luetooth has become the wireless standard for sim-
ply and securely transferring small amounts of data
between two devices. Like many, I use Bluetooth to
connect my iPhone to devices like my Apple Watch, AirPods,
wireless speaker, and keyboard. Lately, I’ve been testing out
some not-so-obvious Bluetooth accessories. Here, I’ll share
three personal recommendations of products that are not only
highly rated on Amazon but that I’ve found to be easy to set
up and use and that are well supported by their respective
RENPHO Bluetooth Smart Scale
I weigh myself using the RENPHO Bluetooth Smart Scale
with its glass face and stainless-steel electrode pads. After
opening the free RENPHO app, I step on the scale and watch
as my weight automatically registers. The trending line graph
tracks my progress.
If I wear shoes when I step on the scale, the app records
my weight and Body Mass Index (BMI) only. However, I can
also measure my body fat, water percentage, muscle mass,
protein, and metabolic age when I stand straight with my bare
dry feet uniformly touching the electrode pads. The captured
data can be synced with Apple’s Health app.
Greater Goods Bluetooth Blood Pressure Monitor
The Greater Goods Bluetooth Blood Pressure Monitor, like
the RENPHO scale, works seamlessly. I had never measured
my own blood pressure before, but Greater Goods’ short
manual and online video tutorials made setting up and using
the monitor easy. I wrap the cuff on my upper arm, open the
app, press the start button on the monitor, and watch the cuff
compress and release. Then the monitor displays my systolic
and diastolic blood pressure and pulse rate. The app records
the results, shows views of my history in various ways, and
passes the data to the Apple Health app.
The portable monitor runs on AAA batteries or hooks up
to an outlet. It comes with a storage case, quality cuff, and
large backlit LCD display with oversized numbers. A hypertension indicator bar and irregular heartbeat sensor alerts me
of any issues. A portion of the cost is donated to the charity
Love146, which works to end child trafficking and cares for
Eocean Selfie Stick Tripod
Bluetooth also enhances the use of my iPhone 7 Plus camera. The cleverly designed Eocean Selfie Stick Tripod functions
both as a selfie stick and tripod and can extend up to 26. 7
inches. Folded, the stick is 7. 9 inches long and weighs 6. 7
ounces. When using it as a tripod, the aluminum alloy stick
and non-slip foot pad keep it stable.
A soft silicone clamp interior protects the phone from
scratching. The clamp rotates 360 degrees, which allows you
to capture horizontal or vertical photos. The head and neck of
the selfie stick also rotate, which means you can take pictures
from various angles.
A removable remote is embedded in the stick. The remote
makes it easy to take individual or group photos whether in
selfie or tripod mode. After pairing the remote, pressing the
button takes a picture. The remote recharges using the micro-USB port at the bottom of the stick.
Next-Level Bluetooth Accessories
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