Sony debuted a new cradle at CES that allows your phone to be incorporated into their in-car entertainment systems. The XSP-N1BT is a cradle / double DIN receiver for your smartphone, allowing you to control your in-car entertainment experience with a touchscreen interface. Bluetooth connectivity means you have full control over the functions of your head unit, including the source (USB, CD, Aux input or radio), Volume, Balance and Equalizer settings. As with many of Sony's recent mobile products, it's nice to see that they're not practicing ecosystem lock-in - the cradle will work with Sony's own,... Continue reading
FitBit devices, and until fairly recently, you'd have noticed what we have: support for the fitness tracker is kind of limited in Android (at least, officially). Initially compatible with a very limited range, primarily of Samsung devices, the fitness tracker is now compatible with many more. Back in December, FitBit added compatibility for a range of semi-common devices, including some Motorola handsets at most of the Nexus range. However, there were some notable exceptions, which FitBit has... Continue readingAs you may well be aware, a few of us at Ausdroid (and indeed, many of you, too) are users of
the LG Lifeband Touch LG continued this morning at their CES 2014 event by re-confirming the Lifeband and introducing a companion device the Heart Rate Monitor earphones. This device is designed to work in conjunction with the Lifeband Touch, displaying your heartrate on the Lifeband via bluetooth; but it can also send the information to your smartphone. The Heart Rate Monitor Earphones feature PerformTek® sensor technology and measures the blood flow from the external part of the ear called the auricle. This allows... Continue readingFollowing on from their announcement this afternoon of their entry into the fitness gadget market with
Belkin, makers of the WeMo family of remotely controlled light switches, power points and the like, have announced new products at CES 2014, a WeMo-powered crock-pot / slow cooker, WeMo LED lightbulbs, and a DIY kit to add WeMo controls to anything. I, for one, love a good slow-cooked meal, and anyone who shares this passion will know just how nerve wracking it can be... Continue readingLook, we'll come out and say it — if controlling your crockpot via your smartphone from wherever you happen to be was on your to-do list for 2014, you needn't wait anymore.
LG doesn't want to be left behind. While it's probably not in any danger of actually being left behind, it's important to try and keep up anyway, and LG is doing just this with its announcement of the Lifeband Touch fitness tracker. As you can see adorning the wrists of the two lovely ladies above, the water resistant Lifeband Touch keeps track of calories burned during daily activities, steps you've walked and other fitness stats. An OLED touchscreen display acts as a watch and shows the wearer notifications, as well as allowing... Continue readingIt's tough competition at the top, and
Galaxy Note 3. I don't know of anyone who has gone back from wireless charging to a wired option by choice, the convenience of wireless is truly wonderful. Once you've had it wireless is a must have accessory for any new phone. So the hugely popular S-View covers from Samsung with the addition of Wireless Charging to the Galaxy Note 3 version will only add further hype to their accessory sales, except for 1 fairly... Continue readingMaking news all over Android circles over the Christmas break is the Samsung official Wireless Charging S-View Cover for the
our Geeky Christmas competition, and it's time to bring you the results, and what better day to do it than Christmas day! We'd like to thank the team at Gadgets 4 Geeks for the awesome giveaways and discount they offer the Ausdroid Community. Head on over to Gadgets 4 Geeks to pick up your mobile accessories. Now, without further ado, here are the winners of our Geek Christmas Giveaway: 1st Prize: Qi Wireless Charging Dock for Nexus 7 (2013) Congratulations -... Continue readingMerry Christmas everyone! As promised, we've conducted the draw for
Pebble leading the way from other technology such as the Galaxy Gear and soon to come to retail launch; Google Glass But what about those of us who often work in dangerous environments for electronics? Water, dust and high risk of impact to smart watches and other wearable technology makes it risky to take your toys out and about. What about those who don’t necessarily want to see text messages on their watch? A new IndieGoGo project by Australian distributor and wholesaler, PC Range addresses a... Continue readingThe wearable technology market is growing rapidly, with the