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Aliph's Jawbone Icon Adds Apps

1/25/2010 02:00:00 AM Eastern

Aliph updated its line of Jawbone Bluetooth headsets last week with the addition of the Jawbone Icon.

This latest headset features MyTalk, a software platform that reportedly allows users to personalize and update their devices on the Web.

“In building the next generation of wearable computing, we focused maniacally on creating the world's best customer experience. We incorporated significant intelligence into the headset and as a result this is the simplest-to-operate Jawbone ever created, with a rich array of design choices to suit any preference or lifestyle. We like to call it a new icon for personal expression,” said Hosain Rahman, Aliph's CEO, in a release.

The MyTalk platform is currently in private beta at http://mytalk.jawbone.com.

“Customers also tell us they don't want to reach for their phone when their hands and eyes need to be elsewhere, like on the steering wheel and on the road. So Jawbone Icon uses its brains to now whisper important information like caller ID and remaining battery life into the user's ear,” Rahman said.

Personalization and convenience features include:

  • MyTalk AudioApps: Users can personalize the voice that conveys information into their ear. French, German and Spanish languages are also available.

  • MyTalk DialApps: Users can customize an easy access button linking directly to services of their choice, such as free directory assistance, voice-to-SMS and voice dial.

  • Simultaneous Multipoint: Users can switch seamlessly between two calls on different cellphones.

The Jawbone Icon is offered in six designs: the Rouge, the Thinker, the Hero, the Ace, the Catch and the Bombshell.

Talktime for the device — which weighs 8 grams — is listed as 4.5 hours, with standby time listed as more than 10 days. Aliph said it receives an 80 percent charge in 35 minutes and a 100 percent charge in less than one hour. It can pair with up to eight devices, with two simultaneous connections.

Suggested retail is $99.99. It's available.

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