AT CTIA 2009, the consumer-friendly conference for wireless telecommunications, companies from Nokia to LG strutted their new wares. Lesser-known companies were also on hand to debut accessories like bluetooth headsets, a must-have for busy professionals. Two products that could help blind and deaf professionals stood out.
First up, BlueAnt, which introduced a new visor-mount speakerphone called the BlueAnt S1. BlueAnt recently won a Vision Free Award from the Sendero Group and Stevie Wonder at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Showroom for audio coaching built-into the headset. The new S1 has voice-recognition software, plus a text-to-speech feature that will read out incoming caller ID, which is great for people who cannot see what’s on their phone (as well as those who are too busy driving to look at their phones.) The S1 also has an automatic vibration reconnection, which automatically reconnects to your handset when you enter the car. “Call quality is good as well,” says CNET.
Also new on the market: The Jabra HALO stereo Bluetooth headset claims to be the first stereo headset with dual microphone noise cancellation, which is good for people who are hearing-impaired and wear a hearing aid, which often picks up extra background noise like traffic and the radio.