Tunebug Vibe and Shake: Tech Industry
Tech Industry: Tunebug Vibe and Shake3:04 /
Brian Cooley takes a look at the Tunebug Vibe and Shake, two speaker helmets, at CES 2010 in Las Vegas.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Hello, folks, Brian Cooley here at CES 2010 in Las Vegas with a couple of bugs. These are TuneBugs. There's one called "The Vibe," this chrome one right here. One called "The Shake." Now, what are they? That doesn't tell you a whole lot, does it? These are surface mount music conductors, sound conductors strictly speaking. They turn things into speakers. If you look at this one here, which is an existing model -- it's been on the market just a couple of months -- you'll see at the bottom, there's what looks like a little, tiny speaker behind a little bit of, like, you know, cloth right there. And that is exactly that. It's a speaker, but it's not one you'd listen to over the air. It has a surface contact with a device, like, for example, the box it came in, just for demonstration purposes. So if I put this thing on that box. I'll connect it to, you know, whatever portable I've got. In this case, I've got an iPod Touch. And I'll get some music playing to it. Let me get the mic there so you can hear what's going on. ^M00:00:56 [ Music ] ^M00:00:58 You hear that? Pretty clear, right? But take it off the box; it stops. It's still playing, but the surface contact, the conduction of sound, is what makes things that it's sitting on an amplified speaker. ^M00:01:08 [ Music ] ^M00:01:10 Now, what it's using here is a technology from a company called "NXT," this surface, flat panel sort of speaker technology. We've seen it show up in a few things like some-- several kind of largish portable speakers that you might carry and fold in your suitcase. I think a couple of car manufacturers have dabbled -- I think Chrysler dabbled with some NXT panels, at least announced, but hasn't broken out anywhere. But this is a good example of it. Now, this is the exiting product. Now, check out the one over here on these helmets. This is a new one that's about to come out in the next month or two. And as you can see, it can affix to a helmet of any type with either this kind of rubberized, Velcro, get-go mount, or a Velcro strap for your bicycle helmet. And it has Bluetooth A2DP stereo streaming, so obviously, no wire because having an aux cable running from this to your head while you're out doing some kind of sports or cycling looks pretty stupid. Same basic idea, though. It's taking the audio and turning, in this case, your head -- or at least your helmet into a speaker. Now people ask well, it works on the helmet. It works on the tabletop. It turns things into speakers. Will it turn your head into a speaker? Their tagline is "Music for your Melon." So let's find out. Okay, I'm gonna plug this guy into this iPod Touch, get the music started here, let's try it on the old skull, shall we? It's thick, but maybe it will come through. It does. It's weird, but it works. I think I'd attach it to a helmet personally but in a pinch, you could do this. Back in my day, we didn't wear helmets. That's another story entirely. Now, the new products here, this one that uses the Bluetooth and/or it can be wired is gonna be $120.00. And again, it comes with these mounting adapters. In the existing one, here, that is wired only, this nice chrome finish, is $69.95. And this one's on the market already, of course. Again, these are called the "TuneBugs, "The Shake" and "The Vibe," for turning things into speakers, either on the go are using a very small device. I'm Brian Cooley at CES 2010. ^M00:03:00 [ Music ]