One of the recent trends in Bluetooth speakers is the addition of colourful LEDs that blink and flash along with whatever music’s playing. But a company called Victrola has done something way out of left field by putting an animated Pin Art display on top of its new wireless speaker.
We’ve all played with those Pin Art toys at random shopping mall novelty stores, presumably leaving behind a 3D relief of your hand giving shoppers the finger. They’re fun for about four minutes, but Victrola is hoping the novelty doesn’t wear off when all of those pins are autonomously jumping around to your music.
Form over function.
When available sometime later this year for around $130 (£96, with UK pricing TBA; the final price will depend on whether or not smart assistant support is included) the Pin-X will include basic Bluetooth speaker functionality, although without a built-in battery. You’ll need to find a permanent home for the Pin-X thanks to power-hungry motors inside that need access to an AC outlet at all times.
Those motors don’t run completely silent, however. While the motion of the pins certainly won’t drown out your music, they won’t go completely unnoticed. That makes spending £96 on a Bluetooth speaker a tough sell when its biggest selling point is a novelty visualiser. But let's be honest: lots of us already have our credit cards at the ready.