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Tag Archives: Bluetooth

Fin Turns Your Palm Into Gesture Interface

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What’s cool about Fin is that it isn’t just a gesture controller. The ring itself transforms your palm into a gesture interface, so you’ve essentially got a keypad or touchpad, right on your hand. This is made possible by the fact that the tiny device is programmed to recognize each segment of your fingers.

Fin connects to your smartphone, smart TV, car, or home automation system via Bluetooth. It will be able to convert simple hand motions into commands and control values with any connected device.

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ClearView’s Clio Transparent Speaker Looks Stylish In Any Room

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You gotta class up your digs, y’know? And we think that ClearView’s Clio will make just about any living area look just a bit nicer thanks to its attractive transparent design. That’s right, you’re looking at an “invisible speaker” featuring an “ultra-thin, transparent, and gracefully curved acrylic glass membrane.” An added benefit of this construction is that it produces sound in both directions, thanks to its “Edge Motion®-driven speakers [which] use piezo-electric actuators to stimulate both sides of an optically clear acrylic glass stereo transducer to produce an extremely efficient, piston-like motion.” The device will accept streamed music from a Bluetooth enabled device, and features a 2-inch woofer for some bass reproduction. It’s $349 and comes in three hues.

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Tired Of Passwords? Knock App Unlocks Your Mac With Knock On Your iPhone

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We live in an age where the seemingly mundane task of entering a password can become cumbersome enough for some to compel them to develop an app that helps you bypass that altogether. Knock, for instance, is software that lets you unlock your Mac just by tapping on your iPhone twice. The app doesn’t even need to be running. Think of this scenario: you’re at a cafe, you leave to go to the restroom and lock your Mac, while keeping your phone in your pocket. As soon as you’re coming back to your laptop just tap twice on your pocket and it’ll be ready for you to use before you’ve even sat down, no need to enter any password. It works brilliantly; I just downloaded and tested. The app uses low-power Bluetooth 4.0, so it won’t drain your battery. It will, however, cost you $4 to own. The Mac application is free, it’s the related one on the iPhone that costs.

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Nymi Bracelet Replaces Passwords With Your Heartbeat

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Bionym takes security one step further with Nymi, which combines Bluetooth proximity detection technology and electrocardiograms to create a new authentication process. The device is meant to be worn as a bracelet and measures the wearer’s cardiac rhythm, which is unique to each person. This rhythm is then used as a password of sorts to unlock digital and physical devices, from smartphones and laptops to doors and other objects.

Once Nymi recognizes the wearer’s heartbeat, it communicates wirelessly to unlock nearby devices. It’ll keep going until the wearer removes it or when someone else wears it. At that point, it will detect a different cardiac rhythm and lock that person out.

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OhGizmo! Review: The SWITCH Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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Earlier this year, Native Union introduced their new SWITCH wireless portable speaker into a market that is already saturated. However, we still agreed to sit down and take a look at it for any of you considering purchasing such a device.

The SWITCH is more than just your small party wireless sound system; it serves both as an external battery and as a conference call unit. It comes with a full duplex microphone that allows all participants to converse simultaneously for up to 16 hours. The battery life is quite impressive, considering it features three speakers, “including an active sub-woofer with an enhanced bass-reflex system.” This results in an unexpectedly crisp and distortion-free sound, even at high volume, making it the perfect candidate for a small apartment, office, or picnic gathering.

The SWITCH has a simple, yet practical and appealing design, with an intuitive multifunctional button and a large volume control wheel. After some extensive use, it remains tight and there is no sign of looseness. The brick-like shape of the device lets you use it in a vertical or horizontal postion, depending on the needs. To top it off, the rubbery material coating that comes in several colours gives it a high-quality feel.

Native Union is selling the SWITCH for what initially seemed like a hefty price tag: $149.99. Getting to play with the product, however, made us feel like the price was somewhat justifiable, especially for someone that will use all of its features. As mentioned before, it would work great for personal use, but also in a corporate environment, where both conference calls and socializing events take place.

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Be ‘That Guy’, By Putting The boomBOTTLE On Your Bike Runs

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It’s a known fact that everyone loves ‘that guy’ who goes around the neighborhood loudly blaring his musical preferences from an overpowered boombox, for all to enjoy. It then stands to reason that you’d be the most popular kid in the block if you decided to replace your water bottle with Scosche’s boomBOTTLE, a waterproof set of 40mm speakers (and “passive subwoofer”) that fits in a standard bicycle’s water holder bracket thing. It accepts streaming audio in a variety of Bluetooth profiles, and even has an auxiliary audio jack if your music player doesn’t do wireless. Its large size also means the batteries should be good for about ten hours of playback time, more than enough for you to entertain innocent passersby on even the longest of routes.

It’s $149.

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Add An Electric Propeller To Any Home Made Paper Airplane, And Control It With Your iPhone

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TailorToys have been making the PowerUp systems for quite some time now, but their new 3.0 version has iPhone control. That’s awesome, but let’s start at the beginning, because we’d never even heard of the 1.0 or 2.0. The PowerUp devices are little electric propellers that clip onto the tip of your paper airplane, and give it some thrust. This way, gravity, aerodynamics and paper airplane engineering aren’t the limiting factors; battery life is. And yes, this works with just about any paper airplane, from the shitty to the elegant. The 3.0 version seems to have added iPhone control, though we don’t have any details on just how well the plane is controlled with this scheme. It would appear that the new device doesn’t just give the plane forward thrust, but would allow you to steer as well. Considering the toy just won Popular Science’s Best of Toyfair award, we’re going to go ahead and assume it’s pretty well done.

They should be available later this year for an unspecified price. Considering previous generation models are going for around $17, we can’t imagine it’ll be that expensive.

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Use Sonar And Your Smartphone To Catch Fish

Assuming that going fishing isn’t just an excuse for you to go get drunk on a canoe, the Realsonar system pictured above might interest you. It’s an ultrasound device mounted on a buoy, which then communicates with your smartphone through Bluetooth. In this fashion, you get to see where the fish are up to a depth of 150ft. It works at about 4 frames per second, which should be plenty for you to cast your line in the direction and depth required.

But that’s not all the Realsonar does. There’s a Bite Alarm that lets you know when a fish is nearby, so you don’t even have to look at the screen (or even put your line in the water) while you wait. There’s also a mapping feature that lets you get an idea of the underwater topography, which is welcome to any boat owner that doesn’t want to run aground. Salinity and temperature sensors give you an idea of water conditions. And should you lose your buoy in the dark, you just press a button on the phone and it’ll light right up.

The Realsonar system is in the funding phase on IndieGogo. It’s $79 if you get in early, though there’s plenty of room right now.

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MeterPlug Helps You Keep Tabs On What’s Consuming How Much Power

The economy may not be in the tank as it was a couple years ago, but let’s face it, it’s not booming either. Every penny counts and one area where you can make a big difference is in energy efficiency. The appliances and electronic devices that are in your home all consume power, sometimes even when they’re not on. MeterPlug is a simple box that sits between your device and the AC outlet, and monitors the power flowing through. It then communicates information this to a smartphone through its Bluetooth chip. To take things further, it uses GPS data to figure out how much power costs in your particular neighborhood, and is able to give you a running cost as opposed to raw power data. This makes it dead simple to know who’s the worst culprit in those outrageous power bills. But that’s not all. Not only does MeterPlug inform you, it helps you solve the issue as well by cutting off power to any appliance you want, either manually through the press of a button on your smartphone, or automatically after setting up a few rules. It’s smart, but at $50 per plug ($85 for 2 as an early bird price) it is a bit costly. Granted, it could end up paying for itself after a while, so it might still be worth a look. The IndieGogo campaign is almost fully funded, with potential delivery slated for April 2013.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]