Review: Augmented Audio Cushion from HUMU

For something as obscure as a pillow speaker, I've actually had the opportunity to review a couple of offerings. The latest, the HUMU Augmented Audio Cushion ($279) addresses many of the issues with previous attempts. Unlike the other pillow speaker I reviewed, this model uses USB to recharge as opposed to a proprietary power brick. The HUMU speaker cushion is also more compact and has a handle. All of these features make the HUMU more portable and easier to travel with.

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The speaker has soft vegan suede fabric and an embedded sound card to deliver stereo sound, positioned for each ear when used as a pillow. You could use the HUMU for music, movies, or gaming. It's sold in two colors, graphite or light gray. Connectivity to an audio source is either via  Bluetooth or the 3.5mm audio jack. It's not cheap, and is only sold in limited outlets, at least for now.

Pros

  • Soft fabric
  • Stereo sound
  • USB charging
  • Two colors
  • Bluetooth connectivity or 3.5mm jack

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Limited retail availability

Final Verdict

The Augmented Audio Cushion from HUMU addresses many of the issues that have popped up in prior attempts by other manufacturers. 

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.