Entries from Manifest Tech Blog tagged with 'Bluetooth'

Google Assistant on the Google Pixel smartphone and Google Home speaker

The Amazon Echo Bluetooth speaker with the Amazon Alexa digital personal assistant is designed to integrate voice-based personal assistance into your home (see previous post). And smartphone-based assistants like Apple Siri, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana make sure the same...

Amazon Echo Dot and Alexa Digital Assistant

We're entering the era of digital personal assistants -- voice-controlled devices that provide information, keep notes and reminders, and even carry out actions for us. Smartphone-based systems like Apple Siri, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana can retrieve information, play music,...

Fitbit Charge 2 with Heart Rate Monitoring

Fitbit continues to enhance its line of fitness trackers to help monitor and encourage your activity and health. You can start with small pocket trackers like the Fitbit Zip and One ($59 and $99) that track your walking steps, stair...

Tile Slim - Thin Bluetooth Tracker

The Tile Bluetooth Tracker is a smart idea, nicely executed. The Tile is a small device that you can attach to your keys or slip into your briefcase, so you can quickly find your stuff -- or your smartphone --...

Switchmate Home Smart Light Switch

The "Smart Home" is a cool vision -- You can automate your house by connecting your lights and appliances and locks and sensors and other devices together, control them remotely, and even access them over the Internet. So you can...

Creative iRoar Intelligent Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

The Creative iRoar Bluetooth speaker is a ridiculously powerful and full-featured box o' sound. This is a booming speaker with 5 drivers. Lay it on its side for maximum sound, with dual 2" high-frequency drivers facing out the side,...

Jabra Halo Smart Neckband Bluetooth Headphones

If you're on the phone a lot during the day, and also like listening to music, the Jabra Halo Smart neckband-style Bluetooth headphones are a great choice, with great sound, great battery life, and a smart design. These have...

Sound Blaster Roar 2 - Portable Bluetooth Speaker

I'm a big fan of portable Bluetooth speakers to share the music from our portable devices. There are nice small more portable speakers for an office space or hotel room, and larger ones to pump up the sound for a...

Plantronics BackBeat GO Wireless Earbuds

Headphones are not just for music, and are adding mics and mini controllers to switch between listening and phone calls. Similarly, Bluetooth headsets are not just for phone calls, since you might as well enjoy all that music on your...

Plantronics Voyager Legend

The Plantronics Voyager Legend is the latest iteration of the venerable Bluetooth headset (see earlier post) with an iconic over-ear design that's bigger then tiny in-ear headsets. Since the headset rests gently over your ear, you can wear it...

Jabra SPORT Bluetooth Stereo Headset

Bluetooth is great for voice when talking on your mobile phone with headsets like the Plantronics Voyager PRO HD (see earlier post), and works nicely for wireless peripherals to use a mouse or keyboard with your laptop or tablet. But...

Plantronics Voyager PRO HD Bluetooth Headset

It's inexorable -- computing power is cramming into smaller and smaller devices, as our tools become more and more intelligent and connected. We now expect smartphones to deliver serious computing power and capacity for running rather interesting apps. And now...

Jawbone ERA Bluetooth Headset with HD audio and motion control

The Jawbone ERA Bluetooth headset continues the parallel Jawbone traditions of leading noise reduction technology and more and more accessible designs, as with the previous Jawbone ICON (see earlier post). On the technology side, the ERA updates the NoiseAssassin noise...

Native Union Moshi Moshi Retro Mobile Phone Handset

The classics never go out of style, so Native Union has introduced the Moshi Moshi Retro Mobile Phone Handset -- the 50's telephone style lovingly brought back as a handset for mobile phones. If you tend to chat on...

Sound ID 510 Bluetooth Headset with iPhone App

Bluetooth headsets are getting smarter, and while it may not be obvious why you might want more intelligent devices hanging in your ear, hear me out... Bluetooth headsets certainly have become more sophisticated with audio processing to work amazingly well...

Aliph Jawbone ICON -- Simply Better

The Aliph Jawbone line of Bluetooth headsets has been a stand-out since its 2007 U.S. introduction, combining leading noise reduction with aggressive styling. And the new Jawbone ICON is another significant step forward, not only boosting the noise reduction technology...

Plantronics Explorer 395 Simple Bluetooth Headset

Plantronics has a strong line of Bluetooth headsets, each designed with a clear focus on a particular the type of user. For example, the Plantronics Voyager PRO is an over-ear design designed for comfortable long-term wear, for on the road...

Miccus BluBridge Mini-jack - Bluetooth Music Transmitter

Bluetooth wireless gives you the freedom to enjoy your music on the move with wireless headphones, and share with others with a wireless speaker (see previous post). But not all media players support Bluetooth, including the Apple iPods (though the...

Miccus BluBridge Mobile Stereo Speaker

Bluetooth wireless has been a big hit for mobile phones, with Bluetooth headsets for talking on the go while your phone remains safely and comfortably in your pocket or bag. But Bluetooth audio is not just for voices -- mobile...

Newton MoGo Talk - Thin Bluetooth Headsets

To wrap up this mini-series on different approaches in Bluetooth headsets, here's the Newton MoGo Talk, a headset the folds amazingly flat for storage, along the same lines as the Mogo Mouse designs (see previous post). The trick with this...

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