PSFK has partnered with B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen to look at how to incorporate sound seamlessly into the connected home ecosystem of the future.
Life at home has become incredibly dynamic and interactive. From the palm of our hand we’re now able to control a connected ecosystem of devices, allowing us to tap into a host of digital services, while also ensuring that our surroundings are optimized for our personal comfort and well-being. At the same time, streamlined designs are literally blending into the interior, enabling us to make the most out of our increasingly small spaces without having to sacrifice on quality or performance.
In this future leaning vision of life in the home, people no longer have room for objects that aren’t versatile or beautiful. But even when form meets function in perfect union, how do these products actually work?
One device that is offering a frictionless way to incorporate sound into the home is the A9 Speaker from B&O PLAY, which manages to find a perfect balance between size and gorgeous sound. With a striking new approach and visual presentation, the speaker takes a uniform circular shape, held elegantly up by three wooden legs that won’t be an eyesore in any setting. The A9 also offers a sturdy wall hang, so users can customize it to fit into any room or setting.
Imagine a lazy Sunday morning as you settle into the sofa with your craft brewed cup of coffee and tablet pre-populated with a personalized selection of the world’s news. Things couldn’t be much more tranquil, save for the decided lack of a public radio soundtrack to accompany your musings. If only you didn’t have to move.
Or what about those days when you come home to your apartment after a long day, the music on your headphones the only thing that has kept you insulated from the strangers on the subway, the city streets and the even stranger co-workers lurking around your cubicle. Why kill your carefully cultivated vibe, when a few simple clicks, could have those dulcet tones streaming straight from your smartphone and throughout your home instead.
The A9 speaker has the technical power to achieve these seamless transitions. Under the hood, the device holds a host of features that set it apart from others in terms of functionality. For example, the A9 does away with fussy control schemes – instead a simple swipe up or down the side of the device will control the volume, and resting your hand on top for a moment will mute, perfect for those weekends when you need a subtle soundtrack to accompany your dinner parties or morning cups of coffee.
The device is also designed to make it easy to wirelessly stream music from computers, tablets or smartphones with fully integrated AirPlay, meaning there’s no need to plug in a bulky media player and spoil the aesthetic. The system features built-in Spotify Connect, and if you’re a premium subscriber, you can just hit play and your music will begin streaming directly from the cloud, the minute you get home. Accompanied with a full sound to fill any room, the A9 is geared towards today’s design-savvy consumers who don’t want to sacrifice technology for aesthetics. This system subtly blends into the environment with an accompanying sound to match.
In today’s tech-obsessed culture, where new gadgets appear on a daily basis, it’s never been more important to deliver utility into people’s lives. With its combination of sound quality, seamless functionality and sophisticated design, the A9 hopes to bring users one step closer to achieving a fully connected lifestyle.
What song will you be starting the New Year with? Send us the title & artist (or a link) on Twitter to @PSFK using #NewYearNewMusic and you could win a pair of B&O BeoPlay H6 headphones!
[PSFK in partnership with B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen]