Every now and then a product shows up on Kickstarter that makes potential consumers swoon with excitement. Sometimes those products come to be, and other times, they fizzle back into pixie dust. So what happens when you create a product, demo it publicly, and let Technology Blogged get our hands on it? Well we pass it on to you, dear reader, of course!
So what is the “Woojer” exactly? It’s a wearable woofer – essentially. It works by creating a vibration response to sound inputted into it via a source such as a PC, iPhone, or really any device with a 3.5 mm auxiliary jack. The Woojer acts as bridge essentially. After connecting it to the source device, users can than connect any pair of headphones – so long as it uses a 3.5 mm jack, into the Woojer. Once the device is powered on and the source device begins to playback the content, the user experiences the Woojer, via a series of vibrations that are designed to match the audio. So if users are watching a war movie, they will feel vibrations in response to things like gunfire and explosions.
Sounds simple enough right? Well take for starters that the device is a bit wider and larger than a standard matchbox. And weighs about the same! It has two 3.5 mm jacks. One that connects to a source device and the other connects to any standard pair of headphones. It uses a mini – USB charging port to charge, and the 700mAh battery is said to proved around 4 hours of continuous use. It uses small magnetic clips to attach onto shirts, ties, or pants. In my case it was attached to my tie, and boy did I feel it! The greatest thing is what while users will feel the vibrations, which were incredibly realistic and fine-tuned to a wide range of frequencies, the device itself does not make a vibrating sound. Furthermore the level of vibration the device creates can be controlled by the user via a small switch on the side of the unit.
The Kickstarter campaign ends on Friday, December 6 at 10:10 EST. As of this posting, the project has raised over $74,000 of the $100,000 goal – the campaign only kicked off on November 6! When the unit finally does make its way to consumers, sometime around May 2014, it will have a sub $100 price tag. Color choices will initially include Black, Red, and White. Finally, the unit is great for the hearing impaired, as it allows those who are hard of hearing to “feel” the sound thus creating a more immersive experience for them.
About Benny Sabghir: Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Benny enjoys all aspects of consumer electronics - especially writing about it. He also enjoys hitting the gym, running and discussing the history of his three favorite wars - The American Revolution, The Six-Day War, and the Star Wars Trilogy. Currently in Jerusalem, Israel. Follow him on twitter @Sabghir_Benny Find him on Google+ View author profile.