Personally, I’ve never fully understood the draw of audio docks. I get the concept of inserting the smartphone with a ready-to-go playlist or Pandora station for music listening. But then I have no smartphone to do the other things I generally do: games, writing, and email.
The only time I think that an audio dock could be convenient is when I’m setting the vibe to make sweet love down by the fire. But when you have kids, that’s almost like a fantasy’s fantasy.
The good people at Auris have designed a solution that lets such audio docks maintain their usefulness while also permitting users to keep smartphones in hand. It’s called Skye, and it’s up on Kickstarter right now.
Skye is a wireless music receiver – the next generation of wireless music receivers, actually. It’s able to achieve more than the typical wireless receiver can by eliminating the most common drawbacks: poor range, poor sound, and limited capability.
The Skye receiver is a WiFi-enabled receiver, which gives it a significant advantage over Bluetooth wireless receivers. Skye features a 30-pin connector, which lets it sit in compatible docks with no external power cable required.
The compatibility doesn’t stop there. Skye comes with a USB and 3.5mm cable, which allow users to hook Skye up to virtually any audio source and make it WiFi-accessible.
The Skye control app lets users configure the connection to a home’s wireless network quickly and easily. The built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with digital amplification guarantees that your music will sound better than when coming through a Bluetooth receiver.
Check out the Skye Kickstarter project, which is on the verge of being funded with over a month to go. This small device brings freedom to household music and also works with multiple Skye units as well.
Take a look and see what the buzz is about, maybe even pledge for your own.