Bluetooth

Vertu SP-1V Bluetooth speaker clears the FCC

Vertu SP-1V Bluetooth speaker clears the FCC

Vertu, maker of all manner of high-end mobile devices, have just had their Bluetooth speaker pass the FCC. The SP-1V, as it’s currently known, is a sharply designed Bluetooth aptX capable travel speaker. While we’re not familiar with pricing yet, getting the FCC’s blessing is likely the final stage before production can begin.

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Qualcomm spins off Gimbal Bluetooth beacon business

Qualcomm spins off Gimbal Bluetooth beacon business

Qualcomm has spun off Gimbal, its location-based services system compatible with Apple's iBeacon, into a standalone company, offering retailers, entertainment venues, and businesses proximity-sensing and geofencing. The independent Gimbal, Inc. will push what Qualcomm described as "the digital sixth sense", feeding personalized information to users iOS and Android devices based on where they are in stores or stadium.

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Oral B introduces ‘Smart Series’ connected toothbrush

Oral B introduces ‘Smart Series’ connected toothbrush

Oral B, a brand you likely interact with a few times a day (or at least should!), have released their Smart Series Electric Toothbrush. Claiming it’s the first of its kind, Oral B’s smart toothbrush uses Bluetooth 4.0 to communicate with an accompanying smartphone app. The goal is to get us brushing smarter, or as Oral B puts it, to “improve brushing efficiency”.

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Nod smart ring hands-on: Is gesture tech finally ready?

Nod smart ring hands-on: Is gesture tech finally ready?

Forget speaking to Siri, or winking at Google Glass; startup Nod Labs wants you to control your digital world with its gesture-responsive Nod smart ring, whether that be your TV, your wearable, your notebook, or your console. Effectively wrapping high-resolution movement sensors around your forefinger, Nod can track multi-finger gestures for everything from virtual keyboards through to gaming. We caught up with the Nod Labs team - which includes former designers and engineers from Apple, Google, Jawbone, and Samsung, among others - to find out more.

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Anki DRIVE update brings two new cars from TRON bike designer

Anki DRIVE update brings two new cars from TRON bike designer

If you’ve been addicted to the mobile device-driven game known as Anki DRIVE, you may already know that its remote-controlled cars are designed by none other than Harald Belker. This fellow is responsible for designing all of the cars - including the two newest for this season of Anki DRIVE - as well as a massive number of Hollywood vehicles and concepts: everything from the TRON: Legacy light-cycle to the wild Batmobile from the movie Batman and Robin.

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Samsung Glass: prepare for simplicity

Samsung Glass: prepare for simplicity

There’s been no shortage of Google Glass parodies and straight-up copies since Google released their heads-up display in 2012. While Google’s design has stuck to its guns since the developer edition - aka the Explorer Edition - has been released, there’ve been several iterations in competing camps since that year. One example is Samsung, whose latest patent for such a product reveals an ultra-simple solution.

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