The Orb Bluetooth Headset

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How do you feel about bluetooth headsets? On the one hand, having a lightweight portable hands-free device for phone calls is downright handy in certain situations, most especially while driving. On the other hand, the classic bullet-in-the-ear design has a dorky reputation. Wear one, and people assume you are so enamored of  your phone that you can't put it down, or else you so full of yourself that you think you have to be accessible within seconds. One the other hand, it's handy for covering up the fact that you talk to yourself. But that's too many hands.

220_orbearringThe Orb Bluetooth Headset reconciles the first two hands. This headset doesn't look like a phone receiver at all, because it looks like jewelry. A ring, to be exact. Small, lightweight, easy to carry even without a purse. When you get a call, twist it open to an S shape and loop it over your ear. Then it looks like an earring! Finish your call and slip it back on your finger. You get rid of the dorky look but you still won't lose the Orb in your car or purse. The specs:

The Orb has a flexible OLED that will display the caller information, calendar items, and voice-to-text information. So the next time you receive a ring, you can look at your ring.

You may notice that the opened up headset is hanging securely from the ear, but none of it is in the ear. Yeah, you don't have to mess around with it too much, as the Orb uses bone conduction technology. Some of you have not seen bone conduction before, but it is a way of transmitting sound directly into the brain through touch.

The Orb is a concept design now, but is planned for release in 2010, starting at $129. Since it is jewelry, it might also be available with gemstones or even engraving. Who knows? It could be the centerpiece of geek weddings to come.

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July 27, 2009 - 3:30am
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