Fix the iPad's tiny, tinny sound with Zooka Wireless Speaker

Zooka Wireless Speaker for iPad

The Zooka Wireless speaker bar is a cool Kickstarter project that aims, though a mix of Bluetooth technology and cool design, to bring high quality audio to your iPad.

Just last night on iPhone and iPad Live I went on another rant about how Apple is paying a lot of attention to iPhone, and maybe iPad, cameras, but almost none to iPhone and iPad speakers. I still have to cup my hand and crane my ear to hear anything in an even moderately noisy room. Apple has to pay some attention to music lovers at some point -- they invented the iPad after all! -- but until then, Zooka looks like a great alternative.

Zooka promises 5 times the sound of the iPad speaker and comes in a variety of colors including orange, yellow, blue, brown, gray, and black -- and a glow in the dark special edition. It will run for 8+ hours on a single charge of its lithium ion battery, and is made out of medical grade silicone so its light and resilient.

While it looks made for the iPad, it will work with any device that has Bluetooth, including the iPhone, iPod touch, your Mac or Windows PC, and even has 3.5mm jack for non-Bluetooth devices.

The Kickstarter project is already funded but there's still 24 days to go if you want to get in at the startup price.

Check out the videos below (bonus points for the Veronica Mars song!) and if you like it, head on over to Kickstarter to pledge. I know I can't wait to try it out.

Source: Kickstarter via TUAW

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Fix the iPad's tiny, tinny sound with Zooka Wireless Speaker

5 Comments

does it switch on when the iPad is inserted or does it also work within bluetooth range? Does it double as a stand? Im a little confused by the form factor.

It looks like it has a power button on the (hum.) button side.
Of course you have to pair it with something.
I seems to only stand with the buttons facing up. They should make a stand of it as well.
I wanna know if it has a light or something that shows you that the speaker power is on.

It works with the Smart Cover thats why it slips on the side of the iPad. The designers say they will put up a demo of it in use with the Smart Cover. I'm totally into this! I've wanted a Jambox for a while now, but I wasn't ready to spend the money on it. Zooka doesn't have a mic but that doesn't bother me in the least. My bank account hates Kickstarter.

Apple isn't paying huge attention to speakers because music is a personal audio experience. It's just not high on the priority list. The majority of people use headphones to listen to things, not the speakers. The speakers are for alarms and phone calls to alert people, and are meant to be loud enough to be heard, but not quality enough to discern spoken word in a crowded room. And if they were loud or quality enough to be heard in a crowded room, the people next to you might not appreciate it anyway, so social norms would dictate putting in headphones anyway so the speakers wouldn't get used, so why put them high on the priority list?
Maybe when the technology catches up, iHome will have their speaker quality Sherlocked to the point that you can get home theater quality sound out of an iPhone without a speaker dock. Time and progress will probably make it happen.

That speaker looks so big and bulky attached like that- no thanks! I certainly agree that higher quality sound coming directly from the device should be a higher priority. It's rather embarrassing to want to show something off on the phone such as a video, and the sound is so poor and low.