Tech review: Amazon ECHO seems to hear you from anywhere
The list of things ECHO can do seems to grow constantly. It can function as an alarm clock. Be a timer. Help you deal with the metric system and other hard-to-remember weights and measures. Get a local traffic report. Play a flash news briefing from ...
July 23, 2015
Hands On With Amazon's Echo Speaker: Hey, This Thing Is Remarkably Smart
Amazon already showed off most of what the Echo—the new voice-controlled Bluetooth speaker in which the "Alexa" voice assistant lives—is capable of. So I'm testing out its artificial But beyond that—and presumably a few other Easter eggs I have ...
June 25, 2015
GeekDad Review: Sound Rise Flower Freaq
Soundfreaq originally sent me a limited edition Sound Rise Flower Freaq for inclusion in the GeekDad Mother's Day Gift Guide. The combination alarm clock and Bluetooth speaker quickly migrated to my teenage daughter's room, where it has apparently ...
Amazon makes Echo voice assistant available to the masses
At that time, the Echo offered a selection of music services, information from Wikipedia and the Web, timers and alarms, weather and news, and to-do lists. Since then, it's integrated with connected-home products from Belkin and Philips, provided ...
June 23, 2015
The Rise of the Smartbulb
But in the last year or so, mainstream manufacturers like Philips and General Electric and upstarts like Cree, most notably, have started rolling out cheaper bulbs with the kind of warm light you'd actually want to put in a room. As of last week, you ...
January 22, 2015
Quick Review: Philips AJ7260D/37 Dual Dock Triple Charging Clock Radio charges ...
Firstly, I didn't think I needed an alarm clock. I use my phone's alarm to wake up and I almost never listen to the radio anymore. I also have some of the best inexpensive portable Bluetooth speakers on the market if I want to listen to music in my ...
February 9, 2014
Philips AJ7260D/37 Dual Dock Triple Charging Clock Radio
Compared to the huge number of 30-pin Dock Connector systems that used to be on the market, Philips has relatively little competition when it comes to Lightning-equipped speakers. Its new AJ7260D/37 Dual Dock Triple Charging Clock Radio ($130) ...
March 14, 2014
After seven months of keeping its new voice-activated speaker as an invitation-only product, Amazon on Tuesday opened orders of the device to anyone interested. The Echo starts shipping out to all customers July 14 for $180, replacing the previous pricing of $199 for regular customers and $149 for Amazon Prime members. "We're excited to get Echo into the hands of even more customers and continue to invent new features and experiences," Greg Hart, vice president for Amazon's Echo, said in a statement. The big difference is that Amazon's Alexa software, which powers the Echo, isn't used in a phone (at least not yet) and instead is in a plug-in speaker that stays at home. That allows the Echo to act as a more dedicated hub for the connected home, able to turn on a lamp using a Belkin WeMo light switch, play Pandora or iHeartRadio music, or reorder kitchen supplies on Amazon. Some of the Echo's features can be replicated via a smartphone, so time will tell whether consumers will want to pay for a separate device made specifically for the home. Then again, it will be hard to tell what the demand turns out to be for the Echo, since Amazon usually doesn't reveal sales figures for specific products.
Our Kickstarter of the Week column looks for the coolest new crowdfunded projects that you can fun on sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, among others. We're always looking for cool new projects to back because some of the most interesting products we've seen of late - like the Pebble smartwatch and the Oculus Rift - have come from small companies and not giant corporations. Where else could you find something like the SensorWake , a smell-based alarm clock. Simply put, it's an olfactory alarm clock that wakes you up to your favourite smell. Developed by French entrepreneur Guilliame Roland, the SensorWake is an alternative to noise-based alarm clocks, which aims to wake you up peacefully with your favourite smells instead. On the Kickstarter page, a Givaudan representative says that the company typically works with brands like Unilever, but was attracted to the unusual idea of a scent-based alarm clock. The result was scented capsules, each of which can be used for 60 alarms (a little over two months if you're not waking up on weekends) that range from "Continental Breakfast," which smells of espresso and croissants, to "Candy Rush" (sweet peach...
Indeed, as mobile phones have replaced PMPs, docking doesn’t come into play any more and that shift has seen the option to use Bluetooth wireless streaming for audio interfacing instead. While Bluetooth speakers have been in abundance for some time, this year has seen a much more satisfying marriage of the DAB radio offering Bluetooth connectivity. Besides being handy to play your own tunes over Bluetooth, there are numerous Internet radio apps for phones and tablets, that can be played to this kit too. Sure you need to have your mobile tech within proximity of the DAB/Bluetooth radio, as Bluetooth isn’t the most robust of wireless communications, but it does mean you can avoid shelling out extra for Internet connectivity on the radio itself. We’ve gathered together some of the latest of these combos all featuring Bluetooth 2. 1 or higher, DAB and FM radios. Radio tuners aside, to see how well these combos performed with Bluetooth we tested them all out with Android ( Motorola Moto G ), iOS ( Apple iPhone 4s ) and Windows Phone ( Nokia Lumia 820 ) to find out whether you should be making shelf space... Goodmans GCR1888DABBT Bluetooth DAB Clock Radio This DAB-Bluetooth.
Welcome to the Rage Room, where you can pay to smash the place up
In exchange for $20, or £9, you can spend half an hour beating the hell out of five ceramic plates, but if you’re willing to spend a little more, you can customise your experience with items from the Smash Menu, which offers alarm clock radios ...
August 13, 2015
Rough day? Time to visit the Rage Room, where destruction is encouraged
While she sets to work abusing an alarm clock radio, I take a moment to grill Timothy Cheung ... Battle Sports provides a bluetooth speaker for the room, and I pipe in some music: Still by the Geto Boys, the song the characters listen to while smashing ...
August 12, 2015
Top back-to-school gear for the techie student
The alarm clock even doubles as a speakerphone and plays normal FM radio. 4. XY Find It Location Tags ($60 for three) Losing your textbook is one thing. But your laptop bag or car keys? Not good. These tiny tags connect to your phone over a Bluetooth signal.
August 10, 2015
Hidden speakers: 5 unexpected smart home items that double as stereos
It uses Bluetooth connectivity to pair with your mobile device ... Another interesting feature of the AuraBox is that aside from serving as an alarm clock, it can help you fall asleep with its preset sceneries and sound effects to create the most soothing ...
August 6, 2015
"The Free Throw Buzz Alarm Clock": Product Entertainment Combined With the Functionality of an Alarm Clock
Includes as well is a foam basketball. The electronic components include a radio alarm clock with an auxiliary port for MP3 input, and Bluetooth capabilities. It is easy to operate and comes with clear instructions. Located inside the rim is a sensor which ...
August 5, 2015
The essential back to school 2015 shopping guide and Ultimate Ears UE Roll giveaway
Bluetooth ... alarm clock. With that said, it can be easy to forget to charge your devices at night -- especially after some late night partying. A dedicated alarm clock is the way to go, even as a backup to your phone. Electrohome’s Retro Clock Radio ...
August 5, 2015
Amazon Echo review: Betcha can’t buy just one of these voice-activated connected-home controllers
And those are just a few of the things the Echo can do; it’s capable of many other functions: Alarm clock, kitchen timer ... or you can pair your smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth and stream music from any source available to that device.
July 31, 2015