Bluetooth speakers are everywhere these days, but the new JBL Clip takes the technology to new heights.
This wireless speaker ($49.95) features an integrated carabiner that clips to belts, backpacks or whatever, letting people stream music from their smartphone while out and about.
Now, hardcore climbers can keep their hands free while conquering Mount Kilimanjaro, then hit play on Joe Esposito's "You're The Best" when they reach the top. It's like being in your own personal '80s movie.
Or, the speaker could be used for less dramatic excursions, like trips to the beach or bike rides. It also doubles as a speakerphone, just in case someone needs to jump on an emergency conference call in the middle of a hike.
The rechargeable battery reportedly last for 5 hours. While audiophiles looking for powerful home speakers might want to look elsewhere (perhaps Sonos, or even JBL's wood-paneled Authentics L16), the JBL Clip could be a fun, relatively cheap summer accessory.
First published May 28 2014, 7:39 AM
Keith Wagstaff is a contributing writer at NBC News. He covers technology, reporting on Internet security, mobile technology and more. He joined NBC News from The Week, where he was a staff writer covering politics. Prior to his work at The Week, he was a technology writer at TIME.
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