Smartbean Turns Any Headphones or Speakers into Bluetooth Devices

Smartbean front viewOn Chit Chat Across the Pond last week, Dave Hamilton and I talked about the repercussions if Apple removes the analog headphone jack. During this conversation we talked about Bluetooth and Dave mentioned a little device he uses called the Antec Smartbean. While I was recording with Dave, I bought my own Smartbean through Amazon for a grand total of $12 (with free Prime shipping).

Smartbean is a 1.25 x 1.25 x 0.5 inch device with a built-in clip that turns wired headphones and speakers into Bluetooth devices. It’s pretty close to the size of the old square iPod Nano, a little smaller but thicker.

I was especially interested in the Smartbean and in my conversation with Dave I mentioned how much trouble I have pairing Bluetooth devices and how I get audio dropouts with all of them. I figured the Smartbean wouldn’t be any different.
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CES 2016: Beam Smart Presence System

Allison interviews Arika Bunfill from Suitable Technologies about their new Beam Smart Presence system. Beam allows you to interact with remote locations by coupling high-end video and audio with the freedom of motion to move about a space. The Beam App connects you to all of your Beams, wherever they are, to call into and drive any Beam. The BeamPro (shown here) and the Beam+ are available for purchase now. The setting is the CES 2016 show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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