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Kickstarter Project: Zooka iPad Bluetooth Speaker Bar (and Carry Handle)

This is the Zooka Wireless Speaker Bar for iPad, a new Kickstarter project, which has already hit its $25,000 funding target.

So why are we telling you about it if it has already been funded? Well, we like the clever design and thinking that has gone into the Zooka, it looks like a product we would use and it hits our creative buttons.

Sounds good?

But the Zooka also attempts to address one of the few concerns we have about the current iPad models; poor sound output through the built-in speaker. We can't tell how good it will sound from the video, but they have some good expertise behind the project.

We also like the fact that you can use the Zooka as a carry handle for the iPad and the soft silicone will be kind to your desk or any other surface you decide to rest it on.

Other uses

Got a laptop as well? The Zooka should fit over the open lid, there's even a little cutout for your built-in iSight/webcam.

Zooka on a laptop - Image from Zooka Kickstarter page

No Bluetooth on your laptop? Not a problem, there is a 3.5mm jack on the back of the Zooka.

Got other Bluetooth audio devices like the iPhone? The Zooka currently supports Bluetooth V2.1 so you can stream audio to it from most devices (perfect for taking on holiday with you).

As you'll see from the video, the Zooka angles your iPad so you can use it as a typing stand too. It doesn't look like you can use it stood up to watch movies though, like you can with the Smart Cover, which is a shame.

Colourful choices

You can get the Zooka in a range of colours, and they seem to be thinking about adding more colours as they move towards the first Production run in September, from the comments.

Zooka colour range - Image from Zooka Kickstarter Page

The price

Unless you were one of the fortunate first 50 backers (who got the Zooka for $59) you will have to pay $89 for your Zooka if you order it before the Kickstarter Project finishes and $99 for the full retail price after that. International Shipping is $20 on top.

We thought this was a little high to be honest, until we did a Google shopping search for 'portable bluetooth speakers' and, considering the functionality (including the carry handle and laptop fitting), it is not an outrageous price at all, in fact it seems quite reasonable. 

If you have the extra cash though and fancy a limited edition glow in the dark version, that'll set you back $149, but it is cool.

Zooka 'Glow in the dark' version - Image from Zooka Kickstarter page

If you want to know more then you can get full details, updates and pictures over on the Zooka Kickstarter page.

Feel free let us know what you think of the Zooka in the comments below.