The Woojer Edge is a transducer device that you strap to yourself to add energy and bodily response to music and interactive media. Available as the Strap Edge or Vest Edge if you want full immersion they say this will revolutionise music production as well as music consumption probably without giving you a heart attack.
It’s for gaming, of course it’s for gaming. Any gamer can appreciate the helpfulness of haptic feedback from rattling controllers to vibrating chairs. The Woojer Edge Stap and Vest just take it further and offer what looks like a fabulous immersive experience when gaming especially if you combine it with Virtual Reality. “Ready Player One” takes another step forward. But Woojer has other applications in mind with the Strap Edge and Vest Edge suggesting that along with enhancing your music listening pleasure it could also do wonders music producers.
The idea is that the embedded transducers will pump low frequencies into your very bones giving you a “unique and mesmerising audio experience”. It’s a bit like standing in the bass bin at a gig. The sound comes into the device via Bluetooth or line input and then you plug your headphones into the output. The device then responds to the bass and pumps that into your chest.
There are two versions. The Strap Edge is a single transducer attached to a belt that you can strap across your chest, abdomen, arms or legs depending on the application. It’s very portable, reasonably discrete (not exactly!) and perfectly monophonic for bass frequencies. The Vest Edge looks like a tactical contraption and it has 6 transducers; 2 at the back, 2 at the front and 2 at the sides. As you can imagine this looks pretty nuts if you are out and about listening to music but no one would bat an eyelid if you were playing games in your living room let alone wearing a VR helmet. Perfect for those first-person shooters.
But what could it offer the music producer? In the promo video they have the producer guy wearing the vest while mixing. I’m interested to know how that would change your perspective, what it would alter in the mix with the feel of the bass pulsing through your bones? Also, I wonder about how this translates to a finished mix because no one is going to appreciate the nuance of your body-blow bass if they don’t have a Strap or Vest themselves.
I think it’s a fabulous idea for gaming and quite intriguing for music listening. Just can’t quite wrap my head around the music production side. Maybe they’ll just have to send me one to try! Could also be fun when watching movies although you’d need one for everybody and then you’d have to work out how they all get the sound at the same time.
This “Edge” version is an improvement on the original version they Kickstarted. It’s cheaper, lighter, with better audio and connections and the feedback they’ve gathered tells them that users really enjoy it. The Early Bird price for the Strap Edge is $99 although the retail will be $179. The Vest Edge is $299 ($499 retail). What’s interesting about that is that one other application they have is to use the Starp Edge as a pulsing metronome via a phone app. That’s the same price as the SoundBrenner Pulse wrist watch metronome and that has none of the haptic feedback facilities.
I’m very curious about it. Gaming is a no-brainer if you have the cash to burn but for music, it probably needs to be experienced to be appreciated.
- Woojer Edge Kickstarter Page.