Stage5 nears Kickstarter goal for combo mobile charging dock and vibration speaker

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Vibration speakers, or surface transducers, have been around for quite a while now. Stick one on a table or a window or any flat surface, and it turns that surface into a speaker – the sound quality can be quite poor, depending on the surface material and size, but you can find the principle applied in gadgets from the Rock-It to, er, this thing.

Now a London-based outfit called Rocket Sound Systems has come up with a solid-looking aluminum device called the Stage5, which combines the vibration speaker concept with that of a smartphone or tablet charging dock. I think it’s rather clever, not only because it makes more use of the dock’s desktop real estate, but also because it has features that can be controlled from the Stage5 app.

One of those features is an equalizer – I’d want to hear the thing in action before passing…

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