This compact Bluetooth speaker screws onto the top of an empty plastic soda bottle, turning it into an acoustic enclosure, and increasing its bass response and volume up to three times. Permafrost’s speaker recently had a successful run on Kickstarter and should be available soon.
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The ATH-CKR7TW are Audio Technica’s first truly wireless in-ear headphones. True to the brand, they didn’t skimp on audio quality. The 11mm drivers are constructed with materials that reduce distortion, and it has a built-in DAC and amp to ensure depth and clarity.
Master Replicas Group is making an officially licensed 1:1 scale prop replica of the face of 2001: A Space Odyssey‘s HAL 9000. The replica also doubles as a Bluetooth speaker. If you’re willing to pay extra, there’s a variant that comes with a voice-interactive wall-mounted console.
Pirelli makes half-scale replicas of its P Zero F1 tires for car builders to use in wind tunnel tests. Luxury audio maker iXOOST worked with Pirelli to make Bluetooth speakers that use the replica tires as their case. It has a 25mm silk tweeter, a 100mm woofer… and rides on an aluminum rim.
Boss‘ new Katana-Air is a compact wireless guitar amplifier. Its transmitter lasts for up to 12h per charge and has a power saving mode. The amp itself can also be powered with AA batteries for portable playing. It can also be used as a Bluetooth speaker.
Coleman’s new lantern is a great backyard accessory or camping centerpiece. Aside from providing 360º of dimmable light, the lantern also serves as a Bluetooth speaker. It lasts up to 20h while playing music, 40h while providing light, and up to 5h with both functions on.
This clicky mechanical keyboard captures the essence of classic typewriters. It works as a dock for tablets, offers both Bluetooth and wired connectivity, and its clever carriage knob doubles as a volume and backlight brightness control. Coming to Indiegogo June 2018.
Control the universe – or simply play music at the snap of your fingers. Or tap of a button. Camino Audio made a pair of officially licensed life-size Infinity Gauntlet Bluetooth speakers. They have glowing LED infinity stones, and will come in cast polystone or real bronze.
Somewear is a Bluetooth hotspot for mobile devices. It uses the Iridium satellite network for global coverage. It lets you send and receive text messages and location data, receive weather reports and local alerts, and it has an SOS button. It requires a $15/mo. plan.
GlassOuse is a Bluetooth pointing device for people who have difficulty using their hands. It connects to devices just like a regular Bluetooth mouse. The original version has a bite switch; v1.2 lets users choose between a bite switch, a button or a puff switch.
8Bitdo’s new wireless adapter lets you use Bluetooth controllers on consoles or computers with a USB port. Use a PS4 controller on a Nintendo Switch, use Joy-Cons on your laptop or Raspberry Pi and more. Of course, it works with 8Bitdo’s Bluetooth controllers as well.
The world’s loudest portable Bluetooth speakers are now 40% louder. The Soundboks 2 is powered by three 72W amplifiers, and pushes out up to 122dB of volume. It also has a new all-black durable case. Its battery is still removable and lasts up to 40h per charge.
Keyboard specialist Matias makes wireless aluminum keyboards in Apple colors: silver, gray, gold and rose gold. The Bluetooth keyboard can connect to up to four devices at once, including mobile devices. Its rechargeable battery lasts up to a year per charge.
Renowned amp maker Ashdown Engineering now has a Bluetooth version of its one-of-a-kind active noise cancelling headphones. Like the original, the OV-1B has VU meters that react to the audio being played. It also adds phone and playback buttons on the left earcup.
If you’re looking for stylish and compact desktop speakers, check out Ashtown Engineering’s Meters Cubed. The 20W system consists of three 3.5″ cubes: two speakers with 2.5″ drivers and an amplifier with a round analog VU meter. Available in black or white.
8Bitdo’s new SN30 Pro (SNES colors) and SF30 Pro (Super Famicom colors) wireless gamepads work with a variety of gaming systems, including the Nintendo Switch, the Raspberry Pi and PCs. It has two analog sticks, four shoulder buttons, a screenshot button and more.
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