Low latency wireless audio is getting real.
After more than 1,000 people have registered for the crowd creation process, the first phase of project iWA has been successfully completed. It is time for wireless audio by CME.
Many of you took the time to provide feedback and share your ideas through the first blog post. It has already been very helpful and has sparked a lot of discussion about the next step of this project.
Now it's time to enter the next phase and make project iWA more real for you. Feel welcome to share your thoughts, invite your friends and activate your community.
Help us build the technology you want!
Wireless Speaker: First design concept!
First of all, we would like to know what you think of this look. Keep in mind that this is just a concept. It is certainly not (yet) the final product.
The speaker is designed to be super portable with power supply via AC power and a rechargeable Li-ion battery. For reference, an iPad is added to show the portable size of the speaker with dimensions in mm of 243 (L) x 172 (H) x150 (W).
How does it feel to you? Is this the right direction? Or not?
Separate transmitter/receiver (TX/RX)
Many of you have pointed out that you prefer to keep using your own speaker system for making music. There is no immediate need to replace your monitors. At the same time, that doesn't take away from your need for low-latency wireless audio.
We heard you about that.
As mentioned in the first blog, our idea is to implement an alternative wireless technology to the currently widely used Bluetooth technology.
This alternative technology is needed to deliver ultra-low latency up to 24-bit/48kHz wireless audio in stereo, without compression, with long battery life and accessible prices.
Due to your request for a TX/RX solution, we have split the project into two parts. Basically, one speaker and separate audio transmission adapters.
- CME speaker with latest Bluetooth 5 LE Audio and expandable iWA receiver
- iWA TX/RX ultra-low latency adapter
This allows you to use iWA technology when needed and easily play your favorite music from your mobile device with the convenience of Bluetooth.
iWA ultra-low latency wireless audio
As with WIDI, the goal of CME is to provide you with a new technology that is as widely applicable as possible. Following the input received from the community, the specifications can be best described as follows:
- Wireless technology: iWA ultra-low latency
- Audio latency: less than 3ms
- Audio quality: up to 24-bit / 48kHz, stereo, uncompressed
- Continuous playing time: 24+ hours
When you use the iWA adapter(s) with the CME speaker, you can run backing tracks while playing live and take advantage of low latency audio while practicing or producing.
Next goal is 3,000 registrants
Now that phase 2 of project iWA has been announced, it is also time to set the stretch target.
Feel free to share the post and participate in the project, it will be economically feasible to open for presale when there are 3,000 active registrations.
It is very important to understand that we need your support in this. As of the publishing date of this blog, there were 1,000 active supporters. If you all invite one friend, and that friend does the same, we'll be over that goal immediately.
Together we make it happen.