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If you have ever worked out using a chest strap to track your heart rate, you know how uncomfortable that can be. During CES 2014, Intel rolled out tech that would allow firms to build earbuds that have heart rate tracking tech inside. Those earbuds are now a reality thanks to SMS Audio with a set of earbuds called BioSport.
The earbuds have an optical biometric sensor that is able to collect data and share it with apps like RunKeeper. BioSport earbuds are IPX4 certified to survive sweat and water. SMS designed the earbuds with a hook shape to keep them inside your ear with exertion.
They connect with any device that has a 3.5mm headphone port and get power needed for the sensor from that port as well. The cord is tangle free and the headphones have in-line controls. Pricing for the earbuds is unknown at this time and they will hit stores in Q4.
Sound system and headphone manufacturer Bose has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Beats Electronics relating to noise-cancellation technology. According to Bose, Beats infringed upon five of its patents on purpose, and made a claim that the company is now incurring losses in sales as a result.
Bose also filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission in the hopes that they can stop Beats from selling their headphones in the United States. According to the company, Beats which was acquired by Apple for $3 billion, is using the infringed technology patent in its Studio and Studio Wireless lineups. Bose mentioned that its active noise reduction technology was originally designed for the military during the 1980s and later was designed for consumers in 2000.
Beats didn't comment on the issue, but Bose's representatives said that they are committed to protecting its investment, customers and also to defend its patent. The lawsuit is filed in US District Court of Delaware.
Computex 2014 - I've been a fan of LUXA2's audio products for a while now, but they were showing off some even more interesting things at Computex this year - starting with the Groovy A.
The LUXA2 Groovy A is a wireless stereo speaker that has a unique adjustable 15- to 30-degree sound angle, meaning you can sit it down, and then adjust it up to blast the audio into the room a little better. It has 7W of total output, a beautiful aluminum construction, a 2200mAh internal battery that should have you listening to tunes for hours and hours, wireless range of up to 10m, and more.
Audio maker NYNE has announced the limited edition Royal Series of the company's Cruise Bluetooth speaker, available in honor of the goldRush Rally 2014. The limited edition Bluetooth speakers will be available in rose gold and pearl white accents, and features Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC support - providing up to 10 hours of playtime. It also has a built-in microphone so hands-free phone calls is included.
When the speaker ships, it will include a carrying case/cover, auxiliary input cable, and USB charging cable. The speaker will be available during the fall with a $79.95 MSRP.
"We are thrilled to introduce the Royal Series to celebrate our sponsorship of the premier luxury automotive rally, goldRush Rally," said Arman Arami, NYNE president, in a statement. "Now your gold Cruiser speaker can coordinate with your iPhone 5s in stunning rose gold wherever your lifestyle takes you from home to work to play and everywhere in between."
Logitech has rolled out a new wireless speaker for mobile users called the X300. The speaker uses Bluetooth to connect to your mobile phone allowing you to listen to your music without having to put on a set of headphones. Logitech designed the mobile speaker to offer wide-range sound with drivers that are angled for a larger sound spectrum.
Logitech says that the X300 will work up to 30-feet away from your mobile phone. In addition to being usable as a wireless speaker for music, the X300 can also work as a speakerphone with call controls. Logitech equips the device with an internal battery good for five hours of continuous playback per charge.
Apple has finally confirmed it will purchase the popular Beats Electronics brand, which specializes in headphones, earbuds, and an online music service. Rapper Dr. Dre and music industry veteran Jimmy Iovine will join Apple working under Eddy Cue, head of Apple's Internet services.
The deal was originally expected to close at $3.2 billion, though will be slightly cheaper than originally expected. Apple will pay $2.6 billion cash and offer $400 million in stock, with deal approval expected later in 2014. However, Apple officials were reportedly angry when a drunken Dr. Dre, out celebrating the deal, boasted about becoming "the first billionaire in hip-hop," which is one of the reasons it took so long for acquisition confirmation.
Meanwhile, iTunes will operate alongside the Beats Music offering, with Apple pledging to operate both services independently.
Apple is reportedly interested in purchasing Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, and a deal could be publicly announced in just a few days, according to the Financial Times. Beats products are available in Apple stores, though the two companies reportedly didn't have a close working relationship.
Originally founded by rapper Dr. Dre and music producer Jimmy Lovine, Beats has focused on audio products, such as earbuds, headphones and speakers - and has its own Beats Music streaming service. Beats was reportedly valued at $1 billion after receiving a $500 million investment, though Apple wants to capture the popularity of the Beats brand.
"This is really puzzling," said James McQuivey, Forrester Research analyst, after hearing about the potential buyout. "You buy companies today to get technologies that no one else or customers that no one has. They must have something hidden under the hood."
Samsung has just announced its new line of premium mobile audio products, Level. The new Level line of products include the Level Over (over-the-ear headphones), Level On (on-ear headphones), Level In (in-ear headphones), and Level Box (a Bluetooth speaker).
The new Level products will be available to consumers starting in mid-May. CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication of Samsung Electronics, JK Shin, talked about Level: "Samsung understands the importance of music and audio in the lives of our consumers. With the Level series, we have crafted an incredible line of audio products designed for the mobile user with organic sound, premium design aesthetics, and optimized mobile audio controls".
A company called Sengled has unveiled an interesting new LED light bulb called the Pulse. The bulb will fit into most light sockets and provides green LED lighting good for thousands and thousands of hours. Pulse also has another cool feature; it allows you to stream music to an internal speaker.
That means you can add energy efficient lighting to any room and wireless audio capability at the same time. Bluetooth is used to synchronize the Pulse bulb to your smartphone or tablet for streaming music. JBL multi channel speakers are used inside the bulb for high quality sound.
An interesting LED light bulb has hit Kickstarter called the Airbulb Color. As you can probably gather from the name, the bulb can change colors to suit your mood and you control it from an app on your smartphone.
The bulb has three white LEDs and three RGB LEDs inside. The colored lights aren't the big features of the Airbulb Color, the big features is an integrated wireless speaker. With the wireless speaker built-in and the RGB LEDs, the light can strobe disco style in time to your music or you can pick the color for mood lighting.