Sony will bring out in December, and make available for pre-order before that, its Model SRS-WS1 Immersive Wearable Speaker. The wireless speaker rests on the listener’s shoulders, surrounding him or her with sound and vibrations that will allow them to experience films, concerts, and games as if they were actually there, while still enabling the wearer to hear their surroundings.
The speaker creates vibrations in the air that deliver a sensory experience that Sony says maintains its intensity and provides high-quality sound even at low volumes.
Sony’s design features speaker slots which, when combined with digital sound processing, create a sound field that surrounds the listener. The ducts on the lower part of the speaker reduce excess resonance to keep sound quality clear, according to Sony’s description. The wearable’s specially developed 30mm-diameter, full-range speakers on both sides, in combination with a small vibration board, is designed to yield high-quality high-register playback.
The speaker’s vibration intensity can be adjusted to three levels: High, Medium and Low. For high-quality transmission of the audio signals, the WS1 speaker leverages 2.4GHz RF wireless technology for low latency and a more responsive listening experience, according to Sony.
As the sound is centered around the wearer, rather than projected from a distance, the user is free to move around without degradation in sound clarity and volume.
The WS1 speaker comes with a wireless transmitter that can be connected to a television using an optical cable or audio cable. Up to two WS1 speakers can be connected to a single transmitter, enabling family or friends to share the listening experience. Users can also connect to the audio ports of mobile devices, such as smartphones or handheld gaming consoles, to enjoy videos and music using the supplied cable. To charge the device, users place the product on the charging stand. One charge takes approximately three hours and provides a maximum continuous usage time of up to seven hours, says Sony.
The WS1 will be available at a suggested retail price of $299.99, and for orders placed now through Dec. 1, at $249.99.