As reported by John Biggs there is news in the air that Apple is going to introduce a Bluetooth iPod adapter that will enable the device to play music wirelessly through the company’s new DEH car stereo head units. Since it has been revealed by Pioneer Electronics spokesperson, so this certainly is going to be true, also, it is being supported by the fact that Bluetooth has already gone stereo. Apparently, with this Apple is all set to rock the road.
The HD-880 Bluetooth is a headset with Caller ID, I think first of its kind I came across with. The OLED screen built into the HD-880 endows the user with blinking LED’s supplying an opportune caller ID facet to spot incoming calls at times when you cannot get the hold of your headset. In addition, the built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery has capacity up to 4 hours of talk time, and 30 hours of standby time. A screen rotation option of the headset for either ear, microphone mute, last number redials, and voice dial functionality, these are its other general features. Price: $80
Accessories manufacturer Belkin has just updated two of its hottest accessories TuneStage and TuneCast to versions II and 3, respectively. TuneStage II is a bluetooth audio transmitter and it allows you to play your favorite music from your iPod in the better speakers of your Home music System. TuneStage II has a iPod mounted transmitter and a corresponding receiver with a audio out. The Bluetooth 2.0 certified radios promise to deliver you excellent audio quality, less noise and much lower power consumption. In addition, Belkin has cut down on the cost from $180 to $150. On the other hand, there is a less exciting TuneCast III Fm transmitter, which is priced at a much less $50 and does not do much more than the rest in its category. Both these models are due for release in November 2006.
Haier, the biggest home appliance maker in China, introduced a Wi-Fi-enabled, hard drive-based music and video player with a touch-pad interface at the Consumer Electronics Show 2007 in collaboration with AOL. The player dubbed ‘Smartscreens Media Device’ for the time being comes with a whopping 30GB hard drive and it’s running Linux. Featuring Bluetooth, sport for MPEG4 and WMV, the WiFi player will allow the users to download music from various services and even stream Internet radio. The stainless steel looks account for its good looking interface. Well, the player in its early phases and it is not expected to hit the shelves until Q2 of 2007. Via: DigitalMusic
If you are still drooling over those multi-colored iPod shuffles, here is the updated MP3 Lightsaber to catch your attention. As the name suggests, it merges an Mp3 player and a lightsaber. The device rocks 8GB flash memory and Bluetooth connectivity to transfer music from your PC directly to the Lightsaber. The MP3 Lightsaber boasts an LCD display, 25 watt RMS speaker, USB 2.0 ports, and compatibility with XP and Vista OS. Via: Igadgets
PMPs and DAPs are getting more and more common as their prices are continuously been slashed by the manufacturing companies. Now users are more interested in gadgets with a difference so that they remain away from the common crowd. This latest Insignia MP3 player is for such people. The device has a 4GB internal memory and the best feature is that it comes equipped with Bluetooth, so the users need not worry of wires stripping apart while using the device. 4GB memory means that it can store more than 1,000 songs and about 14 movies at standard resolution. The player supports WMV and all major audio formats. It weighs about 2.4 ounces and has a 2.2-inch screen. According to Best Buy the device can run for 20 hours on one charge. Another good feature is the device has a MiniSD slot to enhance the storage capacity by another 2GB. The player is only available at Best Buy at a price of $160. Via: nytimes
Snafu Clip presents a unique MP3 player. The player is compact in size and has no display screen but that isn’t a problem as it comes with a voice feedback technology that will make you here the player’s current status announced by a human voice. The feature that makes it outstanding is that a stereo Bluetooth connectivity function will let the player to be paired with any Bluetooth-enabled handset. There is no word yet on the Pricing and availability but I am sure that this will attract many more customers. Its time for Apple to pull the socks as the player may pose a neck to neck competition to the iPod. Via: ubergizmo
Korean manufacturer, Slaudiolab, is about to unleash a state of the art Bluetooth audio transmitter which gets fitted to your iPod. This SRS-200BD Bluetooth audio transmitter is rather an interface between your iPod and your iPod dock. It offers you a high quality digital audio experience via Bluetooth connectivity. The treat is actually the SRS WOW HD audio effect which you can never miss. Via: Itechnews