Iowa Patent of the Month – June 2022

Music can make or break the entire vibe of an event. Guitar by the campfire, lo-fi music at a study session, or soft and leisurely music at a picnic can really set the right mood. With that in mind, the right speaker is just as important. A plug-in speaker is limited in location, while a battery operated speaker can die with minimal warning. Aloha Corp. has designed a portable speaker that never ruins the vibe.

Their solar powered speaker is designed to be standalone, untethered, and reliable – with superior sound quality. The shape ensures the music is delivered with better sound distribution than a traditional rectangular or pill shaped speaker. Instead, this speaker is shaped like an elongated teardrop with an internal tunnel. This hollow tunnel space has multiple speaker openings within the device and takes advantage of the acoustic resonance to create better sound and amplification. 

In addition to the shape, this speaker is solar powered and designed to store excess energy in a battery so that it can continue working even when the sun is gone. The device also connects directly to the internet and offers bluetooth connectivity. The built in battery and internet connection allows you to be free and untethered while enjoying music in any setting.

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