headset usage has been declining for some time now, and for good reason. They often don't work well, and they always make the user look goofy. But a few companies have managed to stay afloat as the others have died off, with Jabra
and BlueAnt being at the top of the heap.
The latter company has just introduced a new Bluetooth headset today, and unlike most of the others, this one actually has something to differentiate it. The T1 is actually "rugged," boasting "groundbreaking durability and wind noise reduction" that isn't found on most "normal' headsets. It's the first headset the company has shipped with Wind Armour Technology, which is described as the following: this solution combines patent-pending design features with BlueAnt’s proprietary noise cancellation software to deliver clear audio in wind speeds up to 22 mph—the best wind noise reduction of any Bluetooth headset on the market.
As for durability, the T1 features removable and interchangeable patent-pending, soft-touch silicon covers that protect and cushion the headset from minor bumps and accidental impact. The smarts continue on as well, as the T1 is also the first and only Bluetooth headset to offer caller name announce, so you will always know who is calling because the T1 will read out the name of the incoming caller. Responding to the call is as easy as saying the words “Answer” or “Ignore,” leaving the user hands free to focus on their task at hand. The Text To Speech engine will store up to 2,000 phone book entries per paired device for caller name announce. The T1 also offers A2DP for streaming audio of podcasts and turn-by-turn directions from GPS applications on your mobile phone.
No price has been listed, but given just how robust this is, we doubt it will be cheap.
T1 Feature Summary:
Superior wind noise performance: clear calls in winds up to 22 mph
Durable exterior and soft touch silicon covers protect the headset
from accidental impact, dust and moisture
Use your voice to make calls with quick access to phone voice dialing
Answer calls with your voice just by saying “Answer” or “Ignore”
Stores up to 2,000 phone book entries for each paired device and uses
text to speech technology to read out the name of the incoming caller
Multipoint: connect to two phones at the same time and answer
whichever one rings
True multipoint: both phones remain connected even during a call, so
you can switch between multiple simultaneous calls on both phones
without disconnecting from the T1
Simply Connect technology and embedded audio guides talk you through
setup and pairing
A2DP streaming for playback of music, podcasts and turn-by-turn
direction information from a phone GPS application
Free firmware upgrades available online
Hardware on/off switch