Now you can pretend you have bionic hearing.
Sound ID just came out with a new Bluetooth
headset (the Sound ID 400) with all sorts of funky features that could
give people the impression that you can actually hear anything said,
First off, there's "PersonalSound." You get three
"custom hearing choices" in addition to automatic volume control. That
means you can set three different volume levels as your defaults - a
bit louder for when the kids are playing in the next room, a bit softer
for when you have some time to yourself, perhaps. There's also
automatic volume control so when you're driving and the person on the
other end of the line suddenly turns into a low talker, you should be
able to hear them without having to fumble for the volume.
Next, there's "Environmental Mode," which lets you leave your headset
on and still hold regular conversations with people without having to
yell, "What?" every three seconds. When the headset's in that mode,
"the hearing ablity is enhanced and soft sounds can be heard." SoundID
describes it as "hear-through" technology, i.e., that you can hear
through the headset. So you'll never have to take the headset off ever
Add to that "NoiseNavigation," which is supposed to cut
down wind noise and other background clutter. So if you call your
babysitter from a cocktail party, she should be be able to hear you
through all the chatter and clinking champagne glasses.
also makes the CompanionLink Remote Microphone, and this is the first
telephone headset compatible with it. It's a teensy clip-on microphone
that allows you to use the headset as a receiver and hear conversations
from across the room. It's like Spy v. Spy.
The 400 will be
available soon (quarter 4, which starts next month) for $129.99 or
thereabouts. It comes with a Universal AC charger, USB charging cable,
three sizes of ear loops and an ear hook. The CompanionLink microphone
will be available for $79.99.
Sound ID 400 specs:
Weight: 8 grams (0.28 ounces)
Dimensios: 53.5 x 15.5 x 7.5 millimeters (2.1 x 0.6 x 0.3 inches)
Battery life: Up to 7 hours talk time, 200 hours (8 days)
Technology: Bluetooth version 2.1+ EDR and eSCO
improves the transmission sound quality and is compatible with earlier
versions of Bluetooth