Bose have just announced the latest addition to their speaker line-up, and chances are it’s not what you’re expecting. If you can imagine a travel neck pillow, but instead of some cushioned padding to rest your head when you want some shut eye, it’s a speaker. It’s called the SoundWear Companion and we’re not entirely sure what to make of it.
Bose say their new SoundWear Companion wearable speaker offers both convenience and connection in a way that ‘allows you to be present with your music as well as your surroundings.’ The device pairs over Bluetooth to your phone, meaning it can take calls and do all the other things any Bluetooth speaker can. The only difference is that you’re wearing it like a scarf.
Compatible with both iOS and Android, the speaker sits comfortably on your shoulders. We know what you’re thinking – “Won’t the music annoy everyone else but the wearer?” Well, Bose say the sound is ‘full and clear to you—yet minimises the sound for others’ thanks to its legendary waveguide technology.
So why make it in the first place? What makes this different to a normal speaker and why not just use earphones? Bose say the idea behind the gadget was people want their music on without blocking out the rest of the world. LG created something similar last year called the LG Tone Studio. Though LG’s creation did come with earbuds in case you were in public.
Features-wise, the Companion comes with up to 12 hours of playback, charging through Micro USB, it’s sweat and weather resistant, and it gives vibrations if a call is incoming instead of deafening your eyes with loud alerts. It also comes with optional cover colours, including grey, blue and purple.
We’re not quite sure what to make of the Companion, mainly because it comes from such a high-end tech manufacturer like Bose. The idea of having music wherever you go in the home makes sense, but if you can afford the $299.95 (around £220) for the speaker, chances are you’re going to have or want a multi-room speaker setup.
If you’re more sold on the Bose SoundWear Companion wearable speaker than we are, head over to the Bose Website now where one will set you back around £220 ($299.95).