Monday, December 30, 2013

CES 2014: Music goes for a swim


Maybe this will take your mind off the latest cold front. At least two companies will be showing waterproof Bluetooth speakers at nest weeks International CES in Las Vegas.

One is the Aqua speaker from NYNE. The Aqua has an IPX7 rating, which means it can be fully submerged for up to 30 minutes in about 3 feet of water. It's designed to float on the surface of a pool or lake while pumping out music from a mobile phone or other Bluetooth device.

It also has a microphone, making it useful as a speaker phone, perhaps for conference calls in a hot tub. The Aqua has a list price of about $130.

The Swimmer from Boom Movement looks like it could cut through the water like an eel. But its detachable tail doesn't wiggle, it bends, so you can hang the speaker from bicycle handlebars or a belt loop.

You can replace the tail with a suction cup an stick the speaker on a window.It also can be immersed in three feet of water for up to 20 minutes.

The Swimmer sells for about $60 at Boom's website.


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