Wireless is the way to go, but the odds are high that not all your devices offer that functionality. Your older portable speaker, for example, may still function perfectly fine and sound excellent, but lack Bluetooth, making it a modern inconvenience. That’s where Plugzee comes in, a small square dongle that plugs into the device’s audio cable and lends its own Bluetooth functionality, allowing for wireless streaming. This includes car radios that feature an audio jack but don’t have Bluetooth.
It’s a simple device, featuring a 3.5mm jack for audio cables and a micro USB port for charging the dongle itself. The audio it streams over Bluetooth is said to be high-resolution with AptX. It uses Bluetooth 4.0 LE, has a range of up to 33ft., and supports up to 8 devices, meaning you can toggle between your smartphone and tablet without hassle.
The Plugzee features an integrated microphone with noise-cancellation technology, lending the connected device loudspeaker functionality. The internal battery will power the Plugzee for up to 18 hours of playback or 30 days of standby. All of this is joined by a smooth, portable design that can be pocketed.
Plugzee’s creator was looking to raise $10,000 on Indiegogo for funding, and has thus far raised about $13,500 USD with 37 days remaining. A pledge of $49 USD will get backers a duo pack (two Plugzees), which are estimated to be shipping this upcoming July.