This is the Pear, and it might just be one of the most useful iPhone accessories yet devised. It’s a little, puck-like Bluetooth receiver that is designed to slot into any speaker dock and free your iOS device from its needy clutches.
The Pear comes from Brendan P. Kelso, a magnificently-named Kickstarterer. The tiny dongle is powered by the speaker dock itself, which lets it indulge in the whimsy of a glowing pear logo. The Pear appears (ap-pear-s – see what I did there?) as a regular Bluetooth source and is therefore accessible to any app that uses Airplay.
The Pear is squarely in the why-didn’t-anyone-think-of-this-before category, and it’s also in the so-cheap-why-wouldn’t-you-buy-it? camp. At just $40 its cheaper than many other Bluetooth receivers, and requires neither recharging nor a power plug.
I’m totally in. Or I would be, if I had anything that uses a dock – all my speakers already have Bluetooth already these days. Want one? Then get over to Kickstarter and pitch. Sadly, Brendan chose the long, long two-month option for his project, so even though it is already half way funded you’re going to have to wait a while.