2 Bluetooth-Enabled Communication Tools for Extreme Adventurers

2 Bluetooth-Enabled Communication Tools for Extreme Adventurers

Recently I came across two intriguing communication devices geared to the outdoor enthusiast. One, dubbed Beartooth, is a self-contained walkie-talkie-style device that doubles as a USB charger for your phone. Two or more users with the device, paired to their smartphones, can communicate independently of Wi-Fi or cellular service. It could be handy for hikers, skiers, boaters, etc., who may wander off from cell tower range. On sale for $249 for a pair (normally $399), it's not cheap, but it could be priceless if you need to communicate and are cut off from civilization.

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The other device, YodelUP, is a wearable, ideal for skiers and snowboarders, as it fits over a snow jacket and gloves. As with the Beartooth, it pairs with your smartphone, but makes it easy for gloved hands to initiate conversations. You can also use it to control music over Bluetooth. It reminds me of an older, similar product from Monster Cable but th YodelUP is app-enabled and offers Walkie-Talkie push-to-talk communication. Unlike an Apple Watch, you don't need to wear special capacitive gloves and the big chunky buttons make it easy to hit the right one.

Both devices are seeking early adopters via crowdfunding, so I haven't had a chance to review an actual unit but if I do, I'll follow up.

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