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And when you just thought that the Hello Kitty invasion has ended and there is nothing new that can be made into a kawaii kitty-related product you get the Hello Kitty Action DJ Speaker. Having a Hello Kitty in a DJ booth with a pretty decent speaker below it is just what you don’t need, but can’t resist having in your themed collection of Hello Kitty related stuff. You get a single speaker, but you may pair a two of them to get stereo sound and the best part is that the kitty actually moves to the sound of the beat the speaker produces. Or actually the Hello Kitty is just moving it’s head back and forth, but that is also quite ok…
The cute Hello Kitty speaker is available in pink and black colors and that is pretty much the only difference between the two versions. Each speaker has its own 3,5mm audio input which can be used to plug in your MP3 player or mobile phone for instance or just about any audio producing device that has an output that you can plug in the speaker. The speakers have no audio amplifier built-in them, so they don’t need any additional power, however you’ll still need to put one 1,5V AA size battery in order to have the Hello Kitty move it’s head. Ok, we all know we need to grow up at last, but we just don’t want to… 😉
A single Hello Kitty speaker will cost you $24.99.
The German company TrekStor showed of quite an interesting product at IFA, we are talking about an upgradeable wireless sound system called the Wireless SoundBox. The system is using a small audio transmitter in the form of a USB stick that transfers your favorite digital music noise-free (using 2,4 GHz radio frequency) from the PC to the Wireless SoundBox’s loudspeakers. The transmitter and the loudspeakers can be up to 25 meters apart, meaning you can place the speakers in any room at home or in the office. The compact stereo loudspeakers also have individual volume control, power button and a line-in connection for MP3 players or other audio sources for direct connection to the speaker. The Wireless SoundBox is powered by 4 batteries (when in wireless mode) which can last for up to 12 hours of music playback, and you can always switch the speakers to be powered by USB connection, although you’ll still need to use cables for that. It would have been a nice idea to include rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that could be charged by plugging the speaker to a USB connector, but maybe that will be available in the next version.
The speakers come with a very attractive look and compact size, providing up to a 0.5W each and weighting about 140 grams each (without the four batteries), which should be more than enough to provide you with good and loud enough sound for home or small office use. The good thing is that after you get the starter kit, which consists of a speaker and the transmitter you can add up to 20 speakers later on using the same USB transmitter to provide them with a signal, so the sound system remains quite open and upgradable.
The Wireless SoundBox Starter Set, including a transmitter and a loudspeaker box, is available for about $70. Every additional loudspeaker will cost you additional $45. The Wireless SoundBox is expected to be available for sale in the next month (October).
This a bit strange looking Japanese MP3 player may not win a design award, but that is beside the point, because it has a different idea behind it. This time the guys from Thanko turned up with a MP3 player that can be recharged with hand cranking if you don’t have a PC with a free USB or a power adapter nearby. The player has 1GB built in memory and supports playback of MP3 and WMA music files with 32 to 250 kbps bitrate and as an additional feature you get a built-in flashlight.
In just about a minute cranking the built in hand crank you’ll get up to ten minutes of music playback from the device and by a bit more (or maybe a lot) you’ll be able to recharge the battery to maximum, but don’t expect too much, because the capacity of the rechargeable battery isn’t too high. Anyway this music player utilizes a good eco-friendly idea and if it gets a bit optimized and enhanced it will become even better, especially if it becomes cheaper…
The price of the MP3/WMA player is a bit high at $62.54.