off automatically, which makes Playbulb a great sound sleep system and an alarm clock as well. I think I need one for every room. Available for purchase here.
Arranging sound devices in a small apartment can be a challenge, because they take valuable shelf space we always need for other things. But what if a sounds system is a shelf? This is exactly the concept behind the aShelf by Danish design studio Kreafunk. The piece is a speaker, amplifier, iPhone dock and an attractive shelf in one. Thanks to the bluetooth functionality, it can be completely discrete and blend into the room. No more cables, no more bulky docks. Just a simple minimalist object, which can also provide extra space for storage. I really love this idea.
Just as I thought that it was enough Kickstarter goodness for one year, I saw this cool thing. Hidden Radio by industrial designers John Van Den Nieuwenhuizen from Australia and Vitor Santa Maria from Brazil is a neat and intuitive radio and bluetooth speaker in one. It is buttonless and slick. You turn it on and control the volume by simply lifting the cap. If you don’t have a bluetooth device, a 3.5mm audio input plug is available. Compact, stylish and urbanist-friendly piece of technology. Also a thoughtful gift for a gadgeteer on your list. Check out the Kickstarter page to see Hidden Radio in action and perhaps consider backing the project.