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What is it? Contest by Rain Design - Winners Announced

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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

21

I think it is some sort of webcam.

Posted by daspler1 on December 8, 2005 at 5:25 PM (CST)

22

They are speakers, they are seen from the bottom, they seem to have a connector to sync with a pc, they charge your ipod while you are listening to your favourite music. They also feature a brand new ambient light. They surely will have a remote control, and four legs.
YOu’ll only have to put your iPod in the new universal dock and HAVE A GREAT TIME.

Posted by dani2403 on December 8, 2005 at 5:27 PM (CST)

23

I think it is a ipod stand with speakers that conect to the ipod. also the lights will flash in beat with the music. also it could be a dock to the computer.

Posted by Isaac cohen on December 8, 2005 at 5:48 PM (CST)

24

it is a speaker for your home media center (stereo tv) or for you room. it has an output to speaker system as well as the ability to produce sound via its own speakers. The picture is taken from the bottom where the four silver rounded sticks jutting out are the legs and the white tips are rubber place holders. There are only those four blue lights underneath that give the device a glow during playback - the brightness depends on the volume. On top is a dock for all iPods with dock connectors which comes with an adapter for the various models and sizes. On the left side of the image you can see two silver buttons. These buttons operate the device’s volume. In the middle of these buttong is a hole, which is where the bass comes from. The device is compatible with a remote that controls the iPod functions such as forward/back and play. The device can also be hooked up to a TV device for image and video viewing.

Posted by DoTheChew on December 8, 2005 at 5:58 PM (CST)

25

An iPod dock that streams the music coming through the dock connector to any stereo system that has the appropriate receiver.  It will stream any sort of media that the iPod will.

Posted by doctormuelas on December 8, 2005 at 6:35 PM (CST)

26

It’the iFly!Simply put, it’s an iPod helicopter. Pop your baby into the included dock, and use the control panel (not shown)to fly your iPod to one of 10 user preset locations. Choose to fly it to near your computer, where the bluetooth signal between the unit and your Mac transmits your iTunes Library right to the iPod. Choose to fly your iPod to near your stereo, and the bluetooth transmits your songs right to your reciever. A bluetooth adapter for your reciever is included. Fly to your car to automatically sync with your stereo, and fly to your sidetable to turn into an alarm clock that will wake you up with your playlists! The bottom of the helicopter(as shown) emits a cool neon light, in one of 10 customizable colors! Your iFly will transform the way you use your iPod forever!

Posted by Adam T. on December 8, 2005 at 6:43 PM (CST)

27

it is a speaker cradle for the new ipod….

it is pictured from underneath…

it has four legs and lights surrounding the circular dock

it has usb connector from behind and lets you sync with your mac or pc…

with the built-in speaker system it will light up according to the music…

it can be called iFO..hehe

Posted by mark pacatang on December 8, 2005 at 6:49 PM (CST)

28

I think the item is a speaker system for the ipod with a subwoofer on the bottom, it has a dock connector port in the back as well as stereo out and IR capabilities, and of course an iPod dock on the top

Posted by Chris Paddock on December 8, 2005 at 6:51 PM (CST)

29

It is a speaker/dock/subwoofer for iPod with a blue light that blinks along with the music. It has for metal legs that, get this, ARE USED TO WALK AROUND THE ROOM WHILE SPEWING OUT YOUR FAVORITE TUNES! or somthin like that…

Posted by Wash_Jones on December 8, 2005 at 7:06 PM (CST)

30

I would say that it’s an external dock/speaker system/visualizer.  The iPod docks with the system which plays the music through the speakers, but it also doubles as a light presentation cycling through different color patterns based on the music (think fiber optic sculptures).  Of course, it will have the ability not only to show these, but to project them (both the synaesthesic light show and slideshow/video presentations).  Unlike other docks, this can be turned on its side and even wall-mounted for the presentations.  For even more fun, the device can be ceiling-mounted, and the “Rain Function” deployed where the device will stream out droplets while shining color through them in conjunction with the music, for the ultimate in dance parties.

Posted by Whyren in Midwest on December 8, 2005 at 7:11 PM (CST)

31

What Is It? Well to me, It looks like a futuristic iPod controller that sits over the click wheel. (To allow Night Time control maybe!?). The four ‘legs’ grip the side of the iPod whilst the white ring cushions the unit on the iPod’s surface - and may also act as a ‘fingerless scroll wheel! The 4 blue lights illuminate the essential buttons on the click wheel; Menu, Back, Forward and Play/Pause. The middle represents the push button. Even though it appears bulky in the picture, it fits like a ‘skin’ over the clickwheel allowing more precision control and also a visual aid!! that’s what I think anyway!!

Posted by Richard Corbin on December 8, 2005 at 7:28 PM (CST)

32

This is the iNuke by Rain. Plug in the iPod and play the music and when the music ends the iNuke will explode and kill everyone in USA.

Posted by PPT on December 8, 2005 at 7:37 PM (CST)

33

I think we’re looking at the bottom of a new dock for the video Ipods.  A monitor or television sits on top and when you set your Ipod in you can play the videos through the attached monitor.  It will also have its own speaker system.

Posted by Earl Doherty on December 8, 2005 at 7:38 PM (CST)

34

I believe that the rain design product is that of a speaker system that can be plugged into a computer but can also be plugged into the wall for where ever you want speakers.

Posted by Jay Schaul on December 8, 2005 at 7:43 PM (CST)

35

My guess is a speaker system for the iPod which pulsates as music plays. Should charge the iPod as well as the speaker system itsself. Looks like it’s large enough to be a wall-powered set, and there seems to be a dock for the iPod on the side.

Posted by Ben Silverstein on December 8, 2005 at 7:56 PM (CST)

36

I think it is a picture of the bottom of a speaker with a subwoofer for the ipods from all generation and the mini plus the nano. The four things sticking out are the legs and the speaker system is in the shape of a sphere.
The lights on the bottom can either beat with the music or indicate if the speaker is on. It doesn’t have batteries. Instead it has to be plugged in at all times.

Posted by Jonathan Keim on December 8, 2005 at 8:03 PM (CST)

37

its an Ipod dock that hooks to your computer and is also a speaker system.

Posted by Chris on December 8, 2005 at 9:28 PM (CST)

38

Very nice device.
It is a docking station with all the usual bits you would expect plus the additional feature of ambient lighting that changes color depending on its perception of the type of music you are listening to. Blue for slow through to red for faster tempo.

Put it on your table and treat more than one of your senses.

Posted by peter on December 8, 2005 at 9:56 PM (CST)

39

I think that it’s an all-in-one package. Since Rain seems to design products that cradle apple accessories, it would be logical to assume that this is some kind of stand. It might as well end up as a charger. It seems like there is a dock connector port at the left, for syncing with the iMac/PC. The design would definately match an “Ikea” room, meaning it’s simple and beautiful. It could also end up being a speaker system which would perfectly fit it’s with it’s $139 price tag. I think I can see a gold-plated headphone jack. This feature is included in most speaker systems. The blue lights may end up flashing to the beat of the music.  It looks very nice, and from what I can see very beautiful in design.

Posted by aaron.mark in Los Angeles, CA on December 8, 2005 at 10:07 PM (CST)

40

I think that it’s an all-in-one package. Since Rain seems to design products that cradle apple accessories, it would be logical to assume that this is some kind of stand. It might as well end up as a charger. It seems like there is a dock connector port at the left. The design would definately match an “Ikea” room, meaning it’s simple and beautiful. It could also end up being a speaker system which would perfectly fit it’s with it’s $139 price tag. I think I can see a gold-plated headphone jack. This feature is included in most speaker systems. The blue lights may end up flashing to the beat of the music.  It looks very nice, and from what I can see very beautiful in design.

Posted by aaron.mark in Los Angeles, CA on December 8, 2005 at 10:39 PM (CST)

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