We are all familiar with apps for our smartphones and with Bluetooth headsets for hands free talking separately. What we are not very familiar with is a Bluetooth headset that has its own app store. Bluetrek has unveiled a new headset called the Crescendo that is the world's first to support online app store uploads.
When it comes to gaming geeks and MMORPG games, World of Warcraft is hands down the most popular game out there. The game has been around for a long time now, but it is still hugely popular and has a large enough following that gaming gear specifically for the game is a big market. Creative has unveiled a new wireless headset today with artwork from the game aimed at WoW fans.
Back in March 2009 bizarre watch manufacturer Tokyoflash asked for some consumer feedback on a potential range of Bluetooth gizmos; now we get to see the fruits of that research. The Japanese company have unveiled the Tokyoflash Kisai Escape C, a neck-pendant Bluetooth hands-free kit with remote buttons for controlling media playback.
The Escape C has controls for play/stop, volume, track skip and an answer-call key in the center, and it also tells the time. Like other Tokyoflash timepieces, however, you'll have to do a little deciphering in order to figure it out; it's all shown cryptically with a series of blue LEDs embedded in the fascia.
Jabra have outed a pair of new Bluetooth devices, including a low-cost alternative to the Jabra Stone, the Jabra Extreme, and a Bluetooth speakerphone, the Jabra Cruiser. The Extreme is more traditionally designed than the Stone, but has the same Noise Blackout Extreme background-noise cancellation DSP technology as the more expensive headset.
Bluetooth headsets are typically expensive making them not that appealing to entry-level users. With more and more people living in states where hands free laws are on the books, Bluetooth headsets are often a requirement to make calls while driving. A company called Technocel has debuted the T360 Bluetooth headset that is cheap and offers nice features.
There are uses for a Bluetooth headset other than for hands free driving in a car. Users can use the headset at their computer for VoIP conversations without having to speak into a mic standing on a desk or built into their computer. VXI has a new Bluetooth headset called the B250-XT BlueParrot wireless headset that will work for multiple uses.
One of my big pet peeves is when people wear Bluetooth headsets when they aren’t driving and can actually hold the handset up to their ear. A long time ago I could see the Bluetooth headset as a status symbol, but today everyone, including my Grandma, has one so we aren’t impressed. If you like to wear Bluetooth headsets but don't want others knowing you are wearing it, here is the product for you.
Bluetooth headsets are generally dull, but slap a "spy!" label on them and they become instantly appealing. Well, maybe not instantly, but when you're looking at a headset that fits invisibly into your ear canal then we're pretty darned impressed; BrickHouseSecurity are offering the covert earpiece, which promises to make you look even crazier as you apparently argue with yourself while walking down the road.
Our experiences with bone conduction have been mixed; we didn't have fantastic results with Motorola's Endeavor HX1 Bluetooth headset but a brief play with music-centric headphones have been more impressive. So we're holding judgement on the Sanwa 400-HS015 Bluetooth sunglasses until we read a review: they hook up to your cellphone, PMP or notebook and stream stereo audio via the Bluetooth A2DP profile, but use bone-conduction rather than traditional in-ear buds.
Sometimes it's simple ideas that are the best, and Sony Ericsson's SensMe system is a good example. Used for the first time in the Sony Ericsson MH907 headphones, SensMe remotely-controls music playback and voice calls via sensors in the earbuds themselves. Gimmick or must-have accessory? Check out the SlashGear review after the cut.