Lepow makes mobile device accessories running the gamut from cases and external batteries to Bluetooth speakers. The company has announced that it will be trotting out its latest Bluetooth speaker at CES 2014 next week. The new Bluetooth speaker is called the Lepow Mod.
This week the folks at Pyle Audio have taken the smart fitness ecosystem up a notch with additional tracking through a Bluetooth scale. You'll stand on it, you'll weigh yourself, and you'll have this data fed to your mobile device via Bluetooth. Your smartphone will then tell you more about your exercise regiment than you ever could possibly have wanted to know.
Broadcom, a name one immediately associates with routers or networking components, is now trying to leave its mark in the automobile industry. With this new software stack for in-vehicle systems, the company hopes to become the go to guy for car makers who are planning to include Android integration into their next models.
Bluetooth is making a play for being the wireless glue that holds the future smart home together, with the Bluetooth 4.1 Core Specification adding key technologies to support the Internet of Things (IoT). Aiming to make Bluetooth 4.1 more flexible in how devices like wearables, web-enabled appliances, smartphones, and other gadgets reconnect when they move in and out of range, not to mention making data transfer more efficient, the new standard builds on Bluetooth Smart, the low-power version that has proliferated in recent years thanks in no small part to inclusion in the iPhone and iPad.
Color-changing LED lighting is probably the most obvious way of introducing some smart home tech, and though Philips' hue is the best known system, that hasn't stopped startup rivals from trying to take its crown. Lumen turned to crowdfunding to get its TL800 Bluetooth 4.0 bulb off the ground, and now it's headed to store shelves, promising direct control from your iPhone or (select) Android handset.
Wren has introduced a new Bluetooth speaker, the V5BT. The construction is said to be old school while utilizing modern Bluetooth and audio technology. Unlike some modern speakers, the Wren offering goes with a classic design, being available with both rosewood and bamboo finishes and sitting horizontal on flat surfaces so that it fits in with classical home decor.
Pyle Audio has announced a new set of wireless headphones called the PHBT5. The headphones are available in multiple colors and all share the same features. One of the unique things about the headphones is that they are on ear headphones with behind the neck style.
Edifier, maker of the Prisma Bluetooth speakers, has announced its newest product, the e25 Luna Eclipse Bluetooth speaker set. As with some of Edifier's other products, the Luna Eclipse speakers have a peculiar eye-catching design, and is accompanied by specifications that make the speakers capable in a variety of situations. The products are available now from Edifier US and Canada.
In May of 2013, Ultimate Ears (UE) launched its latest Bluetooth wireless portable speaker called the UE Boom. This portable speaker did more than just connect to your mobile device and allow you to play music on the go. It was billed as the first social music player. UE has announced that a new software update is available for the UE Boom to make the little portable speaker even more useful.
We've seen the LG-made Nexus 5 from every which-way but straight from Google, and this week it's gone and appeared with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group as well. This device is showing up with Bluetooth 4.0 and fully equipped to work with the Bluetooth LE or Low Energy universe of devices, sticking in another piece to the puzzle with the re-appearance of the code-name LG-D821. This device has been tipped to use the LG G2 as its basic model, suggesting we'll be seeing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor under the hood as well.