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Drumming on the table takes on a whole new meaning...
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2002-06-07
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Source: MusicDish/Mi2N - June 4, 2002

Wave Industries has launched a fascinating piece of hardware called the Olympia Soundbug which, it promises, "turns any hard, smooth surface - such as a tabletop, door or window - into a sounding board for music or voice. About the size of a small mobile phone, Soundbug is a portable alternative to headphones or loudspeakers for use with products such as portable CD, MP3, Minidisc and cassette players, hand-held game consoles, camcorders and laptop computers."

At $49.95, a single Soundbug generates sound loud enough for a group of people to enjoy music together, says Wave Industries, and two Soundbug can be linked to generate stereo sound (from a stereo source) to significantly increase sound output.

It plugs into the standard 3.5mm headphone socket of any device. A suction cup push ring attaches Soundbug firmly to any smooth, hard surface and it features a three-position switch - off, soft and loud - as well as a power sleep circuit to save battery power when no audio source is detected.

Where traditional speakers rely on a metal coil and a speaker cone to vibrate the air in front of the speaker to create sound waves, each Soundbug has a sliver of magnetostrictive material - Terfenol-D which, when activated by a magnetic field, expands and contracts at very high frequency and with "dramatic force".

Wave Industries adds that the Soundbug's "unique actuator" harnesses this force and transfers it to the surface to which Soundbug is attached, creating vibrations and effectively turning that surface into a sounding board.

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