Skate- and surf-inspired accessories company Nixon has a couple of upcoming products on display: A ruggedized Bluetooth speaker "that's truly go-anywhere" and a cool silicone cable wrap for their earbud speakers.
The water-resistant silicone-skinned speaker, with its Rams-like design, is pretty chunky and substantial; it's a bit larger than a brick. It's also made to be tough. "You won't have to worry about dropping this thing or banging it around," said the rep. He then tossed the thing up in the air and let it hit the floor with a thud. While it was still on the ground, he proceeded to step and stand on it. After he picked it back up, the dust wiped off of the silicone cleanly.
Volume and playback buttons are up top, molded into the silicone; on the sides are the power button and ports for USB and audio input, covered by water-resistant seals.
The cable wrap's a neat little affair, with a central compartment that you pop the buds into; then you just wind the rest of the cable around the slit in the perimeter.
The guys at Nixon are saying both will be ready to go early this year.