A new portable audio device has turned up that aims to let you feel the bass in addition to hearing it. The Basslet and is described as the world’s first wearable subwoofer. It’s more of a transducer to generate felt bass to your body rather than bass that you and others around you can hear. Similar devices have been around for a long time now that connect to chairs to allow gamers to hear the bass via speakers or headphones and feel the bass via vibrations.
The creators of the Basslet say that despite the small size of the wearable device it makes you feel as if you are surrounded by the sound. The bass spectrum can be felt through the Basslet at 10-250Hz. For gamers the Basslet allows you to feel the explosions and increase immersion in your favorite video games. You can also get feedback via felt bass for things like punches, kickback, and more.
Basslet works with anything that produces sound from smartphones and laptops to game consoles and VR headsets. The device needs no app to function. To use Basslet, you connect a sender to your audio source and then strap the Basslet to your wrist. The wearable uses something called a LoSound engine to create the illusion of standing next to a subwoofer. It uses a battery good for over six hours of play time at max volume levels.
The sender connects to a 3.5mm headphone port and then headphones connect to it. Charging is via a USB port. Basslet is on Kickstarter seeking a bit over $56,000 and has raised nearly $76,000 at the time of writing with 32 days to go. A pledge of $147 will get a Basslet with shipping in December 2016.