Biker bag guarantees not to wrinkle clothing

Gym bag helps cyclists bring professional garb to the office

Wingman with suit

If you’re a bike nut like most of the staff here at the makers of the most awesome Bluetooth speaker on the planet, then you’ve probably found yourself in the following conundrum — it’s a beautiful day out, perfect for biking to work, but you have to four-wheel it instead because you have no way of bringing your work outfit with you without getting wrinkles and creases in it when it gets packed into your backpack.

Wrinkled suit

Thankfully, this is an issue for yesterday, and it’s thanks to Hentley, the folks behind the best biker bag on the market, aka, the Wingman.

Wingman for bikers

Wingman

In short, the Wingman is a bag that rolls up to protect garments from bunching together, thereby minimizing creases. It comes with a gym bag that can be worn on your back while cycling to work, and a bunch of convenient, well-designed features, like a tablet computer pouch and ridiculously large outside pockets for things like keys, wallet, a box of cereal, and whatever else you want to throw in there.

Wingman with tablet computer

As for how the clothes don’t get wrinkled, the Wingman features semi-rigid vertical ribs to help restrict the diameter of the suit bag when rolled; this, it turns out is, what helps minimize wrinkles and creases in the clothing.

Along with strong protection and deep pockets, there are some other cool features about this bag worth noting. For one, reflective piping helps the cyclist be better seen at night. The bag also features a waterproof rain cover, and, if you are so inclined, you can attach a bike light and highly durable portable speaker to the bag’s webbing loop.

Want the Wingman? It’s yours for $185 through the company’s website. Want to learn more about the bag? Check out the video below:

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone – Lookout Weekend

we love you all and we wanted to give you something to share with your family

Thanksgiving is a time for family.  Thanksgiving is a time for sharing and giving.  Thanksgiving is a time for stuffing your face.  Douse that turkey in gravy and put extra butter in your mashed potatoes.  Actually, put extra butter on everything.  When you think you’re done…. you’re not.  Take a breather.  Sip some more egg nog and whiskey.  Nibble on some more cheese.  Watch football.  Then start eating again.

Ok really now.  We are thankful for the opportunity that we have.  Everyday we are learning new things.  We have a vision to make the best ultraportable speakers ever and we are having a blast doing it.  We’re thankful to have a company we are truly passionate about and we hope that we can share our experience with you.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Making the video

Honestly, making a puppet dancing turkey is top-ranked weird   We got a ton of people walking and driving by on the street corner that just thought “WHAT THE HELL?!”  We met several people from all over the world that started recording our turkey dance.

Oddly enough, we started making the cuts and we worried that this crossed the threshold of strange… but at the end of the day, once we added the lazer beam treatment, we felt it was ready for the world.

How to use a Boombot2 wireless Bluetooth speaker

SIMPLE instructions for wireless speaker operation

  1. Charge the Boombot over USB using the included cable
  2. Press the center button once to enter the line-in mode (for use with included wire)
  3. Press the center button a second time for pairing
  4. Find “Boombot2” on your smartphone or mobile device.  Usually you can find your Bluetooth Settings under your General Settings navigation.
  5. Enter the Pin number 0-0-0-0 to pair with device.
  6. You should be connected and able to play music.  Should you have any other issues, you can try reconnecting.  If that fails, delete the device and repair from scratch.
  7. You can turn OFF the unit by pressing and holding the center button for 2 seconds.
  8. The next time your turn on your Boombot2, it will automatically repair to the last device that it paired with.  You do not have to do the entire pairing process every time.

If you would like to download the full user manual, it can be found HERE.  If you have any other questions, you can email support [at] boombotix.com

Don’t forget we also have our Exchange Program so you can also take your old models and exchange for a $25 credit on any purchase of $50 or more.

optimizing the sound on boombots

If you find that your Boombot is distorting at high volumes, try to adjust the equalizer settings.  For iOS devices (iPod/iPhone/iPad), go here. For android devices, read this article.

boombot2 video instructions

 

a silly video that explains it

the story behind this ridiculous instructional video

When I first started this project, all we wanted was a simple wireless portable speaker demo video.  We wanted  to show our potential customers how easy it is to use a Boombot2 bluetooth speaker.  I started to write a boring script highlighting the features and the bare basics.  When I first recorded the audio, I ran it in my fake British accent.  Our head of sales jumped on the mic and ran through the script in perfect crisp enunciation.  Suddenly, I got the idea to just make a bunch of different voices/characters with my friends.  I spent a Saturday evening sipping some dark IPAs and immersing myself into about seven voices and eventually getting Ben Radler’s girlfriend to help me out a bit.  Some of them were silly, and some of the accents are awful, but I had a lot of fun with it.  I could have walked around the city trying to get people to read this stupid script, but this just seemed to work ok.

Will it win an oscar?  Probably not.  But the whole point of this video is to educate people about the Boombot2.  It shows that the product is easy to use.  It shows some of the very practical use cases and added versatility that a clip-on speaker provides.

I shot most of the footage with a Canon 7D.  I made a lot of use of a macro lens for close-up shots of the product and the devices.  It was also nice because the macro lens blurs out all the unsightly backgrounds of our luxurious garage.  Ben also helped me edit the footage on Premier Pro and in two days, I had a working draft video.  We’ve done a number of different videos and we know that this is always an evolutionary process.  Towards the middle of this project, I was thinking to myself, “I’m not actually going to be able to put this together.  My coworkers are going to think I’m insane.”  When all was said and done though, they thought I was insane anyways…. but they liked the video.  They gave me some quick pointers and we shipped it.

Music Requake — Fatality (Megalodon Remix) [DUB]
Tamborays (thetamborays.bandcamp.com)

 

Portable Speaker Guide

pick out the right portable speaker system

Portable speakers have been around for decades now, but a lot has changed in the industry since the orignal boombox was introduced.  Technology has evolved and the source of our music has changed too.  Thousands of portable speakers have entered the market in various shapes, sizes, and costs.  We wanted to compile a list of things to consider when you buy a portable speaker.  Maybe Boombotix speakers are right for your lifestyle, but if not, we’re glad we can help find an audio device that works for YOU.

HOW DO I GAUGE PORTABLE SPEAKER SOUND PERFORMANCE?

Don’t listen to anything manufacturers say about power consumption. Power ratings should be in Watts (W).  Loudness should be in Decibels (dB).  Consider the distance that the manufacturer measures dB from.  Also keep in mind you can have a loud speaker that sounds like crap.  The Boombotix Boombot2 hits 87dB with a high quality recorded song which is great for a room, studio or small group.  Other manufacturers like Logitech and Jawbone make larger portable speaker systems that are louder, but a bit less portable.  Most portable speakers have Class D amps that have a high efficiency.

What other features should i look for in a portable speaker?

  • Bluetooth connectivity (at least 2.1)
  • Device compatibility.  Make sure it works with your music source.
  • Volume/Track adjustment controls
  • Connector types (most common is 8mm or 1/8″ for standard headphone jacks)
  • How many speaker drivers are there?  Is it a mono speaker or just stereo?

should you get a speaker with rechargeable batteries?

In this day and age, there is no reason to every use a speaker that uses alkaline batteries (D-Cell, AA, AAA).  These types of batteries cause a lot of material waste, they’re heavy, and they get expensive as you replace each one.  Buy a speaker with a rechargeable battery source using lightweight lithium-ion or lithium-polymer batteries.  They may cost a little bit more up front, but it will be well worth it if you really like to travel with your speaker.

How do i determine if a speaker is portable enough?

Picture yourself using the product.  What is your most practical use case is? If you are primarily using it to lug to the beach, are you the type that needs deep, rich, pumping bass or are you fine with a little bit of bump for the background?  Look at the way the speaker is transported.  Does it have a simple handle?  Does it have a clip-on design?  Is the design of the speaker conducive towards the environment that it is being placed in?  Boombotix speakers have added seal and connector covers to make them more resilient to dust and moisture.

Yellow topography Boombot

portable speaker pricing

Portable speakers range anywhere from $20-400.  When considering the pricing, be sure that you are getting value.  Look at the manufacturer warranty terms.  If you are making a substantial investment in a product, you should expect that the manufacturer will support the longevity of the product in normal working operation.  If the speaker is designed to be ultraportable, then it should be able to take a beating.  If something happens in the field (you crash, you fall, or butter fingers gets the better of you), a good manufacturer of a portable speaker system should have your back to some extent.  We have a policy called the No Matter What warranty program where we offer free repair or replacement for all of our speakers.

Also consider the build quality of the product.  Boombotix speakers are made of thick high impact ABS plastic with a durable soft touch coating.  Some cheaper speakers use thin flexible plastics which make the product less durable and even sound poor.

in summary

We hope that you find this article helpful.  We’ve spent a lot of time and thought developing portable speakers that fit our active lifestyle.  If you are looking for a larger system there are a lot of great options out there, but if you like to put your music in motion, we hope you will consider investing in a Boombotix speaker.

Bluetooth Stereo Pairing Network

Creating an audio network for a short range use case

Boombotix is working a new firmware that allows two speakers to be networked via Bluetooth for true stereo sound playback.  The speakers can be used in this loft scenario to have synchronized music in the top and bottom floor of a studio loft.  They also use the Boombot2 wireless speaker to be tethered to the home stereo system for amplified sound.  If you’re looking for portable speaker tech, look no further.

In principal, what the speakers are doing with the audio source goes as follows; One bluetooth speaker pairs to an audio source (smartphone, laptop, tablet etc.)  The source must be a bluetooth source.  The audio data is sent to the speaker where it is re-encoded as a stereo audio signal.  The first speaker will play the right channel while sending the audio data for the left channel to a second speaker.  This works without any latency so the speakers are able to maintain synchronized playback wirelessly while also offering true stereo.

This feature is not currently incorporated into our devices, but it is something we are developing for future models.  We are addressing the firmware design to make this pairing process seamless and ultimately allow users to transport full wireless stereo configurations wherever they choose.  If you have any questions about this technology or you may be interested in getting involved, just let us know.