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Eton Rukus Xtreme Solar Stereo
Winner - Gold
Designer: Mr. Dan Harden & Whipsaw Design Team - President
Design Type: Product
Company / Organization / School: Whipsaw, Inc.
Eton Rukus Extreme is an all-terrain solar-powered wireless music system. It is about twice as large as its little brother, the Rugged Rukus. A 35 square inch solar panel generates abundant amounts of power to play music all day long without plugging in. Without sun, the internal lithium battery will keep the music going for 12 hours. Stream music from any Bluetooth enabled smartphone, tablet or computer. One can also use the micro USB cable with your smartphone charger for non-stop entertainment. Users can also charge their smart phone directly from Rugged Rukus by plugging it into the USB. Rukus Extreme continues the design language of the Rugged Rukus; larger, with an additional handle. This device has incredible rich sound with a wide frequency band, due to the addition of three passive radiators, one between the front speakers and two on the sides. These passive radiators provide the deep bass sound but because they are passive (do not receive an electric signal), they are an efficient way to make great sound. Like its brother, Rugged Rukus, it has upward- facing speakers and a solar panel that faces the sun. The handle is comfortable for carrying but can also be used for attaching the unit to a backpack or hanging it inside a tent. It can also stand up on its face for compact storage. The black housing parts are high impact rubber (thermoplastic elastomer) over-molded onto the green super tough polycarbonate chassis. Rubber doors conceal connectors.