No buttons, no lights, no software. The last thing we wanted to do was saddle you with more work! That’s why we spent so much time huddled around a whiteboard figuring out how to remove all buttons, LEDs and software drivers. In a big way, Ursula’s awesomeness flows from what it’s not. You need to download nothing. Install nothing. Push nothing. Watch nothing.
Ursula works with all computers and tablets, which have a full-sized USB port (type A) running OS X 10.8-10.11 or Win 7-10 or Vista.
Ursula cares neither if there's Wi-Fi around, nor if your circumstances have blessed you with the password. You could be tending to your herd of goats in the middle of the Gobi desert and Ursula will still do its job, flawlessly transporting your precious audio to its destinations.
ALL APPS! That's right, Ursula sends the audio from YOUR favourite app to your SKAA speakers and headphones. Example: last week I used Ursula with SKAA speakers to write, arrange and mix a song in Logic Pro X —played the software instruments live and everything.
NO PAIRING. Yup. Fasten your seat belts —it's a brave new paradigm we like to call “ridiculously easy” —that’s not the original version of that tag line, but it's the one we're running with. Plain and simple: we got rid of pairing because it’s awkward and people don’t like it. With SKAA, the receivers (speakers / headphones) are in charge of selecting which transmitter to listen to. So relax, on the transmitter side, there’s nothing to do —it’s Miller time.
Range is 25 meters indoors. That's about 80 feet. Outdoors it can be way more.
Sends audio to up to four SKAA speakers and/or headphones at the same time (compare that with standard Bluetooth which can only send audio to one, solitary device).
Use up to five SKAA transmitters (Ursula and/or other types) in your house at the same time. That’s up to 20 speakers in your house —woot woot!
Audio quality is a honking 480 kbps (compare to iTunes Store standard 256 kbps).
You don't actually need to install our app, SKAA cmd, ’cause Ursula works just peachy with zero software.
All the same, our SKAA cmd app is pretty cool so at some point you'll probably want to download it from our TLC page and start basking in the glow of them thar juicy extra features.
Low latency. I mean our delay is darn low. Inconceivably low. So low in fact, as to be imperceivable by the average Mongolian sheep. Did you know that there are broadcast standards that publish rules about how many thousandths of a second the audio can lag the picture in a TV show or movie? You'll be happy to know that SKAA's number is way lower than the max allowed — it's about half. Boo-ya! Compare that with standard Bluetooth, which sports twice the allowed delay —how embarrassing. As a result, SKAA speakers and headphones are great for watching video and for playing games and musical instruments.
Select it, or don’t. Use your computer’s sound control panel to select “SKAA Transmitter” as your sound output destination (that’s code for “Ursula”). Normally, you only have to do this the first time you plug in. These days, most computers are smart enough to recognize Ursula after first use —thereafter they’ll switch your sound control panel over to Ursula automatically as soon as you plug in. You can also leave Ursula plugged in and use your sound control panel to select other destinations for your audio. Ursula won’t mind —pretty sure it doesn’t have feelings.
Keep in mind, Ursula has no internal battery of its own — it doesn’t need one since the computer provides all the juice it needs. When it's transmitting, Ursula uses way less power than your computer’s WiFi — less than half. Even so Ursula is still miserly — it cuts its power consumption way back when there’s no audio to send. So go ahead, plug in and go nuts.
Only for the intrepid few. Ursula is a USB-complaint audio device. So … in addition to the computers cited above, Ursula may also work with other devices if they’ve got a USB port which outputs audio properly, fully above board, and complying with the rules of the USB audio specification. On this front, tread carefully as there are no guarantees. Ursula won’t work on USB ports, which are expecting a flash drive (common on TVs, car stereos). Ursula will usually work on USB ports, which are intended to serve USB speakers or headphones. I’ve seen it work perfectly on some of those Android-based set-top boxes, as well as some new TVs based on Android and Linux. Good luck, and remember, you didn’t hear this from me.
Cool trick. Now that it's properly in-vogue, here’s a way to trick your boyfriend into thinking you’re an alpha nerd. Plug in Ursula, make sure it’s selected in your computer’s sound control panel. You’ll need iTunes installed for this trick (both Mac and Windows versions are available for free). Bond up to four SKAA speakers to Ursula, open iTunes and play that funky music … Once your house is rockin’, download and install Apple’s free “Remote” app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and follow the instructions. Use “Remote” to control iTunes — you can play, pause, track forward and back, plus select what song / playlist is playing from anywhere in your house. Smokin’! Congratulations, Ms. Alpha Nerd — unless your boyfriend's a nerd too — in which case he'll rebut, “too easy!”, and knock you down a few pegs. Dang.
— all hail the great and powerful PJ