With Bluetooth connectivity becoming the standard in the world of portable audio equipment of late, this year's CES was always going to be flooded with wireless speakers of endless shapes and sizes. One looking to float above the competition is NYNE's Aqua waterproof floating speaker.
Introduced at this week's show in Las Vegas, the unit is IPX7-rated, meaning it can be immersed in water up to 3.2 ft (1 m) in depth for up to 30 minutes. Since the speaker is designed to float, it shouldn't be descending to depths greater than that without some help.
With the ability to stream music from a Bluetooth-enabled device at distances of up to 33 ft (10 m) and the inclusion of a built in waterproof microphone, users can control music playback and answer calls while the wirelessly connected device stays at a safe distance from potential splashes.
NYNE says the unit is also shock resistant and will withstand "drops and everyday abuse," while a 3.5 mm AUX input allows connection of non-Bluetooth devices. The unit is powered by a 2,200-mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery, providing it with what the company says is close to 10 watts of power and up to 10 hours of playtime.
NYNE says the Aqua will be available in grey and blue from the second quarter of 2014, with a MSRP of US$129.95.