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More Bite for Bluetooth

Boot Camp feature for Monday, July 10, 2006

More bite for Bluetooth. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Bluetooth isn't just for mobile phone headsets anymore. The wireless technology has gone stereo. A variety of manufacturers …including Motorola, Plantronics and Jabra are now shipping stereo Bluetooth headsets….and they have some competition from some lesser known brands as well. Anycom from Germany is preparing to release a headset that pairs up with a small adaptor designed to snap onto any recent vintage iPod music player. Anycom General Manager Markus Bregler…

"What you do is, you just snap it on the back or the bottom of an iPod Nano. It has no buttons, no pairing, no battery charging anything. All you do is you just put it on. As you can see it automatically starts the Apple iPod Nano. The device is searching… is there anything aroundme that able to communicate with me. And we have brought our Bluetooth wall mount speaker. And this is something we believe is the breakthrough for Bluetooth technology in the consumer market."

The headset also works with Bluetooth enabled cell phones and can easily switch between music and phone. The iPod adaptor sells for about 120 dollars. Combined with the Bluetooth headset, the price is about 230 dollars. The Anycom stereo headset doesn't have a high end look or feel. The sound, however, is pretty impressive. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.