Bose has a long history of making great-yet-pricey speakers. But its latest, the BoseBUILD Speaker Cube, is a first for the company — a build-your-own speaker, intended for kids. It's designed to help teach the basic concepts of sound and speaker design. It's a cool idea, with dead simple setup and instructions, but for $US150, it could be a bit of a hard sell.
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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.
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