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Jawbone Era offers accelerometer control, built-in apps

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011
News Categories: iPhone Accessories

Jawbone has introduced its new Jawbone Era Bluetooth headset. The Era is touted by the company as “the first and only headset with a built-in accelerometer,” allowing users to shake the headset to put it in pairing mode, and tap it to answer or end phone calls. Other features include a 25% larger wideband speaker for better audio quality, NoiseAssassin 3.0 technology, and a built-in processor with serial flash storage to allow for apps, including a new Caller ID app that identifies callers by name in what is described as a “friendly, non-robotic voice.” The Jawbone Era comes in four unique designs and is available now for $129.

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1

I shudder to think what further accelerometer-based functions there may be in headsets. Can you imagine shaking your head in public? Good thing that’s only for pairing (for now…), an essentially one-time action.

Posted by Farnsworth on January 20, 2011 at 9:23 AM (PDT)

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I wish Apple would add and icon to the home screen to turn bluetooth on and off rather than having to go to settings, general, bluetooth, then finally on or off….what a pain!

Posted by Mark Vicuna on January 20, 2011 at 11:52 AM (PDT)

3

What does Apple’s bluetooth settings (which work fine, btw) have to do with the new Jawbone Era?

Posted by Mike on January 20, 2011 at 1:29 PM (PDT)

4

@Mike

The Era and Bluetooth handshaking on the iPhone in general.

I use a few bluetooth products (one of them being the original Jawbone) which I have to cycle the bluetooth on/off on the iPhone to re-handshake with the device. 

So in terms of the Era…shaking the headset to re-pair may not always work.

Posted by Mark Vicuna on January 21, 2011 at 9:08 AM (PDT)

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