Thomson Symbio DECT VoIP phone allows you to hang up the receiver like a “old time phone,” but picks up and works like a cordless one. There’s a small LCD screen in the body in order to view contacts and other VoIP network info, and the phone even has internet radio and RSS capabilities.

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I always think the Polycom pictured below was an amazing design… but technology wise… it seems to be inert. I thought today the Callpod Phoenix Bluetooth® mobile conferencing system and Dragon™ Bluetooth® headsets to be the future of conference and wireless calls.

The Phoenix™ is a patented Bluetooth® mobile conferencing system which connects 5 Bluetooth® headsets together so when you make a call, all five participants will be speaking in full duplex with the party of the other end. It also supports push-to-talk communication between participants, making it an ideal communications system for retail and restaurants.

Dragon™ is a 100+ meter range Bluetooth® headset that allows you to roam around your office or home without having to carry your phone. Advanced dual-microphone noise suppression gives callers a crystal clear conversation even if you are at an airport, noisy restaurant or car.

The Polycom SoundStation still look the prettier one…

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Quartz Tele

June 22, 2007


It seems in regard to electronic design, touchscreens are in and anything tactile is out. Tao Ma sees it the other way around. The Quartz Tele concept uses large quartz crystals for each numeric number on a dial pad. Below each crystal is an embedded LED. Pressing each crystal illuminates it like a transformer’s energon cube. They all sit on a base with a sharp LED screen that displays pertinent information like incoming calls, dates, and contacts.

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History refresh: Bluetooth is named after a 10th century king of Denmark who enjoyed eating blueberries a bit too much, resulting in blue stained teeth. Harold “Bluetooth” Gormson helped to unite Sweden, Norway, and Denmark much like the way Bluetooth helps to unite your wireless gadgets under a single standard. And did we mention that the Bluetooth logo is composed of the rune characters representing his initials – H and B. (Thanks Thinkgeek, I had forgotten that it was meaningful)

Great! Thinkgeek has upgraded the retro handset with bluetooth. Actually I find that the retro handset to be very ergonomical… good for people who has evolved their necks into an extra hand. Now with bluetooth sans phone cord… a winner!

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