No cords at­tached

For­get an­noy­ing power leads. These Blue­tooth gad­gets will let you ditch them en­tirely, writes Jen­nifer Dud­ley- Ni­chol­son

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Tech -

PAR­ROT ZIMKU BY PHILIPPE STARCK Par­rot, $ 1999 par­rot. com

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GI­ANT traf­fic cones, cat scratch­ing posts and, when in­side their case, trom­bones. These were guesses about the na­ture of these Blue­tooth speak­ers, cre­ated by cel­e­brated de­signer Philippe Starck for Par­rot. In re­al­ity, the Zimku speak­ers make for a ca­pa­ble stereo with the ad­di­tion of a tablet, phone or MP3 player to feed them tunes. Users must plug both speak­ers into a power point, af­ter which the pair recog­nise each other. Users can then add an iPod or iPhone into the dock above one speaker or con­nect a gad­get via Blue­tooth. The speak­ers come with a dis­creet re­mote-con­trol to al­ter the vol­ume.

NOKIA BLUE­TOOTH STEREO HEAD­SET BH-505 Nokia, $ 98 of­fice­works. com. au

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US­ING a mo­bile phone as a mu­sic player is be­com­ing more com­mon, thanks to a cer­tain fruit-themed com­puter com­pany. But adding a phone to your gym gear can come with down­sides. This Nokia cre­ation solves the is­sue by re­plac­ing cords with a Blue­tooth con­nec­tion. The stand­alone head­set hides its Blue­tooth bat­tery and ‘‘ on’’ but­ton in the back of its sturdy, wrap­around body and push-but­ton con­trols sit on its front for easy ac­cess. They in­clude an ‘‘ an­swer’’ but­ton and tiny vol­ume slider on the right and a ‘‘ play/ pause’’ but­ton and small track con­trol on the left. This head­set will con­nect to all makes of phones.

PLANTRONICS SA­VOR M1100 Plantronics, $ 129 plantronics. com. au

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YOU can talk to this head­set. It might look strange to by­standers, but you can in­struct this Blue­tooth ear­piece to do your bid­ding, thanks to voice com­mands. These range from ba­sic re­quests (‘‘ Check bat­tery life’’) to ad­vanced tasks such as read­ing your text mes­sages to you, record­ing re­minders, com­pos­ing emails and even send­ing tweets. The ad­vanced com­mands are en­abled by a Plantronics ser­vice called Vo­c­a­lyst. Sa­vor own­ers are granted a free one-year trial. In prac­tice, some ser­vices are handy and oth­ers painful. Lis­ten­ing to a com­put­erised voice read the news is dif­fi­cult.

JAW­BONE Era Shadowbox Jaw­bone, $ 149 jaw­bone. com

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BLUE­TOOTH spe­cial­ist Jaw­bone has a unique sell­ing point: its noise­can­celling tech­nol­ogy was orig­i­nally de­vel­oped for tank com­man­ders, he­li­copter pi­lots and other mil­i­tary pur­suits. The tech­nol­ogy in this head­set uses two mi­cro­phones to iden­tify back­ground noise and elim­i­nate it. It masks most noisy back­grounds such as the hum of a shop­ping cen­tre or loud col­leagues. The Era also has an ac­celerom­e­ter, al­low­ing users to shake it to put it in pair­ing mode and tap it twice to an­swer phone calls. Some crack­ling in­ter­rupted calls in our tests, but the head­set was easy and com­fort­able to use.

PO­LAROID GL10 In­stant Mo­bile Printer Po­laroid, $ 199.95 po­laroid. com. au

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DO you rarely print pho­to­graphic mas­ter­pieces taken with your phone? You’re not alone. Now Po­laroid has pro­duced an un­der­size Blue­tooth printer to solve this is­sue. The GL10 In­stant Mo­bile Printer is big­ger than its pocket-size first ver­sion, now 14.7cm long and 11.4cm wide. One ben­e­fit to this larger size is the prints it pro­duces are now 10cm by 7.6cm. To use, slip a 10-sheet pack of Zink pa­per ( one lot is in­cluded, 30 sheets cost $ 29.95) into its rear slot. The re­sults are not per­fect. Colours can be washed-out and less vi­brant but the qual­ity is a big im­prove­ment on the pre­vi­ous model and more than ac­cept­able.

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