by Gary Woods
Having been in the music business for a big hunk of my life I've been around a lot audio speakers. Big ones for use on stage, incredibly accurate ones for the studio and compact ones for use on the go. Most of these speakers had some sort of magnet and cone configuration that took electronic energy and translated that information into audio.
What I hadn't seen before is a product from OrigAudio http://www.origaudio.com/ called Rock-it. Actually, this is the second iteration of this product so it is actually called Rock-it 2.0. What this product does is plug into a standard earphone jack used in all manner of devices from iPods, to Android Phones to most anything that produces music or voice. The output of those devices then goes through the Rock-it and is sent to a little suction cup, which can be attached to most any surface.
When the suction cup is attached, it sends vibrations through the object making that object into a speaker. On the video on their website the cup adhered to an empty milk carton, a mixing bowl, a cereal box and most amazingly the hood over the stove. All of these objects produced passable audio.
The Rock-it is powered by (2) AAA batteries or it has a USB power cord so it could be plugged into a wall charger. Now I'm not going to be selling my Altec Lansing Voice of the Theatre speakers any time soon or even my Auratone close field monitors but for banging around the kitchen or cruising at the beach it could provide some reasonable sounds. You can get the Rock-2.0 directly from OrigAudio for $50.00
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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc