The Freewheeler speaker features a frequency response of 52 - 21,000 Hz, a 112dB output, a built-in FM receiver, a battery life of 8 hours and a wireless range of 656 feet- but I'm having trouble figuring out what makes it worth $21,000. Is it the fact that it is roughly the size of a Mazda Miata tire (only thicker) and can be rolled around? Because I'll be dammed if I'm paying that much for something I have to push. Still, 8 morons spent $1000 bucks on that stupid iPhone app so there is no telling what people will drop big money on.
This is that rarity of rarities: a product so ridiculous that it makes even the most laughable of Gizmodo gadgets seem somehow intelligent.
First, according to the manufacturer's website, it is meant for outdoor use, yet:
1) It is constructed of laminated wood; and
2) It is painted white.
So, yeah, roll this thing across your brick or concrete patio and leave it out in your garden. Let's see just how long the soft wood surface stays scuff-free and clean.
Then, they proudly proclaim how it is designed as a single component "instead of the usual two separate elements". Umm...huh? Apparently, even though we can't see it in the photos, it does have two speakers—what they are calling "multi-directional coaxial speakers"—but they are placed on opposite sides of the tire...er, wheel...facing completely away from each other. And because of this bizarre arrangement, it produces what they are calling a "stereo effect". A stereo effect? How about just having two speakers facing towards you and having, you know, actual stereo?
Finally, as noted in Sean's story but still hard to tell from the photos due to lack of scale, the frakin' thing is HUGE. 23" in diameter and 10" in depth. Good gravy! And $21,000? Good gravy again.