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Category Archives: Wireless

Jawbone Bluetooth Headset Uses Bone Conduction, Looks OK

jawbone headsetBy David Ponce

It’s not the first time we show you a Bluetooth headset that features bone conduction technology. The last time however, it looked like a potato tubercule that got painted charcoal. Not something you’d want to be seen coming out of your ear. The Aliph Jawbone however was designed by one Yves Behar, and actually manages to look half decent.

We’ve repeated several times that being seen walking down the street with one of these things stuck to the side of your brain makes you look like a douche (think modern bum bag). But hey, some of you are important, and really do need to be on the phone every waking second. So, you may as well get a headset that looks decent, and works well. The reason the company uses bone conduction is to filter out ambient noise; it picks up your voice through the vibrations in your skull, and not so much from the air coming out your mouth. That way, even walking down the sidewalk in Manhattan rush hour traffic, your peeps will hear you loud and clear.

It’s $120.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Blu:Sens G14 Goes Right, Where Zune Went Wrong: Unrestricted WiFi

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By David Ponce

Company Blu:sens, from Spain, is releasing an MP3 player with a lot of promise. It’s called the G14, and its claim to fame is that it’s able to do what Microsoft’s Zune didn’t have the guts to. It features WiFi, and it’s not crippled with DRM. This means, in case you’re not following, that you’ll be able to share songs with your friends, wirelessly, and let them keep them. Not only that, but you’ll be able to share all the songs in your playlist, unlike the Zune, which allows record labels to dictate which songs can be shared in the first place. What’s more, the company claims that the device will be able to interact with more than other versions of itself. You’ll be able to connect it to your network, and load the device without having to plug it in. There’s also Bluetooth, for added connectivity.

The G14 supports DivX natively, as well as MP3, WMA and OGG Vorbis. It comes in 1GB and 2GB formats, has a 2 inch 256K color display and is expected to cost between 180 Euros and 200 Euros, though availability information is a little scant at the moment.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmologia ]

Buffalo’s WiFi Adaptor Will Boost Signal 210%

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By David Ponce

There are many ways that you could use this product from Buffalo, and not all of them legal. So, let’s conjure an image where this might come in handy, the legal way. Say you’ve got a really, really large front yard. Say 150 meters long. And you just happen to be in the mood to do some work from the very end. Your WiFi router is a home, of course, and the signal just won’t get to you. Simply connect the WLI U2 SGH54HP, from Buffalo, to a USB port, and you’re set. The device boosts your signal by up to 210% and increases the range up to 170 meters. That’s pretty damn far if you think about it. Specs wise, this is what we know: Vista compatible, Wi-Fi b/g, WEP 64/128bits, WPA-PSK and IPv6.

For this handy device, expect to pay around 30 Euros. No word on availability, at least this side of the pond.

[ Akihabara News ] VIA [ Gizmologia ]

MyBlu Device Adds Bluetooth Functionality To Your iPod, Makes iPhone Obsolete

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By David Ponce

The MyBlu from Mavizen is a product that actually sounds like a good idea; technically it pretty much defeats the purpose of owning an iPhone altogether. What you do is plug the device between the iPod and the headphones (never mind that it already looks like an iPod Shuffle; that, apparently, has nothing to do with anything) and just like that, your iPod becomes Bluetooth capable. When you get a call, the caller information is displayed on the iPod’s screen, and the device itself acts as a handsfree kit; you can then just leave your mobile in your pocket/purse/murse/whatever.

It’s a hell of a lot cheaper than the iPhone too, at $77, and is just the kind of gadget we like to get our hands on: simple but useful as hell. Oh, and did we mention that it also confers FM radio functionality upon your radio-less iPod?

[ MyBlu ] VIA [ Crunchgear ]

ON/OFF Remote Light Switch

ON/OFF Remote Light Switch (Image courtesy Fosters.com) By Andrew Liszewski

There are plenty of home automation kits available that allow you to control everything from your window blinds to your lights but they always come with some big complicated remote that usually only one person in your house ever truly figures out.

From designer Tobias Wong comes this remote light switch that is basically as simple as it gets. Just attach the remote component to the light fixture you want to operate then turning it on and off is as simple as opening the lid on the ON/OFF box and flicking the switch. (It can be operated up to 100ft away.) Hopefully in this day and age everyone knows how to operate a light switch. In reality the size of this remote including the lucite box it?s mounted in is a built ridiculous but I think that?s half the appeal.

The Remote Switch is available from Fosters.com for $125.00.

[ ON/OFF Remote Switch @ Fosters.com ]

In Car Internet

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By David Edney

It’s finally here!! You can now have an Internet connection in your vehicle without rigging some monstrosity outside your window. TracNet, a system that allows passengers to access the Internet on a vehicle’s video screens can be installed on anything that moves. It also turns your vehicle into a moving hot spot so you can use your laptop. It does use Verizon’s High Speed Internet, so the DSL high-speeds are still nonexistent, but it will be here soon. The $80 a month price isn’t that great either, but I’m sure that will go down eventually.

The current price is $1,995 for the automotive version of TracNet. The system operates on Verizon Wireless’ high-speed network, which costs another $60 to $80 a month. There is also a $10 monthly charge for MSN TV, the service from Microsoft Corp. that brings the Internet to TV screens. The consumer provides the screens.

VIA CNN Technology

Nokia’s Image Cable Bluetooth Headset

HS-13W Wireless Image Headset nokiaBy David Ponce

The affectionately named HS-13W Wireless Image Headset from Nokia would rank pretty high on our wishlist this Holiday season, if it weren’t for the price. At least, we think the ladies in our lives might like it. It’s a Bluetooth headset, but not the kind that hangs from your ear and makes you look like a tard. Instead, it hangs down your neck, like, well… like a necklace. This particular device simply does away with the wires (at least, the ones connecting to your cell), and includes a 128 x 128-pixel 4,096-color display. That way, you can see who’s calling without having to fish around for your phone. The display also allows you to interact with your mobile and, say, browse and edit your contacts. You can also store up to 500KB worth of pictures.

We’re a little disappointed that it doesn’t seem to support audio streaming, which would have made it an ideal companion to any musicphone. And, $300 is a lot of money for something that isn’t, say, a truck full of delicious donuts.

[Nokia HS-13W Wireless Image Headset] VIA [Gizmologia]

Sooloos Music System, Music Management For Trust Fund Babies

sooloos music management

By David Ponce

Perhaps the best known music management system for the home is from Sonos, though it seems they’re not the only kids on the block. If you got the greens, Sooloos is here to please. They offer much the same thing Sonos does, but essentially supercharge the experience. You get to store your collection in noiseless convection cooled RAID type servers that come in 1, 2 and 3 TB versions, with the option to link storage units to provide additional capacity. This gives you the ability to store lossless digital versions of your music. Then you’re able to distribute this music in up to 32 different zones, and control it via a master 17 inch touchscreen, and any number of smaller 7 inch remotes. But here’s the twist: they offer to send the system pre-loaded for you.

Your Sooloos system is customized to include your existing CD library, with cover art, credits, genres, moods, song picks and album reviews.

This means that should you wish to spend an extra couple thousand dollars loading the thing up with music as you place your order, they’ll be kind enough to rip the CDs for you, and send you the originals along with the rest. And, what’s an extra couple thousand when a basic one-zone system starts at $12,000?

[The Sooloos Music System] VIA [SciFi Tech]

SportsDo Allows You To Track Your Workout On Your Cell

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By David Ponce

This looks like a fun, mock-exercise-filled little fad. Since the Nike + iPod business (in case you’re not aware, it’s a special setup that allows your shoes to talk to your iPod and assist you in your jog), companies have been plopping devices left and right that either replicate, emulate or are somehow inspired by the Apple/Nike deal. Seems, all of a sudden, keeping precise quantitative metrics about your jog is a very important thing to do. And now, the latest to jump on the bandwagon is SportsDo.

This one’s strictly software though. It’ll work on any Windows Mobile, or Java enabled phone (sorry, no Palm) with GPS functionality. It doesn’t matter how you get your GPS data, be it from an internal module, or from a Bluetooth connected external GPS unit. And what it does is keep track of where you went, how many calories you likely spent, how fast you went, etc. It even gives you a Google map so you can see exactly the path you’ve taken, in the context of your city.

The best part is that, for now at least, it’s a free download.

[SportsDo] VIA [Crunchgear]