Big Brother is watching, learning … and playing your favorite Jill Scott song. Aether, a new California-based start-up company, has created a "smart" wireless speaker called the Cone that plays your favorite music according to your mood.
How does Cone know that you have a penchant for Johnny Cash? It learns. As listeners begin to use the speaker, it starts to keep track of your music behaviors.
Listening to a track teaches the speaker that you like that particular song. From there, Cone will play music similar to the initial track. Skip past a song, and the speaker also takes note.
If you want to listen to a specific track, simply press the button in the center of the speaker and say the name of the artist and track.
Cone's initial setup requires pairing it via Bluetooth with an Apple device running Mac OS X 10.9+ (Mavericks) or iOS 7. However once the setup process is complete, Cone works without a net, using your home's Wi-Fi network and a music service of your choosing to deliver the jams.
In addition to a potentially revolutionary music-curating system, Cone also delivers stylish good looks. The conical speaker comes in white or black with a silver or copper tip.
The front of the Cone is all speaker grille with a lone button in the center. To cycle through tracks, listeners simply twist the grille. Pausing a track takes a simple tap of the lone button. The speaker features a 3-inch subwoofer and dual tweeters, as well as a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with up to 8 hours of battery life.
However, something that smart and good-looking won't be cheap. When it launches this summer, the Cone will retail for $399.