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OnBeep Onyx is a tiny, wearable walkie-talkie for your phone

Jared Newman | Nov. 6, 2014
This US$99 wearable takes a page from Star Trek to offer eyes-free group communication over any distance.

Why hasn't anyone done this before? Robbins says Onyx was only made possible recently through the maturation of Bluetooth, faster wireless data connections and new ways for hardware startups to get to market.

"Until recently, you had to be carrier or handset manufacturer to do this, and no one seems to like the services they've built so far," Robbins said. "That left an opening for us to go through."

 

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