Gadget Firms Roll Out New Tech for Summer

Edge.Sound is a Kickstarter tech firm looking to make a new generation of iPod and iPhone speakers.

John Scott Lewinskiby John Scott Lewinski

Amidst summer travels and countless warm weather events, folks at CraveOnline still get opportunities to test out and review new and emerging gadgets and technology-happy products.

So, sip your lemonade while we lay out the inside information on some of the newest gizmos on the summer market.

Ooma Telo: The gadget looks like a charging pad or an online TV receiver, but it’s a telecommunication device allowing free online calls. Users connect the device to any high-speed internet line. Their standard existing phone plugs into the Telo, and calls can be placed within minutes of set-up.

CraveOnline gave it a try and found the device to be as good as its advertising word. Setup was easy and we were calling mom within minutes. For a retail price of about $180, it would take only a couple months of phone bills to justify the purchase if you use a home or business landline.

Mimoco: The makers of pop culture friendly flash drives and card leaders had a busy spring and summer introducing new lines of pop culture-themed characters. Take a second and look through the Star Wars, G.I. Joe and Transformers lines.

CubeEdge: This Kickstarter project by EDGE.sound is looking to produce a powerful new Bluetooth speaker for iPhone and iPad. You can have a look at the project here and decide if you want to give them a hand.

MEElectronics Sport-FI S6: For about $50, the Sport-Fi S6 packs memory wire earbuds that conform to the ear. A modular cable system enables the user to use the headphones in different configurations for controlled cable lengths. The kit also includes six different ear tips for the best fit since no two human ears are alike.

Finally, a neoprene arm band keeps the player – whether it’s an iPhone, iPod or rival MP3 setup. MEElectronics also reports that the earbuds are made by sweat-proof materials to help create the best possible workout-themed headphones.

a-JAYS Four iPhone Earphones: Out of Sweden comes headphones and audio systems from JAYS. We had the opportunity to try out their a-Jays Four iPhone system. The solidly made headphones provide rich sound quality and an integrated three button controller that activates volume, music/video playback, answer/end and voice memo phone functions. You also get a noise canceling silicone microphone.

After trying out the JAYS setup, we replaced out Bluetooth headset for this wired version. For $70, it provides both music fidelity and reliable phone use.

Satechi BT Portable Speaker: Tiny, foldable or collapsable iPhone or iPod speakers are all the rage now. For $60, this Satechi Bluetooth unit connects to any smart phone, table or laptop for surprisingly powerful playback. But, the Satechi adds the extra element of a speaker phone with
high quality audio ported through the built-in DSP microphone.

It streams music and handsfree communication from a Bluetooth range of more than 33 feet. The Satechi Built-in Audio Connection Connect allows use with non-Bluetooth devices with a standard built-in 3.5mm audio jack that is always in reach. The USB Charging cable juices the lithium-ion rechargeable batteries for as long as seven hours total