The Pear is a simple accessory for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch that turns your existing speaker dock into a Bluetooth enabled speaker system. When you plug your iPhone into a speaker dock or stereo interface, the first thing you have to do is manually start playing the music you want to listen to. You then realize you need to send an SMS message or check an email that just came in so you have to take it out of the dock and the music stops.
It all sounds great at the beginning but speaker docks that require you to physically connect your iPhone are very limiting. Apple saw this problem and released its own wireless protocol called AirPlay. Unfortunately speaker docks with this technology built in are very expensive and hardly common in stores. This is where the Pear Kickstarter project comes in.
It is a pretty obvious solution to the problem and one that should not only make your current dock more usable but will also future proof it if Apple does decide to release the iPhone 5 with a new smaller dock connector. It won’t make any difference as you no longer need to physically connect your iPhone to the dock; it’s all done wirelessly using A2dp.
The Pear is now on Kickstarter and has over fifty days still to run; it has already reached its funding target of $40k. If you want to be an early adopter you can pledge $40 which gets you one should they make it into production. As with all of these Kickstarter projects, just because a particular item reaches its funding total doesn’t guarantee it will be made. I guess the saying goes; you pays your money and takes your choice!
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