Mistaken Identities

Products that could pass for something else entirely.


Leaf bug image by Ushaeugene via Wikimedia Commons

The CEDIA Expo, held earlier this month in Indianapolis, was loaded with cool A/V, control and networking products to look at. These three caught my eye instantly for their unique designs.

1. I can’t really say I’ve ever wanted to cuddle with an iPod dock … until I saw the AudioXperts’ EVA. Resembling a fuzzy pillow, it’s made partially of wool and bamboo, which makes it a green alternative. By the way, EVA stands for Environmental Audio. Several models are available, from $299 to $499.

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2. The GSS10 subwoofer from Niles looks like it should be smoking a rack of ribs, not thumping out bass. Alas, most of it gets buried beneath the ground so that only a small pipe extrudes from the landscape. Pricing unavailable

3. Most wireless access points—especially the ones designed to mount to the ceiling—can stick out like a sore thumb. Not this WAP from Pakedge. Its super-slim profile makes it look like a smoke detector that’s been on a diet. Pricing unavailable


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