There are just some tech ideas that sound both intriguing and almost incredulous at the same time. Like this Fin ring that gives you almost magical powers over your smartphone and tablets using just your thumb and the power of Bluetooth.
At CES this year, we got a chance to go hands-on with LG’s newest offerings. While many amazing tech was on display, one of the standouts were earphones that monitor your heart rate. The device has now cleared the FCC, and could make its way to store shelves soon.
The growing popularity of voice-controlled personal assistants like Google Now or Siri have put headsets with microphones, particularly Bluetooth ones, in vogue. Jawbone, one of the most popular brands out there, has just announced its latest baby, the new Jawbone ERA, with it claim is better and more ergonomic than any of its older models.
LG's new LifeBand Touch and Heart Rate Earphones may not be a direct Google Glass competitor, but it is a sign that the company is looking to wade into wearables in 2014. Announced at CES 2014 this week, the movement-tracking wristband and pulse-monitoring headphones work either independently or combined to feed health-related data to your smartphone, either to LG's own Fitness app, or third-party apps for Android and iOS like MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, and RunKeeper.
Jabra released the Solemate, which is a portable Bluetooth speaker, and later followed up with a smaller and larger version. These were dubbed the Solemate Mini and Solemate Max. We have been happily using the original Solemate for quite some time, so when the folks at Jabra asked us to take a look at the Solemate Mini, we were more than interested. What follows is a bit about the Solemate Mini, with some comparison to the original model.
We had seen the leaks, and more recently, it looks like Alcatel has officially announced the Idol X+. As the name would suggest, this is a follow-up to the Idol X. The handset has a 5-inch display and octa-core processor from MediaTek. And interestingly, Alcatel announced the handset along with the BOOMband activity tracker.
Sounds like Motorola is taking a cue from other manufacturers and is now offering a wireless headphone that follows the earbud and collar school of design. The Motorola Buds is promised to go easy on your ears with an ergonomic form factor and soft buds that don't sacrifice sound quality for comfort.
With Apple’s recent move toward iBeacon, the retail world lit up. In Apple’s world, we’d find our way through stores, being alerted to deals or special offers along the way. Our devices would automatically notify us, using Bluetooth Low Energy, and we’d be able to shop in a much more convenient way. Qualcomm has an answer in their Gimbal devices, and they’re now available.
Broadcom has embarked on a journey that will hopefully bring wider support for Android devices among in-vehicle systems. Its new Automotive Bluetooth software stack aims to break down barriers between different and sometimes incompatible Bluetooth stacks in order to deliver seamless connectivity between the car and the phone.
History tells us that users and manufacturers sometimes take a piece of technology beyond what standardization groups have envisioned at that time. Some standards try to rein in those changes. Good ones adjust and adapt. Luckily, the latter seems to be the case with the new Bluetooth 4.1 Core Specification that has seen current trends and makes provisions for the future.