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Flexible hands-free book light

Posted in LED by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2009

Flexible hands-free book lightDespite the image above, what we have here is not a lamp designed to highlight boobs. Though that would be cool too. It’s a reading light that actually looks somewhat useful. It features 2 super-flexible arms along with two high-intensity LEDs on each end.

So it will highlight your boobs as if they were in a high-end gallery and let you see what you are reading. It will cost you $14.95 and makes a great gift for the reader in your life who hasn’t gone all Kindle.

Plantronics Discovery 975 Bluetooth headset gets detailed

Posted in Plantronics by Shane McGlaun on September 4th, 2009

discovery975-sbBluetooth headsets are common today, though a recent study claimed that their popularity was declining in the U.S. while growing slightly in Europe. Plantronics is one of the more popular names in Bluetooth headsets and its latest offering is the Discovery 975.

The 975 uses AudioIQ2 DSP technology that features two mics to capture the user’s voice while cancelling out background noise. There are no special buttons to press to activate the tech; it works automatically when the user is talking.

Guidepoint offers Bluetooth hands free with roadside assistance and more

Posted in Bluetooth by Shane McGlaun on September 3rd, 2009

guidepointhandsfree-sbThere are lots of cars on the road from GM that feature OnStar. The service allows drivers to place hands free calls and dials 911 automatically in the event of an accident. The GPS features of the service can also provide the exact location of the car for EMS and roadside assistance.

A company called Guidepoint has announced a new hands free Bluetooth device that offers some of the same features as OnStar. The device can be coupled with an optional GPS tracker to give positional information for roadside assistance and EMS services.

Shoulderbrella is a hands free umbrella

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on August 16th, 2009

Shoulderbrella is a hands free umbrellaUmbrellas are a pain to use. It’s like your umbrella is holding your hand hostage, keeping you from doing important tasks like texting, fixing your hair or flipping some dude off. If only you had use of that hand while keeping the rain off of yourself.

Well now you can go hands free thanks to Japanese Superstore Tokyu Hands and the Shoulderbrella. Just unscrew the end of your umbrella and stick it into the Shoulderbrella. Then just wrap it around one or both of your shoulders like a harness.

Skype USB Communicator

Posted in Skype by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2009

Skype USB CommunicatorSkype meets Star Trek(Sort of) with this communicator from Polycom. The device lets you talk hands-free. The C100S USB Speakerphone for Skype features two high-quality microphones that will give you excellent range in group conversations and eliminates pesky echoes and feedback.

It connects via USB and does double duty as a speaker if you want to listen to music. You can even pick up or hangup without using a mouse. So free your hands! They have been enslaved long enough.

Jupiter Jack turns car stereo into hands free kit

Posted in Accessories by Shane McGlaun on July 17th, 2009

jupiterjackI have never purchased anything off a TV commercial like the ones the spokes people always tell you to call now for. Most of the stuff they peddle looks like junk to me. The company behind some of those oddball products — Telebrands — has announced a new gadget that works with mobile phones.

The device is called the Jupiter Jack and plugs into the headphone port of mobile phones. The idea is that the device will send the audio from your calls over the cars speaker system so you can hear while driving without having to hold the phone.

BlueAnt S1 hands free Bluetooth kit unveiled

Posted in BlueAnt by Shane McGlaun on June 2nd, 2009

blueants1-sbI recently bought a new car that is a convertible with a manual transmission. The problem is that I get too many phone calls and it is impossible to answer the phone and drive a manual transmission car in traffic and there is too much wind noise for speaker phone use.

BlueAnt has announced a new hands free kit called the S1 that might be perfect for my needs. The device clips to the visor of the car and can connect to two phones at the same time. Either phone that rings will be transferred to the S1. The phone can be paired with eight different phones.

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BlueAnt Q1 Bluetooth headset debuts

Posted in BlueAnt by Shane McGlaun on April 2nd, 2009

blueant020-sbI’m not a big fan of Bluetooth headsets personally; I prefer to just hold my phone to my ear. However, in some states you have to use hands free devices to be able to use cell phones while driving. If you live in one of those states, a Bluetooth hands free kit or headset is required.

BlueAnt has announced a new Bluetooth headset called the Q1 that has some very interesting features. The most important feature is that the device can be controlled using voice commands. The headset responds to spoken commands like redial, call back, answer/ignore call, and check battery.

Magnetic Light Mine is a hands-free flashlight

Posted in LED by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

Magnetic Light Mine is a hands-free flashlightThis flashlight is shaped like a typical underwater mine and it’s this shape that makes it so radical in design. The golf-ball-sized flashlight has a single powerful LED, with twelve points tipped with neodymium magnets.

That means it will stick to any steel surface, letting you light up more of the room. Great flashlight for lighting up tight spaces. And at only $9, you have to get one. You’ll never have to clutch your flashlight in your teeth again.

Review: In Your Face iPhone Holder

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on February 9th, 2009

Review: In Your Face iPhone HolderA while back we told you about the iFlyz iPhone holder, designed to hold your iPhone during long flights. It’s a great idea for sure, but you have to question the whole suction cup idea. You don’t want to trust your expensive gadget to a suction cup.

That’s where the In Your Face iPhone holder comes in. It does pretty much the same thing, for the same price, just in a much safer way as there is no suction cup involved. Instead it uses a much stronger spring-loaded iPhone clamp. I’m happy to report that it does it’s job well and has multiple uses while you keep your hands free.

iFlyz holds your iPhone during long flights

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2009

iFlyz holds your iPhone during long flightsHolding your mobile device in your hand is not exactly hard work, but it can get tiring and lead to hand strain as you browse the internet and play your favorite music while travellng on a plane. Using just a suction cup on a flexible rod to grasp your gadget, the iFlyz can take care of your iPhone for you as you surf the net or watch a movie hands free.

The iFlyz makes use of an adjustable clamp to attach to an upright and locked seat tray. It will also attach to one that is open during drink or dinner service. The flexible gooseneck allows the mobile device to be turned in any angle or direction. iFlyz sells for $29.99.

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VR3 Bluetooth Steering Wheel Console for hands free chatting

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2008

VR3 Bluetooth Steering Wheel Console for hands free chattingIn many states you aren’t supposed to hold a cell phone while driving. It’s the law. I once saw a teenage girl talking on her phone while driving a pick up truck, run straight into a parked car. There was nothing else around her for miles. She was simply distracted and didn’t have her focus on driving. This VR3 Bluetooth Steering Wheel Console might help those who have trouble doing two things at once.

It gives you hands free wireless chatting directly in front of you, with a design that keeps your hands on the wheel for safety. Sure, it’s ugly as hell, but so is an ambulance ride or a mangled corpse. It’s only $99.99.

New Jabra speakerphone broadcasts cell calls over FM radio

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Nino Marchetti on August 25th, 2008

Jabra SP700

GN Netcom, through its Jabra headset brand, announced today a new speakerphone for in-car use. It is called the Jabra SP700 and it prices around $100.

The Jabra SP700 transmits cell phone calls to a car’s FM radio for hands-free communications. One clips the speakerphone to a visor, connects it to the phone via Bluetooth and tunes FM radio to the frequency set on the speakerphone. On cars with RDS enabled stereos the caller’s phone number will be displayed and this device also hosts an audio feature that lets users know when the speakerphone status changes, announcing instructions such as ‘power off’, ‘the incoming caller’s number’ and ‘connected’ in a choice of ten languages. It is available now.

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Cygnett offering up interesting new Bluetooth speaker

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Nino Marchetti on August 18th, 2008

Cygnett GrooveTooth Talk

Cygnett recently unveiled a new Bluetooth hands-free speaker which has some interesting design appeal to it. It is called the Cygnett GrooveTooth Talk and you can pick one up for around $80.

The Cygnett GrooveTooth Talk works with Bluetooth-enabled cell phones, inclduing the iPhone 3G. It makes use of Bluetooth 2.0 and offers an auto detection range of around 30 feet. The built-in speaker is 1.5 watts and you can get about seven hours of talk time out of this device.

Tritton debuts small form factor Bluetooth headset

Posted in Headsets by Nino Marchetti on April 8th, 2008

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Tritton Technologies is unveiling to Bluetooth phone owners everywhere a somewhat discretely designed wireless headset for hands-free activities. It is called the AX Micro Bluetooth Headset and you’ll find it priced at around $60.

The Tritton AX Micro has what is described as a “comfort fit attachment” and also makes use of flexible finger grips which rest on the inner ear rim for stability. As a Bluetooth headset it will get you around five hours of talk time and 150 hours of standby time on one battery charge.


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