'BOSEbuild Speaker Cube' Teaches Kids How to Build Their Own Bluetooth Speaker

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.

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48 months ago
Children in China have been playing with these "kits" in factories for years, now it's your kid's turn!
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48 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.
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48 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.
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48 months ago
Pretty cool. 10 year old me would've loved to tinker with a kit like that.
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48 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.
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48 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
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48 months ago
I believe there is a market for more things like this, similar to what I grew up playing with - the Radio Shack / Science Fair 75 in 1 electronic kit. It's what drove my idea for an all-electronic solid state method for storing and playback of music - back in the mid to late '70's. I wish I would have stuck to experimenting with it more (storing loops of sound), because this idea ended up becoming the iPod and other MP3 players.

I had actually envisaged a time when we would skip using speakers to hear music and tie electronics directly into our brains - this back when I was around 10 years old. For me, it was an idea born more out of my own issues with constant ear infections and reduced hearing because of that. Obviously we haven't gotten quite that far yet (for general population use), but these ideas were all born out of my playing with the 75 in 1 kit, so it clearly had a positive effect on me.

This Bose kit looks far too simple to me. Instead of just being about assembling and controlling a very basic bt speaker, they should give kids the ability to actually play with and test acoustics of the speaker box, with different baffle configurations and materials, different port options, box sizes, etc. It would be a great combination of physics-based and electronics learning potential.
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48 months ago
Insert joke about lousy BOSE build quality.
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48 months ago

Children in China have been playing with these "kits" in factories for years, now it's your kid's turn!


They're just trying to prepare our kids for the realties of the future job market in a global economy.
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48 months ago

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.


Kind of a false equivalency, but I get your point and somewhat agree.

Anyways, this kit sounds awesome and I would have loved to find this under the tree 20 years ago!
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