Motorola today unveiled some new hardware, but it’s not a smartphone or smartwatch. Called the Moto Stream, it’s a low-cost Bluetooth accessory that gives any external speaker wireless capabilities for social music streaming.
The hardware gives the speaker up to 300 feet of “roam range” and supports up to five Bluetooth-enabled devices, including smartphones, tablets, PCs and laptops. Any connected user can “drop a track” for the Moto Stream-connected speaker to blare out, transforming it into a jukebox for the modern age.
In a blog post, Motorola said the Moto Stream supports a number of apps including Google Play, Pandora and Spotify. The device will also come with a “Heist Mode” that allows listeners to overrule songs on the fly.
The setup sounds awfully similar to the DECK speaker which Motorola collaborated on with headphone specialist SOL Republic last summer. By breaking the technology out into a separate device though, it’s now cheaper and therefore more appealing to anyone that already owns an external speaker.
The Moto Stream is available today for $49.99 from Motorola.com and will be available from Radio Shack stores in the US on June 6.
Published June 3, 2014 — 16:26 UTC