Although portable speakers have never managed to really become hugely popular, due mainly to the fact that most people would rather have full portable audio systems (typically, able to deliver a higher level of audio quality), they've enjoyed enough market share in order to stick around, with several companies being quite active in the development of new products of this type.
However, given the fact that there were already too many players competing on this otherwise not particularly huge segment, some startups decided to tackle this whole concept from a very different point of view, which would allow them to create products that were still very portable, but at the same time delivered a seriously improved sound quality and power, compared to other portable speakers available out there.
The idea was, in fact, quite simple: why make the speaker larger, when you can turn a whole surface into a huge speaker, using vibrations? Of course, getting the respective surface to resonate with the music was a pretty big problem, and this is where the few solutions of this type available on the market differ quite significantly.
The device you'll be able to read about as follows, namely the K-box from Kerchoonz, uses the so-called “gel audio technology” for transferring music to any surface it's been placed on (or against). And while the company doesn't really provide significant details regarding just what this technology looks like (after all, this is a very new field, where the competition is still pretty serious), we can tell you that its implementation in the K-box is in fact worth a look (or even a test run).
This is exactly what we've done with the K-box and, to tell you the truth, we were in fact quite surprised (in a pleasant way) about what this tiny device is able to achieve. Of course, if you're an audiophile, you're not very likely to find much use for it, but if you're a hip youngster looking for a way to share your music with your friends wherever you might go, then the K-box is most likely to satisfy your needs (and, who knows, maybe even surpass them).