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Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth headset gets detailed

Posted in Plantronics by Shane McGlaun on September 4th, 2009

discovery975-sbBluetooth headsets are common today, though a recent study claimed that their popularity was declining in the U.S. while growing slightly in Europe. Plantronics is one of the more popular names in Bluetooth headsets and its latest offering is the Discovery 975.

The 975 uses AudioIQ2 DSP technology that features two mics to capture the user’s voice while cancelling out background noise. There are no special buttons to press to activate the tech; it works automatically when the user is talking.

Guidepoint offers Bluetooth hands free with roadside assistance and more

Posted in Bluetooth by Shane McGlaun on September 3rd, 2009

guidepointhandsfree-sbThere are lots of cars on the road from GM that feature OnStar. The service allows drivers to place hands free calls and dials 911 automatically in the event of an accident. The GPS features of the service can also provide the exact location of the car for EMS and roadside assistance.

A company called Guidepoint has announced a new hands free Bluetooth device that offers some of the same features as OnStar. The device can be coupled with an optional GPS tracker to give positional information for roadside assistance and EMS services.

Zeemote Bluetooth gaming controller for BlackBerry now available

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on August 27th, 2009

Zeemote Bluetooth gaming controller for BlackBerry now availableZeemote’s Bluetooth mobile phone controller for Blackberry is now available and is a much better way to game than using a trackball. As a standalone Bluetooth game controller, it helps to make mobile gaming a lot easier and closer to the gaming we’re used to on other platforms.

Until now, the Zeemote JS1 was only sold in bundled kits. But now you can get it as a standalone purchase directly through RIM’s accessory shop. The controller will cost you $39.99. So now that it’s available, are you interested in buying one?

Sennheiser unveils MM400 and MM450 Travel Bluetooth headphones

Posted in Sennheiser by Shane McGlaun on August 25th, 2009

seenheisermm400-sbIf you travel a lot by air, you probably have invested in some sort of noise canceling headphones. The constant drone of the jet engines and that person next to you telling their life story can get old very quickly.

Sennheiser has unveiled a couple new Bluetooth headsets including one that is designed for the frequent traveler. The headsets are the MM400 and the MM 450 Travel. Both headsets are designed to work with smartphones and other devices. Both headsets fold flat for traveling.

IQUA smart badge Bluetooth headset

Posted in Bluetooth by Conner Flynn on August 24th, 2009

IQUA smart badge Bluetooth headsetThe IQUA smart badge Bluetooth headset is pretty unique and pretty neat too. Corporations will probably love this as it uses a corporate ID along with a Bluetooth headset. The device offers talk time of up to 40 hours and standby time of 600 hours.

The IQUA will also give you vibration alert if you want to keep things on the quiet and can handle VoIP calls and 3-way conference calls. You’ll know if the Bluetooth connection is active thanks to some multi-colored LEDs which also indicate current call status and low battery.

3M Littman Electronic Stethoscope with Bluetooth

Posted in Healthcare by Conner Flynn on August 23rd, 2009

3M Littman Electronic Stethoscope with BluetoothThe stethoscope is one of those doctor’s tools that has remained unchanged forever, but now the 3M Littman Electronic Stethoscope will do more for doctors and help them to better diagnose various health conditions. Some features include noise cancellation and sound augmenting, so they can hear better.

The device also has the ability to record heart and lung sounds and file them so that they can be checked later by software like Zargis Stethassist to understand any beating patterns and irregularities.

Music Cage bluetooth speaker

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on August 16th, 2009

Music Cage bluetooth speakerJapanese company Nendo has designed this wireless home speaker that matches the crazy old lady decor of white lace and bird cages everywhere. It also works via Bluetooth and is available in black or white. Guess which one your grandmother would choose. The Music Cage comes in just one size with some retro chrome switches like in the old days.

It can be displayed on a table or suspended from the ceiling. If you gift one of these to your grandma, expect a call asking where her bird went and why she can’t get in to put newspaper on the bottom.

RIM working on Bluetooth watch

Posted in RIM by Conner Flynn on August 13th, 2009

RIM working on Bluetooth watchRIM VP Antoine Boucher has confirmed that they are working on a Bluetooth-enabled watch. Supposedly it will be more advanced than the models from Sony Ericsson. It will feature streaming audio, Twitter and Facebook updates as well as all of the usual things like caller ID and text messages.

The image isn’t real btw, that one is a Sony Ericsson MBW-100 with RIM logo. Boucher also talked about a high-end Bluetooth headset codenamed “Alpha 1″ that will let you stream music and get navigation directions through a silicone earpiece, which is apparently “the best solution on the market.”

Samsung’s ST1000 camera with WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on August 13th, 2009

Samsung's ST1000 camera with WiFi, Bluetooth and GPSSamsung has a world’s first, with the 12.2 MP ST1000, which they are calling the “first multi-wireless compact camera”. It sports a 3.5″ touch screen LCD with 1.2 million dot resolution, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS geotagging built-in.

Some other features include a 5x zoom, HD video recording (1280x720p), ISO 4800 sensitivity and a Smart Gesture UI that allows you to access things with a tap or hand gesture. We don’t have an official price or release date just yet, but rumors suggest that it will be around $600.

Wiimote and iPhone get together via Bluetooth

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 5th, 2009

Here’s a great hack that will merge your iPhone and your Wiimote. This is an OpenGL ES demo showing a Wiimote paired with the iPhone, using Bluetooth. The iPhone can then track the Wiimote’s orientation in real time. Pretty sweet.

It will be interesting to see what evolves from this project. Maybe one day soon you will be playing a smaller version of Wii games on your iPhone. Maybe Nintendo and Apple can get together and make games that use both a Wiimote and your iPhone…Like that could happen.

Zeemote announces JS1 Bluetooth gaming controller for BlackBerry

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2009

Zeemote announces JS1 Bluetooth gaming controller for BlackBerryZeemote has announced a version of their Bluetooth gaming controller for BlackBerry smartphones. The Zeemote JS1 is compatible with all BlackBerrys that have a trackball, and connects wirelessly for over fifty hours of battery-powered gameplay.

You get four action buttons and a thumbstick and it isn’t just for games. It can also be used to navigate the BlackBerry’s menus. That should help you BB users get your game on. It runs on two AAA batteries. The Zeemote JS1 for BlackBerry will be available this summer, in a bundle that includes a free Gameloft title.

Razer Orochi Bluetooth gaming mouse

Posted in Mouse by Conner Flynn on July 23rd, 2009

Razer Orochi Bluetooth gaming mouseRazer has announced a brand new gaming mouse today called the Orochi. This one connects via Bluetooth 2.0, giving gamers some extra flexibility and functionality while playing. The Razer Orochi sports a 4,000dpi optical sensor that’s ultra sensitive and designed for use by both right-handed and left-handed users.

You’ll also appreciate seven programmable buttons that can be programmed to perform whatever functions you desire. The Orochi comes with a three-foot cord, but can also be powered by two AA batteries. They even throw in a carrying case.

Devotec Portable Solar Sound Bluetooth Speakers

Posted in Speakers by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2009

Devotec Portable Solar Sound Bluetooth SpeakersIf you enjoy carrying your speakers around with you, check out these Devotec Solar Sound Bluetooth Speakers. They come with a pair of 2W drivers, Bluetooth and AVRCP support, along with a 3.5mm jack and a 1,500mAh battery that should provide up to 8 hours on a single charge.

Don’t worry, you won’t be a complete slave to the sun. If you choose not to invest the 12 to 24 hours it will take to charge via solar, you can power it up via USB for 4 hours or so.

Motorola bluetooth box has three days of talk time

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2009

Motorola bluetooth box has three days of talk timeAre you a talker? I mean a serious talker? Well feel free to talk away with the Motorola T215 Bluetooth car speakerphone, which boasts three days of talktime and was specially designed to work with other hands-free car kits.

It includes a 2W speaker with noise cancellation functionality. That should give you something to talk about. It’s a nice piece of tech, it’s just a shame that the design is so boring. Who knows, maybe the 1990′s styling will be hip again one day soon, but we doubt it.

Mogo Talk Bluetooth headset debuts

Posted in Computer Components by Shane McGlaun on July 15th, 2009

mogobluetooth-sbMogo makes some interesting peripherals for notebook computers like a mouse that stores and charges inside the express card slot of the notebook. The company has announced a new product today called the Mogo Talk that is designed for Voip communications with notebook computers.

The device is designed to be the most comfortable Bluetooth headset on the market with a rubber ear tip that conforms to the ear and eliminates the need for an ear loop to keep the headset in place. The device stores and charges inside the laptop express card slot.