If you’re heavily invested into the Apple iOS ecosystem, then you likely have a number of docks for your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad all around, from your living room to your car. Here’s a handy accessory that turns your physical docking station into a wireless kit that lets you play music or answer a call with the iPhone in your pocket… or a more convenient, driver-friendly position in your car. The CoolStream Bluetooth Receiver is basically a compact dongle that you plug into the 30-pin connector on your dock or that iPhone cable in your car, essentially turning that physical connection into a wireless hook-up with a 30-foot range.
That’s pretty much it – it’s a really simple device, but if you’ve ever had to fiddle with an iPhone that’s hooked up to your car’s audio system via a painfully short cable, then you’ll learn to love this thing (you can now have it mounted somewhere that’s a little more reachable, like on your visor). The fact that it doesn’t need separate batteries (it draws power from the 30-pin connection) makes it even better.
As a bonus, the CoolStream will also handle phone calls if it’s paired with an iPhone: if it’s playing music and a call comes in, the music pauses while you take the call, and automatically resumes once you end the call. Another bonus: you don’t have to be limited to using an iOS device. It’ll work with any Bluetooth-enabled device, letting you play music from your Android smartphone or tablet, and stream it to your previously iOS-only car stereo or speaker dock.
The CoolStream Bluetooth Receiver is now available from Amazon for $39.99.