The near-ubiquity of smartphones has led to a boom in the Bluetooth speaker market, and consumers are spoiled for choice. How then can a manufacturer hope to attract attention in such an over-saturated space? Scosche reckons it's got the answer with boomBOTTLE: a rugged and portable Bluetooth speaker.
boomBOTTLE caters to the kind of people who want to listen to music while biking, hiking, camping, and enjoying other outside activities. The device features a non-slip, shock-absorbing exterior that’s said to withstand drops, knocks, and the teeth-rattling vibrations one experiences when biking at speed through rough terrain. It’s weatherproof too, with sealed rustproof speaker grilles also helping to keep out any nasty sweat or dust.
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Owing to its bottle-like shape, boomBOTTLE will fit into most bike water bottle cages, and cup holders – setting it apart from similarly rugged products, like Braven's BRV-1. The unit measures 2.85 x 8.1-inches (8 x 20 cm), and sports enough battery power on-board for up to ten hours of continuous playback (a micro USB cable is included for charging).
Two 3 W speaker drivers, a passive subwoofer, and a pair of omnidirectional diffusers combine to push out what Scosche describes as “360-degrees of immersive sound.” A mic is also integrated for hands-free calls. The Bluetooth 4.0 chip has a range of 33 feet (10 meters), but an auxiliary input is available for hooking-up non-Bluetooth devices.
boomBOTTLE is compatible with iOS devices, Samsung’s Galaxy S III and S IV models, in addition to a range of netbooks and tablets. When paired, tracks can be skipped, paused, and stopped from the speaker itself.
boomBOTTLE is available now from Scosche in gray, for US$149.95. Blue, pink, yellow, and green versions are set to be released in May.
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