PDA News – Bluetooth Headphones, Mio comes to U.S., PalmOne says ‘no’ to Blackberry

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Bluetooth headphones filtering onto market

I can’t wait until these become affordable. OpenBrain, a company in Korea that has been working on Bluetooth headphones for some time, is finally starting to make units available, hopefully in anticipation of larger mass production and a lower price. In addition to being wireless headphones with a range of about 10 meters, or 34 feet, the Sonorix doubles as a 64 or 128 MB MP3/WMA player, and Bluetooth wireless headset for cell phone or computer. It comes with USB Bluetooth adapter, Lithium-Ion battery, and charger, plus optional additional batteries.

The bad news, as of this moment, is that the headphones use a new Bluetooth profile called Advanced Audio Distribution Profile, or A2DP, which isn’t yet included in the standard Widcomm ‘stack’ of Bluetooth profiles used in Palm and PocketPC handhelds. So, for the time being, these can’t be used with a Bluetooth handheld for mobile wireless headphones. However, that is bound to change as the A2DP profile becomes more widely accepted and supported.

Frankly, it’s about time. I am a perfect example of the missed customer for Bluetooth. I want the PocketPC/headphones/cellphone/GPS nexus that Bluetooth was supposed to offer. However BT headphones haven’t been available (and practically still aren’t, by the price), the only cellular carrier available to me doesn’t support BT, and Bluetooth GPS systems are only now becoming reasonably priced. This is a good step, and I’d love to get my hands on a pair of these, but could you try to bring the price down from ‘firstborn child’ to merely ‘arm and leg’?

You can currently buy a ‘sample’ of the Sonorix for $260 shipped, including the USB Bluetooth adapter that supports A2DP, from the manufacturer.



Mitac to launch U.S. subsidiary dubbed Mio Tech

Taiwanese PocketPC manufacturer MiTAC is launching a new U.S. subsidiary to sell its Mio line of PocketPCs in North America. The new company, called Mio Technology or simply Mio, will feature the Mio 168 GPS-integrated PocketPC as its premier offering, as well as eventually bringing the Mio 558 dual-slot dual-radio PocketPC to the U.S.



PalmOne will not offer Blackberry connectivity

According to its CEO, PalmOne will not offer any form of connectivity to Blackberry email services in its handheld offerings for the forseeable future. Though a specific reason for the decision was not offered, it is likely a result of NTP’s ongoing patent suit against Research in Motion, the maker of Blackberry technology, and the potential for liability and injunctions against sale of Blackberry products and services.

ComputerWire article



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