Arion Bluetooth Mini Keyboard with Speakerphone Review


Touch screen devices can be a pain to type on, although admittedly the issue isn’t as bad as it used to be as many of us have had a good few years practice now and screens, as well as keyboard applications, have improved greatly over the years. Then you’ve got PlayStation, where entering data to the on-screen keyboard via the controller can be a very tedious process. To solve any issues, or at least mitigate the issues a little, you can invest in a separate keyboard, such as the Arion KB100B-BK which I have with me today.

This little keyboard isn’t nothing too fancy, but for a small keyboard, it does pack an interesting feature set into such a small device. You’ve got a QWERTY keyboard, all the major functions you would expect to need on your mobile device, desktop OS or console and even a built-in speaker phone. It uses Bluetooth to connect to iPads, Android devices, smart TVs, consoles and pretty much everything with Bluetooth support.

The keyboard comes bundled with a mini-USB to USB charging cable, as the device has an internal rechargeable battery.

It’s pretty simple in terms of design, with a durable yet lightweight plastic body and rubberised keys that are clearly labeled with all their major functions. To cram as many features in as possible, almost every key has an Fn-Shift function.

On the underside of the keyboard, you’ll find a small microphone and speaker setup, which can be used to hands-free calls. Not much use to smartphones which already have this function, but it could be useful for some tablets, smart TVs and consoles for services such as Skype.

The super slim design means it’s a very manageable device; it’ll fit in your pocket or bag easy enough.

Around the back, you’ll find the mini-USB charging port, as well as a master power switch to help conserve the battery.

It is quite small, so touch typing with all of your fingers isn’t going to be possible, but you can still type fairly confidently if you’re writing a quick email, although perhaps not suitable for writing your dissertation.

When powered up, there’s a small blue LED in the top right, which blinks red when the battery is running low.

As you can see, it’s really not too big, clocking in a little smaller than my Xperia Z3.

Here it is next to an iPad Air, although admittedly the unit is better designed to type using your thumbs while holding it in your hands, it wouldn’t be impossible to use it while sat at a table.

Soda Bottle Enough to Fool Mercedes S-Class

Forget all about the Google Car, Mercedes S-Class can already do it, drive on it’s own. This is without doubt an incredible stupid and reckless thing to do, so please don’t copy it. The Mercedes S-Class has Active Lane Assistant (ALA), basically a hands-off autonomous cruse system with an automated safety time out.


Normally ALA requires you to keep on hand wheel after a certain amount of time, or the system disengages. Lane markings and weather conditions also have to be clear enough for the sensors to see the road. But apparently ALA can’t distinguish between a human hand and a bottle of soda duct-taped to the wheel.

This is both awesome and troubling at the same time. And seriously, don’t be stupid enough and try this. But it shows how close we are to a hands-free commute in not to distant Google-Future.

Thank you RoadTrack for providing us with this information.

Image and video courtesy of RoadTrack.

In-Car HUD Lets You Respond to Text with Voice and Motion Controls

Texting while driving is one of the dumbest things you can do behind the wheel, looking at your phone instead of looking at the road is never a good idea and now there may be one solution, heads up displays. Navdy projects car stats, navigation and notifications onto your windscreen, which is nothing new in terms of technology apart from the fact that Navdy also allows you to interact with them with simple hand gestures or speech.

Simply swipe your finger to respond or dismiss an alert such as a call or message, or use the voice commands system which was built around those found in iOS and Android to operate iTunes, navigate on Google Maps etc.

The company hit Kickstarter, for those who committed within the first 30 days you can pick up a unit for $299, compared to the final price of $499 when it ships in early 2015. Personally I think that’s pretty expensive, but I guess it’ll have to be put through extensive testing by consumers to see if its a hit or a flop.

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