(image: John VDN / Victor Santa Maria) The Hidden Radio and Bluetooth Speaker | from US$99.00 | www.hiddenradiodesign.com
once upon a time, we were in a frantic race for more speakers in a sound system but today, what we seek is performance in a compact package, as witnessed from the influx of compact portable speakers in recent years. now that we have achieved the compactness, we want simplicity in operation and that where the Hidden Radio and Bluetooth Speaker is all about. simple and unique mode of operation, i might add. conceived by duo, John VDN and Victor Santa Maria, this minimalist speaker uses Bluetooth to stream audio wirelessly from your iDevices or any Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablet or computer. it also features a built-in AM/FM radio and a 3.5mm audio input that caters to non-Bluetooth media devices. however, the highlight is perhaps its operations: twist to turn it on, and pull it up to increase its volume (and vice versa). oh, and its has a claimed 30-hours of playback time on a single full charge. after five years and more than $50,000 invested, the duo is finally ready to take this cool gadget into the market, and you can help make this awesome gadget a reality but pledging $119 or more at their Kickstarter page. in the meantime, there are a few lifestyle pics plus a short product video of this tiny wonder for your viewing pleasure after the break.