I don’t usually like to write about active Kickstarter projects, but the auris skye project caught my eye. I’ve bought Bluetooth receivers for some old docking speakers, and they worked great for turning them into wireless Bluetooth speakers. No matter how well they work, it’s still Bluetooth, though, with its inherent problems of sound compression and needing to keep your device within 30 feet or so of the speakers. With the auris skye WiFi receiver, your 30-pin Apple-dock speaker will work wirelessly with iOS devices and iTunes on your computer using AirPlay or with Android and Windows devices using DLNA. All devices connected to the same network will be able to share the speakers. The skye works right out of the box without a WiFi router, too, because skye WiFi Direct allows you to stream directly from your device to the speaker.
If you don’t have 30-pin docking speakers, you can still use the auris skye with any speakers with a 3.5mm audio input. For an additional $10 pledge, you’ll receive the optional 30-pin to AUX 3.5mm + USB cable so you can plug into any speaker (and into a USB power source). A pledge of $74 gets you a single auris skye in your choice of Arctic White or Piano Black. The auris skye has exceeded their funding goal by more than 20% at the time of this writing. The funding period ends Oct 24, 2013 at 11:52am EDT, with shipping planned for December 2013.