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Sony Rolly gets Bluetooth, more memory

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on October 28th, 2008

Sony Rolly gets Bluetooth, more memoryThe rolling egg that fancies itself a robot is back, with an update in the form of the Rolly SEP-50BT. Compared to its predecessor the Rolly SEP-10BT, this new dancing fool has double the memory at 2GB along with Bluetooth. Which means that it can now be controlled from a cellphone, PC etc. It comes bundled with ‘Rolly Remote’, software that lets you control the movement of your Rolly. In fact you can control up to 7 Rolly’s from the PC. The new Rolly will be available in pink and limited edition black for about $350 on November 21 in Japan.

Luxe Bluetooth MP3 Player from Philips

Posted in MP3 by Conner Flynn on October 26th, 2008

Luxe Bluetooth MP3 Player from PhilipsThe new Luxe MP3 player is the latest addition to the Philips GoGear line. It features Bluetooth 2.1 functionality so you can use the the audio device with your cell phone. It will allow you to pause your tunes so you can answer a call. It also features 10-hours of playback time and 100-hours in standby. The Philips Luxe comes with 2GB of storage space and a built-in FM radio. The sparkling and prism-like outside is different and available in red or white, priced at about $95 when it’s released in Singapore next month.

Andrea Electronics rolls with new Bluetooth headset

Posted in Headsets by Nino Marchetti on October 8th, 2008

PureAudio Bluetooth Noise Canceling Headset (BT-200)

Andrea Electronics is launching a new noise-canceling Bluetooth headset for when you are driving. It is called the PureAudio Bluetooth Noise Canceling Headset (BT-200) and you’ll find it pricing around $90.

The PureAudio Bluetooth Noise Canceling Headset (BT-200) is said to be a simple to use wireless headset which includes the company’s spin on noise canceling technology. This technology draws from the company’s roots in “developing military-grade intercom systems dating back to the 1960’s”

Verizon offering new Motorola mobile products

Posted in Mobile Phones by Nino Marchetti on October 7th, 2008

Motorola Rapture VU30

Verizon Wireless, besides announcing the Samsung Sway, also unveiled this week two new Motorola handsets and a Bluetooth headset. These new devices are the the Motorola Rapture VU30 and the MOTO VU204 as well as the MOTOPURE H15 Universal Bluetooth Headset. Pricing for these devices is around $130, $30 and $100, respectively.

The Rapture VU30 is the more advanced of the two new mobiles. It comes in a clamshell design Verizon says has a touch-sensitive external display. It does the usual Verizon music services and can also capture digital pictures, offering a dedicated shutter button for the 2.0 megapixel camera. Memory is expandable up to 8GB and you can get turn-by-turn audible driving directions.

Fido unveils pink Nokia 3500

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on October 2nd, 2008

Fido unveils pink Nokia 3500The Nokia 3500 is now available in pink from Fido, even though it doesn’t look all that pink. Not really that big of a deal. The pink is limited to the direction pad and keypad which light up. The pinkified Nokia 3500 will cost the same as the regular version of the 3500: $15 a month with a 3-year contract, $90 for a 2-year contract, $100 standalone phone. Probably a good phone for those girls who want to be all Sex in the City.

It features a 2 megapixel camera, music player and built-in FM radio, Bluetooth connectivity, tri-band GSM support and a microSD memory card slot. Also has Handsfree speaker, Voice commands, calendar, to-do list, notes, countdown timer, stopwatch and calculator. Just a bit of pink. Nothing to see here. Move along.

Targus launches Mac line of accessories

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on September 30th, 2008

Targus launches Mac line of accessoriesTargus has launched its first line of Mac accessories, a bunch of stuff in stunning Wii white. There’s a $70 Bluetooth Laser Mouse, a $50 Wireless Mouse, and an $80 Bluetooth Presenter. Each features a touch-sensitive scroll button. On the presenter, it will switch to cursor control, while it will give you four-way scrolling on the mice.

If that’s not enough, there’s also a $50 USB file-transfer cable for direct file transfers between PCs and Macs, as well as a $30 four-port compact USB hub. Want more? How about MacBook and MacBook Pro privacy screens from $50 to $80, and a $50 dual-fan cooling pad. All can be had right now.

Sony Ericsson does up ladies’ Bluetooth watches

Posted in Watches by Nino Marchetti on September 24th, 2008

Sony Ericsson MBW-200

Sony Ericsson launched this week its first collection of Bluetooth watches for women. Looking not geeky at all, you’ll find the MBW-200 range of watches available in select global markets by the end of the year.

The MBW-200 watches offer what Sony Ericsson describes as “three different sophisticated designs to match your personality.” They were designed in conjunction with Fossil and are labeled the Sparkling Allure, Contemporary Elegance and Evening Classic Editions.

Murata’s new balancing robot gets feminine, rides a unicycle

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on September 24th, 2008

Murata’s new balancing robot gets feminine, rides a unicycleRemember Murata’s amazing bicycle riding bot? Well, they’ve created a girl that basically one-ups the poor guy and shows him up by riding only on one wheel. Her name is Seiko, a 20-inch tall, 11 pound unicycle riding robot. Just like her male counter-part, Keisaku-kun, Seiko sports a chest-mounted gyro to keep her upright and uses Bluetooth to communicate with a PC that gives her instructions.

If you find yourself in Japan, you can watch the whole family of robo-daredevils do their thing at CEATEC Japan 2008. One-upped by a girl who only needs one wheel? That sucks. Check out a video below of the original, our favorite bike riding bot, casually riding around looking like some robo-hoodlum up to no good.

New Plantronics Bluetooth headset sports dual mics

Posted in Headsets by Nino Marchetti on September 19th, 2008

Plantronics Voyager 835

Plantronics unveiled this week a new Bluetooth headset which is dual-mic developed for isolating voice signals. It is called the Voyager 835 and it will set you back around $120.

The Voyager 835 offers up something called Dual-Mic AudioIQ, “a combination of its proprietary DSP algorithm which intelligently optimizes audio levels and fidelity on both sides of a conversation, with precisely configured dual microphones to significantly reduce background noise.” The dual microphones reportedly work with one capturing voice while the other filters out background noise.

Steampunk Bluetooth ear piece

Posted in Bluetooth by Conner Flynn on September 17th, 2008

Steampunk Bluetooth ear pieceWe’ve seen our share of steampunk, but never Bluetooth. Nicrosin’s Victorian-style Bluetooth device should be mass produced and powered solely by winding. He makes his creations from sculpey and watch parts, then lines it with leather for comfort. Though it still looks like it will eat your ear. The prop is fully adjustable and flexible and if you find yourself in a Steampunk alternate reality, you just might be able to use this baby to call your favorite Steampunk droid.

Cy-Fi offers world’s first Bluetooth sports speaker

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Shane McGlaun on September 10th, 2008

Cy-Fi Bluetooth SpeakerBluetooth speakers have been around a while for use with notebooks, mobile phones, and MP3 players. Most of the Bluetooth speakers available aren’t really intended for outdoor use due to the fragile technology and lack of batteries.

CY-FI has released what it calls the world’s first Bluetooth sports speaker that is designed to be easily portable and used while biking, boating, camping and for other outdoor activities. The device supports Bluetooth-A2DP enabled cell phones, PDAs, and MP3 players.

Pea Speaker concept has Bluetooth balls

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on September 7th, 2008

Pea Speaker concept has Bluetooth ballsYou don’t see concepts based on peas everyday. Designer Lu Le was inspired by the pea-pod for this wireless “dynamic audio environment” Pea Speaker system, which has seven Bluetooth-enabled speaker spheres, that can be spread around a room for a hopefully awesome stereo sound. The idea is not to have a more perfect surround sound system, but to more completely fill an area with sound. It certainly makes sense and is a great way to have music everywhere. Recharging of the spheres would be through induction when in the ‘pod’. This concept has a very good chance of hitting the market very soon.

Cell phone with projector has split personality

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2008

Cell phone with projector has split personalityChinavision is at it again, offering up a strange dual band smartphone that is part Nokia phone and part iPhone, with a projector thrown in for good measure. Features an interactive touchscreen, WAP, bluetooth, and a 1800mAh battery for extra long talk time between charges, MP3 and MP4 player, 1.3mp Digital Camera, Image Viewer, Video Recorder, and rich media environment messaging options, micro SD card slot complete with a 1GB card.

The projector can be used from a distance of up to 5 feet and will project an image about 32 x 40 inches. It should be “available soon”. I hope they aren’t waiting for the green light from Nokia and Apple.

BlueAnt unveils world’s first Bluetooth 2.1 voice recognition headset

Posted in Headsets by Shane McGlaun on August 27th, 2008

BlueAnt V1 Bluetooth HeadsetBluetooth headsets are one of the most common accessories for many cell phone users. Many states require drivers to use hands free Bluetooth headsets or car kits. Mostly all the different brands of Bluetooth devices have the same features. BlueAnt has announced a new headset that adds something new to the common Bluetooth headset.

The headset is called the BlueAnt V1 with Advanced Voice Recognition. BlueAnt says that the V1 is the first headset produced to use the Bluetooth 2.1 specification. The headset uses BlueGenie Voice Interface to allow the user to control the headset and phone functions with their voice.

New Jabra speakerphone broadcasts cell calls over FM radio

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Nino Marchetti on August 25th, 2008

Jabra SP700

GN Netcom, through its Jabra headset brand, announced today a new speakerphone for in-car use. It is called the Jabra SP700 and it prices around $100.

The Jabra SP700 transmits cell phone calls to a car’s FM radio for hands-free communications. One clips the speakerphone to a visor, connects it to the phone via Bluetooth and tunes FM radio to the frequency set on the speakerphone. On cars with RDS enabled stereos the caller’s phone number will be displayed and this device also hosts an audio feature that lets users know when the speakerphone status changes, announcing instructions such as ‘power off’, ‘the incoming caller’s number’ and ‘connected’ in a choice of ten languages. It is available now.