New and Upcoming Bluetooth SMART Products
Satechi Bluetooth Smart Trigger – $44.99
The Satechi Bluetooth Smart Trigger is a wireless timer remote which lets you control your DSLR camera from your smartphone. You can do timed shots, normal and manual long exposure all from your handset’s touchscreen. The battery lasts between 2 and 10 years, so you’ll have plenty of time to play. [Video]
Wahoo Blue SC Cycle Sensor – $59.99
The Wahoo Blue SC Cycle Sensor is a small wireless device which is attached to the frame of the bicycle and which then converts your iPhone or other compatible Bluetooth device into a bicycle computer. The sensor tracks speed, cadence and distance, and can link with a number of different health and computing apps on the phone. The device can run for up to a year on one watch (coin) type battery cell. [Video]
Pogo Connect – $79.95
The Pogo Connect is not your grandmother’s stylus. This baby features a zero calibration, all angles, ultra sensitive pressure tip with a battery life rated in months and a super cool location finder that helps you track down your stylus if you misplace it. [Video]
PlusPlugg +Weather – €89.95
The Plus Plugg is an innovative little remote sensor appcessory which links up to your smartphone to deliver full weather station functionality in a cube. Just put the thing inside or outside, and the sensors will immediately start to automatically record temperature, pressure and humidity. The device has its own rechargeable battery and syncs to the phone automatically using Bluetooth SMART. Expect to see a growing range of these low energy gadgets follow on from this.
Gow Smart T-Shirt – €99.95 (including heart rate monitor dongle)
The Gow Training system includes a range of sports clothing which integrates cardiac sensor compatible textiles with thermoregulation and antibacterial features. Snap in the heart rate sensor, with its 15 month battery life, and you can monitor your fitness, training routines and even your carbohydrate burn. All connected with the free smartphone app. [Video ]
Leica DISTO D-510 Distance Meter -£478.80
The Leica DISTO D-510 is an electronic ruler, like a Bic pen is a novelist. This fancy device can measures angles, heights, distances and levels like a boss. In conjunction with a Bluetooth SMART connection with a smartphone and app, it can also help produce on the spot ground plans and tables on a phone or tablet. Can your wooden ruler do that? [Video]
Pally Smart Key Finder – TBA
The Pally Smart Key Finder helps you locate your misplaced keys or other valuables from up to 200 feet away, which gives it a big advantage over locators which typically only range up to 30 meters or so. The batteries on the unit last up to 2 years and it features an ear splitting 115db alarm tone. Apps are available for Android and iPhone.
Casio G-Shock GB6900 Bluetooth Watch – $209.29
Ready to communicate using ultra low power with your mobile phone. It not only notifies you of calls or emails on your Bluetooth SMART Ready mobile phone with a tone or vibration, but also shows a visible alert too. Operates for 2 years on a single watch cell battery. [Video ]
The LG OneKey Wireless Remote is a tiny remote control for your smartphone. The device lets you operate the camera, take videos, locate the phone and even control the phone’s music player with a touch of the single button. It’s a great pocket friendly size and runs for years on a single coin battery. [Video]
LUMOBack Posture Monitor – $149.00
This innovative posture sensor sits at the base of the back tucked against the body, and alerts you with a gentle vibration when you start to slouch in a posture which is bad for your back. Since back ailments make up a huge proportion of the human condition, this is definitely a welcome thing. The sensor uses the new Bluetooth to connect to your smartphone to give a reading of your good or bad habits. [Video ]
Tethercell – $35.00
This Tethercell is a super clever idea which turns your smartphone into a remote control for any device which uses normal AA cell batteries. Take out a battery from the product you want to control, put it into the Tethercell case and re-insert it into the device. From then on you have remote control of functions. Of course when we say control we mean, switch it on and off, set a timer or get a low batter alert. Is that worth the money? It’s your call. [Video]
So there you have it, the start of a brave new era of the smartphone hub, connecting a slew of gadgets, delivering convenience and value to their owners and making the world a happier and more pleasant place. Or is it the beginning of the end? A world where there’s never enough power to keep our gadgets happy and our phones satisfied? We shall see.