For those about to rock out (in direct sunlight, at least), Eton won't just salute you, but offer you more options for your environmentally friendly moshing. At this year's CES, it's launching two more solar-powered Bluetooth boomboxes to complement the Rukus that arrived at 2012's show. The Rugged Rukus offers the same hardware as the flagship, but wrapped in a sturdy IPX-4 shell that'll keep it safe from knocks and splashes. It's also trotting out the Rukus XL, a not-too-distant cousin of the old Soulra XL iPod dock, which ditches the e-ink display in favor of a chunky, triangular body, flip-out solar panel and six more speaker drivers. We took a quick look at these two eco-friendly music machines at CES, and were impressed by their solid build and smart appearance. The Rugged model is suitably compact and lightweight, and the XL has a handy mobile device storage area hidden behind the front panel though its 72-square-inch solar panel is quite massive in person. The Rugged Rukus will arrive in Q1 and will cost $99.99, and the Rukus XL setting you back $199.99 when it arrives in Q2.
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CES 2013: Etón Corporation Announces Rugged Rukus
Rugged, splash-proof, portable, wireless speaker features USB charging and solar power
(Las Vegas, NV - Booth #30860, South Hall 3 - January 8, 2013) – Etón Corporation, a leading creator of high-performance, green-powered consumer products, announces Rugged Rukus, perfect for use everywhere, the all-terrain Rugged Rukus features a rugged, IPX4-certified, splash-proof design and the ability to play music while simultaneously keeping your hand held device charged and ready for use. It's a lightweight, solar-powered, Bluetooth® wireless speaker that enables you to stream music and never run out of power. The product is being shown for the first time at Etón's booth, #30860, in South Hall 3.
Featuring the ability to pair with any Bluetooth-compatible device to play music with a single touch, Rugged Rukus includes two full-range speaker drivers that deliver crystal clear stereo sound. With the power to charge the internal lithium battery via the 20 square-inch high-efficiency solar panel or AC adapter, Rugged Rukus also has the added bonus of a built-in USB port that enables you to charge your smartphone, tablet or computer while you listen to your favorite tunes. Five hours charging in direct sunlight will allow for continuous music play and device charging, day or night.
Extremely durable, Rugged Rukus also features carabineer-ready loops, making it perfectly portable for outdoor adventures.
"With its sleek, splash-proof design, Rugged Rukus is perfect for those that want to take their favorite music anywhere and everywhere," said Esmail Hozour, CEO of Etón Corporation. "Making sure that your smartphones stay charged while out camping or on the trail is essential, and we think Rugged Rukus is the perfect solution."
Rugged Rukus will be available end Q1 2013 for $99.99. For more information about Etón and its products, visit Etón's newly redesigned website www.etoncorp.com. Featuring an updated, sleek and modern layout with improved navigation, Etón's new site gives users complete access to product details, testimonials and simple connections to social media channels. The updated website was designed by LeftLane Creative's Jakub Skyba in conjunction with Unbridled's Brain's Terry Hickman.
CES 2013: Etón Corporation Announces Rukus XL Portable Wireless Sound System with Solar Charging
Portable solar-powered boom box delivers massive sound and never runs out of power
(Las Vegas, NV - Booth #30860, South Hall 3 - January 8, 2013) – Etón Corporation, a leading creator of high-performance, green-powered consumer products, announces Rukus XL, a portable Bluetooth® wireless sound system with solar panel that delivers more powerful sound. The latest edition to the company's line of solar powered speakers, Rukus XL features eight full-range speaker drivers that produce stereo-quality sound and one-touch device pairing, providing the ultimate music-listening experience. Rukus XL will be shown for the first time at CES 2013 in Etón's booth, #30860 in South Hall 3.
Featuring the ability to wirelessly stream music from any Bluetooth-enabled device, Rukus XL offers great flexibility to play music that can fill any indoor or outdoor space while simultaneously charging your mobile device to ensure you never run out of power. Producing 22W of stereo sound, Rukus XL's eight full range speaker drivers, including two tweeters, two woofers and four passive radiators, plus the addition of a bass boost button, will ensure that every booming low and soaring high is heard in crystal clear sound. To keep the music playing all day long, Rukus XL enables you to recharge the internal lithium-ion battery via the massive, efficient 72-square-inch monocrystal solar panel – five hours of charging time will enable you to stream music continuously day or night. Rukus XL can also be charged via a convenient AC adapter.
"Rukus XL's blend of maximum sound, Bluetooth wireless technology and added bonus of device charging makes it the perfect modern speaker," said Esmail Hozour, CEO of Etón Corporation. "Whether out on the deck barbequing or indoors at a family game night, Rukus XL provides the perfect portable soundtrack to any gathering."
Designed for maximum portability and big, high-quality sound, Rukus XL also features built-in mobile device storage net and an integrated carrying handle.
Rukus XL will be available early Q2 2013 for $199.99. For more information about Etón and its products, visit www.etoncorp.com. For more information about Etón and its products, visit Etón's newly redesigned website www.etoncorp.com. Featuring an updated, sleek and modern layout with improved navigation, Etón's new site gives users complete access to product details, testimonials and simple connections to social media channels. The updated website was designed by LeftLane Creative in conjunction with Unbridled Brain.