The Italian company hi-Fun specializes in adding speakers to items that aren’t necessarily improved by their addition. (They also seem expert at added a “hi-” prefix to their product names). The company makes the hi-Sleep, which is a pillow with built-in speakers. There’s the hi-Head, a hat with built-in speakers. And the hi-George is a teddy bear that can both hug an iPod and blast tunes out of its feet.
The hi-product that most caught our attention? The hi-Sun—a beach towel with built-in speakers.
The base of the hi-Sun is a standard towel. Onto that is added a headrest with an inflatable pillow. The headrest is quite comfortable and also doubles as a backpack. Those qualities alone make the hi-Sun a rather good beach towel.
As for the speakers, the sound quality isn’t overly impressive—you wouldn’t want to rely on a hi-Sun to provide music at a beach party—but given that the speakers are directly behind your ears when laying on the headrest they needn’t be particularly loud. The water resistant speakers are powered by a lithium battery that’s rechargeable via a USB port. A universal 3.5mm jack attaches to the speakers, letting you hook up an iPod or most any other MP3 player.
We imagine that most music-loving beach goers would opt to get a regular beach towel along with a pair of basic waterproof earbuds (like the H20 Surge 2G). But there is something cool about the hi-Sun’s speaker-towel combo.