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What Features Should I be Looking For if I Want a Bluetooth Headset for Conference Calls?

So i found this short article on the internet and i was told that just posting it as the whole piece isn’t the right thing, I got consent from the original author and read up the way to curate content, so that is it…….i thought this was interesting because it highlights some of the highs and lows that I encountered when i was working inside the industry.

Hi Tina, thanks for the question.

OK, so your basic requirements ought to be simple enough. Firstly, you’re going to need great sound quality. You’ll need to hear and process important information quickly and without asking the boss to repeat him/herself (unless of course you are the boss, Tina, in which case you don’t want your employees making you repeat yourself over and over).

The next feature on our list should be a great microphone, its no good being able to hear everyone clearly if they can’t understand a word you’re saying! The microphone ought to be able to transmit as cleanly as possible, without picking up too much background noise (e.g. dogs barking etc).

Another factor to consider is comfort, some calls can drag on for hours longer than they were intended to and you need to ensure that you are thinking clearly about what is being said, rather than worrying about the nagging pain on the side of your head! You’ll need a headset that is comfortable and easy to wear at all times, something that, ideally, you’ll forget you’re even wearing. If you aren’t sure how to find that, try on a friend’s headset for 15 minutes and see how it feels, if it is starting to become uncomfortable, you’re probably better off with a different design.

Once you’ve got these bases covered, you’ve probably found the right headset for you, but I’d read all the reviews you can find before purchasing, just in case! The truth is, that if you want a good quality headset, you’re going to need to spend out a little.

A Bluetooth headset is actually a good choice here, because it gives you the freedom to move around. My Dad used to take conference calls with his headset; casually dispensing advice to other attendees whilst tending to his bonsai trees. Sometimes having a little distraction can make all the difference. His thoughts were focussed and his mind was calm. This allowed him to take several conference calls a day and always be at his best. Sitting down for extended periods of time can be more tiring than people think!

Thanks again for the question, Tina, good luck in your quest for the right headset, as well as your career.

Earpiece PC Tracks Behavior Via Facial Expressions

headset. earphonesEarpiece PC Tracks Behavior Via Facial Expressions
The world is filled with very cool, well written content. If you find one which catches your eye, you have got to post it, well i do! so with permission of the original author i have posted this so that you can enjoy

A team of Japanese engineers are testing a tiny personal computer that fits into your ear, and is controlled by eye blinks or tongue clicks.

As if talking into an almost hidden Bluetooth earpiece didn’t make you look crazy enough, this 17-gram wireless device gets its cues from wearers through tongue clicks and facial expressions, according to The Japan Times. For now, researchers at Hiroshima City University are calling it an “Earclip-type Wearable PC” and are developing it as a wireless device with bluetooth and GSP, as well as a compass, gyrosensor, battery, barometer, speaker, and microphone.

“We have made this with the basic idea that people will wear it in the same way they wear earrings,” project engineer Kazuhiro Taniguchi told the Times.
Following in the footsteps of wearable computing hardware like Google Glass, this miniature machine—planned to launch as a consumer device by the end of 2015 —includes a microchip and data storage.

Additionally, it can be connected to another gadget, like an iPod, a tablet, or a smartphone, to navigate apps using facial expressions. Want to open iTunes? Just raise your right eyebrow. Or stick out your tongue to browse the Web, wiggle your nose to send a text message, and clench your teeth to take a photo.

The “Earclip-type Wearable PC” acts as a sort of “third hand,” the developers said. It uses infrared sensors to recognize movements in the ear, while allowing the wearer to use both hands for activities like rock climbing or riding a motorcycle. One possible application would be for disabled people who may have lost the use of one or both of their hands.

“Supposing I climb a mountain, look at the sky at night, and see a bright star up there, it could tell me what it is,” Taniguchi said, adding that the computer knows things like the altitude a user is at.

“This could connect you with a person who is looking at the same star at a remote place at the same time,” he said, setting up the earpiece – goarticles.com – to be a sort of universal communication device.
Taniguchi also foresees the potential for the machine to serve as a tracker for elderly wearers, who would use it as a hearing aid which doubles as an all-seeing eye for their relatives to track their health, falls, and location.