September 11, 2008 There's nothing like strapping on the earphones and cranking up your favorite tunes to help you through a serious bout of exercise, but in many outdoor scenarios, especially cycling, this can become a major safety risk by preventing you from hearing traffic noise and other potential hazards that might not be visible. This is the thinking that inspired Los Angeles entrepreneur Jeff Lotman to invent the Cy-Fi Bluetooth wireless sports speaker, a palm-sized unit that attaches to a bike or backpack and wirelessly transmits music and phone calls from Bluetooth enabled devices.
Designed for a range of outdoor activities and doubling as a compact travel speaker, two versions of the Cy-Fi will become available on September 22 - the USD$199.95 iPod version and the USD$179.95 Bluetooth version which supports A2DP enabled cell phones, PDAs and MP3 players.
The 4 ounce unit comes with a remote control, two different mounting accessories, a desktop charging stand, has a wireless range of 30 feet and a battery life of over 5.5 hours (6 hours for the iPod version). The Bluetooth version also acts as a hands-free speakerphone that supports voice recognition speed dialing for phones equipped with this feature.