Looking to turn your phone into a more useful and fully fledged speaker? BumpOut might be the speaker for you. The device, just been launched on Indiegogo, aims to offer a slim and ergonomic speaker that is comfortable to carry yet still boasts a premium audio quality.
The coolest thing about the speaker? It expands when you use it to offer a better audio quality and more bass. You can also connect more than one to your device for larger events, so you’re not stuck with one speaker.
“Motorized Expansion Technology” basically allows the speaker to remain relatively slim and then expand to create a better-sounding acoustic chamber with a richer bass response. It can also be used in a non-expanded position, but you may notice a difference in audio quality.
It also uses what are called “BumpOut coins” to make speaker placement more versatile. The BumpOut coins can attach to a range of different surfaces — like a wall or table — after which the speaker can be attached to the coins. This allows the speaker, which is water- and dust-resistant (but not waterproof), to be used in the shower. You wouldn’t want to put it directly in the water stream, but it can be splashed a little and survive just fine. You can also use the BumpOut Coins to attach the speaker directly to your phone, making it even more portable
BumpOut lasts up to seven hours on a single charge, and can be fully charged in three hours — so if you want to use it often, you’ll need to remember to charge it often as well. It connects through Bluetooth 4.0 and has a range of around 30 feet. You can get BumpOut for yourself through the Indiegogo page, where you’ll need to pledge $69 or more.