Ah, the good old days, when every phone, MP3 player, Walkman, and toaster included a pair of pack-in earbuds. These days you're lucky if you get a damn power adapter (just ask the folks over at Nintendo). If you're still using the ancient headphones that came as a freebie in you Nexus One or a long-forgotten iPod, then take a gander at this Sennheiser set over on Amazon. The MM30G, complete with in-line music controls and a mic, is $50 off of the retail price for a cool $24.99.
Picking a wearable to buy can be a daunting task. While the choice was quite limited a few years ago, with mostly just Fitbit, Jawbone, and Nike on the scene, the field has widened considerably since then. Withings, Misfit, Pebble, and various other companies have entered the market and offer strikingly similar albeit slightly different approaches to wearable gear. That's not to mention the various choices offered by each company alone — Fitbit for example has the One, Charge, Charge HR, and Surge to pick from.
Towards the end of March, Fitbit announced the Charge HR and Surge, new additions to its activity-tracking family. The Charge HR is an enhanced version of the Charge, just with a heart rate monitor added on (clever). The Surge is the Cadillac version that comes with a giant, black and white touch screen. The former goes for $149.99, while the latter goes for a hundred bucks more. Both are now shipping in North America, which a global release soon to follow.
In recent years the Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) standard hasn't been nearly as ubiquitous as it once was - some manufacturers have switched to other hardware solutions like MicroHDMI ports, some have abandoned hardware video output altogether, and plenty of users have moved on to wireless streaming of one sort or another. But the MHL consortium is hoping to reinvigorate the standard with new hardware and new capabilities. Meet SuperMHL: it's over 8000.
Blue Maestro doesn't want you to make the mistake of believing that Bluetooth is only for connecting to cars, syncing with a smartwatch, or pushing information to a fitness band. No, think of the children. With the company's upcoming Bluetooth-enabled smart pacifier (yes, pacifier), you can check your baby's temperature and track their location as they learn to walk. You can even have an alarm go off if your child gets more than 20 meters away, and the buzzer will apparently also sound if the device gets hidden or misplaced.
I wonder what happens if I pull this thing and - oh, a full-sized console controller. That's kinda neat, even if the extended handles do look a little too much like scissor blades. What happens if I put this little plastic bracket on...
Not content with making a stylish Android set-top box, Razer is also planning on attacking the Android gaming market on its home turf. The Serval is a full-sized, console-style Bluetooth game controller that's compatible with both Razer's Forge TV and direct connection with Android phones and tablets. It's far from the first controller made with Android in mind, but it's the first to come from perhaps the most high-profile game peripheral company out there, and is thus worthy of examination.
Blue Spark Technologies has introduced a new wearable device at CES, but it's not a smart watch or a fitness band or even a VR headset. It's a single-use skin patch called TempTraq that connects to your Android (or iOS) phone to track body temperature.
Blue Spark pitches the patch to parents with sick progeny, though it could conceivably be used on or by anyone. The patch affixes to the body under the arm, and transmits temperature information over Bluetooth to its dedicated app.
We usually don't cover news on Bluetooth speakers here at Android Police, at least not ones without specific mobile-related features. But Cameron enjoyed the original Ultimate Ears BOOM speaker so much that we figured an announcement post for the bigger brother was warranted. The plus-sized MEGABOOM features the same sturdy design as the original in a larger and louder package, complete with its impressive software features. It will retail for a hefty $299.99 later this month.
Dual microUSB/USB OTG sticks may not be brand new anymore, but they're still not nearly as prevalent as more traditional flash drives. Nevertheless, there are plenty of options out there from the big brands and lesser-known folks alike. A year ago, Leef Bridge announced a model with support for USB 3.0. A year later, SanDisk is now doing the same.
The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 is a slightly redesigned version of the previous model, only it now handles faster transfer speeds.