CR Blog: Last year Wieden + Kennedy London launched the Nokia Music Almighty Headset Competition, which invited entrants to design a Nokia Bluetooth headset, inspired by their favourite piece of music.
The winning designs have now all been made into fully functioning headsets, some of which are more wearable than others…
The competition, which followed on from W+K’s striking Nokia Music Almighty poster campaign, attracted almost 8,000 entries in just three months. The winning designs were chosen by a panel of judges including Dick Powell, Eddi Yip, Tej Chauhan and Felix Buxton (Basement Jaxx), and the headsets will be on display at the Nokia Regent Street Flagship store in London in April.
Gizmodo: This water droplet-shaped concept from Ilshat Garipov makes a good run at it, but no matter how small or slick or arty they are, Bluetooth headsets are just never going to look good.
Is it the association they have with bankers, lawyers, and other douche-types? Is it the inherent awkwardness of watching somebody talk into a machine you can’t see?
I think we can all agree that it’s not the specific design of an individual Bluetooth headset that makes it irritating. Sorry, Ilshat, your design is pretty sharp and all that but I just can’t get excited over a device with a function I can’t help but find annoying.
Crave: Hong Kong-based Brando‘s obsession with combining gadgetry has been long documented in this space, from its mouse massagers to aromatherapy speakers. And every once in awhile one of its lab rats actually turns out to be something useful. Not this time.
The “Stylus Hanging Bluetooth Headset” is as baffling as its name suggests. The headset hangs from your neck but must still be connected to some kind of headphones, while touting its weak multi-tasking role as a stylus. Which would make it the largest and most cumbersome stylus in the history of technology. They would have been better off making it into an LED or pen. Or something.
Mobile Magazine: Cut those cords! A2DP stereo Bluetooth isn’t exactly new technology anymore, but most portable MP3 players do not grant you the ability to cut the cords right out of the box. The JayBird JB-200 Bluetooth Stereo Headset looks more like a pair of mono Bluetooth headsets that have been strung together with a cable that dangles behind your neck, but this design might actually be more practical and versatile that something that has a headband.
The JB-200 is the successor to the JayBird JB-100 Bluetooth Stereo Headset, improving the fit and sound isolation, while boosting the bass and extended the behind-the-neck cord. It also comes with AVRCP music/call controls, so you don’t have to go reaching in your pocket to swap tunes.
Product Reviews Net: This new device from Jabra is the bling bling of bluetooth headsets. It weighs less than 10 grams but is plated with 24k gold. Designed by Jacob Jenson the Cara Gold JX10 headset is predicted to go into very limited production.
It utilizes DSP (Digital Signal Processing) technology to reduce background noises when you are chatting.
The bluetooth headset will need recharging after ever 6 hours of talking but it comes with a price tag of €220, so perhaps this one should be saved for P. Diddy and 50 Cent.
Around 28,000 of these bluetooth headsets are going to be made available in most countries around the world. It weighs less than 29 grams and is about 4cm long, approximatly 1.5 inches.
PC World: Apple’s Bluetooth headset for the iPhone has been revealed to be the funky-appearing Aliph Jawbone.
The headset integrates the latest innovations in acoustics, audio processing and product design to furnish users with excellent incoming and outgoing voice clarity.
Jawbone also deploys an advanced, military-grade noise-canceling system called Noise Shield. This has a dual function: it eliminates background noise while adjusting speaker volume throughout a call, making for better quality calls.
Aliph claims its headset makes it possible to carry on a conversation in even the noisiest environments.
Engadget: Nokia just busted out three Bluetooth headsets: the BH-803, BH-604 (pictured), and BH-602.
The most interesting of the bunch are the big, “quick to charge” BG-604 stereo cans with AVRCP remote control over your Bluetooth 2.0 equipped audio device.
Expect ‘em to go global in Q3 for a bit less than €140. The wee 11.3-g, BH-803 and the 11-hour talk (5-hours after a 15-minute charge) BH-602 headsets are priced for less than €160 and €90, respectively.
Bose comes up with a new version of their QuietComfort headset. They come in two different sets, the on-ear and around-ear version with the same quality and features as the previous QC2 headset:
- exclusive noise reduction technology
- full-detailed audio performance
- comfortable leightweight fit
They are for sale for about $350 in the Bose Online Shop.
(source: Bose Newsletter)