By Lisa Johnston
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Plantronics and Sennheiser Communications each announced additions to their headset lines.
The announcements were made at the Mobile World Congress, being held Feb. 11-14, here.
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Cardo Systems is offering a universal adapter for its allways, a Bluetooth mobile phone headset that fits over a user's ear or clips onto eyeglasses or sunglasses.
The adapter converts virtually any standard mobile phone into a Bluetooth-capable cellphone. Once plugged into the audio jack of the phone, the device allows smooth operation with the allways headset, which also is a recent Cardo introduction.
Philips introduced its SHB7102/27 Bluetooth stereo headset that features a 3.5mm audio adapter.
The adapter is designed to pick up an audio player's music signal and convert it into a wireless Bluetooth signal that can be received by Bluetooth headphones. It is HSP/HFP compliant, as well as A2DP compliant. Features include 10 hours of talktime and 12 hours of standby time, eight hours of music playtime, lithium-polymer battery and a range of up to 33 feet.
Finnish Bluetooth accessories vendor Iqua brought to International CES what it claims is the world's first solar-powered Bluetooth headset.
The Iqua 603 Sun, a 2008 CES Innovations Award winner, sports a solar panel that drives a proprietary 3.7-volt/110mAh lithium-polymer battery that provides up to nine hours of talktime and up to 200 days of standby time when fully charged.
As ubiquitous as cellphones have become, mobile headsets may not be far behind — a growing spate of hands-free laws coupled with advances in technology and style provide a host of compelling reasons for consumers to purchase a new headset in 2006.
Manufacturers will be rolling out a wide variety of new mobile headset models at International CES this week and beyond, offering the latest technology for clear communications as well as sleek and trendy styling for the fashion-conscious wearer.
Genius, a brand division of KYE Systems, debuted the BT-03A, billed by the company as the world's smallest Bluetooth headset.
The BT-03A is designed to complement portable music players, mobile phones, PDAs and LCD TVs. It features an embedded rechargeable lithium-ion battery for up to 6.5 hours of uninterrupted music play, a 30-foot range, 2.4GHz frequency range and a Bluetooth class V1.2 radio.
A new miniaturized Bluetooth headset, called scala-700, is available from Cardo Systems. The unit weighs less than 0.5 ounce and offers a multi-pairing capability that allows consumers to easily switch the headset's connection between paired mobile phones. It also offers wind- and noise-reduction technology and a “unique” feature that allows users to locate the tiny device if it is accidentally misplaced.
Plantronics used International CES to introduce the new Discovery 665 Bluetooth headset with AudioIQ, which is billed as the industry's first digital signal processing (DSP) sound technology to automatically optimize audio levels on both sides of every call — significantly increasing clarity for mobile phone callers, as well as for the listener on the other end of conversations.