One of the honorees at this year’s CES was Spracht’s Aura Mobile BT. The Bluetooth gadget turns your cell phone, computer (VoIP) or cordless home phone into a conference phone. It features a dual speaker system and external microphone. It comes packaged with power adapter, car charger, and VoIP and wireless phone cables so that you can take it along with you wherever you go. The price for the lightweight, diminutive Aura is $129.95.
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OQO has opened its online outlet store that carries their refurbished UMPCs at some excellent price points. Their second generation mobile PC, unveiled at the 2007 CES, features 1.2GHz CPU, holds 512MB SDRAM, has a 40GB HDD and WiFi/Bluetooth capability. Prices begin at $999.00 and come with a 1 year warranty.
The site also offers a portable docking station with optical drive and multiple ports for $299.00 and the iGo Stowaway Bluetooth Travel Mouse with optical pickup and scroll wheel (compatible with the UMPC 02 ) for $79.00.
HTC has unveiled its new Shift mobile computer at the 2008 GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Equipped with Windows Vista and Microsoft’s Origami Experience 2.0, it also features an RSS reader, media player, and one-touch to e-mail, weather, and more. At a weight of only 800g and a size of 207 x 129 x 25mm, it has a 7-inch slide and tilt touchscreen with 800 x 480 resolution, QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi capability, and GPS. Toss in a fingerprint sensor, a CMOS VGA cam, and a built-in mic and dual speakers, and you have a product for €1199 (~$1,750.00.) Now available in Spain and the UK, it is next traveling to Italy and other parts of Europe. Maybe it will find its way stateside this holiday season.
Viewty is a device that can’t decide whether it is a phone or a 5 megapixel cam. At a length of 10cm and only 1.4 cm thickness, the LG U900 has a 3-inch screen, and such fun features as a digital zoom, Xenon flash, autofocus light, lens with manual focus dial, and a handy touchscreen. There are more camera controls, such as selection keys, playback, and image stabilization. The phone offers Bluetooth connectivity, an MP3 player and FM tuner, and voice recorder with a battery life of up to 11 days on standby and 3 hours of chat time. You really have to love your Viewty as it comes with an $899.00 price.
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Etymotic is out with some new earphones this time around at CES. Developed specifically for gamers, the EDGE (an acronym for Enhanced Definition Gaming Earphones) Acoustics line of earphones has been created to give gamers an edge (har har) by using spatial cues to make them more aware of what’s going on around them within a game. The earphones have a microphone and send switch, so they eliminate the need for separate microphones on the desk and are also compatible with most standard VOIP hardware.
Etymotic’s HF2 earphones are based on their ER4 model, but feature a microphone with a mic and a send switch plus a 4 barrel plug making it fully compatible with the iPhone. Retailing at $179, these earphones look to be a great value and will be available soon.
Last on the list from Etymotic is a Bluetooth headset with a detachable boom. Because the boom extends almost all the way to the wearer’s mouth, it broadcasts 28 to 30 decibels - still within the safe range of volume but a lot easier to hear for the person on the other end of the line. The headset will be available soon for an MSRP of $129.
At CES, Logitech showed us some cool gadgets to enhance your home entertainment system. First was the diNovo Mini Palm-Size Keyboard, a little larger than an eyeglass case, which controls either your media-center PC or a computer hooked-up to a TV, depending on your setup. For example, you can use the diNovo to scan through the photos on your laptop—and display them on your TV. Plus, it’s Bluetooth-enabled ...in case you’d like to type and send a text to your bud’s phone without reaching for your cell.
We also loved Logitech’s newest Harmony One remote control with touch screen. Just hook it up to your computer via USB, and the accompanying software helps you program all your devices (and more) to the remote. This one will be available at the end of January for $250 USD.
With music phones on the rise Motorola has smartly continued development of their wireless headphone line. Their 2nd generation Bluetooth headphones feature longer battery life, better sound, and handsfree headset capabilities letting you stop the rock to talk at the mere press of a button. Available now to go with the A2DP cellphone of your choice.
We know the iPhone Bluetooth Headset has been around for a few months now, but we figured, better late than never, right? In the iPhone Bluetooth Headset Unboxing gallery, we show off the headset itself, the dual dock, the iPhone’s dual charge status screen, and we even do a size comparison between the Apple Bluetooth Headset and the Aliph Jawbone. We’ve got 20 pictures in all, so head on over to the gallery to check them out.
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The PlayStation Store has some new content, possibly due to the flood of PS3 owners hitting the service looking for their Warhawk download. Among the other new items are Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix for $9.99 (comparable with the Xbox Live Arcade download of the same game made available last week) and Tekken 5 online add-on for $9.99 or the whole game and add-on for $29.99.
Sony is also putting up some new demos for NASCAR 08, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2008 and All-Pro Football 2K8 plus additional videos and trailers. Warhawk is available from the PlayStation Store for $39.99 or as a retail box which includes a bluetooth headset for $59.99.
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We open up the Apple iPhone Bluetooth Headset in this episode of Unboxing Live. We show off the size, the two accessories included with the headset, and compare it to the Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth headset in terms of size as well. Check it all out by hitting up the video.
Let us know what you think, or what you want us to unbox next!