I listen to iPig

- September 14th, 2010

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There are lots of animals in Farmville, but you’ll likely not find this particular bovine, appropriately called the iPig digitally grazing in cyberspace. However, you may find it hovering on a shelf, desk or a coffee table. At first, it looks like yet another amplified iPod docking station or Digital Active Loudspeaker as it’s referred to, but this is certainly no gadget to clutter up your barn.

Pig Woofers, Pig Tweeters

Pop your iPod into the iPig cradle, which cleverly hides the standard Apple 30 pin docking connector, switch it on and crank up your tunes. The sound is surprisingly quite respectable. The front face was well thought out. An obvious pair of speakers make for its eyes, but a cleverly placed pair of 4-watt tweeter are housed in its ears.  As well, a 15-watt sub-woofer tucked in its underbelly gives your music the highs and lows it needs for a pleasurable sound experience.

The panel in the pig’s rear – now that’s quite the visual, has a DC-in jack, a power switch, a separate bass control as well as a line-in for other external devices.

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Wireless Remote

An 18 function wireless soft-touch remote, except for the power, controls the iPig’s operation. It’s small, flat and slim and is powered by a single coin-cell battery, so it should last a long time.

It offers standard music controls you would expect, including a mute button and the ability to select your auxiliary devices. But it certainly was designed with the iPod in mind with up, down, and enter buttons that you have been accustomed to. There’s also a button that puts your iPod and iPig in standby mode.

Separate Treble up, Bass, up as well as Treble down, Bass down allow you to fine tune your sound they way you like it. Pushing the remote buttons causes the pig to smile and mouth to flash green.

You can also adjust the volume up by touching gently the right ear and down by touching its left ear. (added: 15/09/10)

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iPod Cradles

To ensure your iPod stays snugly fit, iPig ships with a selection of colour matched cradles, which can be popped in and out with a supplied cradle removal tool. This exercise which can certainly prove to be a little man vs. pig challenge the first couple of times you attempt this exercise for fear of actually breaking either the cradle or tool.

The iPig is clever, creative and cool, but it would have been nice to have seen  a true power on/off on the remote, so you’re not running behind the unit fumbling for it, especially if you’re putting it on a shelf.

iPig, by Speakal retails for $119US and comes in a variety of colours, including, pink and black.

If you don’t allow animals in your home office or dorm, you just may make an exception for this cute little iPig.

Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.

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