Tags ‘Bluetooth’

The Sengled Pulse is a clever but problematic take on whole-home audio

bulb_page_b_sec_1 Sengled is the latest manufacturer to jump into the smart bulb space and their products, while a bit behind the curve, are clever and – most important – cheap. Their smartest smart bulbs are $10 cheaper than the arguably top-of-the-line Philips LIFX bulbs and they also offer the Pulse, a pair of bulbs containing an LED light source and JBL Bluetooth speakers for about $100.… Read More

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John Biggs

January 17th

Gadgets

Estimote uses their new mesh network of BLE beacons to decorate a yuletide tree

screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-5-34-18-pm Everyone knows the holiday season means three things: family, friends and interconnected low-energy Bluetooth devices connected using a simple mesh network. Estimote, a beacon company, has given us the last thing by creating a small mesh network of wireless beacons that they proceed to hang on a Christmas tree. The new beacons run Bluetooth Low Energy and connect to each other automatically.… Read More

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John Biggs

December 8th

Gadgets

Become Michael Knight with Dashbot, an AI for your car

56bb6606492354b482e938a39f64f40b_original Who needs a smart car when you have a cool car? The Dashbot is a $49 add on for your vehicle that allows you to interact with your phone and Alexa while driving, thereby keeping your hands free to fend off pomaded villains and to swoop in an save innocent people before a helicopter explodes overhead. The product is a sort of Bluetooth speaker on steroids with lots of functionality built-in and… Read More

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John Biggs

November 26th

Gadgets

The Coros Linx is a smart bike helmet that makes sense

coros_profile1 While cycling apps are thick on the ground, a full gadget ecosystem is hard to come by. Seattle startup Coros is looking to change that with the Linx, a helmet-app combo (with handlebar controller) that lets you listen to music, take calls, get turn-by turn directions, and track progress made along your route. I’ve tried it, and this thing actually seems like a good idea. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

September 6th

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Mobile

Snapchat joints the Bluetooth SIG, fueling hardware speculation

snapchatshades Snapchat has given observers another reason to suspect it might be working on hardware – the social network company joined the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) according to the Financial Times. The SIG industry association maintains the Bluetooth wireless standard, and membership is a necessary prerequisite for companies that want to employ Bluetooth in any hardware devices.… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

September 5th

Gadgets

Finally, a Bluetooth speaker that matches my axe

Aearl_Woolrich_4368[4] There’s no shortage of portable Bluetooth speakers out there, but lord are a lot of them ugly. What I need is something that will not look amiss sitting on a stump next to me while I hew a yew in my red plaid flannel. Wait, what’s this one?! Read More

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Devin Coldewey

August 25th

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Sony’s new $500 in-dash receiver looks like the best value for Android Auto and CarPlay

sony xav-ax100 Sony’s XAV-AX100 in-dash car stereo system might be the best way to get your hands on Android Auto or CarPlay without plonking down a fortune for a new car. The new receivers will retail for $499.99 when it hits stores in late November, and boasts a 6.4-inch, 800 x 480 touch screen, along with NFC support, Bluetooth, aux input and a dedicated hardware button for triggering voice input.… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

August 22nd

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Mobile

Devices could recycle radio waves instead of transmitting them with new ‘interscatter’ technique

UW grad student Vikram Iyer holds a contact lens antenna that could use interscatter to communicate. If we’re ever to have things like smart contact lenses and permanent brain implants, one of the things we need to figure out is the power problem. Those devices need energy for collecting, processing and especially transmitting data — but that last one might not be a problem anymore, thanks to a new technique called interscatter communication. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

August 17th

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Make your commute suck less

12-pannier-1280 Everything you do to make your commute better is like an early-stage investment in your success at work. Start earning dividends early by borrowing some of our hundreds of hours of research and picking up the best devices and accessories for commuters. They make your twice-daily trek by car, rail or bike worry-free, comfortable, and sometimes even fun. Read More

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Wirecutter

July 30th

Gadgets

Jabra is all talk with its Halo Smart Bluetooth earbuds

Jabra Smart Halo At $80, the Jabra Halo Smart is in a bit of a gray area. It’s hardly what the majority of users would call “cheap,” but it still comes in well below other wireless offerings from companies like Jaybird. They’re not fitness buds, nor are they focused on sound or comfort. Jabra, much to its credit, went a different route entirely, eschewing the focuses of most… Read More

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Brian Heater

July 3rd

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