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Mar
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Nothing says hip and sophisticated like a quirky piece of artwork that you can't afford and no one can understand. The only thing that would further situate you above your immensely jealous and inferior-feeling friends would be the addition of Mozart suddenly filling the air. When they ask where your Bluetooth speaker is hidden, you just smile and shake your head smugly, turning ever-so-slowly back to the Soundwall hanging above the fireplace.

The Soundwall's face is a work of art, but tucked away among its frame is a trail of cables and a Raspberry Pi using UPnP to stream music from your Android device (or Apple AirPlay for fruitier phones). An amplifier light enough to hang from a wall provides the sound.

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It's cool, but make no mistake, the Soundwall is still a piece of art, and it's priced to match. With a cost starting at $949 and shooting up to $2,499 (or higher, depending on the art), you really have to ask yourself how much you're willing to spend to be the envy of everyone you know. Don't bother hitting up Amazon for a price cut, either. The going rate there starts at $1,799.

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Each Soundwall is handmade in Boulder, Colorado. You can select your art from the available gallery or provide a custom image of your choice. If you're the creative type, you can order a blank one and provide the art yourself. While you're feeling empowered, you could also find a frame, your own Raspberry Pi, and a handy friend who can help you MacGyver your own for substantially less money.

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Source: Soundwall Press Release

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Guest

    "Some art costs more", so what? There are paintings sold for $200 million but i'm not buying overprices speakers because of that.

  • Aco

    I'm surprised it isn't on kickstarter. It would have had huge success there seeing it's another shitty overpriced crap.

  • Nick

    I really thought the idea of buying a Raspberry Pi was doing do-it-yourself projects. I would rather have more control of what I'm buying especially if I'm paying a grand or more.

    • http://about.me/jmcfrancis James Francis

      I actually came to this post because I thought it might be something I could do with my Pi. That said, this is a good example of how SBCs like the Pi are creating alternative uses for computers.

  • Jephri

    Da Vinci is so overrated. He never had wireless speakers embedded in any of his artwork.

  • BrunoGama

    Wtf this prices??

  • supremekizzle

    I want one with this on it.

  • frafri

    does anyone have the guide for this??:?

  • QuanahHarjo

    I have a chopsaw and enough starving artists in the family that I should undercut this severely.

  • Johny M

    I have one of these but I call it a TV. It even has moving pictures on. It is awesome!

  • Stegman

    Sony already has the same crap; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuLkWmG3gPk

  • Dan

    Aside from being overpriced, add, stupid, pointless, tacky, and nonsensical. Why not have a sculpture that doubles as a toilet and a raspberry pi controls heating of the seat and a bidet...

  • psuedonymous

    If you don't want to pay the hilariously inflated prices, making your own is easy: get a RPi, install one of the MANY RPi Airplay implementations (e.g. Shairport), hook it to a small amp and some speakers, and put a canvas print over the top. Done! And it'll probably produce better sound than that fancy-but-ineffective actuated plane setup (AKA DML, 'NXT').

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