My Blue(tooth) heaven
This week's roundup of accessories includes several Bluetooth speakers, with batteries strong enough to keep the party going all night long.
Bang and Olufson
The $399 Beoplay A2 is a Bluetooth speaker with extraordinary power: It can play music for up to 24 hours on a single charge. “A short, exchangeable, premium leather strap lets you easily carry the speaker with you wherever you’re going,” the makers say. The device ships in November.
Bowers & Wilkins
The $350 T7 Bluetooth speaker can go all night long—providing up to 18 hours of streaming music on a single charge. It features a pair of two-inch drivers and a high-output bass radiator to produce a big sound, but it’s small enough to carry wherever you want to go.
The Airbeat 10 is “is a portable splash-proof wireless Bluetooth speaker with a built in microphone”—just connect it wirelessly to your iPad or iPhone, and you can have tunes and phone calls ready to dial up in a moment’s notice. It comes in four colors; Divoom did not offer pricing information on the device.
The $80 Torch 250 Flashlight works off renewable energy—it features both solar cells and a hand crank to ensure it’s usable wherever you need it. And it’s handy for iPhone users, offering a USB port that allows all that sun and hand energy to power up your lifeless battery.
The $39 Night Cable is an extra-long braided charging cable “that can be anchored onto a flat surface by a weighted knot." The idea? To prevent the cable from falling to the floor when you’re not using it, but to have plenty of range to use your iOS device even as it charges simultaneously. It’s two different types of convenience.
The $300 Fly-X3 is a phone stabilizer—“Secure your phone in the Fly-X3 cradle and the stabilizing motor will automatically tilt the phone to find a level shot. As you move, the gyroscope automatically turns your camera to keep the phone level, giving you the smoothest video possible.” Check out this video for a demonstration.
The $150 Street Vibe Bluetooth boom box features a number of ways to get the music you want playing over the air—in addition to Bluetooth, the boom box features a microSD and USB flash drive reader. And if your own music doesn’t do the trick, no problem: You can always flip on the built-in FM radio.