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The Future of Biking


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During a recent Bluetooth SIG event in Seattle, I learned how easy it is to keep track of your biking habits using Bluetooth technology. The demo bicycle wheel was spinning at about five miles per hour, even though it wasn’t really going anywhere. It was being measured by the little piece of plastic attached to the spokes, which is about the size of a thumb drive. The Velo Computer by Sound of Motion measures wheel rotation with a 1-degree precision.

So why is one degree important? What you can do with that information is important. You can calculate your acceleration, torque and watts. People who are training for biking marathons rely on information such as this to help them. “This unique sensing technology is at least 360 times more accurate than traditional sensors. It accurately measures distance, cadence, spot speed and acceleration within 1 second comparing up to 7 seconds delay in traditional cycling computers.”

When you finish your ride, you can post your information to the site. It will publish to Google Maps and Twitter for you so that you can share your ride with everyone. Sadly, the device won’t be available until later this summer. If you are a bike enthusiast, you’ll want to keep your eyes open for its launch.

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The Future of Bluetooth


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During a recent Bluetooth SIG event, I was able to witness a proof-of-concept technology which shows the power of Bluetooth. As you can see, a photo was taken of Blair and then sent instantly to her phone via a Bluetooth connection. A Bluetooth peer-to-peer link can connect you with others in ways you have yet to even dream of.

Instead of using a large wireless network such as Bump uses, this application uses the Bluetooth high-speed connection. When looking for a Bluetooth device, you want to look at the profiles that will be enabled. There’s even an application on their website to help guide you before your purchase. You can look up nearly any Bluetooth device on the market and quickly find out what that particular device will pair with.

Michael said that they had just announced their Bluetooth 4.0 specification which they’re super excited about. That will enable very small sensor-type devices. It should open up the health and fitness market and even the medical market. You should see an explosion of Bluetooth devices built on this specification. Hopefully, by the end of 2010 you’ll see some initial products.

As it evolves, they’re looking for more ways to drive power consumption down. That is improved with ever iteration. They’re even looking at using button-type batteries.

Mike and Blair spend their time guiding and promoting the technology itself to the general consumer so that you know what it’s capable of doing.

When I asked Blair why she invited me to the SIG event, she jokingly stated that she couldn’t wait for me to stick a camera in her face and make her uncomfortable. She’s a PR person though, so she’s used to these types of things. Blair – sorry if I really did make you uncomfy! You did a terrific job, for sure.

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Zeemote is a Game Controller for Your Phone


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There are tons of games out there for mobile devices. However, they aren’t always easy to play without the benefit of a controller. Zeemote has come up with a game controller for your phone and other mobile devices that connects via Bluetooth technology.

During a recent Bluetooth SIG event, I learned about a better way to game on my mobile devices. Theoretically, Zeemote will work on any device which is Bluetooth-enabled and the serial port profile. The device needs to have an application that has been made Zeemote ready. The company provides an SDK to the top fifteen game developers.

Their controllers have an analog joystick and four programmable buttons. They allow for a console-like gaming experience right on your phone. You never have to take your eyes off the screen to check that your fingers are in the right position on the phone. They’re available from BestBuy right now for around $40.00.

Are you a mobile gamer? I can’t get over how popular this type of game-playing is becoming. Mobile gaming is a multi-million dollar business these days, and everyone from newcomers to huge corporations are owning a piece of the pie. Thinking back to when I was young and thinking the original Atari was the coolest invention ever (it WAS at the time!!), it’s so incredibly cool to see just how far we’ve come.

Think about it: back in those days, “cell phones” were owned mostly by the very rich and were these huge clunky devices. Can you even think of what it would have been like to play a game with one of those? There were no screens, really, so I’m not sure how you’d even pull it off. Then again, I doubt that back during my teen years you’d have convinced me we’d see something on the market like a Wii.

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Creative Zii D5 Bluetooth Wireless Sound Speaker Review


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If I want to listen to audio on my iPhone, it’s not usually a great experience. It’s not practical to walk around with my hand cupped to my ear. Unless external speakers are Bluetooth-enabled, it’s a pain in the proverbial rear to hook them up and tether it. I have to thank the folks at Creative for sending along the ZiiSound D5 Bluetooth Wireless Multimedia Speaker System for me to review.

The ZiiSound D5 is a high-quality device that can dock your device, charge it and act as a wireless speaker system. The wireless transmitter will instantly turn your iPhone, iPod or iPad into a remote control. You’ll get superior Bluetooth stereo performance with their apt-X audio codec.

I found out about this at the recent Bluetooth Sig event. I didn’t even realize there was such a thing that would look nice and work well. I can connect any Bluetooth device capable of transmitting audio to this setup. It doesn’t “only” work with my Apple portable devices.

The speaker system is touch-enabled. I can control the volume in two different places… and it has seriously rich sound. I don’t sound quite so whiny when my voice comes out through these speakers. The bass sounds excellent, which is surprising with a set of speakers such as these.

This is the reason I like to get out of the house every once in awhile. I tend to find out about some very cool new pieces of technology when I venture out to attend functions and conferences. What new things have you discovered recently?

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Air Hockey on the iPad

Air hockey has long been one of those games that everyone seems to enjoy playing. Starting tomorrow, you’re going to be able to play right on your iPad or iPhone. The full app created by Acceleroto will cost only 99 cents, with a free “Gold” version available, as well.

I know the younger generation is going to be all over this app. However, I’m willing to bet that many adults are going to grab this little gem for themselves. Go ahead – admit it. You love air hockey as much now as you did when you were younger. I know I do!

According to the official app description, you will have the ability to play against others via Bluetooth support. Alternatively, you can have two players using the same device. There doesn’t appear to be any type of way to play against a fake opponent, which is a shame.

When your iPad shows up on your doorstep tomorrow and you’re busy downloading apps for it, be sure to grab Air Hockey for your collection.

Thanks to TUAW for bringing this app to our attention.

Have You Met Your Online Friends in Person?

I meet up with many people on a regular basis, thanks to things like Tweetups and conferences. Not everyone is so lucky, though. Often, deep and lasting friendships are formed online, but the people involved never have a chance to meet face-to-face. Many people maintain that it’s easier to make a strong connection with someone online, since you don’t have the fears and anxieties associated with how you look, or how you come across in person. Also, people tend to be more open about themselves when they are behind a computer screen, instead of hiding who they really are – and what they really think.

Have you ever met any of your online friends? How did it go? Was the friendship and connection as strong in person as it was while you were on the Internet? I’d love to hear your experiences and thoughts on this. I know that we have community members who met online, and later ended up engaged or married. I’m interested in seeing how many real friendships have sprung up, as well!

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What’s Your Favorite Bluetooth Device?

Bluetooth is relatively pervasive these days, and the next iteration (3.0) has just been announced. You probably use Bluetooth without thinking about it, anymore. I have connectivity in my car, with my mouse and keyboard, and certainly with random accessories for my iPhone. Now, I’m wondering…

chrispirillo: Bluetooth 3.0 Is apparently on the horizon. Question: what Bluetooth device do you use most often (if any)?

about a day ago

ghozali: blueant with my BB pearl

about a day ago

musosdan: none? never bloody works!

about a day ago

NH97: handsfree headset for cell

about a day ago

pogochamp113: taking pics off my sony ericsson w580i to my macbook pro. Don&#39t use bluetooth much, but maybe 3.0 will make me use it more!!!

about a day ago

GeorgeHopkin: Hands free for phone was used several times a day until switch to iPhone. Now more than happy to use wired ear bud things.

about a day ago

cityspur: wireless keyboard and mouse, never been a fan of the headset uses (security)

about a day ago

EditorColin: I rarely use bluetooth. Really never found a good use for it

about a day ago

britpopfury: Plantronics 925 🙂

about a day ago

funaki: motorola s9 with BB bold.

about a day ago

kevincastillo: Bluetooth mouse and keyboard. Nothing else, my bluetooth headset collects dust.

about a day ago

jreed1920: definitely bluetooth headset gets the most use

about a day ago

applemicrosoft1: Bluetooth wireless mighty mouse!

about a day ago

AwesomeRobot: No bluetooth here – but I&#39m looking forward to Bluetooth stereo headphones on iPhone OS 3.0

about a day ago

chrisnoble_nz: Only device I have is a Nokia phone and I never use the bluetooth on it. More interested in USB 3.0 personally.

about a day ago

jplusa: my mighty mouse and apple keyboard

about a day ago

mdonald8: my blue tooth headphone and ear all the time.

about a day ago

jonnyblackler: my PS3 headset. Other than that I don&#39t use bluetooth.

about a day ago

susanbeebe: – Plantronics BlueTooth phone headsets – use for iPhone and Skype calls daily!!

about a day ago

BigRedPimp: Does the Wiimote count? 🙂

about a day ago

McTw1st: Cellphone transfering music and pictures back and forth

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procax0: cell phone: bluetoothing songs and stuff to friends

about a day ago

ShannonRenee: bluetooth device = Zivio rox

about a day ago

AllenBrewer: Bluetooth with iPhone and motorcycle helmet headset

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chris1p: As I have an iPhone, just for the phonecalls, but os3.0 will make BT headphones possible so i&#39m sure that will be it for me.

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pauley: I use a Bluetooth mouse at home. When I switch to Mac soon, I won&#39t need a USB port for my mouse.

about a day ago

charlesjbarry: My car is the Bluetooth device I use most. It has built in hands free for my iPhone and once I load on 3.0 I&#39ll stream to it.

about a day ago

FerasH: Samsung BT headset that i got from @key714

about a day ago

leebennett: Def. my Jawbone 2nd generation. I *would* use it to share files to other phones if Apple would let me!

about a day ago

TrafficMike: Love my bluetooth mouse and keyboard for my mac mini, but the mouse really sucks the life out of the batteries.

about a day ago

ShannonRenee: btw, your app that easily converts tweets into blog post…what is it?

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carl20: My cellphone, besides that, not much actually

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WebKarnage: Bluetooth Logitech mouse

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sandro: Does that mean we will soon be getting bluetooth teeth?

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Bwana: PS3 controller, keypad, and remote. Also my truck is equipped with bluetooth so I use it for hands free calling on my iPhone

about a day ago

VxJasonxV: Bluetooth Keyboard. /Rarely/, but it does get use. Could never find a Bluetooth Headset I liked.

about a day ago

wwejason: It&#39s a tie between Motorola S9 stereo headset and cheapo portable stereo speakers from Meijer. 🙂 Can&#39t live without A2DP!!!

about a day ago

thetarrman: i see you shaving, and yes, i have nothing better to do.

about a day ago

mclaughj: My iPhone

about a day ago

ActivityGrrrl: @chrispirillo: I have the newer Jawbone and I like it but rarely use it. I either have little occasion or I forget to take it or charge it.

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Boodlezoid: Logitech mouse, but it&#39s not working right now, much annoying!

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B00G1T: bluetooth remote for ps3 and rumble joystick

about a day ago

alfredmanson: none have tons but they are just such a waste of time and no range – can&#39t wait for wifi to step into that space and take over

about a day ago

cnlevo: Apple Wireless kb, Jawbone 2, IS300 equipped built into GPS, Landline BT Headset by Plantronics. Just a few of the daily uses.

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fogfish: I stopped. I have an almost new headset sitting in the charger.

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bluefuel318: My Bluetooth headphones for sure. If I could wear them all day I would.

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macdaddydwj: iPhone… Duh; other than that, PS3

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WhatithinkShow: none LOL… maybe my bluetooth 2.0 motorola s9 headphones. Even those are kinda MEH. Who needs bluetooth, go WIFI !!!

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key714: BT headset. can&#39t live with out it.

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lizmoney: i use bluetooth to send files from my phone to my macbook all.the.time. pics, ringtones, music, all kinds of stuff.

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jroth860: Apple wireless aluminium keyboard

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chanskat: The only bluetooth accessories I use are my Jawbone headset and my car.

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mahqdotnet: Headset for phone/games.

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Eurekaville: I tried a BT cell earpiece for a bit, but it was just uncomfortable. I&#39m waitin for 1 that doesn&#39t make me look like a cyborg

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LukeBrownUK: Bluetooth for linking my new LG Viewty with my PC for file transfers since it didn&#39t come with a damn USB cable…

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jmccullough108: Use the Apple Bluetooth religiously.

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SystemWorks: is BT really that popular? or did it fall to the waste side like infrared ports.

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thaoly: the one built in my Prius. I think cars should have Bluetooth as a standard.

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RelateMedia: Bluetooth headsets mostly. One of our team members has a Bluetooth speakerphone.

about a day ago

scruz: A Samsung WEP-200 with my iPhone in the car.

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JordanPatterson: I use no bluetooth devices. I guess im just old fashioned…

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cvriavas: Use bluetooth mostly for device/MAC syncing.

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darthmyers: not a fan of bluetooth, except for the hands free option in the Tundra.

about a day ago

tetfsu: Jawbone (2nd gen version)

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TariAkpodiete: Plantronics 855 stereo headset pimped out on my Acer Aspire One via small USB BT dongle, use for #skype #music #movies

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cyper2002: pretty much only use the blueant supertooth light in the car. Hate wearing bluetooth headsets.

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thecrazyjogger: file transfer. PC to Phone normally

about a day ago

AbblePC: I use Motorola bluetooth headsets in a variety of models, HS810, 850 and HT820 with DC800, Mighty Mouse & Apple BT keyboard

about a day ago

TheMacJedi: My most used bluetooth device is my Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse. Followed by my JAWBONE earpiece.

about a day ago

LukeBro: Bluetooth headset for phone.

about a day ago

AngieColson: I use a Bluetooth headset for my phone & also my mouse. Considering a keyboard. Would love a printer… but the price…

about a day ago

Bondi007: Bluetooth file transfer protocol

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brandname1975: My #1 BT device is my Mighty Mouse 🙂

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aaronstep: I hook wiimote up to mac for wireless controller. I also use apple wireless keyboard.

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ericrbecker: i dont use bluetooth 🙁

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myndmelt: wii remote 🙂

about a day ago

rrrebo: My Jawbone, hands down. Pun intended. 😉

about a day ago

technosaint: At the moment the most use I get is a tie between an audio receiver/tramsmitter, Jawbone, and Activesync/tethering.

about a day ago

wsylvester: Bluetooth to the macbook pro from the sprint cell phone when the AT&T connection card is out of service or the jawbone

about a day ago

jacktx42: No Bluetooth use here, though I&#39m contemplating using on my G1 with headset, and maybe a printer one day

about a day ago

netwizard2003: I have a bluetooth headset that I never use (actually I have 3)

about 23 hours ago

haxor911: supposedly some devices already have “Bluetooth 3.0” just need to be firmware updated.

about 22 hours ago

ti_kaei: BT GPS device is my everyday companion for GPS tracking and photo tagging.

about 22 hours ago

TheHenry: I use the Apple wireless keyboard and Mighty Mouse on Bluetooth.

about 22 hours ago

nomand: can&#39t wait for iPhone 3.0 so that I can play some ad hoc multiplayer games. never used Bluetooth really, only to sync my phone

about 21 hours ago

eidann: Bluetooth headset, mouse, keyboard.

about 21 hours ago

MikeKukielka: I use the Ford Sync Bluetooth connection more than any other.

about 20 hours ago

Can a Bluetooth Headset Connect to More than One Device?


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The BlueAnt Z9I headset is very cool. It’s not just Bluetooth, it charges by USB. It’s a proprietary connector, but it comes with the cable. The nice thing is that you can pair this one headset with up to five devices. You can use it anywhere you can well, pair it.

To begin with, the BlueAnt is diminutive at 1.61″ x .68″ x .44″ and weighs a mere .38 oz. Once you choose between the two ear buds, a small or large, and adjust the ear hook to your taste, you won’t even know it’s on. The ear bud rests in your ear, similar to in-ear headphones, but don’t go as far in. The ear hook holds it in place nicely. The ear buds screw in and out and are easy to remove. The ear hook is fully adjustable. You can push it in to make it tighter around your ear, and it also swivels so you can adjust the angle the headset rests at.

The Z9i features BlueAnt’s Digital Signal Processing solution – Voice Isolation Technology, which is supposed to provide outstanding noise suppression, echo cancellation and wind noise reduction. It also offers the Voice Isolation Max feature, which is like putting it into turbo noise isolation mode. By default the Standard Voice Isolation mode is working. If you find the need to kick it up a bit, you press the MFB button for 1 second while on a call, and you will hear a voice telling you that you have activated Voice Isolation Max.

Every review I have come across claims that this headset is almost better than listening directly to your phone or other device. The quality is just absolutely superior. It’s extremely comfortable, and fits really nicely. The features include:

  • Revolutionary noise suppression, echo cancellation and wind noise reduction
  • Switch between 2 ‘Voice Isolation’ modes – standard & max
  • Multipoint connection technology
  • Wind Noise Reduction
  • Multiple ear buds & rubber, ergonomic ear hooks
  • Pairs with 5 devices

Usually, I get annoyed by Bluetooth headsets, and take them off. Are you one of those people who live with theirs attached to their head? If so, you definitely want to try this out. It’s honestly that good.

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Microsoft Desktop Keyboard Review


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – I’ve been anxiously waiting for Microsoft to release their newest wireless keyboard and mouse. It’s been quite awhile since they’ve released a keyboard with USB ports in it, and believe me… you can never have too many of those.

The new Wireless Entertainment Desktop keyboard and mouse came today. I’ve been using this same mouse for about a year now, and I love it! I’ve been using the keyboard for a little under an hour now. It’s definitely slim and lightweight, and the backlit keys are awesome. But, there are some issues I’ve come across. I’m a touch typist, and this keyboard definitely wasn’t designed for touch typers.

  • The Windows key has been moved. It now resides underneath the space bar. For someone like me who uses the Windows key for a variety of shortcuts, this spells disaster. I have to teach myself how to find these from fast touch again.
  • There is a track (touch) pad on the right side of the keyboard. However, the button for “left click” is on the left side of the keyboard.
  • With this new design, some of the keys… such as Function keys and ESC key… are no longer actually keys. They are these little nubs. Now, if you sit with your keyboard at a desk or workstation like I do, this is frustrating. You have to kind of feel your way around in order to find the right one. I’ve accidentally hit the ~ key many times without thinking in the past hour, thinking I was hitting the ESC key.

In my opinion, this keyboard was designed to be used by someone sitting away from their monitor, maybe even across a room. It wasn’t really designed to be used right at your desktop.

On a funny side note, take a close look at the logo on the mouse. The letter Ris missing from the word Microsoft. So, this mouse was made by a company named Mic osoft. Interesting…

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