Har­man’s shape-shift­ing speak­ers

Autocar - - INSIGHT -

Sam­sung sub­sidiary Har­man has de­vel­oped a con­fig­urable en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem, de­signed to en­sure pas­sen­gers in Uber, Lyft and other ride-shar­ing ser­vices can en­joy their au­dio pref­er­ences.

The most dra­matic part is the firm’s shape-shift­ing speak­ers. Users can take a pic­ture-based per­son­al­ity test to de­ter­mine if their pref­er­ences match the Har­man Kar­don or JBL hi-fi brands – with the speak­ers chang­ing shape ac­cord­ingly. No, re­ally, there is a dif­fer­ence: a JBL speaker fea­tures a deeper cone, giv­ing it a more bassy sound. Hon­est.

An­other Har­man con­cept was the Mood­scape sys­tem that ad­justs the in-car ex­pe­ri­ence, com­plete with an OLED Moodroof screen. Af­ter all, why have a sun roof when you can watch a ‘visual ex­pe­ri­ence’ on a mas­sive TV above you in­stead?

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