Tempow could turn any old Bluetooth speakers into a Sonos-killer

While Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speakers are more popular as ever, connecting them to each other can be prohibitively expensive.

Unless you’re willing to invest in a Sonos-like multi-room system or all your mates just happen to have UE Boom speakers, you’re generally limited to sending music to one speaker at a time.

One French startup is hoping to change that by modifying the Bluetooth protocol in order to allow multiple Bluetooth speakers to connect to a single mobile device.

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The Tempow app, which is currently in beta, will make it easy to add speakers of any make and model and sync the music that flows from apps like Spotify.

This can be used for a multi-room set-up or by friends bringing multiple speakers on a camping trip for example
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Users of the app will connect individual speakers one by one and will then be able to leave it for their music app of choice.

Founder and CEO Vincent Nallatamb told Venture Beat: “What I want to do is [something where] you can take your old [Bluetooth] speakers, Jambox, etc., and use all of these devices that were no longer useful anymore, and can use them to have a better sound experience than if you buy new Bose speakers.”

While this project sounds amazing, the firm isn’t working towards releasing a consumer app at this time.

Instead, it seems the idea is to sell the tech to a high profile partner, so it can be incorporated directly within mobile devices.

The firm says it hopes to have a major partner announced by MWC 2017 in Barcelona in February.

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