Friday, 29 February 2008

Bluespoon AX2 Bluetooth Headset

The new Bluespoon AX2 Bluetooth Headset is a 3rd generation device featuring a light weight and efficient design. The AX2 comes as the result of intensive development from Bluespoon that started in late 2003.

Weighing only 10 grams, this headset uses the latest Li-ION technology and features a 2.4Ghz antenna with high efficiency and a long range of at least 30 feet.

The user interface of the AX2 consists of a 3-button design, one large multifunctional button on the top of the headset and two smaller buttons, one on either side of the unit.

Compatibility for left and right ear users is provided by a soft-tip back piece that can turn 360 degrees.

The Bluespoon AX2 Bluetooth Headset provides a mini-USB port that can be used to recharge the Li-ION user exchangeable battery.

Compatibility for a wide range of devices is provided through support for the Bluetooth Headset and Handsfree profiles. Up to 8 different devices can be paired with the AX2.

Audio profiles: Bluetooth Headset and Handsfree
Talk time: Up to 6 hours
Standby time: 300 hours
Range: 30 feet
Weight: 10 grams

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Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Targus Bluetooth Thumbpad for Smartphones, PDAs & Pocket PCs

The Targus Bluetooth Thumpad provides a standard 39 QWERTY interface for simple data entry into SmartPhones, PDAs and Pocket PCs. Featuring Bluetooth wireless technology, this thumpad provides a convenient, portable and cable free method of adding keyboard support to your mobile device.

Installing the software requires connecting your mobile device to your computer and installing the software from a supplied CD-ROM. The next step is to reset your mobile device, establish a connection with the Targus Bluetooth Thumbpad and setup driver settings such as key repeat delays.

After the software has been setup, you can simply lay your mobile device down on a table or cradle and start typing. Alternatively, the Targus Thumpad can be attached to the bottom of your device with a provided clamp.

For gaming enthusiasts, a 4-way game control pad with easy to use keys and a backlit keypad for night use is provided.

System Requirements:
- Bluetooth
- SmartPhone or PDA with Windows Mobile (2003/2005), Pocket PC or SmartPhone with Symbian OS or Palm OS5

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Friday, 22 February 2008

Holux M1200 Wireless Bluetooth GPS Receiver

The Holux M-1200 Wireless GPS Receiver uses Bluetooth technology to provide a cable-free connection with compatible devices running map software such as TomTom.

Featuring the MTK MT3318 Low power consumption GPS chipset and weighing only 30 grams, the M-1200 is a highly portable device making it well suited to a wide range of applications. With dimensions of 67 x 23 x 16mm, it will easily fit inside a pocket or bag. The built in battery is Lithium-ion with a working time of up to 23 hours.

32 parallel satellite-tracking channels are supported for fast acquisition and reacquisition. The built in WAAS/EGNOS Demodulator doesn't require any additional hardware. Or the high-sensitive software can be used to get fast acquisition and re-acquisition in urban, canyon and foliage environments.

The Holux M1200 Wireless Bluetooth GPS Receiver is compatible with devices that support the Bluetooth Serial Port Profile (SPP). This could include laptops, PCs, PDAs or mobile phones. Applications could include Personal navigation, mapping device applications, car navigation, marine navigation, fleet management, AVL (Automatic Vehicle Location) and Tracking Systems.

- Tracks up to 32 satellites
- Dimensions: 67 x 23 x 16mm
- Weight: 30g
- Battery: Built in Lithium-ion with up 23 hours
- Non DGPS Position: 3.0 m CEP without SA, Velocity - 0.1m. / sec2, Time - 0.1 microsecond sync GPS time
- DGPS Position: < 2.2m, horizontal 95 % of time < 5 m, vertical 95 % of time
- Acquisition Time: Reacquisition < 0.1 sec. Average, Hot start 1 sec, Warm start 33 sec, Cold start 36 sec
- Bluetooth: Version 1.2, Class 2 providing up to 10m operating distance
- Dynamic Conditions: Altitude Max 18,000 m (60,000 feet), Velocity Max 515 m/sec (1000 knots), Acceleration : 4G Max, Jerk : 20 m/ second3 max
- 3 LED Functions: Bluetooth, navigation update and battery/charger status indication

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Sunday, 17 February 2008

250 Meter Bluetooth Adapter from LM

The LM Technologies LM056 EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) Bluetooth adapter allows you to connect to your Bluetooth enabled device over an impressive range of 250m (750 feet). This device is unique as a Bluetooth class 1 adapter as most other class 1 devices are still in the 100m range.

The LM056 uses the Broadcom BCM2045 EDR Chipset and is compatible with V5 and V6 of the Widcomm Bluetooth stack software. It is compatible with the Bluetooth specification V2 EDR and is backward compatible with V1.1 and V1.2.

A wide range of Bluetooth profiles are supported making the LM056 Bluetooth adapter suitable for VOIP, Stereo Audio and many other applications.

Compatibility is provided for Windows 98Se or later and Mac OS X or later.

- Chipset Broadcom BCM2045 EDR
- Bluetooth Rate: 3Mbps
- Power class: Class 1 - 250m

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Thursday, 14 February 2008

Motorola EQ7 Bluetooth Stereo Speaker

The Motorola EQ7 Bluetooth Stereo Speaker provides Hi-Fi wireless sound with a deep rich bass. A speakerphone function is also provided with integrated controls to make it easy to switch between music and calls with the touch of a button.

Premium quality sound is delivered thanks to a tuned-ported enclosure, combined with four aluminium dome Odyssey transducers driven by powerful neodymium magnets. A deep rich bass with a smooth response is provided clear out to 20 kHz.

The Motorola EQ7 Bluetooth Stereo Speaker is a class 1 Bluetooth device, providing wireless audio up to 100 meters. It can easily connect wirelessly with an MP3 player, PC or mobile phone using the Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) profile. The EQ7 also provides a 3.5mm standard audio jack to allow a wired connection with almost any music source.

This Bluetooth speaker can be powered from the mains through an included AC power adapter or from four AA batteries.

The EQ7 is expected to become available in the second quarter of 2008.

- Power AC power adapter or four AA batteries
- Bluetooth: Version 2.0, HF1.5, A2DP, AVRCP
- Weight: 440 g
- Dimensions: 160 x 154 x 42 mm

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Saturday, 9 February 2008

Freedom Universal Bluetooth Keyboard

The Freedom Universal keyboard converts your mobile device into an easy to access laptop. This is the world's only dual standard full sized folding keyboard and is compatible with over 200 devices that support Bluetooth connectivity.

Keyboard features
It features a full five row AlphaNumeric keyboard with full sized keys that have the quality "scissor action mechanics" giving the user the feel and feedback of a desktop keyboard. There are 65 keys in total, including an Esc button, shortcuts and programmable keys for specific tasks.
This keyboard is available in QWERTY English and QWERTZ German versions.

Bluetooth keyboard functionality
The Freedom Universal keyboard features dual standard HID and SPP Bluetooth profiles, offering compatibility across a wide range of devices from many leading brand names such as Asus, BlackBerry, Dell, HP, HTC, i-mate, Nokia, Palm, Sony Ericsson. The Bluetooth HID (Human Interface Device) profile is the most common profile used for PDAs, Smartphones, Laptops and PCs. The SSP (Serial Port Profile) provides serial port emulation and is used by all BlackBerry devices.
This keyboard is a Bluetooth class 2 device, giving it a transmission distance of up to 10m.

Device compatibility
Over 200 devices that have Bluetooth connectivity are compatible with the Freedom Universal keyboard. Compatible device operating systems include BlackBerry OS 4.0 or higher, Symbian (Series 60) v6/v7/v8/v9, Palm OS5, Windows Mobile 03 PPC, Windows Mobile 05 PPC, Windows Mobile 03 Smartphone Edition, Windows Mobile 05 Smartphone Edition, Windows XP*, Windows 2000*, Mac OS X Tiger* and Linux*. *Using HID profile mode.
Product ranges include Acer, Asus, Audiovox, BenQ, BlackBerry, Dell, Dopod, E-Ten, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard, HTC,i-Do, Mac, Motorola, Nokia, Qtek, Palm, Panasonic, PC, Samsung, Sendo, Siemens, Sony Ericsson.

The recommended retail price for the Freedom Universal keyboard is $US99.99.

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- 2x AAA Batteries
- 80hrs continuous operation
- 2000hrs standby

- ISO standard full size QWERTY keyboard
- 5 Rows of 65 full-size keys plus one rubber key
- Key Pitch: 18mm (horizontal) x 17.2mm (vertical) Key travel distance: 2.3mm

Device Stand:
-Fold-out type, holds all PDA/phone models

- Bluetooth Chip: Broadcom 2040
- Compliance: Bluetooth Core Spec, V1.2; Bluetooth HID & SPP profile
- Frequency Range: 2.400 GHz - 2.4835 GHz (79 channels hopping)
- Distance: Up to 10 m
- Antenna: Ceramic Chip Antenna
- Profiles integrated: GAP, SDP, SPP, HID
- Receive Sensitivity: -85 dBm
- Radio Power: Class 2 (10m)

- 285 x 98.5 x 13.5mm (113/16" x 313/16" x 1/2") opened
- 145 x 98.5 x 19.5mm (511/16" x 313/16" x 3/4") folded Weight 204g. 7 oz. including batteries.

Thursday, 7 February 2008

Parrot RK8200 Bluetooth enabled Car Stereo

Parrot RK8200
Not only does the Parrot RK8200 FM/AM RDS car stereo feature an impressive array of digital and analog connections, it also provides a built in Bluetooth hands-free kit with sophisticated telephony functions. Both music and voice conversations are reproduced over the vehicles speakers.

Digital Music
Featuring an iPod connector, USB Flash drive port, USB MP3 player, SD card reader and a line-in socket for analog sources, the RK8200 certainly provides users with many choices on how they supply their digital music. Playback is also supported for files sent from any Bluetooth enabled mobile phone or player that is compatible with the Bluetooth stereo A2DP profile. A 1GB internal Flash memory is also available for storing MP3 music.

Bluetooth hands-free kit
The Parrot RK8200 provides advanced hands-free functions that include automatic phonebook synchronization and TTS speech synthesis. There is no need to take your phone out of your pocket when making a call, simply browse the list of contacts on the car stereo's screen and say the names in the phonebook. When a call is received, music is automatically muted and the contacts name is displayed. At the end of the call, music will automatically switch back on.
The RK8200 also implements Parrot's new DCBM (Dynamic Choice or Best Microphone) noise reduction technology to provide crystal-clear, fully intelligible voice conversations.

Innovative user interface
A bright 2.4-inch TFT screen with 262 144 colours, large rotary command button and a practical storage compartment located behind the front panel are the standout features of the RK8200's user interface. The combination of the bright TFT screen and rotary command button allows users to easily browse through their music library, album covers, artist's names and tracks. The front panel can be removed to provide access to a practical storage compartment where a mobile phone, USB Flash drive or MP3 player, etc, can be stored.

- Bluetooth v1.2
- Profiles supported: HSP 1.0 (Headset Profile), HFP 0.96 / 1.0 / 1.5 (Hands Free Profile), A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio Video Remote Control Profile), OPP (Object Push Profile), PBAP (Phone Book Access Profile), SYNC
- Maximum range: 10 meters (class 2)
- Pairing by PIN code, maximum of 10 devices
User Interface:
- 2.4 inch TFT screen with 262 144 colours
- 12-key numeric keypad
- 8 control buttons + 1
- Phone information
- Phonebook, caller names and numbers
- Playlist, album cover, artist and title
- 4x45W amplifier with 20-bit DAC
- Minimal imedance of 4 ohms
- Line-out socket for external amplifiers
- FM and AM bands (PO and GO), RDS
- 48 recordable stations (presets)
Digital & analogue connections:
- Specific iPod and USB connector
- SD card reader
- Analogue jack line-in socket at the front
- Analogue RCA line-in socket at the back
- Automatic phonebook synchronisation
- Complete call records
- Number of contacts: total of 8 000
- Voice recognition
- Speech synthesis of the names in the phonebook (TTS)
Sound :
- Full duplex and echo cancellation
- Parrot DCBM noise reduction
- Double microphone built into the front panel
- Automatic detection of the speaker's position
- Bluetooth stereo (A2DP) compatible
- Transmission through the vehicle's speakers

Sunday, 3 February 2008

Bluetooth Hacking

Bluetooth hacking has gained popularity recently with an increasing amount of software becoming available to hackers for gaining access to Bluetooth devices. Most of the hacking tools seem to be for the Linux platform and include names such as BlueScan, BlueSniff and BTBrowser.

There is even a dictionary of Bluetooth hack terminology that seems to have become well established. Here is a brief rundown of the terms that are commonly used:

Bluesnarfing involves gaining unauthorized access to a Bluetooth enabled device for the purpose of accessing or stealing personal information or files. This form of Bluetooth hacking is probably the most difficult for the hacker to achieve and recent firmware upgrades to Bluetooth devices have reduced the risk. Your best form of protection is to not leave your phone is discoverable mode.

Bluejacking is a mostly harmless activity and usually involves sending a vCard (electronic business card) to another Bluetooth device with an offensive message in the name field. As most Bluetooth devices are still in the 10 meter range, the person who "Bluejacked" you is likely to be in the same room.

Bluebugging involves hacking into a phone using device commands without the user noticing. If the hacker were successful, they could listen in on phone conversations, make phone calls and send or receive text messages. Bluebugging has a similar result to bluesnarfing but exploits a different vulnerability that is found in older phones.

Should you be concerned about Bluetooth hack attempts? Probably not due to the fact that most Bluetooth devices are still in the 10m range and there have been recent firmware upgrades to make Bluetooth devices more secure. If you are concerned, your best form of protection is to keep your devices Bluetooth turned off when not in use. And when Bluetooth is turned on, make sure you don't leave it in discoverable mode.

Further reading:
Bluetooth hacking for fun and profit

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