Pear Bluetooth Dongle That Gave Wireless Streaming To Any 30-Pin Dock Pulled From Kickstarter

Pear Bluetooth Dongle That Gave Wireless Streaming To Any 30-Pin Dock Pulled From Kickstarter

Do you remember the Pear, an ingenious Bluetooth dongle that would give any 30-pin iPod dock the ability to receive and play music streamed from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch? We were eagerly awaiting the little gadget’s successful funding on Kickstarter, but it looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer: the product has been pulled from the crowdsourced project funding website following an accusation of trademark infringement.

The good news is the issue should be resolvedpretty quickly: the guys behind the Pear say that they were hit with a cease-and-desist order over the name of the dock converter, which caused the Kickstarter page to be pulled immediately, leaving the Pear team with no way to tell their fans and supporters what was going on. However, with a name change and a slight design alteration, Pear should be back to life in the next 3-6 weeks. Let’s hope a shippable product isn’t too far behind.

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