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Category Archives: Wireless

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

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


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]

S-XGen UMPC Features Flip-and-Fold Keyboard

s-xgenBy David Ponce

For a variety of reasons, not the least of which is their relative lack of usability (I’m not a big fan of having to enter data via touchscreen, or having to carry a separate keyboard on a portable device), I’m holding off from diving head-first into the UMPC bandwagon. And any step taken towards making the devices easier to use is welcome. While it may not seem like a revolutionary leap forward, the upcoming S-XGen from Seamless WiFi features an elegant design element: a flip-and-fold keyboard. It’s simple, it’s nicely integrated and if everything else is done correctly, might just be enough to nudge me into a purchase.

The company is pretty mum on details for the product, at least until CES. Word is the device will include Bluetooth, WiFi, and cellular connectivity, and that it’ll pack a 4-inch LCD and a promised 10 hours of battery life. No word on price yet.

[Seamless WiFi] VIA [Engadget]

The SOYO Freestyler HS11 Bluetooth Headphones – Small(ish), Ugly and Multi-Functional

freestyle hs11By David Ponce

Bluetooth headphones aren’t exactly groundbreaking news, so we won’t dwell on this for too long. The SOYO Freestyler HS11 Kit consists of a small transmitter piece that plugs into any audio source via standard 3.5mm jack, and Bluetooth-ly connected headphones. Once paired, you’re able to listen to music wirelessly (obviously). However, you’re also able to take phone calls (music gets muted and un-muted when necessary), talk on Skype and even use the headphones as a remote control for whatever device is streaming your music, so long as it’s AVRCP (Audio Video Remote Control Profile) enabled. As a matter of fact, other profiles featured include A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), HSP (Headset Profile) and HFP (Hands-free Profile), making this $170 relatively useful.

The earpieces aren’t too heavy, at 37.5g, or roughly half a bag of chips. Playback battery life, however, seems to top out at 6 hours, and that may be a deal killer for some.

It’ll be available soon.

[Product Page] VIA [MobileWhack]

Splashpower To Recharge Your Stuff Wirelessly

splashpowerIf you have more than one electronic device to recharge, and we suspect you do, then Splashpower might work for you. It’s a two-part system that allows you to charge multiple devices, simultaneously, without the need for any wires. The first part is a Splashmodule that attaches to any given device. They are said to be thin and customised to the shape of your gadget.

The second part is the Splashpad, which does the actual charging. Simply place your Splashmodule enabled devices on the Splashpad, and through the witchery of electromagnetic induction, they’ll get juiced up. No need to have four or five different charge cables, or pesky plugin-in.

There’s no mention of a rice anywhere. Also, we not sure if we’re looking at vaporware; the company’s been promising a product launch for a few years now, and nothing to show, but here’s hoping they keep their “sometime in 2006” promise.

[Splashpower] VIA [Ubergizmo]

Ubisoft Confirms Steering Wheel Attachment For Nintendo’s Wii

ubisoft steering wheel wii

By David Ponce

We can’t help but snicker at the thought of a roomful of kids with outstretched arms, steering wheel in hands, looking completely retarded. Yet, this is exactly what will happen when Ubisoft starts shipping their upcoming Holiday title “GT Pro Series”, a car racing game which will come bundled with a wireless “steering wheel”, designed by Thrustmaster. Recently confirmed in an IGN interview with GT Pro Series’ associate producer Tats Myoio, we also learn that the attachment features a port, where the Wii-mote will fit, and have all its buttons accessible. Tilting the wheel forward or back will presumably accelerate or brake, while of course steering will, well, steer the car.

[Read The Full Interview] VIA [Xataka]

The X-Sport BTH-11

x-sport bth-11By David Ponce

While you will almost certainly always look like an asshole walking down the street with a Bluetooth headset attached to your ear, this doesn’t mean the devices don’t have their use. They certainly come in handy when you’re driving, or otherwise using both your hands, and if you’re going to be wearing one, then at least try to make it look half decent. We’ve highlighted the Jabra JX10 before, and now we bring you news of the X-SPORT BTH-11, from Teling Technology. We think it looks rather good, though we’re sure it’s only a matter of time until someone tells us we should get our eyes checked.

So, to sweeten the deal, the company claims this to be the only headset in the market with a range of 20 to 30 meters. This is quite a lot if you think about it, and unless you live in a mansion, means that you can walk around most of your home without carrying your cellphone on you.

Seems to be available for $90.

Update: Yeah, and it looks like it’s Australian only at this point.

[XSport BTH-11] VIA [BlueTomorrow]