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Parrot showcases deluxe iPod/iPhone wireless speakers

Posted in Speakers by Nino Marchetti on January 23rd, 2009

Zikmu

Parrot recently teamed with designer Philippe Starck to unveil some stylish and rather pricey wireless iPod speakers. These speakers are known as Zikmu and they will price around $1,500 when they become available this spring.

The Zikmu set of wireless speakers make use of both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technologies. Bluetooth is used for both wireless audio transfer between speakers as well as audio streaming from compatible devices using A2DP stereo wireless technology. Wi-Fi allows one to wirelessly stream audio from a user’s PC or Mac.

Car Bluetooth speaker fits inside your steering wheel

Posted in Bluetooth by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2009

Car Bluetooth speaker fits inside your steering wheelIf your car isn’t new enough to have Bluetooth integration, this Steering Wheel Bluetooth Adapter may be the perfect solution. It fits around the inner part of a steering wheel with some options for size adjustment. For $63 the adapter sports a microphone and speakers for speakerphone, an LCD display for incoming callers, SD port for MP3s, USB and FM-out so you can play everything back through your car’s stereo.

There is a catch however, the adapter’s power source is your car’s cigarette lighter. You would be connecting your steering wheel to the lighter. Which could be a safety hazard. Unless it’s rechargeable. In that case don’t charge it while driving.

SoundBulb is a light bulb and a speaker

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2009

SoundBulb is a light bulb and a speakerWireless speakers are great. They eliminate wires, which is always a plus. Who wants to look at wires? So what you’re left with are just the speakers. Well, thanks to this concept, the speakers will no longer be seen either. Why not build speakers right into your light bulbs? Two devices, become one.

The SoundBulb is a wireless speaker inside a functioning LED light bulb. No speakers, no wires. Just sound and light. It cuts it down to basics. Bluetooth gives them the ability to stream audio from most computers or cellphones. You could control the volume by twisting the bulb’s outer ring, while the on/off switch for the wireless receiver is on the side. The speakers get power directly from the socket.

BGP100 Bluetooth gamepad for phones

Posted in Bluetooth by Conner Flynn on December 31st, 2008

BGP100 Bluetooth gamepad for phonesAlthough we wish it were so, we have to face reality: Your cell phone is not going to become your primary portable gaming device anytime soon. The best it can hope for is offer a decent alternative to the DS and PSP, especially with the iPhone’s capability. But what about other powerful handsets that could prove to be decent gaming platforms, but lack the proper controls?

The BGP100 Bluetooth gamepad for phones aims to fill this void, and supports a bunch of smartphone platforms including Windows Mobile, PocketPC and Symbian UIQ. It features a special twisting design and you can attach the BGP100 to a wide range of phones as long as they do not exceed 55mm in width. If it turns out that your handset is too large for the BGP100, you can also use it as a standalone gamepad when folded up.

Mobinnova launches ICE

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2008

Mobinnova launches ICEMobinnova has finally launched its feature-packed flagship handset named ICE. The Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional-powered smartphone will be equipped with some of the following features: 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7201ATM chipset, 3” WQVGA flat TFT LCD touch-sensitive screen, GSM850/900/1800/1900MHz, WCDMA/HSPA 900/1900/2100MHz, HSDPA 7.2Mbps & HSUPA 2 Mbps, 3 megapixel autofocus camera, Secondary video camera for video calls, 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM, microSDHC memory card slot, Wi-Fi, Integrated FM radio, Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity and Built-in GPS.

Yes, the outside looks ho-hum, but the specs out it as a nice feature packed phone. We hope it has a decent battery to keep up with all that functionality. No word on pricing or availability just yet.

VR3 Bluetooth Steering Wheel Console for hands free chatting

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2008

VR3 Bluetooth Steering Wheel Console for hands free chattingIn many states you aren’t supposed to hold a cell phone while driving. It’s the law. I once saw a teenage girl talking on her phone while driving a pick up truck, run straight into a parked car. There was nothing else around her for miles. She was simply distracted and didn’t have her focus on driving. This VR3 Bluetooth Steering Wheel Console might help those who have trouble doing two things at once.

It gives you hands free wireless chatting directly in front of you, with a design that keeps your hands on the wheel for safety. Sure, it’s ugly as hell, but so is an ambulance ride or a mangled corpse. It’s only $99.99.

Iqua Vizor Sun handsfree kit powered by the sun

Posted in handsfree by Shane McGlaun on December 23rd, 2008

Iqua VizorSUNOne thing that Bluetooth handsfree kits have in common is that you need to replace batteries or charge them. That can be tedious, especially if you live in a state where hands free kits are required and yours goes dead while driving.

A company called Iqua has a new Bluetooth handsfree kit that promises to provide unlimited talk time called the Iqua VizorSUN. The device gets power from a solar panel on the back of the gadget. In optimal light conditions, the maker says it will work indefinitely.

Daily Deal: Soyo Freestyler Wireless Headphones

Posted in Headphones by dillyeo on December 12th, 2008

Soyo FreeStyler HS11s
The Soyo FreeStyler HS11 wireless headphones are dope pretty much any way you slice it. The first and most important bit is that I would describe the aesthetic as “presidential,” “fresh and clean,” or “straight G’d out.” They are wireless from 80-300(though we reported closer to 80-100) and work with the iPhone 3G. The HS11s are also compatible with Bluetooth capable cell phones and laptops.

The Soyo Freestyler HS11s come with 5-6 hours of battery life, a built in microphone, and are Skype friendly. It’s a relief to know that I can now avoid the annoyance of shoving my headphones in pockets and tangling the wires last minute or digging into my pocket to pause my music as a friend or coworker is trying to speak to me. I can just hit the pause button on the earpiece, respond accordingly, and press play again. Oh the psychological burdens of wires and pocket-digging.

Hands On: Callpod’s Drone Bluetooth adapter

Posted in Review by Jeff on December 12th, 2008

Callpod Drone Bluetooth Adapter Hands on reviewThe Drone, a Class-1 Bluetooth adapter brought to us by the Bluetooth obsessed people over at Callpod, packs quite a bit of convenience in such a small package. We had heard talk of the Drone since back in March and the device launched just last month. We were lucky enough to get a sample to try out and see just how well it performed. The Drone boasts a 100 meter (328 foot) range when paired with other Class-1 Bluetooth devices, and will also increase the range at which Class-2 devices will communicate. CallPod states that the device is so simple you “plug-n-play, then walk away” which is pretty true…

One absolutely brilliant aspect of the drone is its ability to auto-magically pair with a headset or headphones (such as the Callpod Dragon), eliminating the need to type zeroes into a prompt making it incredibly easy to use, saves time and avoids inconveniencing you. And out of the box the drone is intended to be used in this fashion, converting your Bluetooth headset into a mic and speaker combo, making it ideal for gamers or people who find themselves regular Skype users. The drone performed wonderfully when paired with a Jawbone aiding in surviving the zombie horde in Left 4 Dead, and as advertised will swap over to Skype if you receive an incoming call. It also gives you a feeling of liberation when you can wander around while streaming music directly to your headset.

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Daily Deal: Jabra BT350 Bluetooth Headset

Posted in Dillyeo Daily Deal by dillyeo on December 9th, 2008

Jabra BT350 Bluetooth Headset
The Jabra BT350 Bluetooth Headset is equipped with many likeable features. It has easy access volume buttons, an external LED which indicates charge level, and also has a vibrate option to keep your on-the-job calls on the DL. The multifunction button on the face of BT350 operates power, controls calls, and readies it for pairing. The ear loop is particularly flexible, allowing for a very customized fit. In fact, I could have sworn I spotted Dumbo marching on along LaSalle Street speaking to some unidentifiable source…

The Jabra BT350 also comes with a last-number-redial capability, a very easy setup process, and a talk time of up to 7 hours. Stand-by is said to range from 5-8 hours. So it’s just a little old school, nothing too new about it, but what’s the big deal? It’s so cheap.

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iMuffs deliver sound, not warmth

Posted in Headphones by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2008

iMuffs deliver sound, not warmthSure, the name sounds cozy, but iMuffs are not meant to keep your ears warm, which sucks because it is cold outside. But they will let you listen to your iPod Nano, iPod Classic, iPod Photo, iPod Touch, iPod Mini and all 3rd generation iPods without a cable.

Just attach the iMuffs Bluetooth transmitter to your iPod and you’ll be un-tethered. You can control the volume and playback with the headphones themselves, keeping your device safely in your pocket. The built-in battery can be recharged via USB, and they claim a play time of 16 hours. You can get the iMuffs in black or white for $129.99.

C-Watch cell phone watch

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on November 19th, 2008

C-Watch cell phone watchThe C-watch is the latest in cell watches and probably one of the better looking ones with a touchscreen. Some of the features include: Dual Sim Card Support, It will hold two cellular phone numbers, Bluetooth Enabled for headsets, remotes, and data transfer, 1.3 MP Digital Camera, Handwriting Functionality, MP3 Player, Video Recorder, Integrated stylus. It will cost you a whooping $399.99.

Callpod Drone connects Bluetooth from 100 meters

Posted in Bluetooth by Darrin Olson on November 14th, 2008

Callpod Drone Bluetooth adapterThe folks at Callpod have now officially come out with the Callpod Drone Bluetooth 2.0 adapter we had heard about much earlier this year. The adapter connects to your PC or Mac through a standard USB port and provides streaming audio for headsets or speakers without installing any software or any complicated pairing.

In fact, you can be streaming music to your wireless Bluetooth speakers and the device will automatically switch to your Bluetooth headset when a VoIP calls comes in from tools like Skype. If that’s not enough, CallPod is boasting that the Drone has a Class-1 range of 100 meters. We’re expecting to get a chance to try this out for ourselves in the near future, allowing us to take advantage of the Bluetooth headsets we already have instead of a mess of wires to take VoIP calls.

Nokia E63 now available

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on November 12th, 2008

Nokia E63 now availableIf you’ve been drooling over the Nokia E71 but want something a bit more affordable, here’s the recently released E63. It looks like the E71 and also has most of the business functionality. Some specs include: Full QWERTY keyboard, Touch sensitive Navi wheel, 3.5mm audio jack, 2.36″ 16 million colors QVGA display, 110MB internal memory, microSD memory card slot, Quad-band GSM and dual-band UMTS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and a 2 megapixel camera. The price is $250. No GPS, but for that price you get plenty of other great features.

BTKeyMini Bluetooth keyboard for iPhone typing

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on November 6th, 2008

BTKeyMini Bluetooth keyboard for iPhone typingTyping on the iPhone’s touchscreen is pretty awkward. It’s really no fun. Your life is about to get easier thanks to the BTKeyMini, a Bluetooth keyboard for the iPhone and iPod Touch. This small keyboard has a cover that also holds your iPhone. It should fit in even a very small briefcase. It uses a battery of it’s own so it won’t suck off of your iPhone. There’s still the iPhone’s lack of copy and paste, but hey this will still make it easier for you. It almost makes your iPhone into a laptop. No word on when it’s shipping, but it will cost you $92.