Turn any flat surface to a speaker...

By lokem
Mar 16, 2002
  1. Hope this is not a repost. There's a device from Olympia which allows any flat surfaces to be turned into a speaker.

    Full article:,,t269-s2106596,00.html

    Wonder how good the sound quality is :D
  2. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,588   +278

    I read this the other day.
    Quite interesting. The article that I read said that the sound quality was unexpectably good even if it was attached to a table.
    Also it was stated that it was possible to attach 2 of these soundbugs to the same flat surface for stereo sound..
  3. lokem

    lokem TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 672

    Re: Re: Turn any flat surface to a speaker...

    Interesting. Just as I'm planning to get the low end Altec Lansing speakers, this pops up ;) It's a pity that they don't come in pairs for default stereo sound. Guess it's not meant for desktop use. Imagine how notebooks will sound with this!
  4. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,588   +278

    Never crossed my mind about the possible application for these in the laptop market. Dunno if they would have to be detatchable or just mounted in the base of a laptop to provide sound throught he work surface. One problem though is for sound if you have the laptop on your lap ;) I guess the traditional output would still be required.
  5. lokem

    lokem TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 672

    From the image I saw on the ZDNet website, the thing looks like a mouse with a suction cup at the bottom instead of a mouse wheel. I suppose the "suction cup" can be placed at bottom of the notebooks OR they can shrink those contact points so that it can be pulled out from the notebook and be attached to something else when the user is properly seated. If the sound quality is good enough, that should give the notebooks some "subwoofer" sound effects and not what they're claiming now with the Compaq models :D

    Heh, forgot about the lap position :D Agreed, the traditional output would still be required for notebooks to remain mobile. But think about PDAs where you can place the PDAs on the table and convert it into a jukebox :D
  6. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,588   +278

    Yeah I wouldn't mind seeing what the performance is with like with smaller devices such as PDA and mp3 players. Might be a bit more compact to carry around than some of the flat speakers that are currently available for desktops.
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