Jooki is a music player that lets kids play parent-approved music and stories from Spotify & more. It comes with 5 characters (like fox, whale, etc.) that link to various playlists. When a kid pop one of them in the center ring of the Jooki, it starts to play the music, story, etc., that has been uploaded to that character. The company says there's 8-hour of battery life (there's no screen to suck up battery juice), which means very long playtime outdoors or on the go. There's a small amount of onboard memory but there's an SD card slot to add more.
Scott is now with Tech Hive, and he's doing reviews of headphones and Bluetooth speakers. He's becoming the "Giz Wiz" of audio products. You can read his review of PURO Kids Headphones, designed to protect their hearing here. He also says that the Tronsmart Bluetooth Speaker is fantastic, and it's only $60.
Joe has a Harmon Kardon Bluetooth speaker and he is having trouble playing music from his phone. It pairs with it, but he can't figure out how to give it the command to play music. Leo says that he has the Harmon Kardon Invoke and it sounds great for $100, but it may not be made "aware." He'll have to go into his phone's Bluetooth settings. On the Amazon Echo, you have to tell it to connect to the phone and then pair it in the Bluetooth settings. So he may want to try that.
Carlton is looking for a loud portable speaker he can pick up in Canada. Leo says that the WireCutter is the best place to find a top recommendation and they say the Peachtree Audio Deepblue 2 Home Speaker is the best one. Audio Engine makes a good one as well.
Scott Wilkinson says that there's a link over at BaseheadSpeakers.com for the top ten loudest Bluetooth speakers. VaVaVoom is their top vote getter. Scott also says that there is now a new spec that will give home theater users a nice faux stereo sound from one speaker using computer software. RIVAAudio.com is the site.
Julie needs an external Bluetooth speaker for events that she sponsors. Leo says she can get a Fugoo Speaker, which is great for mobile outdoor activity, but it's not that loud for large group events.
Marsha is looking for a great bluetooth speaker. Scott has been looking at the BenQ Electrostatic Speaker of late and it's pretty cool. The low frequencies are handled by the main body, but the swing out speakers handle the electrostatic design. They're about $300.
Juliette wonders if you can create a cellphone megaphone app that can turn a cellphone into a megaphone. Leo says that's an interesting idea. There are third party add on hardware options that could do that.
This week's gadget is the TreVolo portable electrostatic bluetooth speaker by BenQ. It’s the world's first portable Bluetooth speaker with electrostatic technology. Many music enthusiasts feel electrostatic technology delivers superior sound quality. But electrostatic speakers have been big and power hungry. Now, thanks to BenQ, that’s no longer true.
This week's gadget is in honor of Scott's pinch hitting for Leo. It's the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio Portable Bluetooth speaker. It's 4.6 pounds and has two 3-inch woofers, two 3/4-inch tweeters, and two passive radiators. There's no audio-in jack, as it works via Bluetooth. It's battery powered, and can last 5 hours on one charge. 15 watts per active speaker for a total output of 60 watts. Frequency response is stated as 60Hz to 20kHz. List price is $399.99, but discounts are widely available.