More than 15,000 companies, along with countless enthusiasts, researchers and inventors, are developing innovative products with Bluetooth wireless technology. From the wondrous to the wacky, these products promise to make life easier—and sometimes even more fun.
Sony SmartWatch hits the market
New Cookoo smartwatch uses Bluetooth 4.0
The cookoo smartwatch is designed to connect to your smartphone over Bluetooth. But unlike other recent smartwatches, it has a unique user interface with small icons around its watch face. The six different icons show when your phone is connected, you have an alarm or reminder, you receive a text message or chat request, and more.
The cookoo is a "crowd funded" Kickstarter project.
It is designed to eliminate the need to whip out your phone every few minutes to check for new messages or email. Because the cookoo uses Bluetooth low energy technology, it promises to last up to a year on a standard watch battery.
Eton Rukus Solar speaker
With summer on the way, the time is ripe for solar-powered devices. Eton has begun shipping a solar-powered Bluetooth speaker that it announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.The Eton Rukus Solar costs $150 and features a high-efficiency solar panel that powers a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, providing 8 hours of music on a single charge or unlimited play time with enough direct sunlight. The Rukus can also charge a smartphone plugged into the speaker, and play music streamed from a Bluetooth smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth device.