Bluetooth coming to Smart Grid?

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is focusing on lobbying to include Bluetooth technology in smart grid with two recent papers. The first strategy paper describes the market for in-home wireless in Smart Energy, domestic HVAC, and home appliances. The second is a technical justification of Bluetooth technology as the choice for these markets.

The executive director of the SIG, Michael Foley believes Bluetooth will work well with smart grid technology because it is sufficiently secure and can handle interference from other wireless products.

“The comprehensive scope of our specifications enables Bluetooth technology to provide an integrated solution that can cope with interference and which is optimized to have the lowest power consumption for these applications,” said Tom Siep, chairman of the Bluetooth smart energy group, in a statement. “The Bluetooth SIG is confident in our projections for success as the world addresses the need to make better use of energy.”

Source: Wireless Week

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Review: Sennheiser EZX 60 Bluetooth Headset

sennheiser EZX 60 Bluetooth HeadsetToday, we’re reviewing Sennheiser’s Bluetooth headset, the EZX 60. The EZX 60 is a no-frills, lightweight, noise-cancelling Bluetooth 2.1 headset with long battery life.

The EZX 60 is a BT 2.1 +EDR set with compatibility with BT 1.1, 1.2 and 2.0, and the talk time is rated at up to 7.5 hours.

Introduction. Having been always impressed by Sennheiser’s audio quality in their headphones, I was eager to take their shot at Bluetooth headsets for a test drive. I was not disappointed. I’ll break it down by a few key areas.

nio Bluetooth security system prevents your phone from ‘walking away’

UK company, TenBu, has a solution for alerting you if your prized possessions go ‘wandering’ off – the nio Bluetooth security system.

nio is a small fob (or tag) that you tie via Bluetooth to your phone. So if your phone and nio end up being apart at some predetermined distance, a loud audible alarm will go off on the nio tag.

The distance threshold depends on the security setting – low, medium or high. The higher the security, the lower the distance. 25m is the maximum range.

nio currently operates on most Blackberry, Nokia, Sony Ericsson and other popular mobile handsets, including Windows Mobile devices. A full list of compatible devices can be found at Android and Palm support should show up later this year.

The accompanying software that runs on your phone can manage up to 5 nio tags, so you can buy additional tags and place them in spots like your briefcase, handbag, etc. Here’s a video explaining how the nio system works:

The nio tags are a bit pricey, but hopefully, other competitors will spring up to drive down the cost on such a necessary service.

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Price: $77.95
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As suggested in the article the device will work with most mobile phone suppliers like blackberry pearl available from

Spracht AURA BluNote Bluetooth Speaker & Speakerphone – stream your music from your phone

If you’ve managed the migration of your music from your MP3 player over to your phone, but would like to hear it from a speaker instead of through headphones, then this Bluetooth speaker may be just for you.

The Spracht AURA BluNote speaker lets you stream your music via Bluetooth from your phone. Includes bass boost and ‘stereo widening’ feature.

It stores up to 8 BT profiles, so your friends can pair their phones with it [wonder what happens when you try to compete to use it?!] It can also be used as a speakerphone.

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Price: $92.99
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

Aliph Jawbone Icon bluetooth headset has its own operating system, runs apps

Bluetooth headset maker Aliph’s latest headset, the Jawbone Icon has some features that are sure to cause some serious gadget envy. Perhaps the most interesting one has to be that this headset has its very own operating system that can be updated and that can run apps. Yes, that’s right, applications. On a bluetooth headset.

Aliph has a website that you can log into, attach your heaset to your computer via USB, and then push apps directly to it. For example, you can customize the Icon with audio and/or dial apps. The audio apps can change the sound of the voices on your headset.

Review: iTech SolarVoice 908 – Solar-Powered Bluetooth Headset

itech solarvoice 908 bluetooth headsetLast year, we reviewed the iTech SolarCharger 906 which we quite liked. Now we have a chance to test out another iTech’s solar-powered products – the SolarVoice 908.

For starters, I was excited to try out a headset that could be solar powered. Living in Southern Cal, I envisioned having a headset that never ran out of juice, although on further reflection, I realize this may not be the case in many other areas with fewer days of sunshine. In those instances though, the provided USB charger would work as a great backup. However, as I tried charging the headset using solar power only, I realized the challenges of doing so – the headset will only charged if turned in certain specific orientations to the light, some of which require odd angles achieved by shifting the position of the over-the-ear plastic piece.

CES 2010: ZOMM Announces Bluetooth Leash/Alarm for Your Cell Phone

zomm bluetooth leash alarm for cell phoneIn what is probably a growing field (example: take a look at nio), ZOMM, just announced their forthcoming Bluetooth leash with alarm for your mobile/cell phone. This personal security device that you keep in your pocket or attach to your keychain that will sound an alarm if you walk away from your phone.

ZOMM also functions as a speakerphone so you don’t even need to get to your phone. It has LED lights for visual notifications, a microphone for two-way communications and a speaker for audible alerts including full speakerphone functionality.

Update: A variety of ZOMM devices are now available starting around $50.

Review: Tenqa SP-109 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Tenqa SP109 Wireless Bluetooth SpeakerI had the pleasure of spending a recent long holiday weekend with Tenqa’s latest offering in the world of nearly cable free speaker solutions, the Tenqa SP-109 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. (I say nearly because they do require a power cord, though Tenqa does have alternatives that do away with that as well.) There were two criteria that were particularly important to me when investigating a Bluetooth speaker system. First was Bluetooth range, I had fears that while I might not have any cables connecting my Bluetooth enabled music player to the speakers, there might be a pesky invisible tether keeping my phone all but docked next to the speakers. The second was audio quality, I don’t claim to be an audiophile but I have a developed enough of an ear to tell the difference between a *thud* and whatever that hollow noise that speakers often produce as a sad alternative to it.

iWallet – Tamper-Resistant with a Fingerprint Reader for Authentication

If you’re worried about your wallet getting stolen, then you may want to take a look at the iWallet. No, it’s not another Apple product, but is a ruggedized, tamper-resistant wallet that uses your fingerprint for access authentication.

You can get your iWallet in one of three different materials: 100% carbon fiber, carbon fiber with kevlar or fiber glass. Teh carbon fiber models are $600, while the fiber glass models that come in a variety of colors rings in at $300.

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