Cyclist's speaker does music and mobile

Speaker lets you listen to music or talk on a cell phone with headphone clarity and no danger of blocking out real life noise completely.

MyCyfi

I'm not sure how well this works, but it sounds like a great idea.

A new company called CyFi is selling a clip-on, wireless speaker for bikes that is about the size of a deck of cards.

The speaker offers "CD audio quality," according to company claims. It can also receive audio commands for cell phones supporting hands-free dialing.

If you're like me, you like listening to music or a podcast while exercising outdoors, but feel unsafe wearing earbuds that block out life noise. It's hard enough to hear a regular car coming 'round the bend with headphones in. I can't tell you how many times I've almost been hit by a Prius.

I've seen many joggers and bikers doing the one earbud in and one earbud dangling routine.

MyCyfi

It makes sense then, that someone would try to come up with a solution. Enter CyFi, which was invented by Jeff Lotman, an avid cyclist.

"Music makes biking more fun. It enhances the experience and motivates you to push harder," Lotman says on his site.

The iPod/iPod Nano version for $199.95 comes with a little transmitter that plugs into your iPod. You can then chuck your iPod in your backpack and control it from the speaker. The A2DP Bluetooth-capable model for $179.95 syncs with a cell phone, smartphone, or MP3 player.

The company advertises it as a sports speaker for bicyclists, but it seems like you could really use it anywhere your hands are occupied. The speaker has a range of 30 feet, and a battery life of five or six hours, depending on which model you buy. p>

CyFi's speaker will be available September 22 from the company's own online store.

CyFi speaker kit for the iPod or iPod Nano. MyCyfi
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In a software-driven world, it's easy to forget about the nuts and bolts. Whether it's cars, robots, personal gadgetry or industrial machines, Candace Lombardi examines the moving parts that keep our world rotating. A journalist who divides her time between the United States and the United Kingdom, Lombardi has written about technology for the sites of The New York Times, CNET, USA Today, MSN, ZDNet, Silicon.com, and GameSpot. She is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not a current employee of CNET.

 

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