Sony makes tubular speaker concept a reality

First shown off last year, it's headed for the market in June.

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Given that concepts are a penny a dozen, it's no surprise that most never make it off the drawing board at most companies--and Sony is no exception . So it is with some surprise that the company has decided to take that rare step and make one of them a reality.

Sony's "Soutina" (purportedly a mashup of "sound" and "fountain") first made the rounds in draftboard form last year under a different name. But now the unusually designed acrylic speaker--which is described as "a transparent organic glass tube that vibrates and expands 360 degrees"--will be released June 20 in Japan.

There is the small matter of its price, however: $9,600, according to the Associated Press, which estimates the 3.3-foot Soutina to be "slightly thicker than a baseball bat." But hey, you can always pretend it's a giant Lightsaber .

 

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