Bluetooth

Jun 18 2017

News - STREAMZ Android powered wireless headphones on Kickstarter


I get a lot of Kickstarter pitches in the MissingRemote inbox, but it's not that often that I see one that looks interesting. STREAMZ is one of those. Combining an Android powered Wi-Fi streamer in the headset alongside Bluetooth and wired connectivity it can provide a complete music solution. Music can be stored locally (it supports up to 256GB SDXC), streamed from Google Drive, or from Pandora or Spotify. Although, as a Google Play Music subscriber it would be even more interesting if it supported that service. Besides the general risk associated with Kickstarter campaigns, there will be some associated with the platform's development. If the company makes it, hopefully they will be committed to updates both from a security and feature perspective.

Jan 14 2015

News - VeraControl @ CES 2015

The biggest news from Vera Control is that we finally have a controller with the new Series 500 Z-Wave+ SoC. In fact, there will eventually be three different models; VeraEdge, VeraPlus, and VeraSecure, with VeraEdge available now and the other two expected to ship early summer.

Nov 12 2014

News - ZigBee v. Bluetooth Mesh - Fight!?

There was a time when the whole ZigBee v. Bluetooth (BT) question would have been kind of silly. BT was very capable, but its power characteristics made unsuitable for the types of devices that a Home Automation (HA) protocol like ZigBee is intended to address. That has changed significantly over the last couple years, with BT LE (Low Energy) taking on RF4CE and now with BT Mesh entering the mix. How these protocols compete and complement each is an interesting topic for anyone who likes to stay on top of the specifics of how the HA market is developing.

With that in mind, GreenPeak Technologies just released a whitepaper where they address this topic, albeit from the perspective of a ZigBee player. Either way, it makes for an interesting read.

“A decade ago, WiFi and Bluetooth battled but ended up sharing the home networking space and successfully growing the market to where both technologies are now found everywhere,” explains Cees Links, CEO of GreenPeak Technologies. “The battle is brewing again as Bluetooth Mesh is now attempting to move from the sensor wearable space into the ultra-low power sensor networking space, today successfully served by ZigBee. However, it will take a lot of work to evolve Bluetooth Mesh to the position where it can provide the functions and capabilities that ZigBee already provides today. So why confuse and divide the market?”

GreenPeak

 

Jan 16 2014

News - blumoo @ CES 2014

One of the coolest things about actually being at CES, is that you get the opportunity to discover small vendors that get buried or ignored in most coverage – blumoo is exactly that. Essentially it’s a tiny computer that you attach to your A/V stack that acts like a Bluetooth audio receiver and much more interestingly a universal remote control that lets you use your iOS/Android device to drive the components.

Dec 12 2012

News - Bluetooth Keyboard Support Likely Coming to Apple TV

Bluetooth Apple TVA beta software update for the Apple TV has added an intriguing new feature in the form of Bluetooth keyboard support. Reportedly, beta testers are able to pair any Bluetooth keyboard with their Apple TV for text input and menu navigation. While the included remote provides all the control necessary to take advantage of the Apple TV, the addition of keyboard support would certainly be a nice option. Of course, the addition of Bluetooth keyboard support also raises the potential that might be unlocked if Apple takes the next logical step and provides support for other input devices that would allow for voice control and input or, combined with the long desired addition of apps, transform the Apple TV into an entry-level game console. Given the efforts that competitors such as Microsoft are making to add new features and services for their devices, it would make sense that Apple will need to start adding new capabilities if they ever want to take the Apple TV past the hobby phase.

Specifically, the beta for Apple TV being tested by registered developers right now adds Bluetooth support to Apple’s set top streamer, making it possible to pair keyboards to the device for much easier text entry and streamlined navigation. But it could open the doors for much more to follow, and gamers could be a group that especially benefits from the changes.

TechCrunch

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