Samsung just unveiled the much-rumored Galaxy Gear smartwatch, but that's far from the only new smartwatch about to hit wrists around the world. Qualcomm, the company best known for building the ARM chips powering most modern Android devices, has just announced the Toq smartwatch. The Toq (pronounced 'talk') will be compatible with Android 4.0.3 and higher, but does not appear to run Android itself. Unlike the Gear, Qualcomm is promising the Toq will get multiple days of battery life from a single charge thanks to its Mirasol screen.
Mirasol has been demoed at tradeshows for years, but has never seen a true consumer launch. Read More
The Muku Shuttr is a simple piece of hardware that reached its Kickstarter funding goal in under a week, ending its campaign with almost ten times its original goal. It appeared an audience was ready and waiting for a mobile camera remote shutter.
I'm generally fascinated by the variety of mobile photography accessories pouring out of Kickstarter lately (I eagerly backed the Lumu light meter and am awaiting my unit now), and naturally wanted to give Shuttr a try. I've had a little time to experience the device now, and have found that, essentially, it's exactly what it looks like – a simple, keychain-sized remote shutter release powered by Bluetooth. Read More
Every once in a while we come across an app with such a practical, obvious application that we're forced to wonder why we didn't think of it first. Case in point: Botifier, which sends status updates from any app to a paired and compatible Bluetooth display using version 1.3 or later of the A/V Remote Control Profile. Translation: it sends notifications to your car's Bluetooth-enabled stereo.
The AVRCP standard is usually intended for song information, but developer Grimpy has adapted it to show the notification as the "song title," the application it comes from as the "artist," and the summary as the "album. Read More
When we first reported on the iMpulse controller, I was excited. A super-portable Bluetooth controller that strives to capture the near-perfect control scheme of the Super NES and only adds a few ounces to my pocket? Sign me up! And that's exactly what I did, almost a year ago.
Now, eleven months later and six months after the controller was supposed to ship, I've got it in my hands. And it is a bitter, bitter disappointment. Not because of any lack in hardware capability, but because the software is so wretchedly poor that getting anything except an emulator app to work with the iMpulse is an exercise in head-banging frustration. Read More
Samsung's Galaxy Note III, the device hotly anticipated by existing Note fans and mobile watchers alike, is one step closer to its imminent reveal, recently passing Bluetooth SIG certification.
The certification listing from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group doesn't tell us much, except that the specific model certified is headed for NTT Docomo. From the reports existence, however, it's safe to assume (if you weren't already expecting an IFA reveal) that the device is coming relatively soon.
Users may recall that the Galaxy S4 Active was submitted in late April and debuted in June. This is certainly not a definitive yardstick for all product releases, but does provide some reference. Read More
Kreyos came to Indiegogo in June asking for $100,000 to get their Meteor smartwatch to market. It's been nearly two months, and the company is walking away with over $1.5 million instead. People clearly want a smartwatch done right, and this speakerphone-equipped model, with its relatively small promises compared to other offerings, looks quite feasible.
The Meteor comes with a backlit "special LCD" black and white non-touch display. Wearers can issue voice commands, activate gestures by moving their wrists, or fall back to the traditional buttons situated on both sides of the device. It will pair with Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 8 devices, but it comes with a selection of widgets that operate independently of a smartphone. Read More
Update: Clove has posted the full details on the HTC Fetch to its blog, and it's a lot less interesting than they previously thought. Turns out it's just a Bluetooth-enabled tracker device, with no on-board GPS function. When it's paired to an HTC phone (presumably through an app) it will beep on command, helping you find your keys and whatnot.
If you can't hear it, it will report on its location... but that depends upon the GPS function in your phone for its last known location. If the item in question is truly lost, and not reachable via the ~40 foot Bluetooth range, it stays lost. Read More
Imagine, if you will, that you've just checked in to a hotel in Tokyo for an extended vacation. Weary from the long train and cab rides from the airport, you make use of the bathroom, noting the famously futuristic facilities adorning the electronic toilet. As you take care of business, you hear a laughing, sniggering sound from the other side of the wall - clearly someone in the next room is having a good time. All of a sudden, you are having a very bad time indeed, as a jet of water unexpectedly invades your nether regions. A peal of laughter erupts from the other room, just as the eruption in the toilet ceases. Read More
The key is a beautiful creation. It's small, portable, cheap, and effective. What's the problem? They're annoying. No one likes fumbling for them before opening the door, scratching up the area around a lock at night, or leaving them on the coffee table at work. This is why you probably want the Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth-enabled door lock, which can turn your smartphone into your house key. Security without the hassle. This is what technological advancement is for.
Now for the details. The lock works by using UniKey technology and Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 to trigger a deadbolt. Owners just have to tap a finger against the Kevo to unlock it, as long as their phone is in range. Read More
If you've been waiting for a good deal on the ridiculously fun (but admittedly expensive) Parrot AR Drone, now's the time to get one. Amazon has the 2.0 version of the smartphone-controlled, camera-equipped quadcopter, plus a spare first-party battery, for just $271.99. That's 20% off, a savings of $68 on the combined retail prices. As with all Amazon Gold Box discounts, it's good for one day only, July 26th.
The Parrot AR Drone has made a big splash in the world of tech and computer toys, thanks to its impressively stable flight and solid smartphone app, which allows Android and iOS devices to remotely control the drone, plus view and record 720p video through its onboard 720p camera. Read More