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The latest Outdoor Tech wireless speaker

Outdoor Tech is no stranger to the world of crowd funding. It's used Kickstarter to get past products like the Turtle Shell speaker off the ground. Now it's back with a bigger version of the Turtle that it calls, quite simply, the BIG Turtle Shell. This speaker brings more sound to the park and beach and packs enough power to double as a portable charger.  Read More

AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, is the latest to have the iBeacon technol...

MLBAM (Major League Baseball Advanced Media), the interactive media branch of North America's major baseball organization, is in the process of installing iBeacons in a host of stadiums across the continent. The San Francisco Giants is the latest club to implement the technology and is aiming to enhance the experience for fans at its AT&T Park by using the proximity sensors to push exclusive offers, seat upgrades and other information to Bluetooth-enabled Apple iOS7 devices.  Read More

Pyle Audio's Street Blaster boasts 1,000 W of power

Pyle Audio is looking to update the ghetto blaster for the wireless age with its Street Blaster. Ditching the rectangular boombox styling of the '80s, the unit adopts a cylindrical form factor that makes it look like something Geordi La Forge pulled out of the USS Enterprise's warp core.  Read More

The SmartMio is an EMS device that connects to a smartphone for ease of use

Electronic Muscle Stimulation (EMS) is nothing new. In fact, we've covered it before with products like Osim's USB-powered uPixie. SmartMio is the latest product to use it, but it's doing so with some twists. Most notable of these is the inclusion of Bluetooth to connect with smartphones for better control, and use while on the go.  Read More

Monbaby can be attached to any item of clothing to monitor and provide analysis on your ba...

Wearable baby monitors certainly appear an emerging trend, with recent efforts including a bodysuit packed with sensors and a smart sock to track your baby's vital signs. Taking yet another approach is US-based inventor Arturas Vaitaitis, whose Monbaby smart button can be attached to any item of clothing to monitor and provide analysis of your baby's sleeping patterns.  Read More

The AMPLIFi FX100 from Line 6

A few short weeks after claiming to have reinvented the guitar amp with a pair of AMPLIFi streaming music player and combo instrument amp hybrids, Line 6 is expanding its new connected range with the introduction of the AMPLIFi FX100. The effects unit leverages the connected world of iOS devices to grant players access to a wealth of professional-quality tones in the cloud, as well offering intuitive creation of brand new sounds, the ability to match the signature tones of fretboard masters from tracks in a user's music library, and share favorites with fellow musicians via an online community.  Read More

Lupo multi-use Bluetooth sensor

Advances in electronics combined with our finely tuned ability to lose stuff has seen the market for wireless tracking sensor systems expand rapidly in recent times. This latest example is Lupo, a versatile item finder that's also a security solution and a Bluetooth remote controller for smartphones and other devices.  Read More

Ring's gesture recognition is precise enough to identify letters written in mid air

We've already seen rings that unlock doors and mobile devices, show the time, act as a mouse or display notifications from a connected mobile device, but, like the Fin, the Ring from California-based Logbar aims to take finger wagging to the next level. Featuring Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity, the Ring is designed to allow control of mobile devices and home appliances, make electronic payments and even type text in mid air with a wave of a finger.  Read More

Creative has announced the Sound Blaster Roar portable Bluetooth speaker

No sooner had we put together a guide to buying Bluetooth speakers than another option worth consideration was announced. Creative's Sound Blaster line, probably once most associated with computer soundcards, is about to be joined by the Roar SR20 portable Bluetooth speaker. The book-sized device has five speaker drivers in a bi-amp configuration and promises a long battery life.  Read More

The Pack works with Hero3 and Hero3+ cameras

A couple of months ago, Sena released its Prism actioncam. Among other things, it allows users to add their own narration to footage as it's being recorded, via Bluetooth. Given that the GoPro Hero is still the actioncam of choice, however, Sena has now announced its Bluetooth Audio Pack, that lets users of that camera do the same thing.  Read More

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