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Got An Apple Watch? Starwood Hotels Opens Its Doors To You

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Well, more specifically, you’ll be able to open your hotel room door simply by walking up to it with your Apple Watch, after you’ve checked in, remotely. The Bluetooth functionality will be used to unlock the door from a distance, making your keyless entry seamless and effortless. Better yet, you’ll be able to bypass going to the front desk altogether, and skip any long lines that may be present. Note that this functionality is only extended to those who are members of the group’s SPG rewards program.

“After registering for SPG Keyless, the Apple Watch will automatically send guests their room number and will function as their hotel room key at any SPG Keyless enabled Starwood hotel allowing guests to bypass the front desk (where available).”

Not all of the group’s hotels will support the feature right off the bat, but the company is hoping to roll out the feature to over 30,000 of its hotel rooms soon.

While we can’t say we’re overly bullish on the Apple Watch, the truth of the matter is that many people will get one, so you might as well find out what sorts of things you’ll now be able to do with it, other than count the number of steps you take in one day.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Deal Of The Day: 2% Off On OM/ONE Levitating Bluetooth Speaker

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That’s not much of a deal, is it? Look, we don’t decide the size of the rebate, but we do get to tell you about it, so here we are about the OM/ONE Levitating Bluetooth Speaker. Despite the paltry deal, you’re still looking at an unusual product that’s cool enough to want to purchase at almost-full price. I mean, who do you know that has a speaker that floats? This ball shaped speaker is able to project sound at up to 105 decibels with a 3 watt RMS amplifier, for up to 18 hours on a charge. It’ll stream music from your Bluetooth-enabled device, and can double as a speaker-phone given that it has an integrated mic. It’s normally $199, but our deal shaves a cool $4 off that price.

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Plugzee Gives Old Speakers Bluetooth Functionality

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There’s a very good chance that somewhere in your house there’s a set of speakers that haven’t played a note in a few years. Maybe it’s an old set of PC speakers that you haven’t touched because now you use a laptop? Well, just hook them up to Plugzee and start streaming music back to them from up to 33ft. away. It even works with your car audio system, as long as you have an AUX-in plug. And yes, that means you can make handsfree calls now, since there’s even an integrated mic on the device. It works with any device that has Bluetooth, and will keep pumping your tunes out for up to 18 hours on a single charge. A $49 pledge gets you two, while $30 gets you one. Shipping in July.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ Slashgear ]

Deal Of The Day: Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds For $25

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No one likes wires. They’re slowly being phased out as the technology becomes smaller and more efficient, but one of the better ways to ensure they go faster is to show manufacturers that there’s a healthy demand for products like that. Fortunately, you won’t have to spend a lot to do so, as these Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds show. For $25 you can listen to your music… almost without wires. The buds themselves connect to your phone through Bluetooth, but they’re still tethered to one another with a cable. Still, you’ll get 6 hours of playback time from a pair of lightweight earbuds that also allow you to take calls. They come with multiple sizes of gel buds to accommodate different ears, and there are optional ear hooks to secure them to your ears. That’s a lot of functionality for the price of four Starbucks drinks, so don’t miss out!

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Umbrella Packs Bluetooth, So You Don’t Leave It Behind

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Like most people, we like to get cheap umbrellas so that we don’t feel too bad the next time we forget them somewhere. And that happens often enough, so it’s not necessarily being overly cautious. But if we wanted to get an umbrella that isn’t made from cheap materials, and doesn’t turn inside out the second the wind picks up, we’d have to consider the Davek Alert Umbrella. There’s a Bluetooth chip in its base, powered by a watch battery with a life of 1-2 years, which will connect to your phone automatically. Then, once it senses you’re more than 30 feet away, you’ll get a notification alerting you that you might be leaving it behind. Sure, there’s the possibility you’ll get notified if you simply walk to the kitchen after leaving the thing in the entrance lobby, but you can just dismiss it and carry on, we suppose. At $80, the Davek Alert Umbrella isn’t cheap, but you should know it’s made by a company that sells even more expensive umbrellas, and has been doing so for years; presumably their stuff isn’t low quality, and your pledge is safe with them.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Deal Of The Day: 25% Off On Sesame 2 Wireless Auto-Lock for Mac

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Walking away from your laptop without locking your screen can have some unintended consequences, from the innocuous Facebook status hijack to the much more serious theft of personal information. It’s just good practice to lock it, but it’s easy to become distracted. With the Sesame 2 Wireless Auto-lock Keyfob for Mac, the minute you walk away the screen will lock and it will unlock as soon as you return. It uses Bluetooth 4.0 for low-power consumption, and you can set the distance at which it locks through a related application. Normally $39, it’s $29 with this deal.

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Deal Of The Day: 40% Off On Bluetooth Audio Beanie

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Have you looked around lately? Everyone seems to be wearing a beanie! It’s winter too, so you can say that it’s not just a fashion thing, right? So if you’re going to be wearing one, why not make it one that plays back your music and lets you take phone calls through Bluetooth? The Bluetooth Audio Beanie doesn’t cost much more than a regular beanie, but gives you a “60-hour standby time with 6 hours of continuous music/call playback” Normally costing $59, it’s $34.99 with today’s deal.

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Deal Of The Day: 10% Off On Super-M Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

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Whether you’re off to the beach or going on a road trip, the Super-M Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is your perfect mate. It’s a compact speaker that’s not only waterproof, but sandproof as well. The Super-M gives you quality sound, whenever, wherever, so you can play your favorite tunes the way they were meant to be played (and listened to!)

The speaker has a built-in 8-hour rechargeable battery, with two passive subwoofers and 4 full range Neodymium drivers. It’s also incredibly lightweight and uses 4.0 Bluetooth wireless streaming technology, so it’s compatible with most of your mobile devices and players. The Super-M Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is currently on sale for $89.

 

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Scrub and Dance: Octaloofah is a Massager, Loofah, and Speaker In One

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This eight-legged thing is about to become your best bathtime bud. It’s the Octaloofah and it was built with one thing in mind: to make each and every bath a pleasure for you. The device is a loofah, massager, and Bluetooth speaker in one. Use it to scrub the grime from your body, hit the massage function to de-stress, and turn the volume up to play your favorite tunes while you shower.

It seems like a strange trio of features to have in one gadget, but somehow the Octaloofah is trying to make that work.

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