I don't drive that often, so I don't really have a need for a Bluetooth headset. However these new Jawbone Icon headsets ($99) are really making me reconsider my situation. Coming in four new styles, the Icon is definitely a fashion statement that I'd have no problem making if I needed to. But it got me wondering how many of you actually use a Bluetooth headset today. Now that more vehicles are allowing you to connect your smartphone to built-in systems, it seems that Bluetooth headsets may be on their way out, at least when it comes to handsfree driving. Tell me — do you use a Bluetooth headset in the car, or while wandering the world on foot?
Last week at the Philips event in Portugal, I got to check out innovative new products like the Prestigo remote and like this new device — the Philips Tapster. In the video below you'll get a sneak peek at how it functions, but basically with this Bluetooth stereo headset, you can easily switch between your music and incoming phone calls by using simple gestures. With stellar sound quality, a comfortable feel when on the ear, and crystal clear reception, this is going to be one hot little product when it's released later this year.
Oh yeah, this is better than driving with a cell phone to your ear. When exactly would you use this Hair Dryer Cell Phone Headset ($8)? Seeing as though it doesn't make your hands free, driving is out, and on that same token, you can't clean the house while talking to your mom on the phone. . . think, think, think. . .
I've got it. Teenagers with a cell phone curfew! Supposed to be off the phone? "I'm not on the phone, ma, I'm just drying my hair!" Recommended: Turning on an actual hair dryer to obscure the conversation.
If you've already received a ticket for cruising around in California with one hand on the wheel and one hand holding your phone, I have a little something to make getting that ticket seem less depressing. Aliph, the maker of the uber-stylish Jawbone headsets (a personal fave and one of my June Must Haves), is offering you a discount when you buy one of their cool headsets!
Just enter in your citation number on the Aliph website to receive a nice $20 discount — that's the amount of the ticket itself! Well, on your first offense anyway. Here's hoping that you won't get caught "cell-handed" again!
California's hands-free wireless telephone law may have taken effect July 1, but celebs like Seal and David Beckham were already ready for the big day since they are both avid bluetooth headset users. "Whenever I’m driving around L.A. or heading to practice, I use my Motorola H12 to keep me connected to my mobile phone," says Beckham.
Not only is David loving his Motopure H12 Bluetooth headset that comes with CrystalTalk - special noise cancellation technology for superior audio clarity - but he is also a fan of another Motorola product, the RAZR 2 — we could seriously start calling him the McSteamy of tech!
On July 1, California's new state law that requires drivers to use hands-free technology like headsets and bluetooth-enabled devices will take full effect. The Policy Institute of California is predicting that this new law will save around 300 lives a year (a 7 percent decline in fatal car accidents), considering the drop other states have noticed since enforcing the law.
The penalty if you get caught talking with your phone to your ear? It's only $20 for first-time offenders and you won't lose points against your driving record. Regardless, the cops issuing tickets are going to be swamped for the first six months till people finally realize they're going to need a hands-free device. I suggest going geek chic with the Jawbone Headset. Hey, at least Seal is playing it safe while maintaining his techno-chic flair with his shiny Bentley, shiny shades, and shiny Bluetooth earpiece!
Before you start laughing, I'll admit that eMagin's SVGA 3DS OLED-XL microdisplay headsets aren't particularly sexy, but who needs glamorous gear when you've got extraordinary pieces of technology right before your eyes?! With this microdisplay you get both analog- and digital-signal process in a tiny compact display, therefore eliminating the need for an external television screen.
When I tested out the OLED microdisplay, it was connected to a Dreamaz Indicube personal media player, which allowed me to watch videos on a virtual screen size equivalent to 52 incheds by 2 meters! A great invention for those who would like to experience their videos from their iPod on a larger (portable) screen in complete privacy. The company plans to start shipping headsets in March.
On top of David Beckham taking his shirt off for the newly released Motorola RAZR2, our favorite footballer has also appeared in ads for the MOTOROKR S9, a slim Bluetooth headset that integrates wireless mobile music and calls. If you're like me and tend to pay more attention to the gadgets and gizmos on TV than the actual content, you've probably already seen the headset — along with about 50 other trendy gadgets — in Fergie's most recent video, Big Girls Don't Cry. I haven't seen the device in person, but I like the fact that it fits around the back of your head, which is always great for working out and doesn't mess up your hair.
The headset is being marketed as "perfect for fitness enthusiasts who are trying to stay wrapped up in their workout and not their headphone wires." It got my attention when I read it weighs in at just barely an ounce and it is water and sweat resistant. It is controlled by integrated touch sensitive controls that enable you to manage your music and calls with ease. read more
Usually whenever I see a Bluetooth headset I can't help but think, "ugh, that's so ugly!" Thankfully Korea has been busy whipping up some chic pink headsets that are sure to be mistaken for cute MP3 players. Brought to you by AVING, the BHP-012 Bluetooth headset from Pionstep offers 20 hours of talk time, 16 hours of audio playback and 250 hours of standby time. Each works with Bluetooth-enabled PCs and and supports enhanced bass and treble for quality output. Currently only available in Korea, but most likely will make their way to the U.S. in due time. via Gizmodiva
So this might be a no-brainer in terms of its "totally geeky or geek chic?" factor, but I couldn't help but share the Angel wake-up alarm with you. When I first saw this device on Geek Alerts, I couldn't believe my eyes. The Wake-Up Angel was designed to keep you alert during those moments when you don't want to drift off (class, work, a date, you catch my drift). Just place it behind you ear and whenever your head turns 30-degrees or lower, the ear piece will vibrate. You can choose from four different adjustments of angle levels where you want the vibrator to go off. Priced at around $20, the alarm comes in black or pink and includes a keychain hook, but doesn't have bluetooth...awww such a shame!