What's got Bluetooth, big solar panels and an e-ink display? Not a heck of a lot of gadgets prior to today's introduction of the Rukus portable sound system from Eton. The solar-power speaker system can stream music wirelessly from your Bluetooth devices, bumping it in style through two full-range speaker drivers. The system is powered by a solar panel (though you can also power it the old fashioned wired way, when the sun's nowhere in sight), but don't worry about reading the screen in the sunshine -- the Rukus has an e-ink display, which also helps the thing conserve a fair amount of power. Eton also says that the player is "virtually indestructible," a claim we're sure some folks will want to put to the test when it drops in Q2 for $150.
Update: Check out our hands-on here!
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Etón Corporation Announces Rukus
Etón Corporation, a leading creator of high-performance, green-powered consumer products, announces Rukus, a portable Bluetooth sound system with solar panel that keeps the music going all day. The first marriage of three key technologies - Bluetooth, enhanced monocrystal solar panel and an E Ink display - Rukus allows for wireless music streaming with maximum portability.
Featuring the ability to stream music from any Bluetooth-enabled device, Rukus offers great flexibility to play and charge most mobile devices all day long. It has two full-range speaker drivers, delivering booming lows and crystal-clear highs. The embedded 40 square-inch solar panel harvests the sun's energy and takes about six hours in direct sunlight to recharge the internal lithium battery. Alternatively, Rukus can be conveniently charged via AC adapter and the integrated USB port charges mobile devices when on the go.
Rukus incorporates an E Ink SURF segmented display to provide instant, at-a-glance information, including Bluetooth connectivity, solar charge indicator and battery strength. Unlike traditional LCD screens which require constant energy to retain an image, the bi-stability of E Ink enables information to be displayed without draining the battery. Readable in direct sunlight with a 180-degree viewing angle, the Rukus E Ink display is extremely low-power and virtually indestructible, complimentary to the design of Rukus and other lines in the Etón brand.
Rukus' unique design stands out anywhere, indoors and outdoors. With built-in mobile device storage net and an integrated carrying handle, Rukus offers convenient portability for listening enjoyment.
"Rukus is truly the only Bluetooth sound system you may never have to plug in," said Esmail Hozour, CEO of Etón Corporation. "With its unique design and portability, the sound system is the perfect addition to any indoor or outdoor area – causing a ruckus wherever it goes."
"Rukus is a versatile product. The high-contrast and low-power requirements of our E Ink SURF segmented display makes it well-suited to the product's design," said Sriram Peruvemba, Chief Marketing Officer of E Ink Holdings. "We are always looking for innovative new ways to incorporate our technology and Rukus is one of the most unique products we've seen."
Rukus will be available Q2 2012 for $149.95. For more information about Etón and its products, visit www.etoncorp.com.