#bluetooth

Speaking of Motorola and Her, here’s David Pierce on the Moto Hint:

Motorola makes the same case for the Hint that Jawbone does for the latest Era, saying that Google Now and voice search have revived the power of talking to your phone. Yet there’s no getting around the Bluetooth headset stigma, so Motorola did its best to make it look like you’re not wearing one. Or wearing anything at all. The Hint is about the size of a peanut, and nestles entirely in your ear; it looks astonishingly like the earpiece Joaquin Phoenix’s character wears throughout Her, a fact that’s not lost on anyone at Motorola. And the intention is very much the same: you’re not meant to put it in and take it out, but to wear it all the time.

I’m a fan of the Era, mainly for the reasons listed above (not to talk on the phone). But I wish it were even smaller, which the Hint is, so I could conceivably wear it all the time.

Also, the Hint’s charging case looks great.

Steve Cheney: 

NFC is dead—that’s not the interesting part though, it’s how Apple was able to replicate NFC functionality with Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi (they’re also using GPS like Bump did for authentication) and how they standardized all of this into iBeacon in iOS7. While supporting it all backward compatibly to iPhone 4S. A two year old phone upgraded with iOS7 will just work…  Bluetooth has arrived – it’s been around forever, but up to now it’s been crappy. Bluetooth LE (also called Bluetooth Smart) changes everything. Connections, pairing, device management etc will finally work 100% of the time, and Bluetooth will be a completely bulletproof, consumer ready, industry leading technology. There will truly be a radio in everything around us and it’s going to enable incredible experiences in mobile. Apple’s iWatch will work so well with your iPhone out of the gate when it’s launched you will be blown away.

Good insights by Cheney. There’s an interesting groundswell around Bluetooth LE happening at the moment. (Though I will say, this is a pretty smart use for NFC — of course, it seems like this could be done with Bluetooth LE as well.)

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Susan Kare limited edition MetaWatch Strata revealed on Kickstarter
Former Apple iconographer Susan Kare has revealed her limited edition MetaWatch Strata on Kickstarter today. It’s available in white and black, and each includes a variant of Kare’s classic spray paint icon.

This is pretty hot - read the post about how this is now possible w/ iPhone’s iOS6 and it’s ability to send push notices / APNS messages out from the phone via bluetooth.   You can fund this on Kickstarter.

Question: How many of these iOS-enabled watches am I going to have to buy?
Answer: All of them.

dpstyles:

thisistheverge:

Susan Kare limited edition MetaWatch Strata revealed on Kickstarter

Former Apple iconographer Susan Kare has revealed her limited edition MetaWatch Strata on Kickstarter today. It’s available in white and black, and each includes a variant of Kare’s classic spray paint icon.

This is pretty hot - read the post about how this is now possible w/ iPhone’s iOS6 and it’s ability to send push notices / APNS messages out from the phone via bluetooth.   You can fund this on Kickstarter.

Question: How many of these iOS-enabled watches am I going to have to buy?

Answer: All of them.

This is the most interesting bit about the rumored refresh of the Apple TV yet. Apple hasn’t talked a lot about the inclusion of Bluetooth 4.0 in both the iPhone 4S and the recent MacBooks, but it’s clearly there for a reason. 

What if we do see some sort of new Apple peripherals as a result? Perhaps a large Magic Trackpad for iOS games running on the Apple TV? Or, as 9to5 Mac suggests, maybe this is about Siri integration? Or maybe it’s simply about a better (faster) iPhone/Apple TV connection for using the great Remote app.

I have no real clue, I just can’t believe Apple would bother to include the new Bluetooth chip in the Apple TV if they didn’t intend to use it — and soon.