Monday, 26 May 2008

Logitech Pure Fi Mobile Speaker System

The recently announced Logitech Pure Fi Mobile Speaker System will allow you to wirelessly playback audio from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone with high fidelity, stereophonic sound.

Dual 2-inch Max-X high excursion drivers ensure a full, balanced audio. The bass response is delivered via 2-inch pressure drivers. Logitech's Stereo XL technology is also supported and optimises acoustic levels for a full, rich sound.

The Logitech Pure Fi Mobile Speaker System can also be used as a wireless speakerphone thanks to two integrated microphones. One microphone blocks unwanted background noise while the other mic picks up voice.

Bluetooth devices must support the Advanced Audio Distribution profile (A2DP) to be compatible with this speaker system. Compatible devices may include PCs, iPods, MP3 players and of course Mobile phones.

USB connectivity is also supported and allows the user to make calls or listen to music from their PC.

Rechargeable batteries are included and can last for up to 12 hours. They can be charged via a supplied power adapter or USB cable.

This is a Bluetooth class 2 device with an operating range of up to 10 meters (33 feet).

The Logitech Pure Fi Mobile Speaker System is expected to be available in the US and Europe in in June for a suggested retail price of US$149.99.

Monday, 5 May 2008

Freedom Keychain GPS 2000

Developed with Smartphone and BlackBerry users in mind, the Freedom Keychain GPS 2000 is a compact unit that can add GPS functionality to your mobile phone, PDA or notebook. This Freedom unit connects to your mobile phone via Bluetooth and works with a range of GPS mapping software applications such as Google Maps that run on your phone.

Attaching to a key ring makes a lot of sense for a portable GPS unit because the two items which we almost always have in our pockets are our keys and mobile phone. As long as the batteries are charged and we have coverage, GPS access should always be at our fingertips.

There is a range of mapping applications that will work with the Freedom Keychain GPS 2000 and some are available for less than US$10. Some of the more popular GPS mapping applications include AA, Active Pilot, BlackBerry Maps, CoPilot Live 6, Gate 5, Google Maps, Mapquest, Memory Map, Navigation Mobile, Navman, Nokia/Smart2Go, Route 66, Spot, Telenav and Wayfinder.

Three lights are located on the top of the unit to indicate Bluetooth, GPS and Battery status. A power indicator light is on the side of the unit.

The Freedom Keychain GPS 2000 features a rechargeable 350mAh Lithium Polymer battery with a working time of up to 9 hours. The device is charged via USB and standard and car charger USB cables are provided. The GPS can stay on the key chain while it is being charged.

GPS Specifications
Chipset - MTK
51 channels 'All in view' tracking
Protocol: NMEA 0183/GGA, GSA, GSV, RMC
Baud Rate: 115.200bps
Frequency L1, 1,575.42 Mhz
Tracking Sensitivity: 158 dBm.
Position deviation: 10 meters 90%

Other Keychain GPS 2000 Specifications
Bluetooth: Class 2 (10 meter range), Serial Port Profile (SPP)
Size: 46 x 32 x 14.5mm
Weight: 22gms
Battery: 350mAh Lithium Polymer, operating time up to 9 hours

The Freedom Keychain GPS 2000 is available now for a price of $99.99 or £59.99.

Thursday, 10 April 2008

etyBlu Dual Mode Bluetooth Headset

The new etyBlu Bluetooth Headset from Etymotic Research Inc features two microphones - one located internally at the end of the earpiece and one at located in the BLUmaxx boom. The microphone located in the boom features noise cancellation.

The boom microphone and an in-ear noise isolating earphone work together to provide clear, high quality sound at both ends of the conversation in environments with high background noise. The etyBlu noise canceling boom microphone can be quickly plugged in when required for noisy environments. When the boom is unplugged, the internal microphone automatically takes over.

This Bluetooth Headset is compliant with the Bluetooth Core Specification 2.1, Headset 1.1 and Handsfree 1.5 profiles. The etyBlu Headset is a class 2 device with an operating range of up to 10 meters.

Talk time is up to 7 hours and standby time is up to 100 hours.

The etyBlue Bluetooth Headset is available to buy now for a recommended retail price of US$129.

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Supertooth Disco Bluetooth Multimedia Speaker

The Supertooth Disco Bluetooth Multimedia Speaker allows stereo music to be streamed from Bluetooth enabled (A2DP) mobile phones, PDAs or computers.

A powerful sound is delivered from an internal 12 watt subwoofer and Left Right 2x8 watt (RMS) audio power amplifier. The subwoofer speaker uses a Neodyne high efficiency system and the Left Right full range speaker features a parabolic membrane. All of the speakers are magnetically shielded.

The Supertooth Disco Bluetooth Multimedia Speaker supports the Bluetooth A2DP Advanced Audio Distribution Profile, SBC Stereo streaming and the AVRCP Audio Video Remote Control Profile. The AVRCP profile allows remote control of the Play, Pause, Stop, Previous and Next commands.

This is a Bluetooth class 2 device with an operating range of up to 10 meters.

For complete portability, the Supertooth Disco features an internal re-chargeable battery. The charging time is 3 hours and the standby time is up to 1500 hours.

A cabled connection is also provided for iPods and MP3 players without Bluetooth.

Monday, 31 March 2008

Starnex SG-400 Self Guard DVR Pen

Starnex, a South Korean manufacturer of micro portable CCTV systems, are currently developing the SG-400 Self Guard DVR (Digital Video Recorder) Pen. This Bluetooth enabled pen will support recording speeds of 30 frames per second at resolutions of 320x240 or 640x480 pixels.

Other cool features include motion detection activated recordings, audio detection activated recordings and 5 motion detection sensitivity levels with selectable areas for motion detection. An alarm can be sent wirelessly to a remote site when motion gets detected.

The SG-400 Self Guard DVR Pen has been designed for low power consumption and uses a high performance data compression algorithm for extended recording times. Internal storage is supplied with Flash memory and a microSD card.

Bluetooth support provides wireless connectivity with devices such as PCs or PDAs.

No release date has been specified by Starnex but limited samples have been made available this month.

And just incase you were wondering, yes, the SG-400 can also be used as a standard pen.

Friday, 28 March 2008

Bluetrek BIZZ - USB Flash Headset

The Bluetrek BIZZ is the worlds first Bluetooth Headset to also operate as a USB Flash memory device. Marketed as a 3 in 1 device, the BIZZ also supports direct charging via USB.

Supporting microSD cards, you can use this device to move files between your mobile device and computer. The detachable speaker cover exposes the USB connector and allows the memory card to be inserted or removed. Support is provided for MicroSD cards with up to 8GB of storage space.

Bluetooth functions of the BIZZ include voice dialing, pairing in headset or hands free profiles, take/end call, redial, reject call and call waiting. Detachable ear hooks are provided to allow the headset to be worn on either ear.

Devices that are compatible with the Bluetrek BIZZ Bluetooth headset include mobile phones, PDAs and computers that support the Headset and or Hands free profiles.

The talk time is up to 6 hours and the standby time is up to 10 days.

A travel charger, USB cable, lanyard, ear buds, manual and ear hooks are all included in the box.

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

InMotion SoundBlade Bluetooth Stereo Speaker

The inMotion SoundBlade is the first Bluetooth stereo speaker system from Altec Lansing. The SoundBlade allows Bluetooth stereo music to be streamed from devices compatible with the A2DP profile, such as MP3 players, mobile phones and computers.

High quality sound is delivered from dual 2.5 inch full range high output drivers, SRS TruBass and full v.2 Bluetooth stereo. GSM/CDMA shielding are provided to prevent speaker buzz. Additionally, a built in echo canceling microphone allows your Bluetooth mobile phone to be used as a speakerphone.

Mobile devices that support the Bluetooth AVRCP (Audio Video Remote Control Profile) can be used as a remote control for the inMotion SoundBlade. Volume, mute, next track and previous track commands are all supported.

Both battery and AC power sources are supported. 6AA batteries will give the SoundBlade up to 24 hours of continuous playback.

This devices is also very portable at only 1 inch thick and weighing 455 grams - ideal for Bluetooth audio on the go.