According to the team over at Geek.com usually when Bose promotes their products they focus on things like fidelity, sleek design, and room-filling sound. Their new Cube speaker, however, is all about bringing STEM learning to kids.
The Cube is a DIY Bluetooth speaker building kit. Kids don’t even need tools to get started — just a smartphone and the BOSEbuild app. The app stands in as a textbook, and it guides kids (and inquisitive adults) through the entire process.
They don’t just start out with building the speaker, either. Bose begins by teaching a few introductory lessons about how a speaker actually produces sound — which includes an experiment that uses a connected smartphone to “bounce” a magnet on a coil and variation on the classic paper speaker science fair project.
The Cube is customizable, too. Its snap-together cover panels can be personalized, and you can tweak the lighting scheme. You can even get all rave-y if you like and make the LEDs respond to the tunes as The Cube pumps them out.
Bose products have always commanded a bit of a premium, and The Cube is no exception. It’s priced at $149, which is about what you’d pay for supplies to build 140 or so fully-functional paper plate speakers. They wouldn’t be able to pair with your smartphone over Bluetooth, of course, and there’s no cleverly-designed instructional app that comes with them.