This $40 Accessory Will Give Any 30-Pin Speaker Dock Wireless Audio Streaming

When we review speaker docks here at Cult of Mac, one of the most common things we’ll ding them for in our ratings is lack of Bluetooth streaming support. Especially for the more expensive speaker docks, it just seems like a no brainer: why not just slap in a Bluetooth chip for a couple bucks and infinitely expand the usefulness of your product?

We assume that we will continue to be disappointed by Bluetooth-less speaker docks for years to come, but maybe this brilliant KickStarter project can help mitigate that disappointment. Called the Pear (get it?), it’s a tiny little Bluetooth dongle that plugs into your speaker dock’s 30 Pin Dock Connector and gives A2DP streaming Bluetooth audio support to any device!

There’s not much more to it, which is why this is such a great idea: imagine being able to upgrade that dusty old speaker dock going unused on your nightstand or in your kitchen with just a $40 add-on. Unfortunately, it’s a Kickstarter project right now, but with more than $29,000 dollars towards its $40,000 goal already attained with almost two months left to go, this looks like one idea that’s going to soon become a reality.

  • InternDom

    not trying to be a downer, but you already covered this today here: http://t.co/kc1vV2lm

  • The_VaughnSC

    How is this any different than an iSkin Cerulean RX or any of the $15 BT adapters on eBay?

  • poopsie

    When all speakers are Airplay enabled, hopefully soon. This will be useless.

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