Macworld always brings a number of great audio products from exhibitors old and new alike. This year we’ve seen a lineup of great products from standards like Scosche and Sennheiser, but what’s always more interesting are new faces with a fresh take on headphones, speakers, and other audio gear. Two exhibitors stand out at this year’s expo: Boom Movement and Scratch Track, each showing a host of interesting audio devices ranging from Bluetooth speakers to fanny packs with built-in speakers.
Boom Movement is featuring their newest line, Ready for Anything, with speakers, headphones, and earbuds that are designed to survive drops, dust and water (read: real life). The designs are rubberized for moisture and impact resistance and have useful features like cable clips to help you keep your cords organized.
A standout at the Boom Movement booth is the Urchin bluetooth speaker, which can be suction cupped to a shower wall or clipped to your belt, and genuinely looks like a neon, rubbery sea urchin. Boom is also featuring their Spooner headphones, which really do spoon! The back of the earbud posts features a complimentary concave design (like yin and yang) that nests, with built-in magnets that hold the two earbuds together to form a spindle.
When not in use, simply snap your headphones together, wind the cord around them, then use the integrated cable clip to secure it.
Billed as a brand for “retro-electric clicksters” (a post-modern take on hipsters?), Scratch Tracks is a design brand featuring a variety of products with integrated speakers. All of their designs are retro, from bags that look like boomboxes (with built-in speakers) to alien robots with speakers for heads (that look almost exactly like Marvin the Paranoid Android), and have a distinctively early ’90s vibe.
The Scratch Tracks booth also features some of the most attention-grabbing booth attendants, with roller derby girls who have bright pink hair and blue plastic fanny packs pumping out jams.
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