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The Zettaly Avy adds two 5 W 10-in speakers to an Android tablet
The Zettaly Avy adds two 5 W 10-in speakers to an Android tablet
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The Zettaly Avy adds two 5 W 10-in speakers to an Android tablet
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The Zettaly Avy adds two 5 W 10-in speakers to an Android tablet
The Zettaly Avy has Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity
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The Zettaly Avy has Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity
The Zettaly Avy can be used as an alarm clock
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The Zettaly Avy can be used as an alarm clock
The Zettaly Avy runs a wide variety of apps
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The Zettaly Avy runs a wide variety of apps
The Zettaly Avy acts as a kitchen television
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The Zettaly Avy acts as a kitchen television
The Zettaly Avy pairs with other devices
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The Zettaly Avy pairs with other devices
The Zettaly Avy in black scheme
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The Zettaly Avy in black scheme
The Zettaly Avy back view
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The Zettaly Avy back view
The Zettaly Avy bottom view
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The Zettaly Avy bottom view
The Zettaly Avy top view
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The Zettaly Avy top view
The Zettaly Avy side view
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The Zettaly Avy side view
The Zettaly Avy connectors
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The Zettaly Avy connectors
The Zettaly Avy speakers
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The Zettaly Avy speakers
The Zettaly Avy uses microSD cards
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The Zettaly Avy uses microSD cards
The Zettaly Avy is aimed at the home market
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The Zettaly Avy is aimed at the home market
The Zettaly Avy remote
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The Zettaly Avy remote
The Zettaly Avy uses popular apps
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The Zettaly Avy uses popular apps
The Zettaly Avy has Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0
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The Zettaly Avy has Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0
The Zettaly Avy back view (white)
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The Zettaly Avy back view (white)
The Zettaly Avy bottom view (white)
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The Zettaly Avy bottom view (white)
The Zettaly Avy connectors (white)
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The Zettaly Avy connectors (white)
The Zettaly Avy side (white)
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The Zettaly Avy side (white)
The Zettaly Avy connectors (white
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The Zettaly Avy connectors (white
The Zettaly Avy uses a bespoke audio system
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The Zettaly Avy uses a bespoke audio system
The Zettaly Avy microSD port (white)
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The Zettaly Avy microSD port (white)
The Zettaly Avy in exploded view
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The Zettaly Avy in exploded view

Tablets, smartphones and the like are a boon to people who like their life to have a soundtrack, but for all their advanced computing power, they often lack in the audio department – especially when earphones aren't an option. The result is often an inelegant combination of devices with add-on speakers making up for the mobile devices' lack of audio oomph. The Avy Smart Speaker, which makes its debut at CES 2015, is designed to combine an Android-based tablet with a Hi-Fi system for the audiophile.

Westport, Connecticut-based start-up Zettally's Avy Smart Speaker is an internet-connected devicethat combines the flexibility of a tablet with some serious stereo gear in a 1 kg (2.2 lb) package. That may sound cumbersome, but according to Zetally, it's aimed more at a home audience as a device that "runs the soundtrack for your connected life," while still being easily portable.

The Zettaly Avy in exploded view
The Zettaly Avy in exploded view

The Avy is basically a tablet that doesn't need a stand and has a much more powerful speaker system, so it has the advantage of being an aesthetic all-in-one package instead of a separate tablet, stand, and Bluetooth speaker. The Android 5.0 (Lollipop) operating system allows it to use common apps to set up a musical playlist for the whole day with songs streamed from the internet, streamed from another device, or stored on Avy itself.

In addition to audio, it can stream video from services such as Hulu or YouTube and mirror content on a bigger screen using HDMI or Chromecast. Zettaly claims that it's the perfect accompaniment for relaxing and exercising, as a kitchen television, a Skype interface, or an alarm clock.

The Avy comes in a choice of black or white color schemes and is powered by a quad-core ARM 1.0 GHz processor with 1 GB of DDRIII RAM, 8 to 32 GB of memory, and up to 64 GB of additional storage via microSD card. Connectivity is by means of Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, while power comes courtesy of a 14.8 Wh rechargeable lithium-polymer battery.

The Zettaly Avy acts as a kitchen television
The Zettaly Avy acts as a kitchen television

The Avy can be controlled via the 7-in capacitive TFT touch screen packing 1024 x 600 pixels, the included remote control or the physical on/off and volume buttons on the device. For video conferencing, the unit has a front-facing VGA camera and built-in microphone.

But the centerpiece is the two 5 W 10-in speakers with proprietary sound chamber and waveguide. It's the inclusion of this that justifies the 35 x 11.7 x 12 cm (13.7 x 4.6 x 4.7 in) bulk of the Avy, with the public to get a chance to hear it go through its paces at CES where Zettally will be hoping to get attract some backers for the device's US$50,000 Kickstarter campaign that runs through February 12.

Pledge levels include the Avy Standard model for US$129 and the Pro for $169. After the 12th, Avy will be available for pre-orders for US$169 and US$229, while the retail price has yet to be determined.

The video below introduces the Avy smart speaker.

Source: Zettaly

Zettaly Avy Smart Speaker powered by Android™

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