Bose just made a fricking speaker you wear around your neck
A renegade sound engineer from Bose has either lost his mind, or sworn revenge on a world plagued by annoying Facebook videos, Snapchat updates and general mobile video noise. The audio company has produced this, the Bose SoundWear Companion Speaker – a tidy-looking gadget that hides a horrifying truth: it's a wearable speaker.
Just imagine it. You go to work, get to your desk, and find the annoying little shit who sits opposite you rocking out to his favourite Taylor Swift tunes. But – unlike most days when you can tune out the abysmal beat of Swift's goat-toned music (see below) - you can't because instead of wearing headphones, he's wearing a fricking speaker around his neck.
According to the Bose sound engineer who just wants to watch the whole world burn, there are two ways to listen to music; through speakers so that everyone can hear, or via headphones that make listening private. The Bose SoundWear Companion Speaker is meant to fill the gap, and solve a problem that never existed in the first place.
The speaker wraps around your neck, resting on your shoulders like one of those travel pillows. Then, using the company's 'waveguide technology' supposedly delivers rich, full sound to your ears.
The company tells us that the technology minimizes noise for those around you. One might imagine, if that were the point, Bose would perhaps put the speakers inside little cups, and then fit them to your ears. You know, like headphones?
There's a built-in microphone that lets you signal Siri or Google Assistant, as well as make calls to further annoy those around you. There's also a series of custom-designed covers in a variety of colours so that people can see – and hear – your terrible taste in music wherever you may go.
It's available next month for AED1100 (US$300) and most of your dignity.
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