Simplify your riding with this chain-free bike

Bicymple knows how to keep things EZ-breezy

This here contraption is design studio Scalyfish Designs’ awesome concept—the bicymple.

Bicymple bike

It’s a chain-free approach to the standard bike that’s simple yet still functional, and allows for rear-steering for tight turns and “crab riding.”

Crab riding on bicymple

Riding on bicymple

Since the chain’s gone, the number of moving parts is significantly reduced. A direct-drive, freewheeling hub is attached to the crank arm axis with the rear-wheel axis. This, as you can see, shortens the wheelbase and minimizes the overall design (though I would add a Boombotix portable boombox – or two – to the handlebar to complete the awesome look). It also makes the thing lightweight and pretty damn stylish looking if I do say so myself (certainly better than the Fliz bike we wrote about earlier in the month).

Bicymple photo

Video of the Bicymple after the jump.

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Find Boombotix at REI now and get PAID to shop

REI concept store

This week we are proud to announce that you can find Boombotix products in a number of REI retailers throughout the nation.  For our brand, this is a great step to finally break into key nationwide retail with the Boombot line.  REI will typically test out a line in these twenty four select stores to gauge what kind of reaction they are getting.  With the thousands of products carried at REI, it can often be hard to build awareness for the product.  You will likely find the Boombots in a limited number of colors near or in the headphones/speakers section of the store.

In any case, we are really excited for the opportunity to launch with one of the nation’s premier outdoor retailers.  We are able to reach communities that we previously didn’t have access to.  Customers also get to benefit from all of the various programs that come along with being an REI member including discounts and a hassle free return policy.  All things that really align well with the Boombotix exploratory value set.

We hope that as our customer, you can benefit from the increased availability of our product.  For a list of shops you can find our product, see below.  Don’t be afraid to haggle the staff to bring more colors in for the holidays.  A lot of staff may not even know what a Boombot is, so anything you can do to help fill them in on the world of Boombotix would be much appreciated!  For hours and store details, check out REI’s store locator.

Get paid to shop at rei

Tell us about your experience purchasing a Boombot at an REI store in greater than 200 words and we will send you a $25 voucher for some accessories on!  Send submissions to with valid proof of purchase from REI retailer.

Store Number Address Store Phone
11 222 Yale Ave N. Seattle, WA (206) 223-1944
12 1338 San Pablo Avet Berkeley, CA (510) 527-4140
13 1405 NW Johnson St Portland, OR (503) 221-1938
15 750 W American Blvd Bloomington, MN (952) 884-4315
16 1200 W Northern Lights Blvd Anchorage, AK (907) 272-4565
17 2962 El Camino Rea Tustin, CA (714) 505-0205
18 1416 Platte St. Denver, CO (303) 756-3100
19 3285 E 3300 S Salt Lake City, UT (801) 486-2100
20 222 Yale Ave N Redmond, WA (206) 223-1944
21 1790 Expo Pkwy Sacramento, CA (916)924-8900
22 400 El Paseo de Saratoga Saratoga, CA (408)871-8765
29 5556 Copley Dr San Diego, CA (858) 279-4400
30 1550 Mercantile Ave.  Albequerque, NM (505) 247-1191
33 1800 Northeast Expy NE Atlanta, GA (404) 633-6508
36 7410 SW Bridgeport Rd Tigard, OR (503) 624-8600
38 1119 Industrial Rd. St A San Carlos, CA (650)508-2330
44 1789 28th St Boulder, CO (303) 583-9970
45 4515 LBJ Fwy Dallas, TX (972) 490-5989
50 5375 S Wadsworth Blvd Lakewood, CO (303) 932-0600
54 1165 Perimeter Ctr W Ste 200 Perimeter, GA (770) 901-9200
56 12634 N Paradise Village Pkwy Paradise Valley, AZ 602) 996-5400
61 9637 E County Line Rd Englewood, CO (303) 583-9970
68 1376 E Woodmen Rd Colorado Springs, CO (719) 260-1455
83 840 Brannan St.  San Francisco, CA (415) 934-1938
104 2450 Charleston Rd.  Mountain View, CA (650)969-1938
107 402 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica,CA (310) 458-4370
142 303 Lafayette Street New York, NY (212) 680-1938

World’s First Custom Made Phone

Offers simple alternative in increasingly complex market

OwnFone cell phone is simple alternative to complex smartphone market

Whether it’s a smartphone or tablet, modern-day gadgetry is nothing like what it was just a few years back.

Heck, it’s nothing like it was a year ago.

Then versus now technology

Today’s world is chock full of increasingly small gadgets and an increasing number of complex apps and programs. Not to beat our own chest, but there are only a few brands out there like Boombotix, whose line of portable mini speakers pack a punch, but are still simple and easy to use.

One company that’s looking to go the Boombotix route is OwnFone. It’s a low-cost mobile phone the size of a Visa credit card and the company’s calling the product the first phone able to “connect you instantly to the most important people in your life – and that’s it.”

Here’s what they mean by that description: OwnFone is the world’s first made-to-order mini-phone. It’s good for kids, grandparents, and everyone in between who don’t want to deal with the hassle of having to update their apps or mobile software in order to stay in touch with friends and family.

Custom-made OwnFone

The phone comes in a bunch of different colors, weighs just 40 paper clips (grams for all you un-mathematic type), and give owners the option of saving up to 12 contacts (or as few as two). The names of these contacts get displayed on the phone’s screen, providing users the ability to dial with just the push of a button.

Different amount of contacts on OwnFone

Also similar to our portable boombox, users can customize their OwnFone, including the keypad, color, and background of the phone, adding images or patterns to make their phone the user’s own.

As for lifespan, OwnFone lasts 3-4 days on a single charge. It can also last up to a year in standby mode (good for the aforementioned grandparents).

It’s available for $87 here in the States and plans range from 50 minutes to 500 minutes (prices vary).

Interested? Here’s a video of how simple it is to put an OwnFone together:

FAA giving serious consideration to letting passengers use electronics during takeoff (finally!)

Federal Aviation Administration agrees to join 21st century, reconsider archaic law

Turn off electronics sign

Did you hear that? That’s Alec Baldwin jumping up and screaming in sheer, unadulterated joy.

Why? Because the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is giving super-serious consideration to up-ending one of its laws most in need of updating – that is, having all passengers shut off their phones, laptops, and tablets during takeoff.

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VOTE: Who has the better start-up idea?

Check out these two music-based Kickstarter campaigns: which one do you think is better?

fight versus photo

Okay, so here’s the deal: the Boombotix family has two friends who have Kickstarter campaigns live on the site right now. While they’re vastly different in concept, their common ground is the fact that both are built around the guitar.

Being that our audience is pretty friggen music savvy, what with the fact that they’re reading the blog for the most badass and best portable speakers in the universe, we’re interested in finding out what YOU think of these two ideas.

you rock photo

Check out the details on both campaigns and let us know which one you think is the better idea (don’t worry, feelings WILL be hurt here and grudges are likely to be set once the results start to come in from the vote). Details on both campaigns are after the jump and at the end, let us know in the comment section which one you think is better.

Oh, and by the way, if you go to the Kickstarter site for either / or, please try not to be swayed by the success of one over the other (one is doing considerably better than the other right now . . . by, like, a lot. A real lot.)

So, here we go: The Unlimited Electric Guitar vs. gTar.

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