Every company wants kids to build stuff — not in an illegal child labour kind of way but in a fun, educational kind of way. Ball robots are teaching kids code and Google’s new modular blocks work towards a similar goal. But Bose’s BOSEbuild speaker is more interested in teaching the ins and outs of sound and speaker design. It also looks cool as hell.
The $US150 ($204) speaker comes with its own companion app (iOS only) with step-by-step instructions that explore frequency, waveforms, magnets, electromagnets and the general physics of sound. The included lights and faceplates are completely customisable and assuming everything is put together correctly, the BOSEbuild is also a fully functional Bluetooth speaker that can connect to whatever device for music-streaming goodness.