Getting ready to throw that last big pool party before the Summer comes to an end? There’s nothing better than a Luau themed party, complete with a variety of rum-and-fruit-juice-infused cocktails served in some Tiki Tumblers.
Nope, this isn’t some crazy whitewall tire for your car. It’s actually a high-end wireless outdoor speaker which can be rolled around anywhere you want.
Designed by Ron Arad and Frances Pellisari for Austria’s Viteo, the Freewheeler produces high quality stereo sound indoors or out.
With the recent launch of the iTunes App Store, we’re just starting to see the tip of the iceberg when it comes to applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Here’s one I’m really looking forward to playing with when it hits the App Store later this month.
Danish company Davone’s Rithm speaker combines top-quality sound with a parabolic work of art.
The speaker offers an 8-inch coaxial driver with a 1-inch dome tweeter placed in the center of the woofer. Davone claims that the many layers of glue and wood that build up the frame provide extra damping and reduce unwanted vibrations for superior sound quality.
The Rithm speaker comes in walnut, oak, or black stained oak to fit in with any decor.
Looking for a cool speaker for your MP3 player? Check out this portable speaker that looks like a miniature version of the amps you might see up on a stage at a rock concert.
The MP3 Amp Speaker is a dead ringer for its larger cousins, complete with a cloth front grill, curved corner protectors and a textured finish that looks like leather.
While the built-in 5-watt amplifier won’t make your eardrums bleed, the face does offer dials which go from 0 to 11, which is one louder than most speakers.
I was researching a different story altogether, when I came across these awesome desktop speakers which look like little disco dancers.
At first glance, I actually thought they looked like South Park’s Eric Cartman dressed up like fat Elvis with a jumbo 1970s ‘fro.
The guys over at MAKE recently showed visitors how to make a “Brain Machine”, a trippy looking device which reaches into your mind and helps you to chill out. Now, thanks to the miracle of modern science, you can buy one in kit form and try it on for yourself.
The Brain Machine Kit comes from the mind of Mitch Altman, the same guy responsible for the deliciously devious TV-B-Gone remote control.
Just slip on the Brain Machine’s meditation glasses and headphones, close your eyelids, tune in, turn on and drop out.
I’m kind of an insomniac, so I don’t usually oversleep. But for those of you who like to hit the snooze bar 10 times before waking up, even though you’ve absolutely got to be awake on time, this super-loud alarm clock should do the trick.
The Screaming Meanie 220 portable alarm clock offers three settings: normal (75dB), loud (95dB), and earsplitting (120dB).
I just love the industrial design of this compact portable sound dock for the iPod. The einö Portable Speaker System is small enough to fit in your purse or backpack, so it’s the perfect companion for traveling with your media player.
Measuring in at about 7.7″
The venerable Commodore 64 is well known among the electronic music community as a synthesizer modder’s dream machine thanks to its robust SID audio chipset. But most of the mods I’ve seen end up looking just like an old C64 and all the cool stuff is going on under the hood.
These tipsy egg-shaped speakers let you wobble them like a Weeble while you listen to your tunes.
Unlike real eggs (and those colorful Weebles), these only come in black and red, and they don’t crack open to produce omelets.
Aspiring musicians: If you’re having trouble keeping the beat while your trying to jam, look no further than this newfangled spin on the classic metronome. The BodyBeat is an electronic metronome that clips onto your fingertip and lets you feel the beat of the music rather than listen to it.
The Peterson BB-1 BodyBeat keeps you on beat by sending tiny little pulses down the wire to your fingertip.
Musicians who want to use their iPods as an audio source now can easily do so, thanks to this handy new audio mixer with a built-in iPod dock.
Alesis new iMultiMix 9R is a rack-mountable audio mixer which can combine up to five different audio sources into a single set of stereo outputs.
Take your sound on the road with these portable speakers from Japan’s Bird-Electron.
The compact EZISON 0 speaker is packaged in a little brushed aluminum box that can go anywhere. Available in a variety of colors, each speaker comes attached to Italian leather strap that makes it easy to carry anywhere.
Looking for some compact speakers that don’t look like all the others? Then check out this funky aluminum audio system from Gais.
The Gais Lisire Series 020 is a complete 2.1 channel sound system featuring distinct cylindrical styling.
For those of you who’d like to make your living room look just a little more like a rave, have I got something for you. Just grab a few of these sound-sensing picture frames, and transform your pad into a serious party palace.
Designed by FlashWear, the same guys who brought you the popular T-Qualizer, a VU-meter on a t-shirt, the tabletop Speaqualizer is their latest in their line of light-up creations.