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Three Product Winners Announced

Prize: Rain Design iWoofer

Most Accurate Description? I’ll try.

It is:
- an iPod dock with speakers and lights
- seen from below
- facing right (in the picture)
- approximately 5 inches in diameter
- iPod’s signature white and silver colors
- meant to showcase the iPod, like many of Rain’s other products are designed to showcase Apple products

It has:
- four legs to elevate it about 1 inch.
- four blue LEDs to create a cool under-glow effect
- some similarities to JBL’s OnStage, except better
- a port on the back (left in picture) for computer-to-iPod cable
- volume controls

It does not have:
- bluetooth
- a remote

It’s a simple iPod docking/speaker station that allows the iPod to play music through the built-in speakers, sync to a computer, and charge its battery. The iPod sits on top, allowing full access to its menus and music. And the ambient blue glow from beneath gives it a sleek futuristic look.

By jays1n on 12.20.05 at 03:09 PM

Its a speaker system for the ipod viewed from the underneath. The blue light is projected onto whatever surface it is placed on and may dim in and out or change colors while playing music or synching with itunes. Has four metalic legs and the controls are on the left side of the image in between the 2 metalic circles which are speakers. The black center is the sub-woofer. Charges, syncs, docks, and plays the ipod.

By Adam Fenty on 12.09.05 at 12:19 AM

As the compnay mainly produces stands, it would be probable that its first product for the iPod is also a stand.It’s in the shape of a ball, and then it has four legs underneath, and you stick the iPod into the dock on top (in the middle - so it sticks up). But that’s obvious. It is also a powerful speaker system with a built-in sub-woofer. We see the air-intake on the lefthand side, and the big, dark area in the middle is the subwoofer element, probably a 6

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Comments

1

I think it is a speaker system, we are looking at it from below. The four protrusions are legs, the indentations on the left side are the speakers and controls. Those blue lights look great, it’s quite beautiful.

Posted by Tyler Hawkins on December 8, 2005 at 1:55 PM (CST)

2

I am guessing that this is a stand and external speaker system for iPods.  The speaker is roughly similar to the round HK speakers that came with the G4 desktop Macs.  The base is almost the same as the tubular metal legs that Rain uses as a computer table… just a lot smaller.

But, to give this a little added visual appeal, the speaker ring on the face lights up.  iPod light show, baby!

Posted by Kevin on December 8, 2005 at 2:03 PM (CST)

3

cool looking speakers!

Posted by F. Nicholas in Tustin, CA on December 8, 2005 at 2:16 PM (CST)

4

It looks like some kind of speaker system to me. There are four metal legs, and we’re looking at the object from below. The blue lights will create a cool alien spaceship-esque glow onto the table or surface onto which the object is placed. In fact, i think the whole thing is designed to be quite resemblant of a spaceship.

There appear to be two silverly shapes on the left edge which are probably speakers. Anyway… looks pretty cool!

Posted by James on December 8, 2005 at 2:20 PM (CST)

5

It’s a speaker system for the iPod with a universal dock. There is Dock connector out on the back, and it charges & syncs your music while casting a cool blue light.

Posted by WldKt in United States on December 8, 2005 at 2:42 PM (CST)

6

Its a Speaker/Docking system that may be wireless

Posted by Jason Silverio on December 8, 2005 at 2:53 PM (CST)

7

It looks like it might be a stand / dock for your ipod with built in speakers, four legs that suspend it off of where ever you place it and possibly lights that move along with the musical beat of what ever you’re playing on your ipod.

Posted by Daniel Wodrig on December 8, 2005 at 2:57 PM (CST)

8

A Speaker system that lets you dock your ipod that has legs to postion it in any way you want.The neons lights up to the music you are listening to.

Posted by Doc Evils on December 8, 2005 at 3:01 PM (CST)

9

It combines a docking station, a remote control, and an interface to your TV. Designed for the video iPod, it will allow you to share your downloaded Pixar short films easily with everyone in the family! (NOTE: will also play non-Pixar content, if you insist :)

Posted by P Miller on December 8, 2005 at 3:07 PM (CST)

10

iPOD speaker system with a subwoofer in the middle and tweeters on the outside. The lights flash in time to the music coming from the iPOD.

Posted by Ross Smith on December 8, 2005 at 3:10 PM (CST)

11

It’s an iPod dock, seen from below. To the left are the USB/Firewire plugs. The on/off light switch is there too.
The concept matches nicely with their iMac desk and swivel base, also for iMacs and cinema monitors.
It’s a table/desktop unit.

Posted by Ramón Burgos-Ruíz on December 8, 2005 at 3:16 PM (CST)

12

A partly spherical iPod dock with four stylized legs, seen from below.  To the rear (left, in the image) are the dock connector inputs, plus ‘triggers’ on either side that mechanically release the iPod from the dock.  LEDs provide a blue halo when the iPod is docked.  It will be called the iEscape, for its resemblance to an escape pod.

Posted by Adam Preble on December 8, 2005 at 3:43 PM (CST)

13

first of all, the photo is taken of the bottom of the object.  those four things that look like antennae, are the legs or feet.  it works as a dock for the ipod and has no other functions other than a regular dock, except that it has a cool blue light.

Posted by Hahn Cho on December 8, 2005 at 3:45 PM (CST)

14

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Posted by Miranda Kali on December 8, 2005 at 3:47 PM (CST)

15

It appears that an iPod would somehow(maybe through the hole on the side) be placed in the black circular area and spin. Most likely the lights will illuminate to the music.

Posted by Nick Brennan on December 8, 2005 at 3:49 PM (CST)

16

It appears to be an all in one ipod stereo solution similar to a bose sound dock but with much much better looks.  I believe the photo is from the underside showing a low +or midrange speaker/sub with.  It also looks as if there is controls located on the front for volume and treb/bass as well as what looks like an ipod dock that fuctions similar to a cassette deck.  I would be that this functions similar to a dedicated home theater style tuner with a built in speaker and supporting additional satelite speakers.  But that is just speculation

Posted by DJ Jahn on December 8, 2005 at 4:10 PM (CST)

17

Embodiment of the Halo Effect.

Posted by R Richards on December 8, 2005 at 4:12 PM (CST)

18

Regarding my previous comment I misstated that a dock functioned as a cassette deck but is instead a bass port.  I think that it is a speaker system that can accept an iPod input similar stylig to JBL invader(?) speakers.

Posted by DJ Jahn on December 8, 2005 at 4:14 PM (CST)

19

speakers yes….but more
i think it is an ambient lighting design as well that adjusts and moves with your music

Posted by gabriel kassel on December 8, 2005 at 4:56 PM (CST)

20

It is a charging dock + speaker system. The mechanical legs can be controlled by a wireless remote, with the iPod fitting snugly so it won’t fall out when it’s moving. This is the perfect mix between iPod accessory and iPod toy.

Posted by Mark on December 8, 2005 at 5:23 PM (CST)

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