Kevin Hunt - The Electronic Jungle
The Electronic Jungle
4:22 PM EDT, April 2, 2014
Can't get enough of Bluetooth? OK, wireless warriors, see if any of these new products wipe the Bluetoothy grin off your face:
Cambridge Silicon Radio Bluetooth Smart Jewelry (starter development kit for designers costs $99, csr.com): A pendant-type necklace prototype that not only changes color and brightness at the wearer's whim, but also contains circuitry that alerts users of notifications on iOS 7 iPhones. Flashing blue? Must be an incoming text message!
TopBrewer coffeemaker (starts at $9,000, purcellmurray.com/TopBrewer): A patented stainless steel tap, with self-cleaning milk foamer, built into your countertop. (Countertop not included.) It's all controlled by an iPhone/iPad or Android app. Brew your own espresso, cappuccino, macchiato or latte from anywhere in the house — as long as you're within 30-foot Bluetooth range.
Kolibree toothbrush ($99 to $199, kolibree.com): For that Bluetoothy grin, an Internet-connected toothbrush that sends brushing data to your smartphone. Have you brushed long enough? Have you reached the hard-to-reach areas of your gums? Is that an espresso stain on your No. 30 molar?
Acoustic "AR For Her" Handbag Speaker (arforher.com, $99): Is it a handbag, a Bluetooth speaker or a Bluetooth speaker that looks like a handbag? It's the latter, for swinging chicks only.
SleepNumber x12 Bed (starting at $8,000, bit.ly/1f74E4U): The bed that never sleeps. While you're dozing, the x12 compiles your breathing rate, heart rate and movement and sends it, via Bluetooth, to an iPhone or iPad. (Android users can see results on an online dashboard.) Aside from revealing your nightly sleep scores, the x12 also recommends ways to improve it. If it senses a snorer on board, it will raise that person's head. This bed has got your sleep number!
Sense Mother connected sensors ($222 for base unit and four cookies, sen.se): This Mother, a squat duckpin with happy face, acts a little like Big Brother by receiving data from Motion Cookie sensors placed on people or things (including toothbrushes) to monitor and analyze movement. They also contain a thermometer to beam the local temperature back to Mother. Warning, kids: This Mother will know which one of you left the empty milk carton in the refrigerator.
Babolat Play connected tennis racket ($399, babolat.com): Sure, it looks like a tennis racket, but sensors built into the handle supply data related to number and type of strokes, an impact locator and power. Besides becoming a well-connected (Bluetooth) player, the racket's owner might even become a better player.
Whirlpool Refrigerator with CoolVox Sound System (ces.whirlpool.com): The rapping refrigerator? Yes, with Whirlpool's in-the-works, price-undetermined fridge that will include a Harman Kardon sound system that plays music from any Bluetooth-enabled device.(Can't you hear 50 Cent already: "I love you like a fat kid love cake.")
Netatmo June UV sensor bracelet ($99, netatmo.com): Anyone else sense this is the year of the sensor? Netatmo installs a UV sensor into a bracelet that tells the wearer, via a smartphone app, when it's time to get out of the sun. But first the app asks about your skin type and sun-exposure habits. Then it sends notifications when you should apply sunscreen or put on sunglasses or a hat.
OhMiBod Underwear ($129, ohmibod.com): What happens when you combine women's underwear, a blueMotion massager and an embedded Bluetooth chip? A new, ahem, wearable technology trend?
Someone hand me a smartphone!
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