Bluetooth Headsets continue to offer more capabilities and less size. The Z9 from Australian-based BlueAnt Wireless offers what it calls Voice Isolation Technology. VIT uses the BlueCore-Multimedia platform from CSR plc, which includes a DSP that isolates voice signals from background noise and enhances the frequencies that affect both incoming and outgoing voices. Its Voice Isolation Max setting boosts filtering for extremely noisy environments. The headset, which lasts through five hours of talk time or 200 hours in standby, weighs only 0.35 oz and measures 1.5 inches in length. Suggested retail is $99.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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