WIRED Bring older devices to life with Bluetooth device
Camera case keeps batteries charged
BLUETOOTH is amazing technology, and the Songo Portable music receiver from Nyrius lets you apply the technology to older devices, giving you wireless connectivity for many uses, such as streaming music from a smartphone to a car stereo.
You don’t have to remove the stereo or connect any wires or anything cumbersome. Just take the pocket-sized Songo Portable and plug it into the 3.5-millimetre auxiliary port in your car. Now, whatever is playing on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet is wirelessly playing on your car stereo. This includes personal playlists, SirusXM satellite radio, Pandora, Spotify or the new Apple Radio system.
Included is a headphone adapter to turn your favourite wired headphones into wireless headphones in seconds. Once connected, you’ll have a range of 10 metres from your music source to the headphones.
As for the setup, there’s no app needed. Just pair the Songo Portable with your Bluetooth-enabled device and play away.
Inside is a rechargeable battery, good for about 12 hours of tunes before it needs to be charged with a micro-USB cable. In the event of a long road trip, plug the cable into a nine-volt car adapter (not included) and you’ll play as far as you can drive.
DETAILS: US$24.99; nyrius.com. WITH the PolarPro PowerVault storage system, you can store rugged GoPro camera gear in an equally tough case and keep everything charged for the next use.
The well-built case has an internal battery charger for Go-Pro Hero3/3+ and Hero4 batteries, enabling users to stay in remote areas for more than a full day. The 5,200-mAh battery can recharge a GoPro battery up to five times. There’s also a USB connection for charging a smartphone or tablet, which you may be using to view the digital images.
As for durability, the case’s exterior is made of ballistic nylon and has high-quality zippers to ensure it’s water-resistant. Inside is a customized, laser-cut fitted compartment for two cameras, with housings and some accessories.
The smaller PolarPro Trekker 1 case has the same durable shell and water-resistant features. Inside is a single-storage slot for the camera in its housing and space for a few accessories. There’s also a zippered compartment inside. A dual-camera configuration of the Trekker 1 is also available.
DETAILS: US$99.99 for the PowerVault; US$29.99 for the Trekker 1; polarprofilters. com.