It’s been a while since we’ve been this stoked on a music listening device as we’ve been lately with Nixon’s new, brightly colored, Bluetooth, shock and water resistant Blaster. It’s so much better than headphones. In fact, the speaker is so light and easy to pair with a smartphone that we immediately wanted to throw it in our big back pocket and skate around annoying strangers Survivor’s Eye of The Tiger turned up really, really loud. Truth.
With a custom audio signature, BIG bold sound, a 12+ hour battery life and compact styling, it’s a true portable music experience. A speaker that feels right at home in or outside of the four walls, The Blaster was created for a life well lived and the adventures that come along with it.
Better yet, every time we turn our’s off we hear a short message from Todd Richards. For the official word from Nixon, follow the jump.
Remember those dope iPhone 4 cases that made your phone look like a pair of Vans sneakers? Well, they’re back. And this time they’re built for the iPhone 5 and come in a slew of fancy colors thanks to a partnership between Vans and tech accessory manufacturer Belkin, according to a post on The Full Signal.
The back of the case has the same tread pattern as Vans’ “Off The Wall” skate shoes. It’s not made of the same rubber material, which would probably cause too much friction in your pocket or bag, but it’s close enough and just having the tread pattern there is pretty cool. The edges of the case look and feel like the edges of Vans’ “Off The Wall” shoes, too. The back has a hole through it for the camera and flash, and the bottom has three holes for the speaker, microphone and Lightning charging port.
As it happened last time, they’re going to be difficult to find until sometime in July 2013, but we can wait. Can you?
Ricardo Camargo of Vapor Studio, just tipped us in on a new project he’s working on called Lit, by NZN labs. Lit is an action tracker that no only keeps track of all your walking and running, but also surfing, snowboarding, and skateboarding and pulls it all together for some social competition as well. Camargo and his partners are currently trying to raise $100,000 for the project on a site called Indigogo.
LIT’s advanced sensors analyze your movements 24×7, scoring both activity and action by interpreting steps, distance, duration, intensity, strokes, paddles, jumps, rotations, turns, g-force, airtime, and more. . . Earn points for activity and bonuses for action. Points become the currency used to challenge yourself, your friends, and the world. . . LIT is 24×7 wearable and built to go where you go. Snow, surf, dirt, pavement? No problem. LIT is built for extremes. It’s rugged, shock resistant, and water resistant to 10 ATM / 100 m.
NZN Labs has already raised $27,000 but in the next 30 days they need going to need $70,000 more. To see how you can participate and help make Lit a reality, click the link.
Mophie Outride cameras will be getting a work out at Bells Beach as the 2013 Rip Curl Pro kicks off on March 27, 2013. The Outride cameras turn Apple iPhones into completely protected action POV cameras and Mophie as signed on as an official sponsor of the vent.
“The Rip Curl is an iconic platform for us to gain global exposure for the OutRide iPhone mounting system and add international footage to the community sharing video using the OUTRIDE app,” said Ross Howe, vice president of marketing, mophie. “Our company has grown up in the surf community of southern California and it’s fitting that we have a presence at this legendary event.”
We haven’t tried the Outride yet, but from the looks of the set-up it could be really cool. Follow the jump for the official word from mophie. [click to continue…]
Want to know the future of building objects? In The Diamond Age futurist novelist Neal Stephenson outlines “the feed” from which citizens can create anything they want for free. We’re not there yet, but that hasn’t stopped Signal Snowboards from creating the world’s first 3D printed snowboard in this month’s Every Third Thursday. Check it out.
After less than a year-and-a-half at Nike (most recently as GM of Nike+Digital Sport), former Volcom General Counsel Hoby Darling has apparently accepted the job of CEO at Skullcandy, according to a story in the Portland Business Journal.
“I am extremely excited to join the Skullcandy team at this early stage of the company’s global growth cycle,” Darling said in a statement.
Interim CEO and founder Rick Alden has to be the happiest of the two, however.
“On behalf of our board, I can’t be more pleased to welcome Hoby to the Skullcandy team,” said Alden, in a news release. “The board is acutely aware of the needs of this organization and has moved swiftly to find the greatest resource to meet those needs. Hoby’s involvement with both emerging and global brands makes him the ideal person to lead this company.”
Shares of Skullcandy were down as much as 11 percent in after-hours trading after announcing that their next quarter will result in a loss of 25 to 30 cents a share, according to a story on MarketWatch.com.
“We have not kept up with all the changing [headphone] trends nor have we led with our own innovations,” said Interim Chief Executive and Skullcandy founder Rick Alden. “We have remarkable resources to get this done. We now need to refocus these resources to get back to building remarkable products.”
The company reported a profit of $11.5 million on sales of $101 million, but it’s always the next quarter that the Street worries about.
We’ve pretty much stopped covering Skullcandy headphone company since founder Rick Alden left in 2011, but now we get the news that Alden is back in the CEO position. Current CEO Jeremy Andrus has announced that he was joining a private investment firm, according to a story on Twice, and Alden is now back in as “interim CEO.”
In a statement, Alden said: “I am honored to play this role in the next chapter at Skullcandy. This company has been my life since founding it and I’m excited to come back in as we enter our second decade. I could not be more fired up to jump back in and get my hands dirty, especially around product development and geographic expansion.”
And to think he didn’t even mention it to us when we saw him (pictured far right with Dennis Nazari, Terry Kidwell, and Dave Wray) at the SIA Show in Denver. In other news Skullcandy’s stock was down 7 percent today.
The Google has reportedly added maps of 38 resorts to their Google Maps app, according to a post on ABC News.
Now you can find your way to never-ending mogul fun on the Mad Wolf run at Montana’s Big Sky Resort, or navigate to Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Resort’s freestyle terrain parks for shredding bliss. . . Other popular ski resorts on the app include Aspen and Vail in Colorado, Sun Valley in Idaho, Squaw Valley and Mammoth Mountain in California, and Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont.
At this rate soon we won’t even have to take our brains with us when we go outside. And that’s some good news.
We don’t really cover Skullcandy all that much anymore because they’re really more of consumer electronic company than they are anything else, but it is interesting to note that thanks to their currently low, low stock price Bloombergis mentioning today (January 9, 2013) that they are a perfect “takeover target.”
Down 66 percent since it began trading in July 2011, Skullcandy has performed worse than all but seven of the 185 U.S. IPOs completed since its debut, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The stock sank to a record low of $6.70 last week after Jefferies Group Inc. recommended selling the shares. The company’s enterprise value of 3.9 times earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization is cheaper than than 96 percent of stocks in the Russell 2000 Index, the data show. . . While increasing competition for in-ear headphones and the company’s move into lower-margin designs prompted the Jefferies downgrade on Jan. 2, Skullcandy shareholder Royce & Associates LLC says its brand may appeal to buyers such as Bose Corp. or Sony Corp. (6758) Even though Skullcandy’s revenue growth has slowed, the shares have fallen more than is justified and that might prompt a takeover, Roth Capital Partners LLC said.
Sony? Bose? What about Monster Cable? Any one of those wouldn’t be a bad exit strategy. Skullcandy shares are, of course, up on all the takeover talk.