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boomBOTTLE: a rugged wireless speaker for outdoors types


April 12, 2013

boomBOTTLE is compatible with most Apple devices, Samsung's Galaxy S III and S IV smartphones, as well as a host of netbooks and tablets

boomBOTTLE is compatible with most Apple devices, Samsung's Galaxy S III and S IV smartphones, as well as a host of netbooks and tablets

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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.

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.

Product page: Scosche

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Adam Williams Adam scours the globe from his home in North Wales in order to bring the best of innovative architecture and sustainable design to the pages of Gizmag. Most of his spare time is spent dabbling in music, tinkering with old Macintosh computers and trying to keep his even older VW bus on the road. All articles by Adam Williams

What's the use of this contraption? More sonic pollution?

Rik Delaet

Again, why do things have to be so expensive? Fair enough it has blue tooth and I really love the idea/

I've got the following following speakers.. portable Ebase speakers, do a search on the web or buy from Play at £20

It has the same 2 x 3W, but is 3-4 times cheaper!

Simon Lie

If you're biking, or hiking, or enjoying the "great outdoors" why not ... enjoy it? I don't want to listen to your music so please leave this contraption at home. As a matter of fact, why not leave all of your devices at home and experience a whole new world of birdsong and trickling streams? Honestly people try some silence, or at least don't shatter mine...

Terri Mason

Terri, very well said.

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