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January 20, 2011

New Headset Adds Accelerometer

By Juliana Kenny, TMCnet Managing Editor

A recent development has hit Bluetooth devices thanks to Jawbone. The headset crafter and provider has added an accelerometer to its Era headset. With similar features as the Icon and the Prime, the Era responds to taps and shakes with its motion-sensitive technology.

Unveiled by Aliph, the Era features “HD audio.” While this term sounds a bit unfamiliar, Aliph described it as an application of NoiseAssassin technology, version 3.0, to outbound and inbound audio. Effectively, both callers experience high quality audio.

By double-tapping the Era, users can answer calls, end them, or swap between calls. If the user happens to be holding the device in his/her hand, a double-shake will cause those actions, and a quadruple shake will put the device in pairing mode. The device also supports the A2DP standard which enables the user to listen to other forms of audio besides just phone calls such as iTunes, Pandora, etc.

Available in four styles, the Era headset comes in uniquely named colors. Shadowbox is black metal, Smokescreen (News - Alert) is brown copper, Midnight is black over a red background, and Silver Lining is silver over a white background. Rolling in at $129, the Era is available online now, and will be in stores January 23.

The Era additionally comes with MyTalk integration which includes a suite of apps and customizations which allow users to post status updates just by speaking them out loud, and download replacement voices.

Juliana Kenny graduated from the University of Connecticut with a double degree in English and French. After managing a small company for two years, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web Editor for TMCnet. Juliana currently focuses on the call center and CRM industries, but she also writes about cloud telephony and network gear including softswitches.

Edited by Juliana Kenny

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