Compact Bluetooth speakers are hot items these days and nowhere is that more evident than with HiddenRadio, a Kickstarter project that is due to get funded today to the tune of almost $1 million, blowing away its modest goal of raising $125,000.
For those who don't know, kickstarter.com is a crowdsourced angel investor site that can help folks raise money to produce products that are in various stages of development (some projects get funded, some don't). HiddenRadio appears to be one of the site's bigger success stories.
Industrial Designers John Van Den Nieuwenhuizen and Vitor Santa Maria have apparently been working on the project for five years and needed a cash infusion to pay for the injection molds and Bluetooth certification to finally start production.
The speaker appears to come in a few different colors, and one of its key features is an internal mechanism that allows you to raise and lower volume by simply pressing down or lifting the top portion of the speaker to increase or lower volume. The inventors are also saying you'll get up to 30 hours of battery life and there's an audio input that allows you to listen to non-Bluetooth devices. As its name implies, there's an integrated AM/FM radio.
Those who preordered units through Kickstarter received a discount off the tentative retail price of $175. The HiddenRadio is designed to compete with Jawbone's Jambox and allegedly measures up well against that product in terms of sound quality (the creators say it goes up to 80db noise levels).
We look forward to giving the HiddenRadio a test listen once it officially comes out, which is supposed to be soon, according to the video below.