updated 12:00 pm EDT, Mon September 25, 2006
Mvox Duo Communicator
Despite their cost, most phone headsets are single-purpose devices that only save the trouble of bringing the cellphone to one's ear. Mvox used its presence at the 2006 DEMOfall Expo to improve on the existing formula with its Duo Communicator earpiece. In addition to the standard role of a Bluetooth headset that privatizes incoming calls, the Duo can be used for voice-activated dialing at near-100% accuracy. A small array microphone is said to eliminate the background noise and other problems that would normally plague voice recognition. Mvox has also opened support to VoIP calling with the Duo and includes a speakerphone function for group calls. Owners can expect roughly 7 hours of battery life in normal mode. The Duo will be available in November for $199.