Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What Will They Think of Next?: The iPig...No, I'm Not Kidding

When I received an announcement in my inbox today about something called the iPig, it naturally caught my attention. Is this a joke? After having seen a toilet roll that doubled as an iPod dock a few years back at CES in Las Vegas, I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't. Sure enough, upon opening up the e-mail, there staring back at me were three little piggies, each with an iPod docked atop, and glaring speaker-grille eyes.

A company called Speakal, based out of Culver City, CA, has created this modern day spin on the piggy bank. No, you won't be able to save your money within these piggies; but you will be able to play back your tunes via their four speakers and 4" sub that deliver 25-watts of power and "360-degree sound distribution." In addition to iPods, each hog also has a 3.5mm input jack for connecting other devices.

While the iPigs come with a remote control (that can also control the iPod's menu) you'll never guess how you can also adjust volume: just touch the left and right ears to turn the sound up or down! Oce the iPig is turned on, his mouth blinks happily as you navigate through tunes and menus.

Nothing surprises me in this industry anymore; and each new strange or funky gadget attracts its own quirky group of followers. There truly is something for everyone. Just don't be surprised if a child asks you for the iPig this Christmas instead of a rickety old piggy bank that he can use to save up money for the next best iPod to dock in it.

The iPig comes in yellow, pink, and white, as depicted above, and sells for US$139.99.

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1 comment:

Lee_D said...

That is SO cute!