One of the more bizarre gadgets I saw at the Pepcom event, as least to my mind, is from AR, a company known for its speakers. (AR, which stands for Acoustic Research, is a brand owned by VOXX International.) Billed as “AR For Her”, they’re a very different kind of Bluetooth speaker. Looking exactly like a lady’s purse, these wireless speakers are designed to appeal to women. You can stream your music to this ‘purse’ directly from your smart phone, tablet, etc. As I stood at the AR display table I watched the reaction of a couple of women. They seemed to like them, but asked the same question. Can you also carry things in this purse? Actually, you can’t. The entire purse is a metal speaker cabinet. The first round of AR purse speakers come in six different colors and styles, but the inside electronics are all the same. New colors and styles can easily be added if they’re a bit hit. A built-in rechargeable battery offers 8 hours of playtime away from AC on a full charge. There’s also a built-in microphone, which allows for hands-free calls. Included with the wireless speaker is an AC adapter, Micro USB charging cable, audio cable (for non-Bluetooth devices) and a removable accessory strap so it can be carried like a purse. The sound I heard from the purse speaker was lacking in bass. But we were told the speakers on display where just delivered that day in time for the show, and were just prototypes. So maybe the sound will be fuller in the final version. The AR For Her will retail for $79.99. It’s expected to be available in stores beginning spring 2014.
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