Looking no more advanced than the clock radio from my high school days, the RCA Soundflow Wireless Audio dock was a pleasant surprise. You simply place any smartphone on the magnetic mat and audio is transmitted instantly from the phone and to the speaker dock. It's a clever bit of technology that I can see being useful in mixed Android / iOS homes. It eliminates the need to search for docks with the right connector. Micro-USB? Mini-USB? Apple 30-pin? Apple Lightning connector? It doesn't matter. The power of magnetic coupling will essentially transfer the audio from any smartphone rested on top of the devices to the speakers auto-magically.
It's a frustrating experience when your next device uses a new connector -- requiring upgrades to the peripherals and accessories you've gotten accustomed to using. The Soundflow technology will eliminate that, and I see it as a practical, affordable solution for many homes.
The RCA 250 will be available in May for only $29.99. The more svelte designed units (pictured below) will release later in the year in a multitude of attractive colors and finishes.
(Images: Chris Perez)