Gadgets: Bedside speaker creates relaxing environment

With the press of a button, the Tranquil Moments Bluetooth speaker brings the ocean, woods and other quieting environments to your bedside.

The stress release bedside speaker creates the relaxing environment to help you fall asleep.

There's a dozen different sounds including rain, thunderstorms and a summer night to knock out your stress and help you sleep. After choosing your sound, set the timer (30, 60 or 90 minutes); you can even let it go all night.

According to the company website, "Tranquil Moments sound programs are based on the DELTA, ALPHA and THETA brainwave patterns associated with deep states of sleep, relaxation and renewal."

The company says the speaker changes your mind's thoughts and the playback slows down as you fall asleep and then turns off.

During the day the Bluetooth speaker can pair with your smartphone or tablet to play playlists. There's also a 3.5mm port for non-Bluetooth devices. $129.99

Jam Rewind speakers

The choices for portable Bluetooth speakers is truly endless but another that sticks out to me for its looks and sound is the Jam Rewind (HMDX Jam), small enough to fit in your back pocket.

I won't say it fills the cliche statement of big things that come in small packages, but you'll be amazed by the sound from the retro-looking rechargeable speaker. It's designed with a cassette tape/boombox exterior look, encasing an internal four-speaker system. The Jam Rewind weighs just 5.8 ounces and you'll get about eight hours of use before a charge is needed. $79.99,

MacAlly's Clipmount

MacAlly's Clipmount is a universal adjustable clip-on mount, versatile enough to hold the Jam Rewind speaker, most any smartphone, some tablets, GPS units or anything up to 8 inches wide.

It's a handy device for hands-free use for cell calls or to have a speaker or GPS hanging in a position to hear it.

I tried it with my iPhone 6 with several cases while sitting at my desk along with the Jam Rewind, a GPS unit and a digital camera. All were successful., $29.99

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