Issue #2003 - 09
Samsung Unveils An Ear-Based
Microphone At The CeBIT Trade Show
Source: By Graeme Wearden ZDNet (UK)
The device, according to Samsung, is the first earbud headset to contain both a transmitter and a microphone. It picks up the sound of speaking directly via the user's head, filtering out some 90 percent of the background noise.
The Korea-based manufacturer explained--in promotional material released ahead of the world's largest ICT show--that "when we speak, our heads act as natural resonance chambers. That's why, for example, singers use earplugs: so they can hear their own voice better when on stage."
The ear bud will be available later this year, in both a wired and a Bluetooth version. The latter option could be well-suited to mobile phone users on the move, allowing them to conduct a call without having to hold either the handset or another microphone to their mouths.
Currently, most wired hands-free headsets are made up of a transmitter that fits in the ear and a microphone that is built into the cord that connects to the phone, while Bluetooth headsets tend to sit in the user's ear but have a microphone near their mouth.
MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: We
are pleasantly surprised with a relatively small innovation like
this ear bud from Samsung. It does more for the convenience of
cellular consumers than multitude of handsets
that our industry is constantly engaged in offering. We need
convenience before we need variety. Well done, Samsung.
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