The speaker market is pretty crowded right now and companies are innovating furiously to try and get their product to win hearts and minds. Well wallets. Paying no heed to MC Hammer gift and gadget developer thumbsUp! have launched a new wireless/cableless speaker to market with a trick I’d not seen before.

The Touch Speaker allows you to simply place your phone on the speaker to amplify your sound and is one of the first devices to use wireless NearFA™ (Near Field Audio) technology.

If you find Bluetooth pairing fiddly and shy away from cables then the ability to simply pop your device on top and dance to tunes should be cherished.

At 2.5W x 2 RMS the thumbsUp! Touch Speaker is more of a travel companion than your mainstay but it gets around and is compatible with most iOS devices as well as Android and other phones containing an inbuilt mobile speaker. And there’s an old fashioned 3.5mm jack if you get stuck. The Touch Speaker takes 3 x AA Batteries.

The Touch Speaker will be available in January 2013 RRP £29.99