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Photos: Ceatec tour No. 2

Is this something from Darth Vader's desk? No, it's just a pulsating sphere speaker from JVC, on display this week at the Ceatec consumer-technology trade fair in Japan. A dodecahedron, 11 of its 12 sides function as speakers. The interlocking diaphrams are intended to provide a more natural sound. These are mock-ups, but JVC has working prototypes and may come out with something like this in a few years.

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