Pure has updated its Jongo streaming speaker system, cranking up the Sonos challenge by adding the ability to play music from any app on your smartphone or tablet to the entire multiroom system. Using Bluetooth Caskeid, a low-latency streaming system, iOS and Android device users are able to play their choice of music or internet radio app from their device to one or more Jongo speakers.
You want a wireless, connected speaker system, but don’t want to spend a lot to get there. You might also have an existing home theater system that produces amazing sound, but alas — no connectivity. Motorola has introduced a new product, the Moto Stream, which aims to help get your current system connected via the existing audio jack.
As the iBeacon platform starts to take shape, retailers will start to take notice of the promise it holds. Contextually aware beacons placed strategically throughout a store can push timely information to a smartphone, paving the way for increased sales and data gathering about how customers move through a store. Finding a place to put the beacons may be tough, but GE has a bright idea.
Broadcom is a company that creates chips for computers of all kinds, including smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices. This week they’ve decided to play a new hand in the wireless charging business by bringing on the "BCM59350 wireless power receiver chip." This chip allows whatever device its planted in to use any wireless charging pad it likes.
You didn’t think Adidas was going to stop making smart device with a smart watch, did you? Today they’ve brought on the Adidas miCoach SMART BALL, made to bring an intelligent - data driven - look at dead-ball kick training. The most popular sport in the world can now merge with the digital world in a way never before available straight from the ball.
Qualcomm’s Gimbal, which operate using iBeacon technology, has been found to give Android fits. While the actual iBeacon tech is iOS only, those with Android devices around Qualcomm’s Gimbal beacon hardware are being pinged to the point of device death. In the video below, you see a Gimbal trying to contact an Android device so much it actually kills Bluetooth, forcing a factory reset.
A solar-powered, wireless bike lock promises to bring cycle security firmly into the 21st-century, with Skylock also promising to give your friends and family a heads-up if you're in a riding accident. The lock, which has launched as a crowdfunding campaign today, hooks up via Wifi and Bluetooth, and automatically unlocks whenever the owner's phone is nearby.
Smartwatches are arguably the fastest growing wearable, and while their future is increasingly promising (particularly in light of Android Wear), their appeal isn't necessarily strong enough to convince many to ditch their stylish mechanical watches. Modillian aims to offer a middle-ground solution for those watch-bearers: a Bluetooth buckle that makes any watch a little bit smarter.
This week we’re having a peek at the crowd-funded Bluetooth Tag known as Duet by PROTAG. Created by the team at PROTAG, this tag is just about as simple as a Bluetooth Tag can get. It’s just large enough to house the replaceable Panasonic battery it comes with: 2.8cm square with rounded edges. It’s like a Cheez-it with Bluetooth 4.0 LE.