Sharper Image iPulse for iPod
The Sharper Image's wares fall almost entirely into one of two categories: expensive, useful electronic toys or expensive, useless electronic toys. When I first caught sight of the iPulse, a light-adorned speaker system for the iPod, I fully expected it to fall into the latter category. After my experience with the Griffin Disko, who can blame me? However, the $149 speaker with subwoofer (a $99 model, without a subwoofer, is available) is a surprisingly fun and engaging gadget. iPod owners looking for a complete audio-visual experience will be enamored with the iPulse.
Any way you slice it, the design of the iPulse is funky. Indeed, it looks like an oversized wedge cut from a sphere, with one flat edge acting as a base, the other making up the front of the speaker, and the back, rounded portion housing two ports: a DC power input and an auxiliary line input for connecting non-iPod MP3 players (cable included). An angular chunk is cut out of the top of the iPulse, creating a base for the iPod. The system includes eight snap-in adapters for the various iPod models. On the front edge of the cradle area is a slider for adjusting the intensity of the light show.