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Crowdfunding project of the week: HUB by Ekko makes wireless sound simple
Another week, another crowdfunding project. In this article series we aim to curate a selection of the best crowdfunding projects hosted in sites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo. We all know there is plenty to be excited for in these sites, but it’s also a fact not everything really makes sense. This is why we find the coolest gadgets and present them to you here.
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- Kickstarter project of the week: Mighty Audio brings offline Spotify playback
- Crowdfunding project of the week: YOUMO modular power strip
- Crowdfunding project of the week: SOUNDBOKS is the loudest battery-powered speaker around
- Crowdfunding project of the week – Rook drone can be controlled from anywhere
Today we are taking a look at a very interesting product named HUB by Ekko. So, what is it? The idea is actually quite simple, it’s just that it hasn’t quite been perfected before. The HUB is a system that allows users to share HiFi audio with multiple users, wirelessly.
The elegantly designed HUB can be connected to any audio source and has space for two or four listening devices (depending on which one you get). But it can connect with up to 10 receivers, you would just have to deal with the charging situation of not having enough spots in the HUB. These circular gadgets can simply be placed in their slots to be charged wirelessly, though, which might make it an easier feat.
When ready to listen, each participant can simply grab one and connect his own headphones to it. The best part is that it creates a personalized high quality sound experience for each user. Volume control is managed from the receiver. Furthermore, if you are feeling a bit more loud you can simply connect these to any speaker and even create a multi-room listening experience.
Thanks to its integrated WiFi system, it needs no existing network and can operate on its own. Not to mention the fact that WiFi has a longer range when compared to Bluetooth and other technologies used with wireless headphones. It also allows for higher quality sound; the HUB and sound pucks can be over 50 feet away from each other.
But how long will the fun last? Battery life is estimated at 4.5 hours, which is more than enough to watch a couple movies.
Shall we get down to business? I know many of you are wondering how much this set-up will cost. The Kickstarter project is very close to reaching its $100,000 goal, which obviously means most early bird specials are gone and there is very little worm to get here.
You can still opt for the $159 option, but we are sure those will be gone soon enough. If you miss your chance, you can pay as low as $169 to get yourself a HUB Mini (to sound pucks). There is one downside, though. These won’t ship until July 2017. That’s long time to wait!
Are any of you looking to sign up? Just hit the Kickstarter page to learn all the details.