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Category Archives: Wireless

How Not To Design A Qwerty Keyboard For A Console

madcatz qwerty thumbpad

By David Ponce

There was something elegant about the recently announced Xbox 360 qwerty thumbboard. Not so with the PS3 Wireless ThumbPadâ„¢ from Madcatz. Dude, they put the friggin’ thing on top! This is presumably because it needs line of sight with the included dongle (we’re getting this from the dandy picture you see above), but how hard could it have been to make this work on RF?

Sure, it’s only $30, and you’ll be able to chat with your friends. But whatever, we’d pay $30 just to not have that monstrosity in the room with us. But, well, to each his own, right? Seems to be available now.

[ PS3 Wireless ThumbPad ] VIA [ Xataka ]

Blinking Cellphone Holder For Quiet Offices

signal cellphone holderBy David Ponce

The SIGNAL Cellphone Holder is a simple device: you place your mobile in it, and when a call comes through, it blinks. Yeah, that’s it. But the point of it is that if you’re in a quiet setting, like an office, you can still know when calls come through. Just put your phone on silent and place it in there and the larger blinking holder will be easier to see than the smallish blinking a cellphone does when it rings on silent. Of course you could always put the phone on “vibrate”, but that’s not an option sometimes. Say, if you’re a lady with no pockets. Or a dude with overly tight pants…

The holder works much in the same way that blinking cellphone charms work: it picks up on the cellular radio waves. And no, it doesn’t even charge the phone, though that could make for an interesting DIY project.

It’s $21, but is out of stock at the moment.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Pryl Feber ]

Kyocera Bluetooth Music Gateway For Musicphone Aficionados

kyocera bluetooth music gateway

By David Ponce

The musicphone market is growing, and for good reason: listening to music and making phone calls are two essential elements to life. And sure, it’s fun to carry your tunes around with you all day but there aren’t too many options to get these off your phone, and into your home sound system. Enter the Kyocera Bluetooth Music Gateway, a device the size of a deck of cards that allows any A2DP-enabled cellphone, DAP or PMP to stream their tunes right into your home speakers. It connects to your system via RCA cables, and if your mobile has AVRCP, it can also be used to control tracks and volume. Should you be a sad Bluetooth-less mobile owner, the company also sells for $35 a Bluetooth adapter that plugs right into a standard 3.5mm audio jack. No 3.5mm jack on your mobile, and no Bluetooth? Dude, you ain’t even got a real musicphone, so you’re outta luck.

Expect to see these on store shelves sometime in April, at $100 with the adapter bundled, or $80 without.

[ Product Page ] VIA [Engadget Mobile ]

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

blu sens g14

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%

wifi booster

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


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 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 for $125.00.

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In Car Internet

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