Boombot REX Wants to be Your New Favorite Hexagonal Portable Speaker

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The Boombot REX is an interesting, rugged, on-the-go take on the typical sit-there-and-look-pretty Bluetooth speaker.

This little portable 2.1 speaker system, brainchild of a couple of ski loving college buddies, combines 3W dual drivers with a built in woofer, wrapped in a water resistant, high-impact case ready to take some real world abuse.

Designed to fit in the palm of your hand or clipped onto a strap of any kind, this rechargeable wonder can handle riding in the rain, skiing in the snow, or a clumsy drop from up to 2.5m and still crank out jams for 6 hours. But, what’s really cool is that it’s more than just a speaker…

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Unmonday Your Life With Unmonday’s Expandable Speakers

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Monday – the word itself just crawls at your back with a general sense of unpleasantness. What does that have to do with anything? Probably nothing, but it could be a metaphor for all things that are unpleasant – including most speakers. Finding a good pair or set of speakers can be a chore as monotonous as peering over your desk at the grey skies knowing there’ll be four more long horrible days until you can flick on your barbecue and imagine your boss frying in it. Fortunately, Helsinki based company Unmonday might just ‘Unmonday’ your life with their new set of expandable porcelain wireless speakers.

The Fins always do it better (really?) – Unmonday’s speakers, which are quickly stacking up pre-orders on Kickstarter with 21 days to go, are a hexagonal, futuristic looking wonder to behold. With no extra wires, controls or visible cheap plastic parts these speakers can communicate with your laptop, smartphone, tablet and multitude of other musical applications via Apple’s Airplay technology (the wireless bandwidth offers better sound quality compared to Bluetooth).

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LP to MP3: The Turntable With a Tech Twist

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While kids are quite happy to stream, download and pirate music these days, a handful of vinyl veterans are clutching their black circles and sticking their noses in the air.

It’s all part of it: feeling the vinyl, stroking the cover art, dropping the needle and declaring, “They don’t make ‘em like this anymore,” as the speakers crack to life half-way through a track.

But if those analogue purists ever do feel like stepping over to the digital side, the iLP Turntable might make the cheeky transition a little easier.

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The Worlds First Tactical Earphones

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These earphones might literally blow your mind. Well, not literally, because they’re not live rounds – they’re just really cool looking earphones.

Munitio, a San Diego based company “specializing in lifestyle electronic accessories,” present a line of earpieces made to look exactly like tactical 9mm bullets. Made from materials like aircraft grade aluminum with Kevlar–reinforced rubber cables and high-density copper alloy, these earphones merge a patent pending technology for noise isolation and brilliant product design.

The earpieces come in a broad range of colors and styles from the classic gold titanium coated finish, to silver, matte black, gun metal with red detail, and even a limited edition flouro green made in collaboration with the video game Call of Duty.

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Modern Audio Meets Vintage Luggage

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What happens when you’re a designer and self proclaimed audio-nut with a fascination for vintage suitcases? The BoomCase.

These head-turning self powered portable stereo systems come to life by simply plugging in any audio device featuring a standard headphone output, or connecting with the optional Bluetooth, and pressing play.

Each unique case features a rechargeable battery pack capable of cranking out 10+ hours of mobile beats as well as a plug in option that will bring a dead box back to life in about 4-5 hours. What’s more, the cases also feature USB and standard electrical plugs to power your portable devices or a laptop while you’re on the go.

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Zooka Wireless Speaker Soon to be Reality

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After nearly tripling its $25k Kickstarter goal, Carbon Audio is officially taking pre-orders for its iPad boosting, Zooka wireless speaker.

If you’ve ever found yourself trying to crank your iPad up to 11, Zooka is the solution. Promising five times the sound of the often flat on-board speakers, this iPad companion will give you that extra boost you need to fill a room with rich sound. Have a listen, the difference is clear.

Ready for the cool part? Although this speaker bar was designed with the iPad in mind, its wireless Bluetooth capability and 3.5mm audio input means it can be connected to any smartphone, tablet, or computer – no more being married to one device!

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The Ultimate Artisan iDock

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Forget all of those fancy expensive ergonomic plastic docks for Apple products, we have a winner and it’s as low tech as it gets.

This concrete dock by EpicHomeGoods elegantly displays and charges your iPod or iPhone, in style worthy of an art gallery. If you’re a fan of simple sophistication, it doesn’t get any simpler or more sophisticated than this.

Made of fiber reinforced concrete, each dock is available in a wide array of colors to match any decor – white, ash, concrete grey, moss green, curry yellow, black, and more!

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Pulse Surface Controller System Lets You Create Sweet Music From Good Vibrations

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Though many of us are not particularly musically inclined, we still tap our feet and drum our fingers on the table.

Now, there’s a neat little gadget that can help you turn those vibrations into musical masterpieces of your own.

Meet the Pulse Surface Controller System, a MIDI-based controller that hooks into your computer and turns any surface into a musical instrument.

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Remembering the Titans (earbuds, that is)

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Audiophiles are a difficult bunch to please.  If a company adds a slight tint to the connector jack of their headphones, their consumers will quickly notice — and heaven help the poor manufacturer who decides to change the actual performance specs of a set of earbuds like Skullcandy did with their bass-boosting TiTANs.

While the technical specs of the 2011 TiTANs did not change (Frequency Response: 20-20k Hz, Impedance: 16 ohms, Max Input Power: 100mW), there were some rather dramatic alterations made to the design of the earbuds that confused a great many consumers.  Foremost among these changes was the removal of the in-line volume control unit, a handy feature that made the TiTANs ideal for regular commuters and those who liked to stash their phones/MP3 players in the depth of their pockets but still adjust the volume.  Curiously, the new TiTANs retained the customary $39.99 price tag of their predecessors, essentially offering consumers less functionality for the same cost.

The reasons for the removal of the in-line volume control unit were never made clear, but a frequent complaint leveled against the older models of TiTANs was their unfortunate penchant to discharge sharp shocks of static electricity into the wearer’s ears.  I  endured this quirk as it helped keep me awake and focused on whatever I was working on at the time, but a good many consumers who used their TiTANs while exercising found it too much of an annoyance to endure.

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Hidden Radio & BlueTooth Speaker promises elegant simplicity

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A great gadget doesn’t need to be overly advanced. Sometimes, killer design is the real marker of a product that sticks in the memory. That’s what the developers of the Hidden Radio and BlueTooth Speaker have managed to create. It has a minimalist design, but still manages to fill a room with up to 80dB of sound from your favorite music, movies or games.

Simplicity is the key word here. From the operational mechanics (raise or lower the cap to adjust the volume) to the refreshingly minimalist aesthetic, the creators claim that all you need to do is find the Hidden Radio option on your BlueTooth device, connect to it and lift the lid to enhance your audio experience.

The gadget contains an AM-FM radio, can operate as a speakerphone and can run for up to 30 hours on its rechargeable battery.

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