Bang & Olufsen Beosound Edge: Rolling where few have dared
September 8, 2018
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It’s time to make a gravity-defying impression on all who enter your Man Cave! Announced at IFA 2018 in Berlin, the Beosound Edge is very typically B&O, for they have dared to reinvent the humble speaker. Visualize a speaker that’s actually a giant volume knob with a gyroscope and an accelerometer to detect when you’re rolling it along the ground, and you realise what those Danes have achieved.

On the floor as a stunning centerpiece, amplifying and blending in with the colors of the furniture standing next to it, or placed on the wall as a true gravity-defying statement that divides spaces in the home. Proximity sensors on the Beosound Edge sense when you’re near, activating a touch-sensitive interface atop its aluminum curve. The Beosound Edge is calibrated to read the force of your touch, adjusting the volume as you roll the speaker back and forth, even when placed on the gravity-defying wall mount.

Designed by Michael Anastassiades, most notable for his spherical brass lamps, inspiration of the speaker’s form came from the UK’s old pound coin. The circular design with thick edges allows the device to sit on its side, as well as a gravity-defying wall mount. Mimicking the interaction of dials, the aluminum edges respond to the human touch by adjusting the volume when being rolled backward and forward.

The industrial design and UX apart, the Beosound Edge speaker includes a 10-inch woofer for bass sound action, two pairs of 4-inch drivers that deliver sound in the middle frequencies, and two 0.75 tweeters used for high notes.

The Beosound Edge incorporates Bang & Olufsen’s best-in-class sound technology and works with Air Play 2, Chromecast, Bluetooth and voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant. The speaker will be available starting November 2018 and with price tag of $3,500 USD.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2015 and 2016. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.
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