Posts Tagged ‘Bluetooth’
Garmin might have to look over its shoulder as TomTom is set to introduce its own line of Multi-Sport GPS watches this year. Aimed at cyclists and triathletes, these entry level watches feature scratch and impact-resistant glass screens that offer three graphical race training functions. These allow for wearers to race against previous time in the Race mode, while Goal lets wears go for distance, time or calorie count, while Zone tracks a set heart rate. The watches are compatible with Bluetooth heart rate monitors and cadence sensors, and the step up model offers a built-in altimeter.
The Multi-Sport GPS watches reportedly lock onto the Russian GLONASS satellite array in case that means anything to you, Conrad!
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We heard about the boomBottle back in January, but now the wireless Bluetooth streaming speaker from Scosche that slips into the water bottle cage of bicycle is ready to roll. This waterproof speaker features a non-slip TPU exterior that is durable enough to withstand drops or vibration from rough riding, and it features dual 44mm drivers and subwoofer that provide 360 degree sound to you have music that rolls with you.
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Timbuk2 founder Rob Honeycutt has created many companies over the years, and he’s currently working on a Kickstarter effort called the Elroy Project. The idea here is to cut the cord on headphones… literally. Honeycutt has seen that in many cases long earbud cords are ungainly for running and cycling, and his solution is to get rid of about 2/3 of the length and replace it with a Bluetooth unit that can be clipped to a collar or on a cycling helmet.
We’ve seen many attempts to “cut the cord” but here is one that really does it! Moreover Elroy also includes a magnetic docking point that allows earbuds to be stored and available when needed. Music or other audio can be transmitted via Bluetooth and this unit promises about five hours of talk time and 100 hours of standby time. Video after the jump
Last week we reported on a soccer ball that can harness energy from play. The 94Fifty practice basketball from InfoMotion Sports Technologies can’t do that but it can provide a variety of feedback data and help coaches and players determine what part of the game might need some work.
The ball can reportedly measure various factors such as how accurately and quickly a player is shooting, the quality of the backspin, the amount of arc on a shot and even the force and speed of a dribble. All this can be used to help players improve their game. The ball is equipped with a Bluetooth transmitter and can work in conjunction with a companion app.
The ball isn’t ready for the court just yet, but the inventors have launched a Kickstarter campaign and hope to have players dribbling with it very soon. Video after the jump
Jaybird has long understood that the needs of athletes when it comes to audio. Just any headset isn’t going to do, but the Bluebuds X are headphones that will go the distance as there are the official training headphones of USA Triathlon!
These wireless Bluetooth headphones are designed to handle music and voice calls, offer a secure fit that won’t fall out while running or working out and will stand up to sweat while blocking the outside world. Users can enjoy music and calls and work out for an hour a day for an entire week on a single charge. Video after the jump
StickNFind has introduced its new BluTracker, a Bluetooth 4.0 GPS locator that offers a range of 2500 feet. This portable tracking device runs on a rechargeable battery and it is compatible with iOS and Android apps. The device features an integrated and customized RF design and antenna, can broadcast its last known position, and can even alert users when something is moved. In this case it could be good for ensuring that a user’s items aren’t snatched – good to make sure that a bear doesn’t run off with your picnic basket for example. But it could also be used to keep a virtual tether on the young ones while out in the wild while camping. Video after the jump
There is no reason to go to the drugstore to test one’s blood pressure. At this week’s 2013 International CES Fitbug will officially unveil its first Bluetooth low energy blood pressure monitor that will allow users to send and view pulse measurements on a mobile device. The Fitbug Luv promises to simplify tracking of blood pressure measurements including Systolic pressure (SYS) and Diastolic pressure (DIA). The Luv monitor systems syncs with Bluetooth Smart ready iOS devices, and will be available mid-2013.
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While winter means hitting the training bike, spinning is something that can be done year round, and Madd Dogg Athletics have announced the updated Spinning app, v6.35 for iOS and 1.51 for Android. This app, powered by Digifit, provides a complete workout tracking system for those who want to get into the spin.
It can track heart rate, distance, duration, caloric burn, weight loss and it isn’t just limited to spining. The app can work with cycling, running, walking and hiking as well. Workouts can be tracked in real time, where users are provided feedback and motivation as they work out, and data is transferred to a personalized Spinning.com account. From here users can view, share, graph and trend their progress. Read the rest of this entry »
Recon Instruments has had various data transmitted directly to the lens of its ski goggles for a while now, but beginning soon Oakley is looking to get in the game with its Airwave goggles. These will feature a heads-up display that was developed by Recon Instruments – so we know what to expect – and users can expect integrated GPS< Bluetooth and a variety of onboard sensors.
Snowboarders and skiers will be able to view jump analytics, pinpoint their location on a map, and even see information such as distance traveled, altitude, speed and vertical descent. The Airwaves can be paired with a smartphone to take incoming calls and see text messages, and stream music from Bluetooth-enabled devices. Video after the jump
We first heard about Cardo Systems and their BK-1 helmet-mounted communications and entertainment system for cyclists back in March. The system lets cyclists – or anyone – communicate via Bluetooth for up to a 1,600 foot range. That means those conversations on the road can happen even when cyclists are single-file, or not one right behind the other. Read the rest of this entry »
The newest headset from JayBird isn’t about to fly away, instead it looks to sprint to the finish and then some. The Freedom Sprint is the latest from the company’s line of wireless Bluetooth earbuds, and it offers a smaller package – reportedly 40 percent smaller than the original Freedom earbuds – and will run for 4.5 hours. Additional photo and video after the jump
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) this week finalized standards for sports and fitness equipment using Bluetooth wireless technology sensors. The guidelines are for Bluetooth v4.0, which is a low energy technology. These guidelines are geared toward sensors using Bluetooth that measure spead and cadence for running and cycling activity. The new standard dictates specification for applications that can include running cadence, stride length, total distance or cycling speed, distance and pedal cadence. Read the rest of this entry »
If you have an iPhone or an Android device you already have a potentially excellent cycling computer, and thanks to GPS and any number of apps you can monitor speed, time and distance. What you can’t track is cadence, but Velocomputer has a new mobile app that will do the above but thanks to the SmartSensor 4 that can sync with the mobile handset via Bluetooth it can also track cadence and more. Read the rest of this entry »