By Ben Coxworth
There are currently a plethora of speaker docking systems out there, for use with iPhones or classic iPods. There have been some solutions created specifically for previous generations of iPod nanos, such as the devices made by Green Power and Dexim, but the new sixth-generation nanos have a different form factor with different docking requirements. One of the companies responding to that change is Singapore’s Gavio, which recently launched a speaker dock designed specifically for the current incarnation of the nano. It’s called The Pill, although if you want to get technical, a more accurate name would have been The Capsule.
Unfortunately, there aren’t many technical specs available on The Pill at this moment. If the photos are anything to go by, however, the user’s iPod is loaded by being dropped into a clear plastic tray in the middle of the device, which is then pushed back into place, not unlike an old school front-loading cassette deck.
It’s unclear whether or not the nano’s touchscreen controls can be used once it’s loaded, although the dock does have hand-twist controls for volume and track selection. Sound courses out of speakers located at either end of the 147 x 48 mm (5.8 x 1.9 inch) device, while a little set of legs on the back keep it from rolling away.
Gavio’s website indicates that The Pill will soon be available for pre-order, although there’s no word as to when, or for what price. The company will have a booth at CES next month, however, where it’s likely that the product will make an appearance.