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The Turtle Shell
Outdoor Technology's durable, Bluetooth-enabled speaker that works almost anywhere
by Graham Hiemstra
on 18 September 2012
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After first catching our attention with a pair of low-profile Bluetooth headphones a few months back, Outdoor Technology has us once again fixated on another wireless device. This time around it's the Turtle Shell, a brazenly designed, Bluetooth-enabled speaker hitting Kickstarter today. Built to handle a range of sophisticated technology, the extremely portable speaker is shock-proof, dust-proof and water-resistant. The real perk, however, on the shell's underside, is a threaded mount for any standard tripod or similar camera-like mounting accessory, and a reinforced latch for attaching carabiners.

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With just one switch and three buttons, the Turtle Shell makes changing songs and controlling playback pleasantly simple. The device is also equipped with a built-in microphone for receiving and making phone calls—even conference calls. Claiming hi-fi audio and deep bass, the small, palm-sized speaker delivers clear sound that we found better suited to, say, the variable melodies of Beach House than the heavy beats of the new G.O.O.D. Music album.

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The Turtle Shell comes stock with a rechargable lithium-ion battery that lasts for more than nine hours, and is available in an impressive range of colorways. Set to retail for $150, the speaker is up for pre-order now with a Kickstarter pledge of $99. Considering its durability and portability, the futuristic-looking little speaker seems well worth its modest price tag. For more information see Outdoor Technology online.

Images by Graham Hiemstra

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