Audio technology company Bose this week announced a new wireless Bluetooth speaker aimed at creating a do-it-yourself workflow for kids interested in electronics. Called the BOSEbuild Speaker Cube, the $150 kit connects with a companion Bose app, giving users a step-by-step set of instructions to build a fully functioning Bluetooth speaker, along with other experiments and activities (via TechCrunch).

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Once users put the focus on assembling the speaker, no extra tools are required in the process since Bose ships all the necessary equipment in the kit. There are customization options as well, with different colored lighting effects and "swappable silhouette covers" to add a personal touch to the finished speaker.

This is more than just a speaker – it’s a journey. Starting from the very basic elements of sound and speakers, your child will build a deeper understanding as they move toward assembling their Speaker Cube. At every step, exploration is encouraged and curiosity is rewarded.

Everything about the BOSEbuild Speaker Cube is carefully designed with kids in mind. The parts are rugged and resilient, and the app-driven construction steps are clear and easy to follow. Cables and connectors are big, bright, and easy to handle. Even the circuit board is clearly labeled.

The Speaker Cube is just the first in the BOSEbuild line, which the company hopes will help spark the curiosity of its younger users through hands-on experiences and exploration. According to Bose, "when kids build something with their own hands and experience it with their own senses, it does more than just teach – it inspires."


While hardware-focused, the new BOSEbuild products are similar to Apple's upcoming app, Swift Playgrounds, which will present a visual, entertaining angle on teaching kids how to code. Currently available in the iOS 10 beta, the final version of Swift Playgrounds will launch for free in the App Store this fall.

Those interested can purchase the Speaker Cube on Bose's website for $149.00. Although both an iOS and Android device can be used for music playback once the speaker is functioning, the educational discovery and build experience is only available via an iOS app on any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad running iOS 8 or newer, with the exception of the iPad 2.

Top Rated Comments

wlossw Avatar
61 months ago
Children in China have been playing with these "kits" in factories for years, now it's your kid's turn!
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Aston441 Avatar
61 months ago
Children in China have been playing with these "kits" in factories for years, now it's your kid's turn!
Except those kids are already working Calculus equations at the same age while our kids are learning how to "feel" about special social justice issues.

We are so done lol.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
69Mustang Avatar
61 months ago
This is pretty slick! I might pick one up just to play around with, assuming the sound quality is decent.
It's held together by plastic clips and meant to be assembled and disassembled multiple times. Pretty safe to say the sound quality is going to reflect that. I really don't think the purpose of the product is sound quality. More of learning tool. But you're right, it's pretty slick. If you have interest, Amazon has an entire section of STEM toys like this cube: https://www.amazon.com/STEM-Toys-Store/b?ie=UTF8&node=11021999011

I picked up this for my 10 year old daughter for a summer project for us to do together.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Keane16 Avatar
61 months ago
Pretty cool. 10 year old me would've loved to tinker with a kit like that.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
neuropsychguy Avatar
61 months ago
Their home speakers system has lasted me 23 years. Excellent quality. My Wave system (8 years old) I still believe is unmatched and is works perfect.

The Bluetooth speaker a friend of mine also has seems super robust.

Don't know about the headphones though
Bose makes great products. They're just priced higher than similar quality (some with better acoustics) systems from other manufacturers. It's like Beats - the quality is good, it's just the quality / price ratio is lower than other options.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
federico0212 Avatar
61 months ago
I guess they're trying to encourage more fresh new audio equipment engineers
Their home speakers system has lasted me 23 years. Excellent quality. My Wave system (8 years old) I still believe is unmatched and is works perfect.

The Bluetooth speaker a friend of mine also has seems super robust.

Don't know about the headphones though
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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