Here’s some of the description from the Kickstarter website:
Foco is Spanish for “Focus”. As the name implies, this low cost accessory is designed to focus the sound from the rear built in speakers of the iPad to the front using simple principles of physics in a way that allows the sound waves to be reflected and redirected. This results in an enhanced and richer sound experience when listening to music, watching movies, playing games, listening to audiobooks/podcasts or anything that requires sound while using the iPad.
As iPad owners we always found ourselves in situations where we had to use interesting items to enhance the sound from the speakers. It wasn’t always convenient to carry portable speakers and using ear phones for extended periods of time gets uncomfortable. Solutions for sound enhancement exist but they are typically bulky, cumbersome, expensive and do not work with cases. Foco compliments the sleek design of the iPad and doesn’t obscure the screen in anyway. Our goal was to create something small, simple, and elegant that also worked with cases.
Foco blends in nicely with the clean lines of the iPad, uses no batteries, magnets or electricity and is extremely portable so it can go everywhere you go.
Does Foco really work? Sound testing was performed using pink noise. Pink noise is the right type of noise to use to calibrate audio equipment. Using the DB Meter Pro app on the iPhone 4 we measured the difference in sound when using only iPad speakers – 89-90db and when using the iPad 3 speakers and Foco – 102-103db. This shows a remarkable difference in sound output focused towards the consumer. Foco does exactly what it was designed to do.
Foco is a low-tech way to get better sound from your iPad. I backed it for $6 as an early bird backer and you can too. Check it out here on the Kickstarter website.