Add Bluetooth audio to any speaker dock with Pear

By , Jul 13, 2012

Doesn’t it bother you there’s no easy way to send text messages or give someone a buzz while your phone is docked to a music station? Enter Pear, a Kickstarter project by Brendan Kelso which seeks to tackle this unpleasantry with a nice dongle that attaches to your speaker so now you can take your iPhone and browse the web, check email, message people and what not, all the while being able to stream your music via Bluetooth. Unless you have an AirPlay-enabled audio gear or Bluetooth speakers, Pear could be just the gizmo you need…

Of course, it’ll only work with the audio equipment that has a built-in 30-pin dock connector and you will need to enable Bluetooth and pair your device with a Pear in order to be able to stream your audio wireleslly through Bluetooth.

Another benefit of using the Pair: you can wirelessly pair with iPhones dressed up in bulky cases and big iPads which otherwise wouldn’t fit into your docking station. And since the device is now in your hands, you can control audio playback via Siri.

The Pear is powered from the speaker dock and even has a cool pear-shaped glowing logo on it. Here’s your video.

With 58 days to go and an addition $12,000 to raise before hitting the original $40,000 goal, the Pear has a shot at becoming a real product.

It’s available in arctic white or jet black by pledging at least $40, with an additional $15 for international shipping, over at Kickstarter. Additional information is available at the official Pear mini site. An Android version is also in the works.

Does the Pear look like something you could find use for?

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  • http://twitter.com/Philthykins Phil Avants

    this is a cool idea. I like it very much!! It would be cool if the Pear had an auxiliary port as well so if someone like me who doesn’t own an iHome or Bose speaker Dock can still enjoy its usefulness. With an auxiliary port, one could plug into speakers or a car stereo and still enjoy its convenience.

    • KikaidaO1

      There is no battery in the device, it is powered by the 30 pin dock connector.

      An aux out would be useless unless you use a charger to power it.

      • Falk M.

        Or a power adapter for either a USB port on a Mac nearby or for the outlet…
        Mostly where there are speakers, there are outlets… ;)

  • Kok Hean

    The awesome moment when you have the same docking station :)

  • Well_Said

    Why u don’t just buy Bluetooth enable dock station

    • http://twitter.com/Melvin_livefree Melvin Samuelsson

      Cheaper

    • Falk M.

      The model you like might not have it?
      Buy once, use with all your stereos (if it had a 3.5mm jack… pity it doesn’t)
      Money

      Chose one of the reasons, although I’m sure there are more. :)

  • Dan

    I’d get this if it worked with any stereo via the input

  • ghulamsameer

    This looks like it’d be a great buy. The video was a little shabby, but the concept is phenomenal

  • chjode

    This looks like it’d also be a great way to add basic Bluetooth functionality to my car stereo which has an aftermarket iPod/iPhone connector. I could leave this connected and in the glove box.

  • Marty Cunnane

    It was made of aluminium and had an Apple logo it would look like something apple would make

  • ic0dex

    They passed $40k already… Sweet!

  • Ron McLaughlin

    This would also be nice when someone upgrades to the “New” iPhone and if the doc/charge port has changed to the rumored smaller design, you wouldn’t have to buy a new doc to play your music, just use Pear!

  • Denshal

    How is the quality difference? i mean im not sure why but when i use bluetooth for my iphone -> car stereo its quieter and doesnt sound as good but with usb its louder and clearer. with pandora and music app

    • http://www.facebook.com/xtian.mariano Xtian Darby Mariano

      Bluetooth audio in not good. Buy the Opera RX1 + S5T it uses kleer technology

  • Aaron de Silva

    Someone should create a product that connect any old AUX Speakers and enable AirPlay. I prefer AirPlay over Bluetooth.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dave.finkelstein.3 Dave Finkelstein

      The airport express can do this.

  • ReanimationXP

    Worst Kickstarter video in the history of ever.

    Cool idea but ultimately useless without a battery / aux port. People actually buy these shitty dock speaker sets? Most of them don’t sound any better than the damn phone and cost almost as much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595420643 Simche Apple Konstantinovic

    Is there a way (if this will be, which I hope, a real product soon) to buy, if you live I Europe? I so want this Pear!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001741911265 Alfonso Torres

    Would this work with the iPhone 2G? Becuase then i will buy the special edition that cost $99 :D

  • http://twitter.com/franchicob Chico Barbieri

    You can find Bluetooth dock receiver on eBay
    I have one and works just fine.
    And btw you can get it right now

  • deepdvd

    Apparently, if you include a link, your post never gets on here. Anyway, on DealExtreme, they have a $10 version of this, so if you just want function and not a glowing pear, search for “ipod bluetooth receiver” at DealExtreme dot com. It seems they have a few different ugly colors too!

  • No Whammy

    This blows my mind. There are literally hundreds of the exact product minus the glowing Pear logo.