A lot of people like listening to music while cycling, but don't want to unsafely shut themselves off from traffic noise by wearing headphones. There are already a few devices
that address the issue, but Scosche recently introduced its own unique alternative – it's called the BoomBottle
, and it's a rugged Bluetooth stereo speaker designed to be carried in a bike's water bottle cage. After meeting some company reps at Interbike 2013
, I got the chance to try out one of the funny little gadgets for myself.
Scosche may have a reputation for crafting unusual gadgets, from roll-up keyboards
to mobile phone blockers
, but its upcoming device seems strange even by those standards. Recently at E3 2013, the company revealed smartROLL, a set of electronic gaming dice that connect to tablets and smartphones via Bluetooth.
One issue for those upgrading to an iPhone 5, fourth generation iPad, or iPad mini is the lack of accessories designed to work with the new Lightning connector. Scosche is looking to help rectify the situation with its new line of Lightning cables and chargers.
In a world of complex fitness monitors, the Scosche RHYTHM Armband Pulse Monitor keeps things light and simple. The fitness monitor eliminates the heart rate strap common in other monitors and uses a lightweight interface to keep you focused on the workout, not a complex array of buttons and features.
As a result of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, radiation detectors have been a popular item for Japanese consumers. Recognizing the market for such devices, last month Scosche – a company known for its car audio
and iPod/iPhone accessories
– released its RDTX-Pro radiation detector and app for iPhone and iPod touch in Japan. With that model apparently flying off the shelves – it is temporarily out of stock on Scosche’s website – the company has decided to expand the product line with the announcement of two new radiation detectors.
If your car AV system packs a screen and you carry an iOS device, this new in-car output cable from Scosche might grab your interest. The sneakPEEK auto IPAVC is a hardwired solution for connecting an iPad, iPhone or iPod to any aftermarket car entertainment system with AV inputs so you can watch videos or listen to audio stored on your iOS device.
Even though tablet computers are flying off the shelves at quite a pace, less-than-satisfying onscreen keyboard input can lead many to seek a more comfortable alternative. Scosche Industries has released a water-resistant, wireless solution which can be rolled-up so that, like the folding Bluetooth keyboards
we've seen, it can easily be taken along for the ride.
The growing popularity of tablet computing
has brought with it another challenge in the ongoing battle to keep your all your portable devices charged when off the grid. Scosche's solution – the goBAT II – pairs a 5000mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery with dual USB outputs, one of which is a 10 Watt (2.1 Amp) port to meet the power requirements of tablets as well as a standard 5 Watt (1 Amp) port for practically everything else.
Released this week, Thanko's Car Laptop Holder for iPad is a twist on the company's Car Laptop Holder from a few years back. We have to admit that the method of attachment is not the most elegant, but if you're a driver who needs an iPad in the cab then this might be for you. Just make sure you don't have the WiFi iPad, otherwise you'll probably be hanging out in the garage or parking next to Starbucks all the time.