Bose's New Speaker Only Costs $150 But You Have to Build It Yourself

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Every company wants kids to build stuff—not in an illegal child labor kind of way but in a fun, educational kind of way. Ball robots are teaching kids code and Google’s new modular blocks work toward a similar goal. But Bose’s BOSEbuild speaker is more interested in teaching the ins and outs of sound and speaker design. It also looks cool as hell.

The $150 speaker comes with its own companion app (iOS only) with step-by-step instructions that explore frequency, waveforms, magnets, electromagnets, and the general physics of sound. The included lights and faceplates are completely customizable, and assuming everything is put together correctly, the BOSEbuild speaker is also a fully functional Bluetooth speaker that can connect to whatever device for music-streaming goodness.




Andy "What?" M-S

It looks like a great idea. I do miss the days when you could build something from a schematic, but finding the parts is more of a challenge than it once was. My first big project was 9-transistor active filter, built out of a c. 1972 ARRL Radio Amateur’s Handbook. It took me days of soldering on perfboard, drilling the case and fitting connectors...

Ah, the good old days.

Seriously, though, having people build things is an excellent way to give them a sense of competence. I’m all for it! But this price will keep it out of most peoples’ hands.