Pet trackers are nothing new, but the Puppy makes an interesting choice by skipping GPS and only using Bluetooth technology. This keeps the device small and gives it a long battery life (up to a year), but it also means you can't just pull up Mr. Floof-toes' exact location on a map when he goes missing. You'll need to rely on friends and neighbors and the ability of their iOS smartphones to hopefully pick up the signal and track down the wayward dog.… Read more
LAS VEGAS -- While most tech companies at the Consumer Electronics Show here are introducing new and fanciful smartwatches, Bem Wireless clearly believes in putting a Bluetooth speaker on the wrist instead. Its latest product, the Speaker Band, is a small Bluetooth speaker that's worn on the wrist like a watch.
From a function point of view, the Speaker Band works pretty much the same way a standard Bluetooth headset does. It has a speaker that can be used to play music from the phone, and comes with a built-in microphone for answering calls. There is no display on the device, but it does offer an audio-based caller ID function. It also features music playback controls onboard. It has a six-hour battery life and can be recharged via the micro-USB port. … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- How smart can a regular watch get? Casio is one of the few "regular" watch manufacturers that's been dabbling in smart tech since introducing Bluetooth notifications in a G-Shock in 2011, and the Casio Sports Gear STB-1000 goes a step further, using Bluetooth and acting as a fitness-tracking conduit to four iPhone apps. I had a chance to try one for a bit here at CES 2014.
Instant Pot or iPot is a Bluetooth-enabled pressure cooker from Ace Sensor Inc. and Double Insight Inc. iPot was just unveiled today at CES and apparently, it's the very first pressure cooker to offer advanced functionality. It certainly seems like a simple smart way to combine cooking and tech into one tidy package.
First the basics: this thing can make you pretty much any food your heart desires. Want to steam, slow cook, or prepare something sous vide? iPot can do that. You can also use it to make soup, meat/stew, beans/chili, poultry, rice, multigrain foods, or … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- When I hear the phrase "Bluetooth speaker," I think tinny, compressed sound that's at best good enough, but typically underwhelming.
Sony is clearly aiming in another direction with its newly announced wireless speakers, including the flagship SRS-X9. Sony touts it as the first wireless speaker to support high-resolution audio playback, and while that may be a stretch, it's certainly one of only a few.
Aside from high-res audio, the SRS-X9 supports just about every wireless feature you can imagine, including Bluetooth, aptX, NFC, Wi-Fi, AirPlay, and DLNA. There's also a built-in USB … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- BeeWi brought a whimsical and Bluetooth-laden selection of products to CES 2014. From fighting robots to an award-winning Bluetooth headset, the European company showcased a variety of app powered toys and home products. Here are a few highlights of some fun and functional devices they shared with us.
BBH300 Bluetooth stereo headphones At first look, BeeWi's Bluetooth BBH300 headphones are a simple set of monochrome foldable headphones with a dock. However, the humbly minimalist pair won the CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering award.
The dock charges the headphones, which have an average battery life of … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Everyone claims their Bluetooth speaker sounds better than the rest, but Soundfreaq actually has had some proven success in the past, with affordable models offering solid performance.
Soundfreaq is showing off its refreshed line of Bluetooth speakers at CES 2014, including the new ultraportable Pocket Kick, an updated version of the Sound Rise alarm clock, and the stylish Double Spot.
The Pocket Kick is just 1.2 inches thick, sporting two 2.5-watt drivers in its compact cabinet. It supports Bluetooth 4.0 with a rechargeable battery that's quoted to last 10 hours. Charging is handled … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- If you want some thick skin around your portable audio gear, Cobra Electronics' new line of Bluetooth speakers can definitely take a tumble. Making their debut at CES 2014, the AirWave Box and the pint-size AirWave Mini combine hands-free Bluetooth audio connection with a durable construction.
Design Available in several colors, the AirWave Box will come in black, white, and orange at launch, with more colors to follow. Upon first glance, I wasn't able to tell that the device was rugged (compared to the Mini's hefty and obvious rubber exterior). However, it is encased in … Read more
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Griffin debuted a new version of its PowerMate device, the PowerMate Bluetooth. The programmable spinning knob can turn up the volume, scrub videos, flip through documents, scroll through Web sites, and much more on your Mac. This $59.99 device goes on sale in the summer of 2014.
The sleek aluminum knob, first introduced in 2001, gets a stunning design update in 2014. Most noticeably, the PowerMate Bluetooth has no cables or wires, instead it uses Bluetooth 4.0 to connect with your computer. One of the biggest gripes about the earlier … Read more
Mobile and navigation accessories manufacturer Cobra Electronics announced a bevy of new products today, which it plans to demo next week during CES 2014 in Las Vegas.
Two of the devices include the Cobra AirWave Mini and AirWave Box (pictured above). Unlike the original AirWave, which we saw at CTIA 2013, these gadgets not only receive audio via a Bluetooth connection, but play it as well.
The Mini will be available in February for $39.99 and features a rugged, weatherproof design. The Box also has a durable construction with a soft-touch rubber exterior, but it can be fully dunked … Read more