Pioneer announced [JP] the VMS-700-K for the Japanese market today, a wireless speaker specifically designed for elderly people. The idea here is to place the device right next to the user when watching TV so they can adjust the volume the way they like, without potentially harassing other family members.
Pioneer says sound can be transmitted within a range of up to 30m (in the 2.4GHz band). The VMS-700-K features 1W×2ch output, 100Hz～20kHz frequency response and 13 hours battery life (it’s powered by a nickel metal hydride rechargable battery).
The speaker will hit Japanese stores next month (price: $240). Expect to see a lot more elderly-friendly gadgets from Japan in the next few years.