Let’s face it, it’s hard to create something truly disruptive in the audio industry these days. Every year at CES we see the largest collection in the world of Bluetooth headsets, headphones and speakers. There may be a new piece of tech here, some artificial intelligence there, or a new app that sets each device apart, but nothing ground breaking or earth shattering.
Two decades ago the same thing was true with boom boxes. One company would have an extra equalizer button, one would have autoreverse on the tape deck, one would have an extra tweeter. Again nothing too earth shattering.
This year though, a company called oWI Audio is showing off prototypes of a new device called D5. Essentially it’s the first true re-invention of the boom box. It combines the convenience of portability with a speaker system that rivals high fidelity equipment that once cost thousands of dollars. They call it “the first smart portable connected “music box” that gives you goose bumps. Early reports have said you can actually feel the music.
0W1 Audio has taken the latest in technology and paired it with the principles that have driven fine quality audio for decades. For instance, D5 can be controlled with a hand swipe. It can be used to stream audio from your favorite audio providers like Spotify and Pandora. It can also be used to play the music stored on your smartphone. But, it’s not dependent on your smartphone, 0W1 has made sure that you can store music directly on the device making it truly grab and go.
If you’re old enough to remember the days of impromptu outdoor parties where someone would run home and grab a boombox and some cassettes to listen to outside, you can easily get the same experience with 0W1 with your music library stored directly onboard the device itself.
The D5 will create playlists for you as it learns your listening habits (there’s that AI), and when you want to change songs you just wave your hand.
This truly is the music box of the future. Check out D5 by 0W1 Audio at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, January 9-12th in Eureka Park, booth #50019 and online at 0w1audio.com
Check out more of our CES 2018 Eureka Park coverage here.