Since the death of the incandescent bulb we’ve seen light-emitting oddities of all kinds pop up, but for the most part, they’ve been rather, well, silent. LightFreq is aiming to change that, however, with a smart lightbulb that has a built-in speaker and customizable color output. The speaker connects to an app on your phone via Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi, as does the light itself, allowing you to beam your music from room to room and even have your tunes and lights follow you, automatically turning them off after you pass by and illuminating the next before entering. The LightFreq also acts as an intercom system, wherein you can broadcast voice messages from your device to an individual unit in another room or all bulbs at once. The features don’t stop there, as you can even set individual colors for specific push notifications and alerts on your phone; a flashing red-to-blue pulse when your police-officer dad calls, for instance.

The pitch video (embedded below) claims, among other things, that the speaker packs better audio quality than the Beats Pill. A single bulb with app-access will set you back $55 if you’re quick on the draw, and after the early-bird units run out, the price jumps to $70 — sitting at about the mid-range when compared to something like the Philips Hue. If all of the above sounds amazing and the project gets enough backers, perhaps Sharknado Party Mode at your house could be mere months away.

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エレコムから高出力デュアルアンプ搭載Bluetoothレシーバー、ヘッドホン出力とBluetooth電波出力を強化

エレコムが、デュアルアンプを搭載する Bluetoothレシーバーの単体製品 LBT-PAR500AVと、ヘッドホン付属の LBT-PHP500AV を発表しました。両機ともレシーバー部は共通で、100mW x 2 のヘッドホンアンプを搭載。Bluetooth 用の電波を発する RF アンプも高出力化し、プレーヤー側機器との距離が広がっても音声通信や通話を安定して続けられます。 Continue reading エレコムから高出力デュアルアンプ搭載Bluetoothレシーバー、ヘッドホン出力とBluetooth電波出力を強化 Comments

There are wearables to track your exercise activity, food consumption and sleep habits. There are even wearables that want to be smartphones-lite. But never before has there been a portable tracker for daily sunlight exposure. That’s a niche GoodLux is looking to fill with its SunSprite, a solar-powered, Bluetooth 4.0 wireless device with a Harvard Medical pedigree that’s launching today on Indiegogo. And it’s gone everywhere with me this past week in Barcelona as I’ve raced in and out of conference halls to cover Mobile World Congress.

The SunSprite itself is quite small, about the size of a stick of gum, and requires no charger or USB connection as it’s fully reliant on solar power. It simply records user’s daily sunlight exposure and makes that progress available, via a series of LEDs in its center, with the press of one side-mounted button. There’s also an in-development companion app for iOS to gather this data and relay it back to users in a coherent manner, so they can view how different levels of exposure have affected activity and sleep cycles over time.

It seems odd that GoodLux would devote time and resources to creating a wearable with a single, limited purpose — the category isn’t exactly vacant at the moment. A fact further reinforced by Samsung’s recent unveiling of its new family of Gear smartwatches. Despite all that, the SunSprite’s creators believe it has a place in this increasingly crowded market, specifically for users that suffer from SADs (seasonal affective disorder) or depression. Dr. Jacqueline Olds, a Harvard Medical researcher and one of the SunSprite’s co-creators, points to over 30 years of sunlight exposure research as justification for her tiny gadget’s health merits. Armed with that backlog of data, the company’s confident it can provide users with meaningful insight into how they should be living their lives for the better. Translation: they need to get outside more.

Because the SunSprite requires an unobstructed view of direct sunlight, it has to face the same direction as the wearer’s eyes. It’s a requirement that led the company to include a strong, rubberized magnetic clasp on back for securely fastening the SunSprite to any article of clothing — be it a bulky winter jacket, loose T-shirt or jeans. The downside to this, however, is that the magnet’s just a little too strong for its own good and, in my experience, that made for a very uncomfortable experience. No matter where I placed the SunSprite, I could feel the magnet’s nauseating pull on my body and, consequently, thought only of stowing it back in my bag. That’s the exact opposite impression you’d want from a wearable, but thankfully, GoodLux is aware of this unfortunate quirk and plans to address it in final production units.

So did I see a marked improvement in my mood and energy levels during my limited time with the SunSprite? That’s hard to say since I’ve only been using it for about a week. According to Dr. Olds, slight improvements in mood and sleep can be experienced in just three to four days tracking sunlight exposure with the device. But most users will likely need a full three weeks of monitoring to witness any significant changes in overall health. I will say, though, that on the days the meter indicated I’d received my full blast of sunshine, I had spent my working hours feeling relatively calm, upbeat and energetic.

That was when I remembered to check the SunSprite. Since it doesn’t offer any meaningful information at a glance outside of sunlight exposure, I actually found myself forgetting its existence entirely. That’s hardly ideal for a wearable device. And it’s all the more reason why the company’s exploring ways to integrate its tracking tech into other devices and clothing, or build out its functionality with the addition of Vitamin D monitoring.

For now, though, GoodLux is simply focused on getting this version one product out to market and into the hands of its target demographic: quantified selfers. You know, the types that love to log their habits and set goals for healthier lifestyles. It’s this group of people GoodLux is hoping will contribute to its Indiegogo campaign. Early backers that manage to snag one of the first 100 devices will have the honor of paying only $90 for the SunSprite, while those that follow will have to shell out $100. When it eventually makes it way to retail, expect to see the SunSprite go for an MSRP of around $150.

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Oximeters aren’t exactly the sexiest gadgets in the world, but they’re definitely quite useful. Monitoring pulse and blood oxygen levels are important for patients in hospitals, athletes trying to squeeze every last drop of performance from their body and anyone making a sudden trip to high altitudes. smARtPULSE uses pretty standard photodetection technology for tracking oxygen levels, but its ability to tether to a whole host of other devices via Bluetooth 4.0 is what really sets it apart. There are free Android and iOS apps …

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DropTag, la pegatina que te soplará si un paquete ha sufrido daños durante su transporte (¡en vídeo!)

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Children of the ’80s, you’ll want to remember this name: Asher Levine. He’s the young designer behind an also young label poised to make Marty McFly’s vacuum-powered jacket from Back to the Future Part II a real-life retail item. But more on that in a bit. As you might’ve already guessed, Levine’s brand is atypical of the industry, one based upon the incorporation of technology and innovation with style. It sounds strange when you consider this is fashion we’re talking about — a notoriously…

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Fitbit promised wireless syncing and, as of today, it’s finally delivered. An Android-only app update, currently live in Google Play, will now allow Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II users to transfer data wirelessly from their Zip or One Activity Trackers to the Fitbit application. The new feature, which works over Bluetooth 4.0, was previously announced at this past CES alongside news of the Flex band, and initially targeted for an end-of-January release. But that’s not …

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Many of us have had the misfortune of receiving a package that has been roughhoused in transit, and we might not have even realized it until we burrowed through the cardboard and tape. Cambridge Consultants’ upcoming DropTag might just serve as the insurance we need. The badge can detect a drop or other violent motion, like earlier sensors, but carries Bluetooth 4.0 to transmit data and alerts in real-time to a mobile app, whether it’s on the courier’s smartphone or a tablet at home. As one watch-grade battery could power the sensor …

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