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The next-generation Bluetooth headset is being introduced by Jabra. The BT500, called one of the thinnest headsets in the industry, is 20 percent lighter and 30 percent slimmer than the previous generation BT250.
Described by Plantronics as the first mono-to-stereo convertible Bluetooth headset with AudioIQ DSP noise-reduction technology for MP3 mobile phones, the Voyager 855, features a convertible design and "immersive sound experience" for calls and music. It can be used with Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones with stereo A2DP.
Chronotech is introducing a new Bluetooth-earpiece option for mobile phone users. Its Bluevoice Watch is a wristwatch with a removable Bluetooth earpiece built in. According to the company, the earpiece is primarily worn as part of the watch and is only placed in the ear when the user is taking a call.
Cobra Electronics last week announced a licensing agreement with Aries Manufacturing, a supplier of aftermarket wireless accessories, for a line of Cobra-brand wireless phone accessories designed for professional drivers.
The first products to market as a result of this agreement are a line of Bluetooth noise-canceling headsets. Two models are previewed at www.cobrahandsfree.com.
Anycom Technologies is introducing its Bluetooth stereo headphone, model BSH-100, a wireless unit that offers multiple settings for hi-fi stereo headphone for digital audio, Bluetooth headset with attachable microphone for use with mobile phones and PC peripheral using a USB Bluetooth adapter for gaming, chat and VoIP.
Plantronics is offering two new Bluetooth-enabled headsets, the premium Tahiti model, which features a “unique” stylish design with “innovative” charging system, and the Tonga, a unit said to deliver convenience and comfort for entry-level Bluetooth cellphone users.
The Tahiti offers a charging system, said to be an “industry first,” according to Plantronics. It includes an AAA battery charger that continuously recharges the headset while not in use, providing 25 hours of talk time.
Motorola recently announced two Bluetooth accessories.
The MotoRokr T505 Bluetooth in-car speakerphone and digital FM transmitter is billed by the company as its first road-ready, music-oriented Rokr accessory. The T505 is designed to allow users to connect a compatible Bluetooth enabled phone to the car sound system for hands-free calling and music in stereo sound.
BlueAnt Wireless introduced the Z9i Bluetooth headset earlier this summer.
The Z9i is described by BlueAnt as an enhanced version of the company's Z9.
Now able to connect with up to five Bluetooth devices — the Z9 could connect with just three — the Z9i features Multipoint technology, which is designed to allows users to connect simultaneously to two phones and answer the one that rings. It has 2.4GHz technology and has an operating range of approximately 30 feet.
Jabra used the CTIA Wireless show, held here last week, to debut a Bluetooth stereo headset and a Bluetooth speakerphone.
The Halo stereo headset comes with the company's Noise Blackout technology and A2DP technology. It is engineered to let users connect to any Bluetooth music-playing device, as well as 3.5mm music-playing devices. It reportedly fades out music to allow for incoming calls.