Our awesome readers here at MMI have grown quite fond of being the "first" to comment in response to the articles, analysis, and other commentary posted to these hallowed forums. But when it comes to true "firsts," Hammacher Schlemmer
- the maker of some pretty "far out there" devices - readily comes to mind. Case in point: the "First Solar Powered iPod Speaker." At least, that's what this nifty little thing has been dubbed. But what makes it unique?
For starters, it's both solar powered and comes replete with a IPX-4 waterproof rating. In other words, you can take it outside, to the beach, or near the pool and not have to worry about a drop of water ruining your speakers. It does, however, require about 3 hours of solar charging to get one full hour of use. According to the maker, the system works with most iPods, iPhones, and MP3 players. And, in case you're wondering, yes, it can still plug into AC.
Yes, there are drawbacks and limitations, but it is
environmentally sound, and that's what the maker is stressing in its release. Additionally, Hammacher Schlemmer says their newest product is Housed within a "rugged, rubberized and aluminum body," making it extra durable. And if you're wondering about the sound quality, yours truly hasn't heard the system in action, but it comes packed with two 5-watt, full-range speakers to provide "crisp highs, balanced mid-ranges, and resounding, bass-boosted lows."
As you might expect, the "First Solar Powered iPod Speaker" isn't cheap. They are available now for $199.95 each.
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