updated 03:55 pm EDT, Tue August 26, 2008
BlueAnt Bluetooth headset
Bluetooth device maker BlueAnt Wireless on Tuesday announced it has launched the previously announced V1 Headset, which, the company claims, is the first Bluetooth 2.1+EDR headset with voice recognition, allowing for totally hands-free operation. The headset's BlueGenie Voice Interface software is embedded in the headset and therefore independent of the connected cellphone or other Bluetooth-enabled device. The V1 can pair up with and remember up to eight Bluetooth devices.
The V1 Headset will recognize voice commands to pair it to devices, make phone call functions such as redialing or answering calls, and dialing for informaiton. The device will provide options when asked as well as give users a spoken tutorial of the its capabilities and features.
Two microphones and BlueAnt's proprietary Voice Isolation Technology in conjunction with a DSP filter out noise to understand users' commands. A USB connection allows future firmware upgrades to be installed, as well as provides another charging option for the built-in battery, which is rated at 5 hours of talk time or 200 hours of stand-by. Foam tips are included to increase comfort and keep ambient noise out.
The BlueAnt V1 Bluetooth headset is available now and priced at nearly $130.