By Shane McGlaun
There are tons of bicyclists riding around my town. Typically, you see them in big groups clad in spandex and weaving in and out of traffic. Sometimes you see them in singles though and they are often wearing earphones. I always wonder how they will evade some wanker out to prove the point that the road is for cars if they can’t hear them coming with earphones on.
A new MP3 player from a Taiwanese firm allows bicyclists and other users to listen to music from a compact digital player that doesn't require earphones or headphones. The device is called Podio and it crams the speaker, amp, and storage into a metal tube 88mm long that can connect to a bike's handlebars.
Podio gets power from an internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery good for 20 hours of use. The device weighs 139 grams and has 2GB of internal storage for music. Supported file formats include WMA and MP3. Pricing and availability are unannounced.
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