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TMCnet Headsets Week in Review

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April 07, 2012

TMCnet Headsets Week in Review

By Shawn Hebert, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Another week has passed, so let's catch you up on some of the Headsets headlines that you may have missed with our weekly round-up.

Nintendo announced a partnership agreement that will allow the company to license Green Hills Software's Multi IDE platform to independent Wii U developers. The deal aims to reduce developmental cost of the next generation console by detecting bugs and glitches in the early stages of design.

In other gaming news, Steelseries announced a new ErgoRetro product line for gamers comprised of an 8-bit themed keyboard, mouse and headset. The keyboard features flat, 8-bit style keys while the mouse has a TrackBlock sensor and similar 8-bit flair. The headset is made up of oversized, block-like earpieces and weighs in at slightly under nine pounds.

The new product line, described on the Steelseries blog as “increasing hand-cramp reaction times” and “it takes away the fast response time of its user and focuses the attention more on the way it looks than the way it works,” was part of the company's April Fools gag.

Team communication company Sonetics received a patent for their new technology that allows the use of multiple headsets with a single wireless base station. The company said the new vehicle crew communication systems will be deployed to aviation, military, industrial and commercial branches.

According to the article posted by Anuradha Shukla, “the (Sonetics) technology also facilitates full-duplex communication over multiple encrypted links from a single base station.”

While on the subject of vehicle communications, nearly every 2012 new vehicle model offers Bluetooth connectivity either as a standard or optional feature, National Transportation Safety Board chairman Deborah Hersman stated that there needs to be research on whether voice controls in cars serve as a distraction to drivers. In-car technology guidelines were proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in February, while voice controls will be addressed by the board in 2014.

The U.S. Department of Transportation claims around 3,000 of the 33,000 car crash fatalities every year are due to distractions.

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