When a pair of headphones are no where in reach, you’ll be left with the iPad’s crumby speaker. Not much of a resolve if you’re trying to watch a movie or listen your favorite holiday music. And odds are if you don’t have a pair of headphones on your person, there is probably nary a Bluetooth speaker in sight.
The ORA is a case speaker for your iPad 3 (or older) that attaches using the tablet’s 30-pin connector and surrounds its edges with 8 speakers that purportedly provide up to 5x times the loudness of the iPad’s built-in speaker. The design is said to reduce harmonic distortion – presumably because the speakers are so spread out – compared to other speakers of a similar ilk and enhance voice and instrument sounds. They’ve also packed in a Digital Signal Processor to control the 3D stereo expansion, which works in both landscape and portrait mode. Total power for the ORA is 16-watts, which is paired with a hand tuned parametric equalizer to “optimize frequency response for each volume step.”
Expect to get 10-hours of playback on a single charge of the ORA’s built-in battery – there is an LED indicator to show remaining battery life. Since the case wraps around your iPad, blocking the 3.5mm headphone jack, they’ve seen fit to add one. Did we also mention that there is a magnetic folding cover that flips out to form a stand and prop the iPad up in landscape mode?
If you want your own ORA, you’ll have to be willing to wait, as it’s currently a Kickstarter project. They’re looking to raise a rather lofty $450,000, and while they’ve got 38 days left to fund the project, they’ve only received $24,000 as of 11/21.