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Tag Archives: Bluetooth

New Sensor Constantly Monitors Bicycle Tire Pressure

Cars with TPMS sensors are pretty common these days. These are the ones that tell you when you’re getting a flat tire, by constantly monitoring the pressure within. It’s smart, and safe, and about time cyclists got the same treatment. The BTPS sensor aims to do just that, connecting to your smartphone and informing you of the pressure of your tires accurately, between 0 and 174psi. Admittedly, the device is more useful as a convenient indicator of tire pressure; it sure beats having to bend down every time. And since many road bikes need a regular air adjustment, the simple phone-glance convenience is appreciated.

“The BTPS unit itself consists of a pressure sensor, circuit board, and battery. When used with tubeless tires, it is mounted on the rim tape. If tubes are being used, it’s stuck right onto the tube, like a patch.” Currently weighing only seven grams (0.25 oz), it shouldn’t affect your ride in the least. It’s going through funding with Kickstarter though, and is quite far from its goal. Still, if you want one for yourself, a $140 pledge will get you a pair of tubeless-specific BTPS units.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

StickNFind Bluetooth Stickers Help You Find Anything

The cost of things like Bluetooth chips is constantly dropping, which means they can start being used in more and more products. The StickNFind Bluetooth stickers are meant to be relatively inexpensive coin-sized stickers that you affix to pretty much anything you want to keep track of. It uses low-power Bluetooth and has a range of 100ft. With a couple of well thought out features, this makes for a pretty useful product. First thing it does is to simply let you play a game of “hot or cold”, indicating on a radar-like display whether you’re getting closer or farther from the tag you’re trying to locate.

Of course, sometimes you may not be within range of a particular tag, so the “Find It” feature sends you a notification once it comes within range. Aside from letting you find objects, this feature allows for some creative uses like notifying you of when your significant other pulls up in your driveway, or alerting you when your luggage comes out of the baggage carrousel.

Finally, the Virtual Leash feature does the exact opposite and sends you a notification when selected tags go out of range. Perfect for pets, or heck, even kids.

Currently undergoing funding on IndieGogo, a starter kit of 2 StickNFind stickers is $35, while 6 will set you back $90. If fully funded, delivery is scheduled for March 2013.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ CNet News ]

ShockBox Is A G-Meter For Potential Head Injuries

Playing contact sports is all fun and games (literally) until someone gets a concussion, or worse. It’s not always easy to tell between the player that’s laying on the ground because he got the wind knocked out of him, or the one that needs medical attention because his brain got a shakeup. The ShockBox is a special sensor that is meant to be placed either on or inside a helmet, and it contains two things: an accelerometer and a Bluetooth radio. Should any one player experience a severe hit, a signal is immediately sent to a paired smartphone (say, the coach’s) with impact data and analysis. It uses long range Bluetooth, so the device has a range of up to 100m, and one smartphone can pair with up to 128 sensors at once. This means you could conceivably monitor an entire team, and provide medical assistance when needed. ShockBox installs with 3M double sided tape, which is provided with your $149 unit. Yeah, that’s a lot of money to fork over when you’re decking out an entire high school football team, but if you’ve got the budget, you don’t want to be skimping on safety.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

The Hop! Is A Suitcase That Follows You Around

The Hop! is pretty cool. It’s a compressed air-powered piece of luggage that has a set of caterpillar tracks, and is able to follow you around the airport. It locks onto your cellphone signal and triangulates its position and then attempts to remain at a fixed distance from you. If it fails at this and “gets lost”, the suitcase locks itself down and your phone vibrates to alert you. It’s called The Hop! because it’s supposed to remind you of a bellhop.

We can foresee a couple of problems with this, not the least of which is the presence of electronics that could intrigue the very competent TSA agents. And the fact that you won’t really be able to say that your luggage was “with you” at all times. And also, well, it’s not a product you can purchase at the moment. It’s a concept and one working prototype, but there’s no other info.

Hit the jump for a video of the herky-jerky machine and links.

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Bluetooth Gloves Reach Pinnacle Of Ridiculous

So it finally happened. The product above is being made, being sold, is real. We’re sad because it doesn’t look like it’s some kind of joke. These are actual gloves that connect to your phone through Bluetooth and that have microphones sewn into the fingertips so that you may talk while, you know, looking like a giant tool. The tips of the fingers are even capacitive to allow smartphone operation whilst your hands remain toasty. Battery operated, the Hi-Call gloves, as they’re called, will standby for 24 hours and last for 20 hours while conversing.

€50 buys you the privilege of being the laughing stock of the slopes, and you can pre-order them now from Hi-Fun. If you thought Bluetooth earpieces were bad, this… this just kicked things up a notch.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Hi-Fun Gloves are the World’s Silliest Bluetooth Handsets in Existence

Hi-Fun

If you’re looking for an alternative to the Bluetooth headset, then move along because you won’t find one here. The Hi-Fun Gloves are Bluetooth-enabled themselves, but they aren’t exactly hands-free for the reason that you’re supposed to wear them on your hands and make the ‘call me’ gesture while you’re using it.

It basically has a speaker sown into the thumb and a microphone built into the pinky finger of the glove. Just push the appropriate buttons on the back of the glove to hook it up with your phone and begin taking calls in the weirdest way possible. These literal ‘handsets’ will be available for about $60 starting this October. While it’s novel and will definitely keep your digits warm and toasty during winter, I’m just not sold on the idea. What do you think?

VIA [ Gizmodo ]

This Smartwatch Looks Like A Regular Watch, But Isn’t

If you’re in a fancypants business meeting and you feel your phone vibrate in your pocket, it might be bad form to take it out to see what it is. If you’re wearing the above Citizen Eco-Drive Proximity watch, you can still know if it was a message, an email, a calendar event, or even a missed call. The timepiece syncs through Bluetooth 4.0 (the new low power Bluetooth profile) and a dedicated hand points to words inscribed all around the rim. A quick glance at your wrist is all you’ll need. Finally, if ever you misplace your phone, you can also use the watch to find it, playing a kind of “getting colder/hotter” game.

It’s an interesting idea, giving you a few useful techie features without appearing to do so in its design. The only issue is that Citizen expects you to pay around $550 for the privilege. If you’ve got that kind of disposable income, look for it this fall.

VIA [ DVice ] AND [ ABlogToRead ]

Here’s A Great Idea: A Bluetooth Bulb

We’re starting to get pretty far removed from your good old incandescents who did nothing more than turn on and waste 90% of their energy as heat. LED light bulbs are not only getting much more efficient, but now apparently smarter. The Bluetooth Bulb uses Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to compatible devices and offer you a slew of features that no other bulb has: you can turn them on or off with a smartphone, put them on an automatic timer, as well as set the brightness and even the specific colour (with the RGB models), all with the tip of your fingers through an application. They’ll come in 3-7W wattages, which is plenty for LEDs and several can be controlled with one device, though we’re not sure if each can be addressed independently; we’re going to assume they are (or what would be the point?)

Currently the Bluetooth Bulb is just a patented prototype, though there are plans for commercialization. At what time and price, we don’t know.

Hit the jump for a video and links.

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The Hone Lets You Find Your Keys Up To 150ft. Away

By David Ponce

Bluetooth 4 is pretty cool for number of reasons. One of these is the low power consumption that allows gadgets like The Hone above to stay functional for up to 6 months without needing a charge. It’s a keychain that pairs with your iPhone 4S and iPad 3 (the only iOS devices that support Bluetooth 4, by the way) and makes it easier to locate your lost keys. With a range of roughly 150 ft., simply launching the application will let you do two things. For one, a press of a button will make it emit a sound. But if that’s not enough to find it (if it’s not within ear shot), you can also play a game of “colder” or “warmer” by using the signal’s perceived strength, until you’ve located The Hone and your keys. Or whatever else you’ve chosen to attach it to.

It’s currently on Kickstarter and well on its way to achieving its funding goal. If you pledge $49, you could expect to get yours by October of this year.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ CultOfMac ]