Items tagged with Bluetooth

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...
When it comes to Bluetooth headsets, there really are only a few names left in the industry making new ones that people are actually interested in. Perhaps it's because the whole "talking to yourself" fad never took off, but whatever the case, it's certainly a tough business nut to crack. But that's not stopping a new name from surfacing just in time to showcase a new one at CES 2013. AfterShockz will be debuting a world's first at the show -- it's the first open-ear wireless Bluetooth headphone, and yes, they're of the bone-conducting variety. The company asserts that they're building this due... Read more...
There's no shortage of peripherals for Mac users these days, and Logitech certainly has a history of producing a good amount of them. Now, the company has introduced a new Bluetooth "Easy-Switch" keyboard as well as a Wireless Rechargeable Trackpad. The Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard features Logitech Easy-Switch technology – similar to the Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 – so you can easily go from typing an e-mail on your Mac to taking notes on your iPad to replying to a text on your iPhone, by simply pressing a button. In addition, the Logitech Rechargeable... Read more...
Logitech expanded its keyboard lineup with the addition of the new Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810. This new keyboard is compatible with Windows, iOS and Android devices and features a layout designed for Windows 8. As you should expect from its name, this keyboard uses Bluetooth to connect to up to three of your favorite devices simultaneously. The K810 features a thin design along with a brushed aluminum finish. The laser-etched backlit keys feature auto-adjusting illumination to ensure they're easy to read both day and night. The K810 automatically turns on the backlighting when... Read more...
Head units don't usually get a heck of a lot of love, but Sony's newest is quite the technophile. The XAV-601BT is a powerful, large unit that's engineered to be used with your smartphone at the helm. There are two USB ports for simultaneous connection of phone and MP3 player/flash memory, and it supports firmware updates for compatibility with growing range of apps and smartphones. It also packs an enormous 6.1" touch panel, 3D-style graphics, and something that no other head unit has to date: MirrorLink compatibility. If you've got a MirrorLink-capable phone, you can access its media collection... Read more...
Bluetooth 3.0 and 4.0 haven't seen a huge amount of publicity, mostly due to the fact that average consumers aren't paying attention to version numbers. But for techies, 4.0 is important. It's a low-energy spec, and on a mobile device, every minute of battery life makes a major difference. The new iPad is the first to use BT 4.0, dubbed the world's first Bluetooth Smart Ready tablet, and it's certainly destined to be only the first of many. The fact that Apple's new iPad is a Bluetooth Smart Ready hub is big news for the broad CE ecosystem – accessory manufacturers, app developers, and most... Read more...
Bluetooth devices have been playing an increasingly important role in our lives, and with BT 3.0 and BT 4.0, low-energy devices are getting in on the fun as well. Now, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is announcing the creation of the Sports and Fitness Working Group, and members are being accepted as we speak. This group will work together to enhance interoperability between Bluetooth enabled sports and fitness sensor products and training computers (Bluetooth Smart devices) and hub devices such as smartphones, PCs, TVs (Bluetooth Smart Ready devices), gym equipment, watches and more... Read more...
The lack of a physical keyboard on tablets is both inconvenient and can take a toll on our hands and wrists. To alleviate these issues, Microsoft announced a new mobile wireless keyboard, the Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000. As the name suggests, this keyboard uses Bluetooth to connect with a mobile device instead of using a dongle or cable, which is a most welcome feature. The Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000 features a Comfort Curve design that should make typing a more comfortable and healthy experience when on the go, and it supports Windows, iOS, and Android devices. This is a full-size... Read more...
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