By Andrew Liszewski
While headphones seem like the obvious choice for enjoying your MP3 player while out jogging or riding a bike, they’re not always the safest solution. And that’s what inspired Jeff Lotman, a cycling enthusiast, to create the Cy-Fi speaker. It’s available in two wireless flavors, a bluetooth version which can connect to a cellphone, PDA or any other device that supports A2DP, and an iPod version that comes with a dongle transmitter that uses the Kleer wireless audio technology instead.
Both versions feature a rechargeable battery that’s good for about 5 1/2 to 6 hours of playback with a range of about 30 feet, and each one allows you to adjust the volume or change the track using a set of buttons on the speaker itself. However, the bluetooth version also allows you to use the Cy-Fi as a speakerphone for taking calls while you’re out and about. Both versions are available on the Cy-Fi online store, with the bluetooth model selling for $179.95 and the iPod model selling for just a bit more at $199.95.