JBL CLIP 2 $49.95

Bluetooth speakers have improved

In the last few years, Bluetooth speakers have improved in sound and battery life. I’ve been listening to two Bluetooth speakers, with differing designs and features.

The JBL Clip 2 is a small, hockey-puck-size speaker with a small carabiner with which you can hang it from a belt loop or backpack.

The sound is quite clear and there’s the ability to wirelessly daisy-chain two Clip 2 speakers for simultaneous playback.

Meanwhile, Aukey isn’t exactly a household name. In fact, it doesn’t have a website. You can read about and order its products from Amazon.

The Aukey SoundTank Bluetooth Speaker ($39.99 at Amazon.com) is built to take some abuse while it plays your tunes. The SoundTank is a rugged rectangle enclosure with two 5-watt speaker drivers that can keep the music going for up to 30 hours from a built-in 2,600 mAh rechargeable battery.



Medical information with a wrist twist

Don’t wait until a medical emergency occurs to come up with a plan to communicate medical information. One such option is Epic-id bracelets.

The Epic-id features an adjustable, hypoallergenic silicone wrist band with a USB connection that can be read by any computer — including those used by first responders.

There are no monthly fees. It has no battery. It doesn’t connect to the internet. Any of the information can be updated at any time.

While a single one costs $50, Epic-id sells a package of 18 wrist bands for $300.