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April 16, 2005 06:45 PM PST

Bluespoon AXMy latest entry in my quest to eliminate wires from my digital life is the Bluespoon AX from Nextlink.

This strange looking gizmo is a Bluetooth wireless hands free headset. Unlike most bluetooth hands free headsets, this one uses a little rubber 'soft spring' to fit in your ear rather than over it. It is currently the smallest BT headset available. (At least it was when it was released a couple months ago). It supports two different bluetooth profiles so it will work with most bluetooth phones and PocketPCs. My primary use case for it is listening to audio books, podcasts and text to speech MP3 files with my Ipaq 4700.
I still use my HP BT Headphones (Lobot phones if you prefer) daily for music while at work. While I'm ok walking though the halls at work with them I find that they are still too bulky and intrusive to take them out in public. Mainly this is due to the fact that they donít fold up so you canít easily stow them away. For spoken audio applications the bluespoon fits the bill nicely. It's small enough that you can put it in a pocket - or just leave it on. They claim it will give 6 hours of talk time on a charge (and you charge it with a simple USB cable) Just donít try and listen to music with it. It is a cell phone headset after all and doesnít have the bandwidth for tunes. Here are some reviews: one at pocketnow and the other at infoSync World.


Comments (4)
J, April 16, 2005 07:46 PM:

Hmm... I need to take a look into some of these podcasts to see if I can synch with my car mp3 player. Do you know of an interface that would somehow subscribe to the RSS feeds and automatically download the mp3 file as it's released?

George, April 17, 2005 08:35 AM:

Does it work with skype on your pocketpc?

Wheelson, April 19, 2005 12:30 PM:

I've always though it would be cool to have some sort of intercom system that allowed people to use these kinds of headsets in a car. I always find it annoying that people in the back of a car, and especially a van, have a hard time hearing the people in the front. How cool would it be to have a little box that could allow passengers in the back to easily talk to the passengers and driver in the front. Then you could even direct GPS directions, cell phone calls and all that just to the driver's head set.

John, April 19, 2005 01:06 PM:

Hmm, I expect that it won't be too long before they just shrink a cell phone down to this size. You would use voice commands to control it. You would be 'connected' all the time.






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