Greg Kennedy is an award-winning juggler and former Cirque du Soleil member capable of juggling with almost any object. But watching him doing it with nine light balls inside a cone really impressed me. The light and the sound repetitive patterns put me immediately into a state of trance.
Is a piece of code capable of mimicking the way humans listen to music? That's the promise of Cone, a "thinking" speaker that watches what you listen to and learns from it. It doesn't perfectly replicate your tastes—but it's pretty damn fun to watch it try.
Music is personal. It's tied to our identities, our emotions, even our friends. So the idea that a complex algorithm could make us smarter about music is counter-intuitive. The creators of Cone, a wireless speaker that learns what you like and builds on it, think they've cracked the code.
These "wine glass" speakers from Audio Technica look less like wine glasses to us, and more like floating marital aids, which is pretty cool too if this were Fleshbot. Nevertheless, the speakers are housed inside the cone, and produce sound from the bottom, into the base, which disperses the sound around the room.