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Category Archives: Wireless

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]

Hawking Technology Hi-Gain Wireless-G Adapter

Hawking Technology Hi-Gain Wireless-G Adapter (Image courtesy Hawking Technology)By Andrew Liszewski

Wireless internet is one of those things that can be a great convenience but at the same time a massive headache. Sure it’s nice to be untethered from that network cable but if your wireless signal is barely in range of your laptop and is causing you to lose your connection every few minutes it can really make you miss that reliable wired connection.

As a possible solution you might want to try the Hawking Technology Hi-Gain USB Wireless-G Dish Adapter (HWU8DD) which claims to extend wireless connection distances up to 300%. Just plug the dish into your system via USB and then use the built-in LED signal-strength indicators on the dish to pinpoint the strongest wifi signal available in your area. The design of the dish is not that portable limiting the places you can use it which is unfortunate because something like this would be great in an airport or other public wifi location. Hopefully a more portable version is secretly in the works.

The HWU8DD Wireless-G Dish Adapter is currently available from the Hawking Technology online store for $74.99.

[Hawking Technology Hi-Gain Wireless-G Adapter] VIA [The Red Ferret Journal]

The XACT XQ2500 Wireless Landline Headpiece

xact xq2500

By David Ponce

To us, it looks like the landline wireless phone saw a Bluetooth headset, got jealous, threw a hissy fit, and got a makeover to look just like one.

Except even uglier.

The XACT XQ2500 is nothing more than a $10, 2.4 Ghz wireless phone with the keypad on the headpiece itself. Aside from looking like a mechanical sphincter tumor, we suppose it might actually be somewhat useful for the Neanderthals who still use landlines at home. (Take it easy guys, it’s nothing personal).

[The XACT XQ2500] VIA [Gadget Garden]

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]