It's time for an audio "what is it?" contest. Yes, impress your friends and peers with your bottomless knowledge of esoteric audio equipment. The prize? A SonicFlare t-shirt come HE2006! And unlike normal audio t-shirts, this one you'll actually want to wear in public!
So what is that little black contraption with the toilet seat lid? It's actually a very cool product, not just some random rice cooker. First person to name the device, brand and model wins!
Update: slightly larger picture.
UPDATE 2: Mike has won! The black bucket is actually the Wilson Benesh Torus Infrasonic Generator. Don't call it a subwoofer, the Infrasonic Generator doesn't use any normal woofer to hit the low notes, but a double magnet generator mechanism. While WB's description is packed with confusing details, image an 18" doughnut with a magnet on either end and a pole through the middle. Then, like a Vegas stripper, the doughnut slides up and down the pole for serious excursion.
And like most everything from Wilson Benesh, the Torus is wrapped in carbon fiber. Price runs 5240 Brit pounds, so don't expect this showing up at Best Buy. Once again, congrats to Mike for his encyclopedic knowledge of obscure audio devices!
Holding the motor structure...