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Bem Readies Bluetooth Speaker Band

Chicago – Bluetooth-speaker supplier Bem Wireless is launching a Bluetooth speaker that’s worn on the wrist and doubles as a hands-free speakerphone.

Bem’s $49 speaker band incorporates a speaker, microphone, spoken audio caller ID, answer button and compatibility with most voice-recognition apps. For music playback, it features play, pause, skip and reverse buttons. Its rechargeable battery delivers up to six hours of talk time.

The device is promoted as a safer alternative to searching through a purse or pocket for a phone, especially if the phone owner is driving.

The speaker band is available in six colors: black, white, blue, red, gray and green.

The device is available for preorder for a limited time on Additional distribution details were unavailable.

Bem, formed in 2012, offers portable Bluetooth speakers, including a boombox-style portable Bluetooth speaker with integrated carrying handle.