Orange launches a participatory approach on Ulule crowdfunding platform to test the public’s interest for a phone which looks like the phones of the 1930s: neoretro wants to look like our grandparents’ bakelite phone. It’s only purpose is to phone but it includes today’s technology.
It operates with a standard phone line or an internet box.
The dialer dial is clearly digital. The main handset is wireless as well as the secondary handset which which comprises a loudspeaker.
Orange is testing the public interest for this product via Ulule platform for 30 days (ulule.com/neoretro). There are three levels of counterparties with a price of phone from 99€ to 109 € (excluding postage) and the opportunity to receive a numbered edition for the first 200 contributions. Neoretro will be produced only if it achieved its goal of 500 pre-orders.
If it is aesthetic and original, its main defect is not being able to dial the number from the wireless handset, but to have to do it from the base. The function of the round screen keyboard located at the center is not specified. We do not know if the phone has a phonebook.
Hush are smart earplugs that would filter out unwanted noise up to 70 db. Via a connected smartphone application, they also allow streaming music. The autonomy is 8 hours.
You can pre-order it on the website at a price of $ 150 (delivery in December 2015).
I have just bought this bose soundtouch 20 loudspeaker. I chose the intermediate model between the portable battery operated model and the most powerful but more expensive model. The Bose SoundTouch 20 seems like a reasonable compromise. The seller told me that this item suited as background music for a room of 40 m2. I used it in a room of 100 m2 and I have not been disappointed. I feel like a real live sound in the room.
The initial configuration of the wireless network of the house wanting to configure from my Mac did not. I had to resort to the application from my iPhone.
In the country where there is no Wifi, I wanted to use Airport. What a mess! I press on 2 and – buttons to activate the WiFi of the enclosure but can not be activated Airport, both on the iPhone and on the iPad. Then suddenly the system works. Unfortunately I have not figured out how. After the speaker wanted to move to another room, impossible to activate new Airport. Finally I reset the system, I press the buttons 2 and – and here it works. In short, a mode not obvious at all since you can not use the WiFi. Note that AirPort works only for Apple-branded devices. Of course it is always possible to use a cable with a jack to connect the device to the speaker.
The application allows to control the loudspeaker. Unfortunately there are only 6 presets for his music, which correspond to the 6 keys of the enclosure. That is poor, while the application would be dozens of presets. Why this limitation?
Last, when the speaker is turned off, it heats. Not good for energy savings. Unless it is my device that is defective.
I also wonder if I would not have had to buy this model, which has the advantage of including digital radio and CD player. But the price is twice as high.