By Andrew Liszewski
One of the many, many downsides of being a gadget aficionado is that you’re in constant need of a free place to plug something in, and there’s always something that needs to be recharged. So when a device promises to do something without the mess of dealing with an inconvenient wall wart, we’re all for it.
These acoustic amplifiers that keep popping up are a perfect example. They naturally boost the sound coming from the iPhone’s speaker using physics and seashell-like technology, without the need for being plugged in. While they don’t provide the same kind of audio boost as a powered speaker would, for a few extra decibels they’ll only cost you the initial investment. In other words they won’t add to your growing electrical bill. The Nautilus dock is made from polished zinc alloy giving it a cool retro-riffic look, and even though it doesn’t require power, it still comes with a USB cable if you wanted to charge your iPhone while it’s docked. ~$129 from Firebox.com.