10 Best Bluetooth Beanies | March 2017
- rugged and shock-proof build
- one size fits all
- sound distorts at max volume
- up to 60 hours of standby time
- only takes 3 hours to fully recharge
- doesn't fit people with large heads
- battery lasts for up to 7 days
- produces a decent amount of bass
- people can hear your phone calls
- four bold color options
- exceptionally warm
- not quite loud enough
- speakers pair up easily
- leather control patch looks stylish
- one-touch answering for phone calls
- built-in overcharge protection
- available in many colors
- 3-foot microphone distance
- high quality stereo speakers
- one size fits most
- includes micro usb charging cable
How Bluetooth Technology Works
Instead of using wires and cables to connect two devices, Bluetooth capable devices connect with each other via radio waves. For Bluetooth devices to work, they require a combination of software and hardware. The hardware generally consists of a microchip with an integrated antenna. This chip is capable of sending and receiving signals at specific frequencies. Software is then used to interpret the incoming signal, or send a signal that another Bluetooth capable device can read. If the signal is being sent to wireless speakers, the transmitting device would send audio files along with other informational files that are related to volume, track controls, etc.
When connecting two Bluetooth devices, the receiving device will usually be set to discoverable. When a Bluetooth device is set to discoverable, it will appear in the list of available devices when scanning with a transmitting device. If a device is not set to discoverable, it will not be detected when scanning with a transmitting or controlling device.
Bluetooth signals are designed with a limited range otherwise there would be a massive amount of conflicting data over most areas, causing communication issues between devices. Once two devices have been synced or paired, they will continue to communicate with each other within a set signal and will only detect, read, and send signals to each other on that signal. This allows them to know which data is the correct data to interpret, and which data can be ignored.
Bluetooth operates in the unlicensed ISM band between 2.4 and 2.485GHz, but many other devices also use this band. To ensure there is limited to no interference when Bluetooth devices communicate, they frequency hop at a nominal rate of 1600 hops per second. When two devices are synced, they frequency hop synchronously. This frequent change in wavelengths means that if a signal is interrupted for some unexpected reason, it won't be interrupted for longer than 1/1600th of a second.
What Is A Beanie
Beanies, also known as skullies, are close-fitting hats that are usually made of some kind of knitted material. This is often a soft fabric like wool, cotton or fleece. Traditionally they were worn low over the head and designed to keep the ears and head warm on cold winter days. The beanie started out as a blue-collar working hat usually worn by manual laborers like mechanics, welders, and dock workers. For these workers it would serve a dual purpose, keeping the head warm while keeping the hair from falling in front of the face.
Exactly when the beanie became more of a fashion statement than a working hat is hard to say, but it is believed that schoolchildren first started wearing them in an imitation of their blue collar working-class fathers. They were also used heavily in winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. Over time they became popular with college kids and are currently trending in the fashion world. Many celebrities are known for wearing beanies on a regular basis and we have even seen some appear on the red carpet recently at well-known entertainment events. Beanies worn as a fashion accessory are often heavily branded with the designers name, logo, or other slogans.
Today they are worn by both men and women in a variety of different ways. Sometimes they may be worn tight over the head, as they were in the past, to keep the head warm on cooler days. Some people choose to pull them even tighter so that they cover the forehead and the upper eyebrow. This gives of something of a hip hop look and is a throwback to the style of the 90s. A more recent style is to wear them higher up on the head with the front few inches of hair showing. Celebrities like Justin Bieber are known for pioneering this look and making it extremely popular with teens and college students. Hipsters are known for wearing the type of beanie that sits loosely on the head with top couple of inches of the hat unstretched.
Choosing A Bluetooth Beanie
Two things must be taken into consideration when choosing a Bluetooth beanie: electronics and style. If either of these features isn't to your liking, the beanie will most likely spend more time at the bottom of a drawer than on top of your head.
Start by finding a few Bluetooth beanies that you like the design of. Don't forget that beanies are a fashion statement these days, so look for one that matches your personal style. Unless you plan on buying a couple of different styles, it's also best to look for one that is somewhat neutral and can work with a number of different outfits. If you are particularly concerned about comfort, choose a beanie made out of a soft, breathable fabric like cotton or fleece. These will keep you warm on cold days, but also be comfortable on warmer days. If you want one solely for warmth, choose a wool beanie with a fleece interior.
When factoring in electronics, look for a Beanie that features removable speakers and controls. This makes washing easier. It's also best to find one with the newest Bluetooth v4.2 version and a long battery life. Some may only offer 3 hours of music playback, while others offer upwards of 8 hours. If you plan on working out in your Bluetooth beanie, one with water resistant electronics is also a good choice.