Items tagged with Bluetooth

MOGA’s product line offers a simple but very cool approach to mobile gaming, which is to provide nicely-sized controllers for gaming on Android (and with its second generation of controllers, Windows 8) devices. The company has a pair of new controllers coming out, the MOGA Hero Power and MOGA Pro Power, that will actually charge your smartphone or tablet while you play, thus significantly boosting the amount of time you can spend gaming away without worrying that your battery life will be toast. MOGA Hero Power MOGA says that both the slimmer Hero Power ($59.99) and more full-size Pro Power... Read more...
Speaking of smartwatches, there are already plenty of them out there (albeit not necessarily Android-based devices that answer your phone calls), and Garmin has a couple of new ones for athletes. The Forerunner 620 offers a host of features, including those that offer granular data about your runs, pace, heart rate, estimated volume of oxygen you’re using per minute, and more. The 620 connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth, and using the Garmin Connect Mobile app, it will track where you are on your run and let those in your community know where you are. (Note: Privacy mavens may shudder... Read more...
Intel's Wireless Display technology, also known as WiDi, hasn't exactly taken off the way Bluetooth has, but it's still a blossoming protocol that has the chance to eliminate wire usage in the display market. More and more laptops are shipping with WiDi support from the factory, and now, LG Display has developed the world's first WiDi-enabled LCD panel for desktop monitors. The new 23.8" LCD panel allows users to stream wirelessly from their laptop and desktop content to their TVs and monitors in a more seamless manner. The company managed to build a key chipset right into the LCD module, essentially... Read more...
Kickstarter has quickly become the go-to place for new gadgetry; why waste effort and energy trying to convince a company to cough up funding for an unproven concept, when you can just ask the world to believe in your idea? KEEO is yet another Kickstarter concept that could turn out quite nicely, deemed the world's first keyholder with an associated app for iPhone and Android. Basically, it's the world's first keyholder that lets you select a key with a push of a button, and it's designed from the ground-up to work in concert with a smartphone. It's Bluetooth-enabled as well, and the smartphone... Read more...
Logitech is going for a certain look and feel with its Z600 Bluetooth stereo speakers, which is to say that it’s trying for a sleek, high-end-looking product that matches the luster of ultrabooks. (Especially MacBooks, it would seem.) The twin speakers are quite fetching, with graceful curves and a long, tall stance. They’re sort of an aluminum-white in color, with speaker grills covering most of the outside and a white stripe down one side that contains the power button, Bluetooth button, and 3.5mm input. The flat top offers a volume control that you can manipulate by gliding your... Read more...
It’s about time. Apple is planning to put iOS into devices in cars from many major vehicle manufacturers, starting as early as 2014. Brands lining up for the project include Acura, Chevy, Ferrari, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Kia, Mercedes Benz, Nissan, and Volvo. Microsoft and Ford teamed up for For Sync. Now, Apple is planning to put iOS in cars. Image credit: Microsoft. Apple has already worked with some car manufacturers on support for its iDevices, but now it’s talking about put iOS onto in-car screens, which would be an entirely new (and important) step for the company. This is... Read more...
There’s yet another entry in the smartwatch market, and this one’s from Poland, the effort of Reardon Technology. The company is launching an indiegogo campaign in an attempt to raise some funds to kick its Boddie smartwatch project into high gear. The device will feature a 1.44-inch display and an aluminum enclosure. Inside, there’s a pair of MSP430 microcontrollers, 2 x 16KB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0/BLE, a microUSB port, and a 7-day battery. It also has a dedicated OS and an impressive array of extras including an accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, and two thermometers.... Read more...
Some would argue that the modern day cellular phone killed the watch. After all, who needs a wristwatch when you can just glance at the time on a display that never leaves your side? But on the other side of the equation, the phone revolution has seemingly jump-started fitness. While a certain segment of the population has been (and will always be) addicted to staying in shape, the mobile phone has pulled a lot of people into that circle who would've never otherwise considered it. Turns out, using a device that's highly intelligent and always with you is a pretty good way to get people to exercise,... Read more...
Lots and lots of news coming out of San Francisco this week, mostly from Google. And in case you're hungry for more, there's yet another tidbit that could make waves. Google today announced that in the coming months, Android will include native support for Bluetooth Smart Ready and Bluetooth Smart devices. Phones and tablets with a dual-mode Bluetooth chip running the coming version of Android will qualify as Bluetooth Smart Ready. Bluetooth Smart Ready is the premium designation for devices that are compatible with virtually any Bluetooth enabled product, from keyboards or audio headphones, to... Read more...
For whatever reason, the smartwatch “craze” has been more of a low-level buzz than one might expect, but plenty of companies are getting in the game nevertheless. Google is no exception, and after a hearty helping of rumors to that end, Google has filed a patent application that indicates that the company might have one of its own in development. (The patent title is pretty clear: "Smart-watch with user interface features.”) This Google smartwatch makes no clear mention of Bluetooth-type connectivity, which has been something of a hallmark for these devices, although it does detail... Read more...
Jawbone expanded its product offerings to include those trademark boxy Bluetooth speaker/speakerphones back in 2010, and now the company is updating the firmware for its JAMBOX and BIG JAMBOX devices in addition to dropping prices on both. You can now snag the JAMBOX (v2.2) for $129.99 and the BIG JAMBOX (v2.0) for $249.99. Updates for the JAMBOX include more crisp and clear phone calls, a Silent Mode in case you need to disable voices and notification sounds, and support for the Jawbone Companion for Android. The BIG JAMBOX also enjoys the new Silent Mode as well as better audio streaming with... Read more...
As an avid basketball fan myself (with two torn ACLs and three knee surgeries to prove it), I'm highly intrigued by the 94Fifty sensor basketball, a new product from InfoMotion Sports Technologies. It's supposedly the first and most advanced digital sport product that measures basketball skills in real-time. It analyzes everything from ball-handling to shooting, and even athleticism. Sensors inside the 94Fifty basketball keep track of the ball's movement, and using "sophisticated counting algorithms," it's able to instantly measure over 6,000 pieces of data per second. InfoMotion Sports Technologies... Read more...
Google has begun doling out its Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update to Galaxy Nexus owners, according to a few Reddit users who claim to have received the new build. Several people on Google+ have also said they received the OTA (Over The Air) update, which will be the last version of Jelly Bean before Key Lime Pie debuts. There's no official changelog to reference just yet, though Google previously promised to fix a Bluetooh A2DP audio streaming issue in the "next release" after 4.2.1. Other minor bug fixes are likely included in the incremental update as well, though we won't know any specifics until... Read more...
Fancy a disco? Got a need to utilize Bluetooth a bit more? Then, listen up. SuperTooth has just introduced a set of $199 Disco Twin speakers, alongside an $89 HD Voice apparatus at CES 2013. The former is a pair of portable, rechargeable speakers featuring true right / left stereo, each unit equipped with 16 watts RMS audio power, double speakers in front and a high efficiency bass reflex system in back, pairing together for a combined 32 watts of pure sound. Music can be streamed wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device, and the built-in batteries are said to be strong enough to handle 3-4... Read more...
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