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An unlike bluetooth headset

asked 2014-09-15 23:31:36 +0300

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Smart watches seems to be in right now. The idea comes and goes but never seems to get enough staying power. The humble bluetooth headset on the other hand never seems to be in style but still stays in (or on) people's ears.

There are a few questions about wearables here at TJC where headsets are thrown into the debate but where they seem awfully out of place among the flashy wrist computers. So I use this note to propose we do stuff the unlike way. Why purchase a second (expensive wearable) computer when the phone is in the pocket? A trusty gizmo of a simpler type could be enough. ...or even better.

Start with something that looks like a normal bluetooth headset.

When pressing the "multifunction" button of a wireless headset it usually informs me that my telephone is connected and that there's still some hours of power left in the battery. Why can't it tell me what time it is or something else that is useful?

With my old phone (a Nokia 700) it was quite easy to drive according to the advice from the navigation. Don't drum up that usual lament about the Jolla lacking that lovely co-driver voice, please. It'll be here soon enough, I hope. What most people picture in their minds when they think about getting advice from a phone is a driver looking at a dashboard-mounted display. But I had my phone in my pocket (and the display of the sevenhundred was tiny anyway). The directions were fed to my bluetooth headset, so nobody else was bothered by them. ...and they were in Finnish. That wasn't just a polyglot-geeky thing to do. Everything around me, the passengers, the radio, etc. is in Swedish. So when the phone whispered in Finnish it didn't have to compete for attention. Only the navigation addressed me in Finnish. ...and it did so even when my daughter was watching movies on the same machine.

So there we have one idea about a practical wearable device interaction. Pressing the button could tell me the distance or the time for the old "are we there yet" game (or the ETA for an adult companion). On long journeys the navigation app could tell me about problems ahead, like traffic incidents or dangerous weather conditions.

But that is just a start. If the headset could read my body temperature (as mentioned in other threads) then it could send suggestions to the climate control of the vehicle. Simple motion sensors could keep me awake (and alive).

With some simple sensors and some clever apps an unlike headset would be a better wearable than a watch, imho.

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A woman could track her fertility and periods automatically with a body temperature sensor. Sharing that data with her partner would be interesting.

vattuvarg ( 2014-09-16 00:00:17 +0300 )edit

Running with efficiency would be easier with an unlike headset that included sensors for heart rate and oxygen level.


vattuvarg ( 2014-09-16 00:13:25 +0300 )edit

the Dash, found on Kickstarter might be similar to what u r looking for... it has multiblebfunktions besides the headset funktions and it is quite far in development

Bavarian ( 2016-01-16 01:34:27 +0300 )edit

@Bavarian - Very interesting indeed.

vattuvarg ( 2016-01-16 21:03:02 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-09-15 23:47:55 +0300

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updated 2014-09-15 23:48:33 +0300

Reinventing the Bluetooth headset is a great idea, and can easily accomplish a good number of tasks that people today imagine are reserved only for smartwatches.

To add to your suggestions: how about the phone reading to you a status report whenever you request it? Text-to-speech for "You have 2 text messages and 3 emails. Battery 89%." You don't really need a screen on your wrist to do that.

Could also read messages / emails to you, if you choose to, when notified.

The headset could have an extra button for requesting such a report, or for "confirm/cancel" upon various questions the phone might ask.

Also, as Jolla's aesthetics follow simple elegance and minimalism, maybe instead of text-to-speech, this status report could be made of melodic patterns. I'm not good at UX/UI, so I shouldn't suggest anything for it.

But really, sound is already a very rich channel to use, you don't need a screen on your wrist :)

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Numbers as melodic patterns would be a really simple way to "replace" a spoken caller notification. The number of a loved one would be easy to recognise.

vattuvarg ( 2014-09-15 23:56:01 +0300 )edit

Tilting your face could serve as up/down but also yes/no, perhaps?

vattuvarg ( 2014-09-16 00:20:07 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-01-13 21:10:16 +0300

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Misfit built a fitness tracker into Bluetooth earbuds

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