WIRED Bring older de­vices to life with Blue­tooth de­vice

Cam­era case keeps bat­ter­ies charged

Winnipeg Free Press - SundayXtra - - LIFE / TECH -

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.

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