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Bluetooth Away From The Cellphone

Is Bluetooth finally moving out of the world of mobile phones?

The Gadgeteer feels so, highlighting some new toys including two pairs of Bluetooth headphones and a Bluetooth mouse. Here is their review of Bluetake’s i-PHONO BT420EX stereo headphones and BT500 Bluetooth Mouse, and here is Sonorix’s Bluetooth audio player

What’s interesting, too, is that some of these are from Korea (only Bluetake is not, being Taiwanese). Korea and Japan have been slow to adopt Bluetooth, partly, I guess, because few of their companies are part of the Bluetooth consortium, partly because of different usage patterns.

I met a few Korean companies at CommunicAsia trying to change that, in particular SeeCode, which is selling a range of Bluetooth gadgets, not all of them phone-oriented.  None of them appear to be available on their website yet, but (according to their brochure I picked up, which relies on a charming version of English I’m not too familiar with) they include Viasync, which seems to be a sort of Bluetooth conference call device cum VoIP phone cum car handsfree, and the Viodio, which seems to be an MP3 player with a Bluetooth wireless headset (although, somewhat confusingly, the picture shows someone using very wireless-less earphones.)

The Yoga Of Cellphone Reception

I love this posting, which seems in some way to lead on from my earlier posts about Mobile Manners:

Rael Dornfest posts about the problems of getting a decent signals indoors on MobileWhack (via blueserker) and explains how he has dealt with the ‘Last Yard’, where ”mobile users [are] scrambling for the nearest exit or pressed up against the windows in a particular direction–that depending on the direction of their carrier’s nearest cell tower.” His solution: a wireless headset and the cellphone resting on a window ledge, or wherever the signal is clearest. I know the feeling. My 27th floor office/home is not the kindest to reception, which is why I love SMS.

Of course, there are funny looks, prompting the obvious question: Why have we come to the point where technology helps us communicate better, but we have to contort ourselves into strange positions to do it?