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Category Archives: Wireless

The Bluevoice Merges Timepiece With Bluetooth Headset

chronotech bluevoice watch

By David Ponce

The Bluevoice, from Chronotech actually sounds like a fairly useful product. It’s both a watch, and a Bluetooth headset. When you get a call, simply detach the face of the watch and place it in your ear, and use as you would any other Bluetooth headset. When you’re done, take it out, and put it back on your wrist.

This is great because you’d be less likely to misplace your headset, as I’m sure more than a few of you have already done. Also, you don’t have to wear the earpiece at all times, which makes you look like less of a dork.

There’s an analog and a digital model, and they’ll sell between $120 and $130. From our understanding, these are already available through their website, though the main publicity push will occur at this year’s CES.

[Product Page] VIA [TechEBlog]

Also, [The Chronotech Website (Warning: Horrible Flash website)]

Man Uses A Nokia Mobile As Wireless Optical Mouse

Nokia 6230i Bluetooth Mouse

By David Ponce

A while back, we posted about the Loginoki, a mouse that someone had Frankensteined an LCD into. Well, it seems that the Loginoki inspired someone else to ditch the mouse altogether, and use a Nokia 6230i as the mouse itself. Using the phone’s camera and Bluetooth connection, the man wrote some Java code that enables you to use the mobile as a wireless mouse.

Right now, it’s only working on his mobile, and the code has not been released. The code is not entirely basic either; here are some features:

-Bluetooth connection, no cable
-Standard Java code, simple to port to other phones
-Selectable buttons on phone for mouse buttons
-Normal or Flipped orientation for phone (right way or upside down)
-Uses existing Nokia Sync software to transfer data

[The Nokia Bluetooth Mouse] VIA [Gadgetblog.it]

FCC Approves Sony Ericsson GC86 Quad-Band GSM PC Card

sony_ericsson_gc86_gsm_pc_cardBy David Ponce

Remember the somewhat uglylicious Franklin Wireless EVDO USB card we wrote about a couple days ago? Well, that was a fine way to get online on an EVDO network, using your PCMCIA-less portable device.

But, what if you do have such a slot? Then there’s Sony Ericsson’s GC86 quad-band GSM PC card, which recently got FCC approval. Simply insert card into laptop, put SIM card in, and you’re good to go. Aside from being compatible with GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz networks, you also have the ability to edit the contacts inside your SIM. Also, it seems like you might also be able to use your PC as a communication device; seeing as your mobile will be disabled from lack of SIM, this feature would actually be quite useful, if not essential.

No word on pricing or availability.

[FCC Page] VIA [Mobilewhack]

Franklin Wireless USB EVDO Card

franklin wireless usb evdo card

By David Ponce

The guys at MobilityToday got their hands on a Franklin Wireless USB EVDO modem. This is good for all the folks who go about bitching about their laptop’s, or UMPC’s lack of a PCMCIA drive. Simply connect this fugly card to your portable PC of choice (or, well, even a desktop I imagine) via USB, and using Sprint’s Power Vision Network, you’ll be surfing the web in no time.

The reviewers note that the card is able to get very good speeds: up to 525kpbs downstream on a given file. Visit the site for a bunch more pictures.

[MobilityToday Review] and [Franklin Wireless Press Release]

MyKey 2300 Lock Uses RFID Chips To Protect Your Home

mykey rfid lockBy David Ponce

With the recent brouhaha over Bumpkeys, and how regular locks are fundamentally flawed, perhaps your paranoia level will reach critical levels, and you’ll go out hunting for alternative ways to keep your trailer lavish mansion from getting burgled. With the MyKey 2300, you can forego keys altogether.

The $300 lock relies on your carrying an RFID chip on your person. When waved in front of the lock, the door opens. If you chose to eschew the RFID chip from further paranoia of having it cloned, then a keypad allows you to enter a secret code.

[MyKey 2300] VIA [Uncrate]

Google Setting Up Access Points All Over Mountain View

google mountain view wifi

By David Ponce

By now you’ve no doubt heard that Google is blanketing Mountain View, California, with the best kind of WiFi connection available: the free kind. Well, we find it interesting the lengths the company is going to, to ensure that signal is available everywhere. They’ve reportedly already installed around 250 access points, in places such as traffic lights, utility poles and streetlights (as pictured).

The service is currently being Beta tested by about 100 people, including A-lister Om Malik. For your browsing enjoyment, here’s a Google Maps based map of the access points, as well as a dandy FAQ.

VIA [Xataka]

The Great Wireless North

Rogers & Bell Wireless High-Speed (Image courtesy Bell Canada)
By Andrew Liszewski

The two largest telcos in Canada, Rogers and Bell recently announced the availability of what they’re calling ‘portable high-speed internet.’ Typically high-speed access flows into a home via the phone lines or though cable tv and in both instances requires a seperate modem. The new portable high-speed internet still requires that modem (which is about the size of a thin paperback now) but does away with the need for a phone jack or cable hookup.

Instead, internet access is broadcasted via network architecture similar to that used by mobile phones, so in theory anywhere in Canada you can use your cell phone you can also access the internet. In reality though at launch the service is only available in major cities and the occasional border town but odds are this will slowly expand. Both companies are hoping people will embrace the idea of being able to access the web from their provider of choice anywhere in the country.

The service does cost a bit more than regular high-speed internet does, about $45-60 depending on speed and bandwidth usage plus the cost of the modem, but if you travel a lot and are use to paying for internet access at various hotels this will probably seem like a bargain.

[Rogers Portable High-Speed] or [Bell Portable High-Speed]

Invision Q7, Bluetooth Headset With Bone Conduction

bluetooth bone conduction headset

By David Ponce

Yeah, so I guess I’d have to get used to the idea that the best method for me to get heard when using a Bluetooth headset would be by inserting a flexible piece of rubber proboscis into my ear. Right, because you see, that’s how you get to wear a bone conducting Bluetooth headset, like the Invisio Q7.

Why should you care about bone conduction, you ask? Well, it seems that this is just about the best way to isolate your voice, over whatever auditory mayhem you might find yourself in. Doesn’t matter if you’re facing your significant other belting yet another one of her loud diatribes, or sitting next to a racing F1 car, the headset will only pick your voice out. Of course, that doesn’t meant that you‘ll be able to hear it properly, but that’s another story.

The unit is set to come out by the end of the year, and will be available at all Radio Shacks. It is made by Danish Nextlink and according to one early tester, doesn’t feel weird at all.

[NextLink] VIA [SciFi Tech]

Mercedes Telephone Module With Bluetooth

Mercedes Telephone Module With Bluetooth

By David Ponce

Mercedes recently announced the release of a dandy telephone module, with Bluetooth? (SAP-Profile). The SAP stands for SIM Access Profile, and it makes a world of difference in terms of ease of use. Once your phone has paired with the device once, it never needs to do so again. As soon as you’re within range, the module will recognise the phone. This will enable you to not only make calls using the car’s multifunction steering wheel, audio system, and central display in the instrument cluster, but it will also give you access to your contacts and the ability to read SMSs. What’s more, this specific type of Bluetooth connection transfers cellular reception away from the handset, and to the car’s antenna, which will boost signal sensitivity several-fold.

The downside is that Bluetooth SAP-Profile works only on some mobile models, such as the Nokia 6230, 6230 and 8800, as well as the Siemens S65, SK65, S75 and SL75. Pricing is as follows: as a closed-box system in autonomous design for 373 euros (German price, including VAT), or as a handset with handrest and passive cable-connected receiver for 406 euros (German price, including VAT). Contact your Mercedes dealer for local availability.

[Mercedes Bluetooth Module] VIA [Gizmologia]