Where form meets function

San Francisco-based company Aether Things releases their first product. Dubbed “Cone,” the speaker is being touted as a “thinking music player” which adjusts the music played based on your personal taste. The device works by reducing the amount of work involved in today’s world of streaming music down to one simple action: turning the dial. Instead of having to toggle between computer and smartphone, make playlists or shuffle music, Cone’s dial interface allows for simplicity. One turn to the right begins the music stream and another changes the song. A big spin becomes a game of roulette and surprises you with a random song. If there’s something specific you want to hear, press the button in the middle and say it out loud.

Cone works by listening to what you like, what you skip, and what you request, and compiles a profile based on your activity. Cone also learns how you use it via its built-in accelerometer. It generates data about where you listen to what, as well as when you listen to certain things, and bases its playlist on that information. So for instance, if you listen to NPR in the morning in the kitchen, Cone will know to play that instead of music. No word yet on which streaming services Cone will pull from yet, but Aether says they’ll announce multiple content partners, along with podcasts and Internet radio, before shipping the device later this year.

Specs include a 1GHz processor running on a lithium-ion battery that lasts for eight hours of play before it needs charging. At the moment, setup is iOS and OS X compatible only, with Android coming down the road. Sound is provided via a three-inch woofer.

Pre-order your Cone now for $400 straight from the source.

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