Meet the Boombot REX, a Portable Speaker Controlled by Your Phone

May 24, 2013

11:00 am

Lief Storer used to commute the 10 miles from Berkeley to Point Richmond on a bike wearing headphones – not exactly the smartest of life choices. But he couldn’t help it. He loved the music.

To avoid getting run over, Storer was inspired to build a portable smartphone-connected speaker. He had seen people strapping Jamboxes to their bikes with bungee cords, but that just wouldn’t do.

Next month, he and his company Boombotix are launching the Boombot REX, a portable speaker that can clip onto nearly anything. You can take it biking, skiing, skating, or camping, since it’s water resistant. And you can control it with your voice, asking for a certain song or even the time of day.

Boombotix photo 2

For $119.99, you can get this 3.6” by 3.3” by 1.9” speaker in cleverly named colors like electric blue, savage green, pitch black, and arctic white.

“Somewhere between looking at a B2 stealth bomber and a lump of clay that [VP of product] Chris [McKleroy] carved to fit nicely into your palm, the Boombot REX was born,” says Storer.

Boombotix photo 1

Boombotix green

To get everything just right, they tried and rejected different drivers and amps, upped the volume output without draining the current, and used equalizer technology to improve sound quality. This is their most advanced speaker, following the wired Boombot 1, wireless Boombot 2, and big Boombot Jumbo.

And bikers and drivers can thank Boombotix for that.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact [email protected]

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