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San Diego — Soundcast Systems, the supplier of high-end wireless speakers, is entering a new audio market with the launch of its first Bluetooth speaker, an outdoor model priced at a suggested $449.
The company is “receiving broad response” from custom installers, CE dealers and retailers of outdoor-living products, a spokesperson said. Shipments start the first week of July but will be on allocation until August, the spokesperson added.
San Francisco – The Android OS will soon join the iOS and BlackBerry 10 operating systems in providing native software support for Bluetooth Smart Ready technology, Google announced here at its developers conference.
Cambridge, U.K. – More CE products are coming equipped with CSR’s AptX audio codec for Bluetooth.
The latest products include the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone and Scandyna’s active SmallPod and MiniPod Bluetooth speakers.
Nashua, N.H. — Jabra took the wraps of its next Bluetooth headset, the Motion, mean for use in unified communication (UC) environments.
The device features motion sensors that let users answer calls by picking up the headset, adjust the volume while walking using intelligent noise control, and turn it off by placing it down. It has a foldable boom, behind-the-ear design and nearfield communications (NFC) pairing. The speaker can be rotated for left- or right-ear wearing, and three sizes of ear gels are included.
Dover, N.H. — VXi has begun shipping the newest Bluetooth headset in its BlueParrott line: the Xpressway II.
The $119 headset, which was first introduced at International CES in January, offers a variety of wearing configurations: over the ear using an ear hook, over the head, and behind the neck. It uses the company’s Xtreme Noise Suppression technology to reduce ambient noise by 94 percent, according to the company, and features A2DP support.
Irvine, Calif. – Start-up Killer Concepts unveiled a portable AC/DC Bluetooth speaker promoted as playing louder and longer than competing models and at half the price.
The $99-suggested speaker, housed in an aluminum chassis, delivers 100dB of output and offers 10-plus hours of playback. Swappable lithium-ion batteries extend playback time.
Las Vegas – Sony is reentering the market for dedicated Bluetooth speakers after an absence of several years with four AC/DC models shipping in March and priced from an everyday $79 to $299. The top two at $199 and $299 stream the AAC and apt-X codecs over Bluetooth.
Las Vegas – Stereo Bluetooth is appearing in a growing selection of tabletop speakers at the low to high ends as audio suppliers acknowledge the market share of Android mobile devices and the growing number of households that own a mix of Apple and Android devices.
Here at CES, multiple suppliers are launching their first Bluetooth-only speakers, others are expanding their portfolio of Bluetooth-only speakers, and other suppliers are adding Bluetooth to speakers that incorporate docks for Apple mobile devices.
Las Vegas — StickNFind will be in the iLounge Pavilion at International CES next week demonstrating its BluTracker, a Bluetooth 4.0 GPS locator with a half-mile range that works with a free iPhone or Android app.
The device is the size of a matchbook, with an RF signal and integrated antenna, and comes with a Velcro strap, which allows it to tuck away in small places such as on a pet collar, in a backpack or a child's pocket, the company said. It is water-resistant and has up to two months of battery life between charges. It recharges fully in about an hour.
Las Vegas — Hi-Fun USA will be at International CES next week to debut lines of Bluetooth accessories, portable speakers, iPhone and iPad add-ons, headphones and power cables from Italy-based design house Hi-Fun.
The company’s flagship product is the Hi-Call, a pair of knit winter gloves with a Bluetooth speaker and microphone sewn into the thumb and pinky of the left glove. To take or make a call, a user speaks into the thumb and listens through the pinky, without having to remove the glove.
Capacitive technology in the fingertips allows touchscreen use.