Drumming on the table takes on a whole new meaning...
Music Industry News - as it happens
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
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
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
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